Study abroad students generally take on one of two roles. On one hand, they become cultural sponges, absorbing the language and life of their adopted city. On the other, some hold onto their home culture so obstinately they become essentially four-month tourists. Students at Syracuse University in Florence, however, have become involved in a another alternative. In conjunction with the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the Meyer Children’s Hospital of Florence, Syracuse has created an opportunity for a mutual cultural enrichment through an ‘exhange of fairytales’.