Program Overview

Spend the summer on a journey through Italy, learning about its rich culture, storied history, exquisite cuisine, elaborate cathedrals, and diverse landscapes. On our traveling Taste of Italy program, you’ll explore Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri, Rome, and several other large and small Italian cities. Over a three-week period, you will make your way from northern to southern Italy, visiting cities, villages, beaches, and numerous historical landmarks. You’ll learn about Italian culture, history, and modern life in English as you experience firsthand the sites that have shaped your studies in this course.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: April 1
Avg Course Load
1 course (6 US Credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • 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
  • See and learn first-hand processes behind making olive oil in Valpolicella and winemaking in a Tuscan vineyard
Your Journey Begins Here
  • Connect with your friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.



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


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.


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.


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.


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

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!).

Housing Options

Throughout the program, participants will share hotel rooms with other participants. Breakfast and many other group meals will be included.

gondola in venice

Local Life

  • 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.

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
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator

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

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2020
    Application Deadline
    April 1
    June 7
    June 28

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


Interested in extending your stay? You could earn up to a $1,000 discount!

Many students wish they could extend their time abroad. It’s often easier to do so before your program starts, rather than when you’re on site. From doing a full-year program to adding an internship or even combining two programs in different countries, there are many ways we can help you. Ask your global advisor for more info.

One recommended option is to add a Summer in Florence session (or two, or three!) before and/or after your program.

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:

  • All travel between cities on program itinerary
  • Admission to museums and activities included on itinerary
  • Breakfast daily + 21 meals included
  • Tuition and Fees
  • Housing (shared hotel rooms)
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Official University of South Florida Transcript