Student Life

It's All About You!

Time flies when you're having fun, and, before you know it, the end of the semester is here! During the final weeks of the program, SUF hosts a series of events to help celebrate the achievements, talents, and special memories of your semester abroad.

Student Art and Architecture Shows

The festivities begin with the combined Studio Arts and Architecture exhibits which start at Piazzale Donatello, N. 21 and continue on to Piazzale Donatello, N. 25.
(See last semester's show.)
Both exhibits are an excellent opportunity to view and appreciate the extraordinary talent of so many SUF art and architecture students. 
Light refreshments are served.

Outstanding Students Awards Ceremony

At the Outstanding Students Awards Ceremony, SUF Director Sasha Perugini and program coordinators recognize those students who have demonstrated exceptional qualities of scholarship, leadership, artistic expression, and intercultural engagement during the semester.

Categories of merit include internships, volunteer activities, Italian language & culture, and academic achievement (see below).

Light refreshments are served.

"The Shelley Prize" SU Florence's Academic Achievement Award

Since 1999, SU Florence has recognized students who have aspired to the highest levels of integration into the Italian culture, demonstrated academic excellence through in-class performance, written or graphic assignments, and achieved outstanding results on examinations. Formerly known as the Coluccio Salutati Essay Award, today's Shelley Writing Prize is bestowed upon three to four outstanding students each semester.

Faculty members may nominate a maximum of three students each. All nominated students are asked to submit a two-page essay, in English or Italian, on some aspect of their experience in Italy. Submitted essays are judged anonymously by a committee of four faculty members based on two criteria:

1. the degree to which the student has challenged him- or herself to participate in and understand Italian culture and society.

2. the literary quality of the composition itself. 

Program Director Sasha Perugini presents certificates of merit to each of the winning essayists and asks them to read their pieces at the Outstanding Students Awards ceremony.

With students' permission, winning essays will be posted on the SU Florence website.

Festa Finale and the Student Slideshow

slideshowThe Festa Finale gives everyone at SUF--students, host families, faculty and staff--the opportunity to celebrate a great semester together and say "arrivederci" over delicious food, great music, and a slide & video show created by students themselves. The slideshow gives all present the opportunity to relive and/or share in the special moments, places, and people that have contributed to your semester at SUF.

I Giullari di Syracuse

I Giullari di Syracuse is the name of SUF's theatrical group that each semester is made up aspiring young actors and actresses among the student body. Anyone who loves to perform, whether experienced or not, is encouraged to sign up at the beginning of the semester for Professor Eric Nicholson's Acting Workshop . The hard work but good fun had throughout the semester culminates in a delightful performance that you won't want to miss.

“ This has been a wonderful, chaotic, disorienting, and unpredictable semester. Thank you for allowing me to experience Italy and learn all about the art of the city. This experience has enriched my life in ways I have not yet realized”. -Casey

“This semester has been one of the best of my life. I have made new friends from all over the world, each of whom I will always remember. ...As my time winds down, I can’t help but reminisce over the past semester. I realize how much I’m going to miss my time here. All I can say is I definitely made the most of it”.

“I’m afraid I’ll wake up and find it was all a dream. La mia vita e` cambiata per sempre”.    -Victoria

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