For three unforgettable weeks over the summer, you’ll wind your way from northern to southern Italy, visiting famous cities, villas, beaches, and historical landmarks. Your classroom will be each destination, allowing you to see and learn first hand the deep history and stories this country has to offer. You’ll earn six credits from the Florence University of the Arts as you take in Italy’s delicious cuisine and vibrant culture. This program is the best way to let your history books come alive, giving you a greater appreciation for places like Mt. Vesuvius and the Vatican.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
- Avg Course Load
- 1 course (6 US Credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Opportunity to learn and identify the local character and diversity of each Italian region
- Breakfast and some group meals included
- Instruction in English as you also practice Italian
- Bike tour to Forte dei Marmi and visit to the weekly outdoor market
- Option to take an additional three-week, three-credit session at the Florence University of the Arts campus
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 Milan, Venice, Pompeii, and Capri
Welcome and Orientation
Before you get your feet wet or whet your appetite on this experiential-based, traveling study abroad program, we’ll gather the group together to get to know each other and to provide a comprehensive orientation. We’ll cover local topics such as Italian culture and language, as well as rules, regulations, guidelines, and expectations of the program in general.
Since this program will keep us moving to give us a good “taste” of a variety of Italy’s top destinations, we’ll typically provide a briefing of each location before or upon arrival. You’ll also get a lay of each new land in the form of city tours and other program activities. Program activities are sufficient enough as to allow you to see most iconic sights, but you’ll always have free time to explore, and with just a bit of preparation you can be sure to make the absolute most of your time!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
While you may get only a “taste” of a variety of Italy’s top destinations, expect to reflect on all that you saw and did for months and years to come! Before we part ways, we’ll gather the group together one last time to swap contact details so we can plan to share our treasured memories in digital form. We’ll also allow time to reflect and to prepare you for your “re-entry” and the adjustment process of returning home after such an eye-opening experience. Don’t fret if readjusting to your home culture brings with it a bit of “reverse culture shock” – it’s natural and we’ll help you process it. We also have plenty of resources to allow you to continue to process your experience, including getting involved at your school, participating in our ambassador program, or considering another study abroad program with us (for which you’ll get a discount!).
Throughout the program, participants will share hotel rooms with other participants. Breakfast and many other group meals will be included.
- Fashion and Contemporary Culture: We'll start our tour by visiting one of Italy's more contemporary destinations: Milan. Enjoy insight into the world of Italian aesthetics, evident in the city's sleek architecture and fashionable residents. Certainly not stuck in the past, cities like Florence and Rome offer trendy bars, restaurants, and art scenes.
- A Lifetime of Ruins, Monuments, and Museums: Home of more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country, Italy doesn't disappoint for history buffs and culture vultures. You certainly can't miss attractions like the Colosseum, Pantheon, Basilica, and the Vatican. There are an estimated 100,000 or so monuments of historical and cultural significance in Italy!
- Stunning Landscapes: As aesthetically-pleasing and culturally-engaging as Italy's cities are, no visit is complete without taking in its stunning natural landscapes. Between its abundant Mediterranean coastline, long span of latitudes, and mountainous interior, Italy's natural backdrop rivals its architectural wonders. Set your sights on the likes of the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Vesuvius, and the Apuan Alps of Tuscany.
More About Milan, Venice, Pompeii, and Capri
Known for its delicious cuisine, vibrant culture, and rich history, Italy will provide a vibrant backdrop to the Taste of Italy program. As you head South from Northern Italy, you will stop to explore some of Italy’s most well-known cities, landmarks, and natural landscapes.
On our traveling Taste of Italy program you’ll explore Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, and several other large and small Italian cities. Let the history books come alive when you visit architectural landmarks, famous cathedrals, art museums, vineyards, the coast, urban fashion districts, infamous Mt. Vesuvius, and, of course, the Vatican. Within each city, you'll enjoy field trips and excursions to numerous sites of interest, including churches, castles, museums, piazzas, lakes, beaches, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
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.
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.
3-week Italian Civilization & Culture course through Florence University of the Arts. Credits can be earned in a number of disciplines, such as Geography, History, Anthropology, Food and Culture, Sociology, or Art History.
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
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Program SupportMeet 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.
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
Global Advising Team
Program Coordinator - Italy, Mediterranean Culture (Summer)
Country Director of Italy
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalJune 3OrientationJune 4Classes StartJune 5Classes EndJune 21DepartureJune 22PRICE$5,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- All travel between cities on program itinerary
- Admission to museums and activities included on itinerary
- Some meals included
- Tuition and Fees
- Housing (shared hotel rooms)
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Pre-departure orientation
- Airport pickup
- On-site support
- Official University of South Florida Transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program