Summer in Florence

Be dazzled this summer! Spend 3, 6, 9 or 12 weeks in the cradle of the Renaissance and see why travelers can never get enough of Florence.

We have courses to fit your major and a program length to fit your summer schedule. In addition to perfecting your Italian-language skills, Summer in Florence offers classes ranging from Food and Wine to Accounting to Economics. And there are 6 summer sessions—choose one or all— so you can truly customize your program to meet your needs. Study Italian in Florence- what better place to learn a new language?

You have questions, and we have answers. CISabroad staff are here to help as you go through the application process, arrive in your new Florentine home, and more. We have all traveled the world, and we can’t wait to help you prepare for your time abroad!

We offer one of the most affordable study abroad options in Florence. We want you to enjoy your summer abroad in Italy, but we don’t want you to break the bank while studying abroad. Savings means extra money for traveling, shopping, and hanging out.

On Summer in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations while you study abroad in Italy. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts, home to Summer in Florence, focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment that nurtures your talents. Here, you’ll experience:

Custom program length – Do you want to stay in Florence for 3, 6, 9, or 12 weeks? Summer in Florence lets you choose just how long your summer study abroad program lasts and how many credits you receive.

Pasta, pizza, and tiramisu, oh my! – Local, family-owned restaurants are found at every corner in Florence. Or shop in the large 2-story food market in the city center and make your own Italian creations at home.

Courses in your major, plus exciting electives – Study within your major to further your degree back home, or attempt a new hobby by taking an elective such as Intro to Photography. Or study Italian in Florence- what better place to learn a new language?

Italy and the rest of Europe in your backyard – By air or train, Florence is near hundreds of other Italian cities just waiting to be explored. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, hop on a plane for a weekend in Spain! It's all possible when you spend your summer abroad in Italy!

An art-lover’s paradise – View world-renowned masterpieces in museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, then purchase your own treasure from a local street artist. Choose our Art and Language session and you can take classes like photography, painting and Italian Language.

History brought to life – Listen to a class lecture on the powerful Medici family, then walk minutes from campus to see where the family lived during the Renaissance!

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Italy, then check out our Summer in Florence summer study abroad program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • The summer sessions let you stay in Florence for 3, 6, 9 or 12 weeks and earn up to 15 credits
  • Study Italian in Florence - Courses are taught in English, or in Italian for more advanced speakers
  • Excursion options to Lucca, Pisa, and Sienna
  • Small classes of 8–25 students
  • Numerous options for experiencing the city’s music, art, dance, food, and more
  • Cook for yourself in your apartment or enjoy food from the local market and many restaurants
  • Gym, internet, and library all on campus
  • Everything you could ever need or want is within walking distance of the Florence city center
  • Talk to your program coordinator about adding a one-week tour of Tuscany to the start of your Summer in Florence program

While on your summer in Florence you will have the opportunity to take a couple of day or weekend excursions to see what the rest of Italy has to offer, here are a couple of the places you might be visiting:

Epitomizing a well-off provincial city, Parma is definitely a city of class. Made famous by its cheese and ham, eating is something you will definitely want to do while in Parma. But don’t forget to take the time to explore the exquisite architecture, charming cobblestone piazzas and intriguing boutiques.

Maremma, Tuscany
This vast area in south-western Tuscany bordering the Tyrhennian Sea is one of the best kept secrets of Italian tourism. Exploding with natural resources and environmental resources, Maremma is primarily agricultural land, but because of the preservation of ancient traditions and Tuscan culture, the small towns in this region offer a glimpse at the true soul of Italy, only seen by a few.

As its own autonomous region of Italy, the island of Sicily is very much an experience unto itself. With an impressive combination of cultures ranging from Arab and Norman to modern-day Mafia, the architecture of this island is something to behold. Add to this the striking Mt. Etna and miles of aquamarine coastline then it’s no wonder Sicily is an autonomous region – they want to keep it all to themselves!

Summer in Florence, housed at Florence University of the Arts (FUA), offers 6 summer school sessions!

Session 1:
Session 2:
Session 3:
Session 4: 
Session A:
Session B:

Students may also combine sessions to stay in Italy for a full 12 weeks! Take a look at Florence's wide course selection including classes like, 'The Florence Food and Culture Experience,' 'Dance Workshop,' 'Food and Wine studies,' or 'Private Voice Coach.'

GPA Required: 2.8. If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact An Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation. We'll do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
Now the fun part! As part of the application process you will be required to complete the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet found in the CISabroad Application Page. The following instructions will guide you through the steps of choosing your courses.

Course load:

- During 3-week sessions (I-II-III-IV), only 3-credit courses will be offered: Each course will be held from Monday to Thursday and will have a mandatory 1-day field learning component (for dates please see course notes in the online class schedule).
- During 6-weeks sessions (A-B), only 6-credit courses* will be offered: Each course will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and will have an Experiential Learning component OR a Field Learning component (for dates please see course notes in the online class schedule).

*In the 6-week sessions (A-B), two courses are offered for three or six credits:
- Food, Wine and Culture in Italy
- Regional Perspectives: A Voyage of Discovery
If a student takes the course for 3 credits, a 1-day field learning is mandatory.
If a student takes the course for 6 credits, two 1-day field learning and one 5-day field learning are mandatory.


Field learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting and may include field activities, field research, and service learning projects. The field learning experience is cultural; because it is intended to be wide-reaching, field-related content is not limited to the course subject but seeks to supplement and enrich academic topics. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while experiencing Italian culture, art, and community within the Italian territory.

Faculty will lead students in experiencing Italian culture through guided projects and field experiences as planned for the course. Field learning will be developed through classroom preparation, follow-up projects, and guided learning outcomes.

Field learning will provide students with the opportunity to develop skills and appreciate the multifold components of Italian Culture through direct experience.

Field education will advance student learning as a relationship-centered process. 

Field learning activities are an integral part of the course content and not additional excursions. Attendance is mandatory.


During summer A and B, some courses include experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community.

You may combine the summer sessions to study in Florence for up to 12 weeks! Please contact us for more details on this option.

Course descriptions:

Session 1: Please click here for course descriptions.
Session 2: Please click here for course descriptions.
Session 3: Please click here for course descriptions. 
Session 4: Please click here for course descriptions. 
Session A: Please click here for course descriptions.
Session B: Please click here for course descriptions.

How to read the Florence University of the Arts course catalog
Courses are numbered 100–299 for lower-division courses, 300–399 for upper-division courses, and 400–499 for introductory courses to graduate studies. As for the letters, in “LA HS MI 280,” for example, the first pair represents the college within the University (LA=Liberal Arts); the second, the department within the college (HS=History); and the third, the course within the department (MI=Modern Italy).

Course Fees:
Students should be advised that some courses offered by FUA require additional fees ranging from approximately $50 - $320 for various supplies, texts, and lab use. These fees apply to some courses in the School of Fine Arts, Squola, School of Sciences and Mathematics, and the School of Liberal Arts.  This charge will need to be paid directly to FUA upon arrival to the university.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Florence is an ideal place to study abroad, with its incredible scenic views, mild climate, and endless options of things to do. It’s the perfect place to walk around and explore- Florence is a manageable size, making it easy to wander around without getting lost. There are also buses available to take you anywhere you want to go around the city, and trains to let you get out and see the rest of Italy. 

Florence offers some of the best options to see amazing artwork in Italy. There are many galleries to visit, and of course you can see famous works like Michelangelo’s David, or take a trip to the Duomo. Look out on the views from the Ponte Vecchio, hike up to Piazza Michelangelo, shop at the famous leather market, and more in this appealing city!

You will study at Florence University of the Arts during your summer in Florence. The school’s central location makes everything in Florence easily accessible, with the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce just minutes away. 

Class sizes are small, with 8-20 students per class. The courses are taught by Italian and other European professors, and except for your Italian-language course, all classes are taught in English. Your professors will help you understand the Italian language and culture to better immerse you in life in Florence. 

The staff and faculty of the school create a learning environment that allows you to truly enjoy your time in Florence. Advisors will be on hand to assist you academically and personally, and will help you get acquainted with the city to make sure you have an amazing study abroad experience. You’ll make new friends from every country during your stay in Florence!

CISabroad will provide you with all the support you need during your time in Florence. We’ll meet you at the airport and bring you to your new home, and over the next few days you’ll enjoy an extensive orientation to get you settled in Florence. You will get to know the university, the program, and the city!

One of the highlights of studying abroad in Italy is the food! Florence has a vast amount of restaurants serving pizza, pasta, gelato, and more. The university’s campus also has a fully functioning restaurant that is completely run and managed by the students.

The university’s Student Services Office offers clubs and activities to help get you involved on campus. You can participate in anything from volunteering to book clubs to movie nights, and make friends with students who share your interests. The campus offers an internet lab, a library, a gym, a reading room, and fully equipped media and photo labs. You’ll be able to take field trips around the city and beyond to let you get a real taste of Italy!

While in Florence, you will live in an apartment with four to six other international students. You’ll share a room with at least one other student, although single rooms are available for an extra fee. The apartments are fully furnished, including your bathroom and living area. They also come with bed linens, pillows, a refrigerator, an oven, a stove, cookware and utensils, and a washing machine. Internet is also included and available in your apartment. You can cook for yourself with ingredients you buy at local markets, or you can go out to eat at the many restaurants located nearby.

A home-stay option is available upon special request. Your home-stay might be further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited amount of families who participate so if you are interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.

CISabroad’s Site Director in Italy:

Romina is a native Roman, who graduated with a degree in International Communications at the University for Foreigners of Perugia in 2005. In the same year, she returned to Rome where she started working for IES. In the following two years she decided to study International Relations and enrolled in the MA in International Affairs at the SIOI school in Rome. In 2007 Romina graduated in International Relations at the same University of Perugia and after completing the MA she undertook an internship at the Italian Development Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. At the beginning of 2008, after completing the internship, Romina was offered a position to work as a Communication and Public Information Officer within the civilian component of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Herat for the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Between 2008 and 2009 she accomplished two missions in Afghanistan. In 2009 she started working for the Italian Development Cooperation Office at the Italian Embassy in Beirut. In Lebanon she worked as a Communication and Public Information Officer and she was also in charge of the joint projects which were later carried out together with the Italian troops within the United Nations mission in Southern Lebanon. In the summer of 2010 Romina left Lebanon to work in Yemen, where she held the same office within the Italian Development Cooperation Department of Sana’s. In the spring of 2011, due to the serious and uncertain situation in Yemen, all the Italian Embassy staff was ordered to leave the country for security reasons. Because of the consequences of the Arab Spring in all Middle East, the Arabian Peninsula, and in Northern Africa, Romina has decided to work in Rome and enjoy with her friends and family the beauty of the Eternal City.

Romina will be present in Italy and available to students for activities, emergencies, issues or concerns around your program, or just if you’re feeling out of place and need some support. All students will be formally introduced to her prior to the start of the program and she will maintain contact with you throughout the program, to ensure that everything is going well.

1. What is the cost of program tuition? What is included in the program fees?

The program cost for Summer in Florence can be found on the Price and Dates page. You can also see a full breakdown of the program prices and budget here.

2. When are the program fees due?

CISabroad will email invoices to students approximately one month before the program payment deadline. For example, if your payment deadline is July 15, you should expect your invoice in mid-June. If you are using financial aid, please ensure all financial aid paperwork is returned to our office by the payment deadline. If your financial aid does not cover your entire balance, CISabroad accepts these payment methods.

3. What is due with my application and when is my application due?

There are four easy steps in the Application process.

a. Fill out the online application, which includes your contact information, what program you are applying for, etc.  

b. Pay the $200 application deposit that goes towards the final cost of your program.

c. Complete the Academic Reference Form, Course Selection Worksheet, Personal Statement, Applicant Profile, and Scholarship Application (Optional). In addition, the Florence University of the Arts requires you to fill out its supplemental application, which will be given to you once you have made your $200 deposit.

d. Mail in your official Transcript to our office.

For detailed instructions, see application instructions. The application due date for Summer in Florence can be found here.

4. Do I need a passport or visa? When should I apply for my passport/visa?

For almost all CISabroad programs, you WILL NEED A PASSPORT. Your passport must be valid for 6 months BEYOND the date you return to the United States. For detailed passport instructions, U.S. citizens should check the State Department's Travel Site. For Summer in Florence, you WILL NOT need a Visa. For specific Visa details, check here.

5. Is there a GPA requirement?

Yes! For Summer in Florence, the GPA requirement is 2.8.

6. What are my housing options?

Summer in Florence offers housing in shared apartments. These housing locations are within walking distance of the campus and you have the option of living in a single room or multi-bedroom. Home-stay options are available but come at an additional fee. Please contact your program coordinator immediately if you are interested in this housing option.

7. Will other students participate in the program with me? How many?

CISabroad programs are not only a great way to meet local and international students, but also students from around the United States. Program size varies each year - if enrollment size is important to you, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

8. How many credits are offered in the program?

For Summer in Florence, you will enroll in 1-2 courses per session (3-6 US credits). To see the courses available, go to the course catalog.

9. Can I combine this program with another CISabroad program like intern, summer, or semester abroad?

Yes! A great way to extend your CISabroad experience is participating in another program. Combine semester programs to create a full academic year or if an academic year is just a little too long and a semester is too short, combine a semester and summer session or a semester and a January term program. You can also participate in a semester abroad and combine that with a summer intern abroad. To find out more information on the application process for more than one CISabroad program, contact a CISabroad advisor at 1-877-617-9090.

Term: Summer 2016
Arrival Summer 1 May 15
Departure June 3
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Arrival Summer 2 June 5
Departure June 24
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Arrival Summer 3 June 26
Departure July 15
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Arrival Summer 4 July 17
Departure August 5
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Arrival Summer A May 15
Departure June 24
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Arrival Summer B June 26
Departure August 5
Application Deadline Session 1/2/A: March 15, Session 3/4/B: May 1
Term: Summer 2016 Price: 4,690-15,490** more info

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Weekly visits to sites around Florence and optional excursions
  • University of South Florida official transcript
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advisingFinancial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (shared bedroom in apartment, single supplement fee)
  • 15 meal plan units per every three weeks
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • Carbon offset of travel
  • Green Travel Guide
  • Free use of gym and gym classes


CISabroad reserves the right to alter our fees at any time due to exchange rate fluctuations and/or changes in partner university fees.