Accepting Applications for Summer 2020

Update on Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Italy

Italy has currently implemented a series of national protocols restricting schools, businesses, and non-essential circulation of people in the interest of limiting the spread of the novel coronavirus. This directive is currently in place through April 3.

While this is a time of intense global attention to the risks of a sustained pandemic, there is no way to predict how the situation will change over the coming months. The 2020 Summer session of the Florence Ethnographic Field School is currently suspended. A final determination on whether the program runs will be made no later than June 1. This determination will be made in consultation with the School of Record, the University of Montana, and based on the guidance of Italian public health authorities and the best practices of international education. If you are considering applying, please contact me directly at to discuss the situation before submitting your application.

*New for 2020: Intensive Italian language now included!*

The Florence Ethnographic Field School is a special kind of study abroad program for students interested in gaining fieldwork experience in a multicultural, European urban center. Ethnographic research (aka “fieldwork”) is qualitative research based on participant-observation within a community. It is a fundamental method of social research, and is central to both anthropology and sociology.

Together with just a few other students, you will be working directly with Prof. Zachary Androus, who has lived and worked in Florence since 2006. In addition to his data and his experiences in the field, he will be sharing with you an honest, open, behind-the-scenes look at what actually goes into working as an anthropologist.  

The July 2020 Syllabus has all of the details about class meetings, assignments, and readings. The Policies and Procedures document has all the information about academics, health and safety, code of conduct, and everything else. For how to apply, dates and costs, and more information, see the menu on the right.

The Summer 2020 session meets onsite in Florence from July 2-28, with two online pre-departure meetings.

The course is worth 3 credits in Anthropology (ANTY495 Field Experience), for undergraduate or graduate students, with a transcript issued by the University of Montana. The course is structured around carrying out an ethnographic research project over the duration of the program:  you will learn research design; data collection through field notes, participant-observation, and interviewing; different forms of qualitative data analysis; and various approaches to writing up the results.

This is a rare opportunity to work directly with an experienced ethnographer who has been living in Italy and conducting research there  continuously for over ten years, unlike other professors who can only occasionally lead short trips to the field. 

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