January in Florence, Italy
Our January in Florence 2.5 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.
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
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?
- Please be aware that the courses listed below are subject to change and cannot be guaranteed year on year.
- 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 €70 to €140 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.
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.
COVID Safe Travel
The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. We take our duty of care for our students, their families and our Australian University partners seriously. For all of our program locations, we have developed a site-specific COVID-19 risk matrix and risk management and emergency response plans so that health and safety response protocols are monitored, managed and communicated.
CISaustralia monitors Smartraveller and reliable news feeds to keep up to date with the latest COVID information and any associated travel restrictions and entry requirements for all destinations where we have programs. Due to the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation, Government travel advice can change quickly. For the most up to date information on Italy, visit the Smartraveller website.
Included in the program is a Farewell Aperitivo with your Site Director, which includes two beverages and finger foods. During your program you will also have the opportunity to discover some of Italy’s most spectacular cities and attractions. Below are a few of the many places you might like to visit and activities to undertake during your free time (at own expense) in Florence:
- The Duomo, Florence’s famous cathedral dome, dominates the skyline of Florence
- Uffizi Gallery houses some of the most important works of the Renaissance
- The Accademia houses Michelangelo’s David, one of the most famous sculptures in the world
- The Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) connects the Uffizi to Palazzo Pitti
- Santa Maria Novella Church, Tuscany’s most important Gothic church
- Piazza della Signoria, the Political Heart of Florence
The CISaustralia Site Director in Florence can also provide participants with any assistance or advice regarding local cultural and tourist activities.
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.
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, fully functional apartment. Apartments are shared with multiple students from around the world, depending on the size and number of rooms in the apartment layout. Bedrooms are single-sex shared, with between 2 to 6 students per room. You may request a single bedroom for an extra fee, however single rooms are limited and subject to availability. All apartments are within walking distance or short bus ride from FUA facilities/campuses.
While no two apartments on the program are the same due to the historical nature of the city center, all apartments include:
- Living/dining room space
- Storage space for clothing and luggage
- Bed linen, pillows, towels
- Kitchen including fridge, oven, stove
- Basic cookware and utensils
- Washing machine and drying racks
- Iron and ironing board
- Internet access
A meal plan is provided for all students, with 10 meal plan units per week. This 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. The apartments are also self-catered, meaning you will also be able 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.
The apartments are older-style housing. They may have air-conditioning however this is not central AC. Apartments do not have clothes dryers and not all apartment buildings have elevators. 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
|Application Deadline||31 October 2023|
|Arrival Date||03 January 2024|
|Departure Date||20 January 2024|
|Application Fee||A$ 95|
|Program Fee||A$ 6,999|
Program fees include the following:
- 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 specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
- Apartment accommodation (shared room*)
- 10 meal plan units per week**
- Tuition fees
- FUA application fee, student service fee, library fee
- Free use of gym and gym classes
- Cultural activities
- FUA Educational Field Trip (EFT) included with some courses, but not all
- Farewell Aperitivo with your Site Director
- Program risk matrix and COVID-19 risk assessment
- Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan
- CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
- Florence University of the Arts transcript
- University of South Florida official transcript***
- CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)
Please note: Some courses may have an additional ‘materials fee’ payable on arrival. Specific course material fees are usually between €70 – €140.
*Please note that shared room / shared bathroom housing is provided in your program fee. Single rooms with a shared bathroom may be available upon request and at an additional fee. There are limited single rooms available. They are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Apply early to avoid disappointment. 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. Single rooms have a shared bathroom. You can also request a private bathroom for an additional fee. Please ask your CISaustralia Advisor for details.
**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:
- Program application fee
- International Student Identity Card
- Flights (CISaustralia will however provide travel guidance and support via our formal travel partner)
- Medical insurance
- 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.