January in Florence, Italy

Our January in Florence three-week program allows you to earn credit towards your degree during your summer break while taking in the delectable cuisine, soaking up the vibrant culture and admiring the impressive history of Florence, Italy.

Program Overview

Special Offer

$1,000 Travel Scholarship – January in Florence, Italy: 2020

CISaustralia would like to offer one lucky student a $1,000 travel scholarship for the January in Florence, Italy: 2020 program. All students who have applied for, been accepted and paid the deposit for the program will automatically be entered into the draw. The scholarship will be drawn on 1 November 2019. The successful recipient will be required to provide 20 high-resolution photos with captions and a 1-2 minute video of their study experience within two weeks of program conclusion. Scholarship funds will be granted at the conclusion of the program once all requirements have been satisfied. Terms and Conditions.

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
This medium-sized city is perfect for a program in January. 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 snow capped Apennine Mountains.

Your one-stop shop
Why not take a quick trip into 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.

Range of courses to choose from
You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses, with a local focus including business, art, culture, architecture and physical education. Want to brush up on your Italian? There are a range of levels in Italian language offered.

Escape the Aussie summer
Sick of the heat back home? Escape to expected temperatures in the mid-teens to low-20s and plenty of sunshine.


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

  • A program that will get you ahead academically
  • A range of courses taught in English (except for Italian language courses!)
  • Local English-speaking support staff
  • With many social programs for you to choose from, you can pick your own adventure!
  • Explore outside the classroom with courses that have a local focus
  • On-campus gym, library, restaurants and wireless internet connection
  • Short walk to local shops and eateries

Choose Your Course

GPA requirement:
To qualify for the CISaustralia January in Florence, Italy program, students must have a sound academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation and we will work with you to find a suitable program.

Course load: 1 course (equivalent to one full-time academic course in Australia)

  • Depending on your Australian university, you may refer to “courses” as “subjects” or “units”.
  • Each course/subject/unit you undertake on a CISaustralia program overseas 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 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 one class during the January 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.

Course descriptions: 
To view course descriptions for January 2020, please click here.

Note: In the description, courses are numbered 100–299 for ‘lower-division’ courses, 300–399 for ‘upper-division’ courses, and 400–499 for introductory courses to graduate studies. An example of a full course number is ‘LA HS MI 280.’ The first abbreviation 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). Have a good look at what is on offer and give us a call if you would like any assistance.

Additional course fees:
Students should be advised that some courses offered by FUA require additional fees ranging from approximately A$50-$320 for various supplies, texts and lab use. These fees will need to be paid directly to FUA upon arrival to the university and applies to some courses in the School of Fine Arts, Squola, School of Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Liberal Arts.


Included in the program are a number of both CIS- and FUA-organised excursions and activities.

Most FUA courses have one field trip included, where students will go out into the city for an experience relevant to their studies.

Our CISaustralia Florence Site Directors will also organise a number of activities to help immerse program participants in the Florentine culture. Past excursions have included:

  • Orientation and welcome dinner
  • Cooking class
  • A day trip to Maremma, Tuscany
  • Medici Dynasty Show opera
  • A trip to the local markets to learn how to buy local produce

FUA prides itself on its Educational Field Trips (EFTs). Program fees include at least one EFT in its costs, typically either a weekend or day trip, depending on what FUA has planned for that year. Some past EFTs:

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


This medium-sized city is perfect for the January in Florence program. 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 snow capped 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 January 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!


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 two students, and some bedrooms may be shared between three 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
Application Deadline25 October 2019
Arrival Date03 January 2020
Departure Date22 January 2020
Program Fee A$ 6,399 - 6,999
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Tuition fees
  • Apartment accommodation (shared or single room*)
  • 10 meal plan units per week**
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • Medical and accident insurance (if requested)
  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up
  • On-site support
  • Welcome meal
  • Farewell meal
  • Cultural activities
  • Optional field trip
  • 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.

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

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