Italian Language in Florence, Italy

Learn or improve your Italian language skills during your summer or winter break while taking in the delectable cuisine, soaking up the vibrant culture and admiring the impressive history of Florence, Italy.

Program Overview

Want to brush up on your Italian? You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of Italian language courses offered at a range of levels. Upon arrival you will be immersed immediately into the Florentine culture. You will have the opportunity for plenty of activities to keep you busy such as city tours, group outings to places around Florence such as galleries, restaurants and more in this Renaissance city.

The perfect city – As a medium-sized city, it won’t take you more than a few days to learn your way around and with so much packed in, there is plenty to keep you occupied during your stay! Make sure to check out the historic city centre, outlying towns and the beautiful snowcapped Apennine Mountains.

Your one-stop shop – Why not take a quick trip to Rome, Venice or Milan? Or perhaps a weekend away to Paris, London or Prague? You’ll be surprised at how affordable European airfares are once you arrive.

Genuine Tuscan food – Everywhere you look you will see and smell local, family-owned cafes and restaurants offering the very best of Italian cuisine. Pasta, pizza, tiramisu and local red wine – life won’t get any better!

Location, location, location – During your Italian Language in Florence program, you will be based in close proximity to neighbouring European countries. Fancy a quick getaway to Spain or France for some cheese and baguette, or maybe a long weekend swimming in Santorini? Or perhaps a weekend away to Paris, London or Prague? You’ll be surprised at how affordable European airfares are once you arrive.

An art lover’s paradise – View famous masterpieces in museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, then purchase your own treasure from a local street artist. You can also choose to take art classes such as photography and painting.

History brought to life – If you’ve heard of the Medici family, you will know that Florence is the best city in the world to discover their history. Spend the morning listening to a class lecture on the powerful Medici family, then walk just minutes from campus to see where the family lived during the Renaissance.

Highlights

We know you’re going to love our Italian Language in Florence, Italy program. A few highlights include:

  • With many language programs for you to choose from, you can pick your own adventure!
  • Courses are taught in English, or in full Italian for more advanced speakers
  • Local English-speaking support staff
  • Excursions may include Pisa, Lucca and Sienna
  • Smaller class sizes of 8 to 25 students mean you will receive personalised teaching and close attention from the academic team
  • 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
  • Vibrant campus life with fully equipped gym, library and internet access
  • Everything you could ever need or want is within walking distance of the city centre
  • Enjoy a social calendar full of exciting cultural activities – some activities you may choose to do include aperitivo in the piazza, exploring Florence’s local boutique and markets, wine tasting at nearby wineries, art galleries, music events… the list is endless!
  • World-class location – it’s a tourist’s dream destination and you will be living the authentic Italian lifestyle
  • Organised accommodation with fellow international students – immediate friends!

Choose Your Course

Italian language courses are offered at Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Programs are available in January and between May and July each year.

Course Load: Take 1 or 2 courses (equivalent to 1 or 2 full-time academic courses in Australia)

  • Depending on your Australian university, “courses” may be referred to as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program is designed to be a full-time, semester course that has been condensed to fit into an intensive, short-term program. As such, for any 1 course you study abroad, you should receive the credit points for 1 full-time course/subject/unit at your Australian university.
  • Many universities work off of a 1-for-1 equivalency (1 course abroad = 1 course in Australia), but ultimately credit approval is the decision of your faculty and Australian university.
  • CISaustralia strongly recommends that you have any overseas courses pre-approved for academic credit before you depart for your program. Some documentation that may be useful are the course outline/syllabus, program overview and the contact hours.
  • Although you will only take 1-2 classes during the program, it is best to get 3-4 courses approved by your home university in Australia before you go to Italy. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule and allows you to easily switch courses if needed once you get on-site. Why not consider opting for an interesting elective if your degree allows?
  • Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.

How to Choose Your Course(s): This is the fun part. As part of the application process you will complete a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The following instructions will guide you through the steps in choosing your courses.

Academic Requirement: To qualify for this program, students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement, you may still be considered for the program but will need to be prepared to provide supporting documentation. Please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to help find another suitable program if required.

Course Descriptions:

COURSE: ISITIB101
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 2, 3, 4, A, B

This course develops basic conversation, reading, and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary, and conversation skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. Upon course conclusion, students will be able to express themselves in basic sentences, recognize gender and number in both nouns and adjectives, and begin approaching the Passato Prossimo. Emphasis will be given to the oral expression of practical vocabulary and newly acquired grammar structures. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before.

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COURSE: ISITIB165
CREDITS: 6 US credits / 90 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: A, B

This intensive six-credit course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of Italian. It will give students the opportunity to experience a total language immersion, learning how to use gradually more complex grammatical structures and vocabulary. Upon course conclusion, students will be able to communicate simple and routine tasks, discuss familiar and routine topics and describe his/her background, and understand clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. The course will start from linguistic fundamentals and essential grammatical structures, including singular and plural forms of articles, adjectives, nouns, and their agreement; regular and some irregular conjugations of -are, -ere, -ire verbs in the Present tense; and simple prepositions. It will then move on to reflexive verbs, conjugation of regular and irregular verbs in the Past, and direct object pronouns. It will finally introduce students to Future and Conditional tenses, possessive adjectives, and indirect object pronouns, along with the continued practice of expanding vocabulary and gradual building of complexity in grammatical structures. All lessons will be taught in Italian.

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COURSE: ISITII215
CREDITS: 6 US credits / 90 contact hours
OFFERED: July Sessions: A, B

Pre-requisites: One semester of Italian language or equivalent. Italian Language Placement Test required.

This intensive six-credit course is intended for students who have previously completed one semester of elementary Italian language studies at the undergraduate level. It will give students the opportunity to experience a total language immersion, building on and extending fundamental skills developed in the elementary course. Upon course conclusion, students will be able to communicate in both written and oral form about topics they are familiar with pertaining to personal interests (i.e. family, hobbies, work, travel), as well as simple aspects of Italian culture. The grammatical structures covered will start with a review of Passato Prossimo and introduce Imperfetto conjugations, direct object pronouns, Future and Conditional tenses, possessive adjectives, and indirect object pronouns, followed by Trapassato Prossimo, Pronomi Relativi and Combinati, Imperativo, and a basic grasp of the four Subjunctive tenses. All lessons will be taught in Italian.

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COURSE: ISITIA301
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: July: Session A

Pre-requisites: Four semesters of Italian language or equivalent. Italian Language Placement Test required.

This level is for those students who already have a sound knowledge of Italian grammar and are able to express themselves fluently and articulately using all past tenses. Students should have familiarity with Subjunctive and Conditional tenses in both written and spoken Italian. During the course they will improve vocabulary and comprehension by reading and discussing literary tests as well as newspaper articles on current affairs, culture, and politics. Students will perfect their skills in the use of all verb tenses acquired at the intermediate levels and study the Passive voice.

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COURSE: ISITII201
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: All

Pre-requisites: One semester of Italian language or equivalent. Italian Language Placement Test required.

This course builds on and extends fundamental skills developed in the beginning-level course. Emphasis is placed on developing fluency skills and integration of language and culture through more extensive reading and writing. Upon course completion, students will be able to express polite requests using the Present Conditional and develop their language ability by using direct and indirect object pronouns. This course is aimed at students who already have a basic vocabulary of Italian and some knowledge of elementary language structures.

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COURSE: ISITII250
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 2, 4, A, B

Pre-requisites: Two semesters of Italian language or equivalent. Italian Language Placement Test required.

This level is for those students who already have an active knowledge of elementary language structures (i.e. the expression of past actions and events, discussion of future plans), can communicate simple and routine tasks, discuss familiar and routine topics and describe his/her background, and can understand clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Upon course conclusion, students will be able to use more complex pronouns both in spoken and written Italian and will have a basic grasp of the following topics: Condizionale, Trapassato Prossimo, Pronomi Relativi, Imperativo and a basic grasp of the four tenses of Subjunctive.

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COURSE: ISITHO130
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January

This course concentrates on rapidly developing a basic command of Italian while introducing the student to various aspects of the Italian culture through the hospitality industry. Students will have the opportunity to learn on-site with their instructors through a series of walking tours and visits in Florence to hotels, restaurants, and wine-related establishments. Technical vocabulary will be enhanced and finalized to prepare the student for the hospitality industry. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary, and conversation skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in the Present tense and Passato Prossimo and to use both nouns and adjectives in the correct form with reference to gender and number. No prior knowledge of Italian required, this is a beginner-level course.

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Excursions

Included in the program are a number of both CISaustralia and FUA organised excursions and activities. Our CISaustralia Site Directors in Florence will arrange a number of activities to help immerse participants in the Florentine culture. Past excursions have included:

  • Orientation and welcome dinner
  • Gelato activity
  • Cooking class
  • River cruise
  • Mount Ceceri Quarries + hike
  • Day trip to locations such as Greve (in Chianti) or Lucca
  • A trip to the local markets to learn how to buy local produce

In addition, most FUA courses have one Educational Field Trip (EFT) included, where students will go out into the city for an experience relevant to their studies. FUA prides itself on its EFTs. Your CISaustralia program fee includes at least one EFT, typically either a weekend or day trip, depending on what FUA has planned for that year. Your CISaustralia Program Advisor will pre-select your EFT during the enrolment process. Some past EFTs:

  • Taste of Italy: Flavours of Parma & Modena (day trip)
  • Arts and Flavours of Tuscany: Montepulciano & Pienza (day trip)
  • Chocolate and Fashion: A History of Italian Signature Products (day trip)
  • Rome: Eternal City (weekend trip)

FUA also offers non-mandatory EFTs which are activities that are not included in any courses. Participants are able to sign up for non-mandatory EFTs once they are onsite for an additional fee, paid direct to FUA.

Location

As a medium-sized city, it won’t take you more than a few days to learn your way around but with so much to do, your time will go quickly. With so much to see like the countless museums, galleries, shops and plazas we know you’re going to love your stay in Florence. Make sure to check out the historic city centre, outlying towns and the beautiful snowcapped Apennine Mountains.

Florence is the capital of the charming Tuscan region in Italy and has a population of around 400,000 people. Although a famous tourist destination, Florentines (locals) know where to find the best osterias (restaurants), boutiques and stores which are often hidden away from the tourist crowds.

Geographically, Italy is located in south central Europe, close to neighbouring countries such as France, Greece and Spain – it’s a traveller’s delight. Italy is shaped like a high-heeled boot kicking a triangle, which is the island of Sicily.

Italy borders France, Austria and Switzerland to the north and also borders Slovenia along the Alps. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia also form part of the country.

The University

You will study at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). The Italian Language program also utilises various renovated palaces throughout the historic city centre. Some key points about FUA include:

  • FUA was established with international students in mind
  • The emphasis is on Italian and Florentine culture and history
  • Culturally engaging programs
  • English speaking staff that understand what it’s like to study overseas
  • Orientation on the city and university, led by our CISaustralia Site Director
  • Exceptional facilities with all the comforts including internet, a library, fitness facilities, media labs, courtyards, patios and even a fully-functioning restaurant on-site
  • Cultural activities to participate in including volunteering, movie nights, gallery and museum outings and excursions outside of Florence

The university is located in the heart of this magical city so you will have easy walking accessibility to some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions. The Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce are just minutes from the campus!

Accommodation

This program in Florence provides you with a fully-furnished apartment, shared with 4-6 other students from around the world. Bedrooms are single-sex shared, with between 2-4 students per room.

All apartments are within a 20-minute walk from FUA facilities/campuses.

All apartments offer spacious living areas and are fully furnished with:

  • Bed linen and pillows
  • Fridge, oven, stove
  • Basic cookware and utensils
  • Washing machine
  • TV
  • Internet access/wifi

The apartments are self-catered, meaning you will need to prepare your own meals – a fun time to share cuisine, a fine wine and stories from around the world, or laugh about your day in Florence. The apartments are located within walking distance to some of Florence’s best markets, stores, restaurants and museums. Take advantage of the local restaurants nearby or buy your own food at the markets and cook at home.

Bedrooms are shared between at least 2 students, and some bedrooms may be shared between 3 or more students. You may request a single bedroom for an extra fee.

The apartments are older-style housing, so they do not have air-conditioning or clothes dryers. Please be aware that the apartment buildings also house non-students and as such, there is a very strict noise policy. Overnight guests are not permitted in your accommodation.

Program Fee & Dates

January 2020 (3 weeks)
Application Deadline25 October 2019
Arrival Date03 January 2020
Departure Date22 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 6,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
May-June 2020: Session 1 (3 weeks)
Application Deadline02 March 2020
Arrival Date17 May 2020
Departure Date05 June 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 8,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
June 2020: Session 2 (3 weeks)
Application Deadline06 April 2020
Arrival Date07 June 2020
Departure Date26 June 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 8,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
June-July 2020: Session 3 (3 weeks)
Application Deadline06 April 2020
Arrival Date28 June 2020
Departure Date17 July 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 8,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
July-August 2020: Session 4 (3 weeks)
Application Deadline04 May 2020
Arrival Date19 July 2020
Departure Date07 August 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 8,499
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
May-June 2020: Session A (6 weeks)
Application Deadline02 March 2020
Arrival Date17 May 2020
Departure Date26 June 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999 - 9,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,913
June-August 2020: Session B (6 weeks)
Application Deadline06 April 2020
Arrival Date28 June 2020
Departure Date07 August 2020
Program Fee A$ 7,999 - 9,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,913

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Medical and accident insurance (if requested)
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Shared apartment accommodation (additional fee for a single room*)
  • 10 meal plan units per week**
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • FUA Educational Field Trip (EFT) included with most courses, but not all
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Florence University of the Arts transcript
  • University of South Florida official transcript***
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

Please note: Some courses may have an additional ‘materials fee’ payable on arrival. Specific course material fees are usually between $50 and $100.

*Please note that housing is limited and we cannot guarantee a single room. If we are unable to assign you to a single room, we will refund you the additional fee paid.

**10 meal plan units per week equates to approximately 5-10 meals per week at one of FUA’s eateries. E.g. 1 plate of pasta (dinner) = 2 units, 1 snack (lunch) = 1 unit

***University of South Florida will also provide an official transcript as the School of Record (SOR). SOR: A U.S. accredited institution of higher education that officially documents and awards credits for programs or institutions that are not accredited in the U.S., verifying appropriately all elements necessary for such official documentation.

What is not included:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa fees
  • Vaccinations (if required)
  • Meals (unless mentioned above)
  • Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)

Dates 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.

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

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