Program Overview

In summer, the streets of Florence come alive with locals and tourists dining outside amidst jaw-dropping architecture, churches, statues, and fountains. On Summer in Florence, you can have your own mini renaissance in the city that gave birth to the Renaissance. Soak in the creative vibes as you study at Florence University of the Arts and live near all the action. To make the most of your time abroad, we’ll quickly immerse you in local Italian and Florentine culture. You’ll tour galleries and famous sites, and you’ll practice Italian as your order your next Tuscan meal—with gelato, of course.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Summer 1/A: March 15
Summer 2: April 1
Summer 3/B: April 15
Summer 4: May 15
Avg Course Load
1-2 courses per session, combine sessions to add courses (3-15 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English and Italian

Key Program Highlights

  • Option to study abroad for 3, 6, 9 or 12 weeks and earn up to 15 credits
  • Courses taught in English or in Italian for more advanced speakers
  • Apartments near local markets and restaurants
  • Easy access to other European cities
  • Optional homestay with a local family
  • Numerous options for experiencing the city’s music, art, dance, food, and more

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Life in Florence

Welcome and Orientation

Once you have arrived and settled into your apartment in Florence, you will attend two comprehensive orientation sessions. The first will be led by staff from your academic institution in Florence and may cover topics such as academics, student life, housing, and health and safety. You will then participate in a second session, presented by your CISabroad onsite staff. We’ll introduce you to Florence, help you become familiar with many practical matters relating to your stay in the city, equip you with tips and suggestions for a safe, healthy, successful, fun term abroad as well as answer any questions you may have. Specific topics covered during orientation may include housing, health and safety, emergency response and the Italian Permit to Stay process. After orientation, students and onsite staff attend a fabulous (and plentiful!) Welcome Dinner at a well-known Florentine restaurant.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Towards the end of your study abroad term you may feel a little nervous, or perhaps anxious, at the thought of leaving your new home and returning to your old. If you asked around, you’d find that a lot of study abroad participants share your apprehension. It is not uncommon to wonder what re-entering your home culture will be like after having spent time in a new – and different – culture. To make things a little bit easier, we will come together for a Farewell Event (it includes amazing Italian food, of course!) and talk through some of the things to expect as you return, positive things to focus on as you leave your host country, and essential tools for how best to share your important experience with people back home.

Housing Options

While in Florence, you’ll live in an apartment with four to eight other international students.

Amenities:

  • You’ll share a bedroom 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
  • 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 dine at the many restaurants located nearby.

A homestay option is available upon special request. Your homestay might be located further from campus than the apartments. There are a limited number of participating families, so please let your program coordinator know of your interest during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.

students admiring view of florence cityscape

Local Life

  • Florentine Fridays: On no-class Fridays, we meet for breakfast and explore Florence! Discover markets, museums, art galleries, churches, beautiful gardens, and many of the city’s hidden treasures!
  • Sports Events: Florence is the home of the Fiorentina soccer club. Attend a game and cheer “Forza Viola!” from the stands with the locals.
  • Cooking Class: Attend a cooking or pizza-making class and learn how to cook like a local! Fresh pasta is always on the menu, along with fresh, seasonal produce!
  • Opera: Where better to enjoy a glittery evening performance of La Bohème or Madam Butterfly than in the birthplace of Italian opera? Join us for an evening at Florence’s stunning new opera house!
  • Theatre: Florence is well-known for its many ornate theaters and theater productions. Spend an evening at Teatro Verdi, founded in 1854 at the site of an old prison and listen to a performance by the Orchestra della Toscana. Or attend a Medici Dynasty Show, set in a stunning Baroque church and learn about the cultural heritage left to the city of Florence by 300 years of Medici family rule.

More About Florence

Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a culturally vibrant city located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscany region. Around every corner you’ll encounter jaw-dropping architecture, like the terra-cotta-domed Florence Cathedral. The mild weather makes it ideal for exploring the city on foot—we recommend getting lost so you can meander the streets and interact with the friendly locals.

Thanks to the city's small size, you'll feel like a local in no time. You can explore the historic city center and beyond in less than 30 minutes. Florence is also an art lover’s dream! Must dos: visit the Galleria dell’Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David, the world-renowned Galleria degli Uffizi, and the iconic Duomo. Explore the lesser-known Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti. Art is a great way to soak in the culture and history of this wonderful city. The views from the Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo will steal your heart, but the food, culture, and people will make you want to stay forever.

To explore outside the city, you can easily hop on a bus and head up to the hillside town of Fiesole. You'll catch a full panoramic view of Florence and enjoy the peaceful Etruscan ruins. Sienna, San Gimignano, and other Tuscan villages are also a short bus ride away. If you have the travel bug, trains and nearby airports make it easy and affordable to travel to Milan, Venice, Rome, and beyond in Europe.

The best way to experience Florence is simply to wander through its wonders. This is how you'll find the hidden gems not mentioned in any guidebook.

Academics

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

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.

What is FIELD LEARNING?

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.

What is EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING?

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.


The University

Founded in 1997, Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the heart of Florence. As you walk to school, you'll pass magnificent monuments such as the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce. You'll enjoy small class sizes of 8–20 students, which gives you individualized attention. Your Italian and European professors are experts in their fields. With the exception of your Italian language course, all courses are taught in English. As a result, you'll choose from an extensive variety of classes. In terms of academics, FUA truly has it all!

Most importantly, you'll find a learning environment that allows you to soak in as much of Florence as possible. Many classes use the city itself as a core part of the curriculum. Full-time advisors assist you academically and personally, helping you choose courses and overcome culture shock. Therefore, you'll quickly get to know the city and make the most out of your study abroad experience. Also, you can join other students for local concerts and get involved in a community service project. Turn to the friendly student services staff to jump right into campus events.

Accreditation(s): FUA is accredited by the Region of Tuscany, as delegated by the Ministry of Education and students can receive a University of South Florida transcript *FUA is also reviewed yearly for European quality certification:
Certified by IMQ S.p.A. –ISO 9001:2008 Cert. N. 9175.FLRU

Student Feedback

CISabroad student study abroad rome italy colosseum photo head shot
Spending a summer in Perugia was probably my favorite part of my entire college career—from the food, to the culture, to the people. I learned to slow down and appreciate the moment, as well as form a deeper appreciation for my personal relationships with friends and family.

Ashlyn Alessi - Albright College

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2017: Session 1 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    May 14
    Orientation
    May 15
    Classes Start
    May 16
    Classes End
    June 1
    Departure
    June 2
    PRICE
    $4,290 - $5,990
  • Summer 2017: Session 2 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 4
    Orientation
    June 5
    Classes Start
    June 6
    Classes End
    June 22
    Departure
    June 23
    PRICE
    $4,290 - $5,990
  • Summer 2017: Session 3 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 25
    Orientation
    June 26
    Classes Start
    June 27
    Classes End
    July 13
    Departure
    July 14
    PRICE
    $4,290 - $5,990
  • Summer 2017: Session 4 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    May 15
    Arrival
    July 16
    Orientation
    July 17
    Classes Start
    July 18
    Classes End
    Aug 3
    Departure
    August 4
    PRICE
    $4,290 - $5,990
  • Summer 2017: Session A (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    May 14
    Orientation
    May 15
    Classes Start
    May 16
    Classes End
    June 22
    Departure
    June 23
    PRICE
    $5,890 - $7,390
  • Summer 2017: Session B (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    June 25
    Orientation
    June 26
    Classes Start
    June 27
    Classes End
    August 3
    Departure
    August 4
    PRICE
    $5,890 - $7,390
  • Summer 2017: Sessions A & B (12 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    May 14
    Orientation
    May 15
    Classes Start
    May 16
    Classes End
    August 3
    Departure
    August 4
    PRICE
    $11,990

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

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 advising
  • Financial 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
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program