January in Florence, Italy

Our January in Florence 3-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.

Highlights

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

The academics of this program are offered at Florence University of the Arts (FUA).

Course Load: 1 course (equivalent to 1 full-time academic course 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 course 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.

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.

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.

Course Descriptions:
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.

COURSE: IDRHAA355 / LAAHAA355
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 2, A

This course explores the principal architects and artists, monuments, and themes from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Italian art and architecture. Class time is divided equally between lectures and on-site visits in the city of Florence. Emphasis will be placed on Renaissance architecture in Florence and will also include architectural developments in other Italian towns. Special topics will include architectural theory, the Medici and papal patronage, urban planning, and church and palace design. Coursework will focus on important figures such as Brunelleschi, Alberti, Michelozzo, Michelangelo, and Leonardo, in addition to visits to key Renaissance buildings and urban spaces in Florence.

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COURSE: FTFCSF360
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: A, B

This course addresses the procedures involved in managing a fashion retail enterprise and the decision-making inherent in successful merchandising for smaller-scale stores. Knowledge will be acquired through lab practice gained by running a real enterprise in which students and professionals exchange their knowledge and propose successful solutions to be applied. Coursework includes site visits to well-known Italian luxury brands in Florence such as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers.

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COURSE: DIPHID180
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: A, B

This course introduces contemporary technologies for producing photographic images. Approaching the medium in its current complex and pluralistic state, students explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. The fundamentals of using a digital camera including manual exposure and lighting are stressed. The course also introduces seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye in a foreign environment (Italy) to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. Assignments, lectures, readings progressively build on each other to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of camera functions (manual mode) and processing techniques. The second half of the course will focus on weaving the techniques with specific photographic concepts via assignments. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.

NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasise basic camera functions in manual mode. A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Must have a manual setting: ability to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

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COURSE: FTFCSF360
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: A, B

This course addresses the procedures involved in managing a fashion retail enterprise and the decision-making inherent in successful merchandising for smaller-scale stores. Knowledge will be acquired through lab practice gained by running a real enterprise in which students and professionals exchange their knowledge and propose successful solutions to be applied. Coursework includes site visits to well-known Italian luxury brands in Florence such as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers.

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COURSE: HPFBSM330
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 1, A

The front of house area of any restaurant should be carefully planned in order to balance ambiance with function. Restaurant seating, wait stations, and waiting areas are just a few of the areas to consider when planning a restaurant dining room. The course focuses on all aspects that characterize the front of the house experience. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the front of the house to properly reflect the restaurant concept and the necessity of planning front of the house spaces for efficiency. Furthermore, the course considers the pivotal role of excellent customer service and the training methods of front of the house staff. This course features Experiential Learning hours.

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COURSE: BUMKIT320
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Marketing or equivalent

This course further develops the main principles of marketing by exploring the strategic implications of marketing in different countries and cultures and identifying specific marketing techniques and the modifications necessary to accommodate cultural differences. Topics include global marketing, marketing planning, segmentation, culture and business customs, political and legal factors and restraints, economic and technological development, and the international monetary system. 

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COURSE: FWFCFC340 / LSSOFC340
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 1, 2, 3, A, B

This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as “made in Italy” culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism, and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and/or tastings.

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COURSE: FWDNNS350 / SHSSN350
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January

Pre-requisite: Introduction to Nutrition or equivalent.

This course is a study of the importance of nutrition in sports and exercise in order to maximize athletic potential and performance. Covered topics include food nutrients, role of water, bioenergetics in exercise and training, heat and fluid regulation during physical activity, weight, and eating behaviors. Students are encouraged to form educated and strategic regimens (exercise and dietary plans) from both scientific and holistic approaches for professional athletes and physically active individuals.

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COURSE: FWFCFF347
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: All

The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and cultural scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities; encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence’s thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.

This course includes cooking labs, tastings and visits. This is a Food and Culture course, not a CA/BP lab course. Food labs emphasise the food culture of Italy and are not based on professional cooking techniques.

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COURSE: IDRHAA355 / LAAHAA355
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 2, A

This course explores the principal architects and artists, monuments, and themes from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries in Italian art and architecture. Class time is divided equally between lectures and on-site visits in the city of Florence. Emphasis will be placed on Renaissance architecture in Florence and will also include architectural developments in other Italian towns. Special topics will include architectural theory, the Medici and papal patronage, urban planning, and church and palace design. Coursework will focus on important figures such as Brunelleschi, Alberti, Michelozzo, Michelangelo, and Leonardo, in addition to visits to key Renaissance buildings and urban spaces in Florence.

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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: 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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COURSE: GSANCI202 / ISISCI202 / LAAHCI202 / LSSOCI202
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: All

The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills.

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COURSE: FWFCFC340 / LSSOFC340
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: 1, 2, 3, A, B

This course is targeted towards students with an interest in Italian food traditions, society, and culture. The main focus consists of what is generally defined as “made in Italy” culture and style in post-war Italy. Also covered are the relationships between Italian traditions, folklore and contemporary Italian society drawing from examples including festivals, food, tourism, and economy, and the influence of foreign civilizations. Students will be asked to regard the subject of food outside of the context of ingredients and the procedures used to create a dish; we will instead examine a large scale context in which food is either featured as a main component or an integral element in cultural situations. Thus the student is asked first and foremost to observe the presented material across an anthropologic lens that roves over the entire Italian peninsula. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and/or tastings.

  Contact CISaustralia For Syllabus
COURSE: FWFCFF347
CREDITS: 3 US credits / 45 contact hours
OFFERED: January / July Sessions: All

The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and cultural scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities; encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence’s thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.

This course includes cooking labs, tastings and visits. This is a Food and Culture course, not a CA/BP lab course. Food labs emphasise the food culture of Italy and are not based on professional cooking techniques.

  Contact CISaustralia For Syllabus

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

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!

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 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$ 6,913

 

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)
  • Apartment accommodation (shared or single room*)
  • Welcome and Farewell meals
  • 10 meal plan units per week**
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • Cultural activities
  • 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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