Program Overview

Be dazzled by Florence this summer! Our Summer in Florence program lets you study within your major in the Cradle of the Renaissance. Spend three to twelve weeks in Florence and see why travelers never get enough of Italy. During Summer in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion. You’ll take classes at Florence University of the Arts, a small university in the center of historic Florence that focuses on experiential learning.

GPA Requirement
2.8
Application Deadlines
Summer 1/A: March 1
Summer 2: March 15
Summer 3/B: April 1
Summer 4: April 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
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.

Academics

WHY THIS 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


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. 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.

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.

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), 3-credit and 6-credit courses will be offered. Each course will be held from Monday to Thursday and most will have a mandatory 1-day field learning component (for dates please see course notes in the online class schedule). You can elect to take a total of 3 credits or 6 credits, but please keep in mind that completing 6 credits over three weeks will entail a large amount of class time each day.
  • During 6-weeks sessions (A-B), 3-credit or 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).
  • You may combine the summer sessions to study in Florence for up to 12 weeks, including the traveling program A Taste of Italy! Please contact us for more details on this option.

*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
For these courses, 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.

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.

Experiential Learning & Field Learning at FUA
What is EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING at FUA?

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. For more information about experiential learning opportunities at FUA, please refer to this page.

What is FIELD LEARNING at FUA?

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.

 

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

CISabroad Study Abroad Semester Program chianti italy excursion vineyard wine tasting

Chianti

Discover quaint towns and villages set in the rolling hills of Chianti and learn about the olive and grape production that makes this region famous. Visit during the harvest season to see the changing colors of fall and sample products at small, family run wineries and oil producers.

Lucca

Strategically located on the Serchio river, Lucca is a famous Tuscan town primarily known for the Renaissance walls that still encircle the historic city center. Strolling or biking along the tops of the wide, tree-lined ramparts remains a favorite pastime for tourists and locals alike. Lucca is also the birthplace of famous Italian composer Giacomo Puccini (La Bohème and Madama Butterfly) and Pope Lucius III.


Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Zachary Bookman
Program Coordinator for Europe

Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.

Learn more about Zachary

Alessandro Bruno
Site Director in Florence

Travel Tip: Never forget to pack an open mind, a lot of patience, a couple of snacks from home to cure homesickness and last but not least…serenity. Once in town, LOOK UP when walking around. Take a different route to class everyday. Live, love and accept your destination!

Learn more about Alessandro

Student Feedback

CISabroad turned me into a world traveler! I would tell others to not be afraid to go outside of your comfort zone!

Rachel Berkowsky, Summer in Florence, Eastern Connecticut State University

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 2019: Session 1 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    May 12
    Orientation
    May 13
    Classes Start
    May 14
    Classes End
    May 30
    Departure
    May 31
    PRICE
    $4,390 - $5,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 2 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 15
    Arrival
    June 2
    Orientation
    June 3
    Classes Start
    June 4
    Classes End
    June 20
    Departure
    June 21
    PRICE
    $4,390 - $5,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 3 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 23
    Orientation
    June 24
    Classes Start
    June 25
    Classes End
    July 11
    Departure
    July 12
    PRICE
    $4,390 - $5,990
  • Summer 2019: Session 4 (3 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 15
    Arrival
    July 14
    Orientation
    July 15
    Classes Start
    July 16
    Classes End
    August 1
    Departure
    August 2
    PRICE
    $4,390 - $5,990
  • Summer 2019: Session A (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    May 12
    Orientation
    May 13
    Classes Start
    May 14
    Classes End
    June 20
    Departure
    June 21
    PRICE
    $5,890 - $8,990
  • Summer 2019: Sessions A & B (12 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    May 12
    Orientation
    May 13
    Classes Start
    May 14
    Classes End
    August 1
    Departure
    August 2
    PRICE
    $10,990 - $11,990
  • Summer 2019: Session B (6 weeks)
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    Arrival
    June 23
    Orientation
    June 24
    Classes Start
    June 25
    Classes End
    August 1
    Departure
    August 2
    PRICE
    $5,890 - $7,390

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

OPTIONAL ADD-ON:

Cultural Introduction to Italy (1-week, 3-credit traveling course before the start of the summer term). Please ask your advisor for details.

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