As a student in the Tuscan city of Florence, you will quickly feel like a local as you wander through busy piazzas in search of your favourite pasta trattoria! The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is where you will spend your July in Florence program.
Here you’ll be able to experiene:
Variety of program session options – You can you spend 3 or 6 weeks in Florence, with a variety of session start dates to align with your winter break.
Genuine Tuscan food – Everywhere you look you will see and smell local, family-owned cafés and restaurants offering the very best of Italian cuisine. Pasta, pizza, tiramisu and local red wine – life won’t get any better!
Courses in your major, plus exciting electives – Study within your major to further your degree in Australia or attempt a new hobby by taking an elective such as Intro to Photography. Or study Italian in Florence – what better place to learn a new language?
Location, location, location – During your July in Florence program, you will be based in such 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?
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.
Escape the Aussie Winter – Enjoy a European summer in place of ugg boots, jumpers and frosty mornings.
If you’ve ever wanted to study abroad in Italy and perhaps have limited time, then July in Florence is for you!
Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique:
- The July program is flexible and allows you the option of staying in Florence for 3 or 6 weeks while earning credit for 1 or 2 courses
- Study Italian in Florence – Courses are taught in English, or in full Italian for more advanced speakers
- 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 Florence 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
July in Florence is offered at Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Take a look at Florence’s wide course selection including classes such as ‘The Florence Food and Culture Experience,’ ‘Florence Sketchbook,’ ‘Food and Wine studies,’ ‘Creative Advertising’ or ‘Fashion Marketing’.
To qualify 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 please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.
How to choose your courses:
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.
Take 1 or 2 courses/subjects during your program. You may combine any of the winter sessions to study in Florence for up to 12 weeks! Please contact us for more details on this option.
- 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.
- Students must receive course approval from their home institution prior to the start of the program in order to receive academic credit. Courses are generally approved if they fill a major or elective requirement.
- Before you head overseas we encourage all students to have a minimum of three to four courses at your host institution approved by your home university in Australia (even if you are only planning a 3 week program). This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule (and avoid timetable clashes). A CISaustralia program is also an opportunity to take some interesting electives if your program allows.
- Your CISaustralia Program Advisor can assist with any questions or details your university needs to make a decision.
For a list of all courses on offer for July 2019, please click here.
Please note that each course indicates during which session it is offered – not every class is offered every session.
How to read the Florence University of the Arts course catalog:
Courses are numbered 100–299 for lower-division courses (usually your first and second year at Uni), 300–399 are for upper-division courses (your third and last year at Uni), and 400–499 are for introductory courses to graduate studies (your third and fourth year – possible honours courses). There are a few variables like the length of your degree and major. As for the letters, in ‘LA HS MI 280,’ for example, the first pair 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).
If you are finding it difficult to understand the course listings, please feel free to contact us!
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 CIS 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 EFTs in its costs, typically either a weekend trip or multiple day trips. 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 July 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. 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.
Your July in Florence program will be hosted at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA).
The University is located in the heart of this magic 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!
Unique to the CISaustralia program are small class sizes, ensuring you receive dedicated attention from your teacher. Your lecturers will come from Italy and across Europe, and class sizes range from 8-25 students and are taught in English (except for your Italian language course!).
The University campus has a fully functioning restaurant that is completely managed, catered, and run by FUA students. This is a unique aspect of the campus and allows you to enjoy this social, cultural experience firsthand.
During your time in Florence, you will become a part of the community, living in your own Florentine apartment and enjoying the many restaurants, cafés and bars throughout this famous city!
Culture in Italy is extremely connected to the food. Italians are known for their wood fired pizzas, olive oil and crusty bread, fresh pasta and desserts. You will certainly never be hungry in this country!
Start packing, because you’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this thriving and distinctly charming Italian city.
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
- 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
Program fees include the following:
- Tuition fees
- Shared apartment accommodation (additional fee for a single room*)
- 10 meal plan units per week**
- Free use of gym and gym classes
- Health and medical 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
- Florence University of the Arts transcript
- University of South Florida official transcript***
- CISaustralia Certificate of Completion
- Optional field trip
*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
Please note: Some courses may have an additional ‘materials fee’ payable on arrival. Specific course material fees are usually between $50 and $100.
***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:
- Travel insurance
- Visa fees
- Vaccinations (if required)
- Meals (unless mentioned above)
- Extra travel/excursions (other than those mentioned above)
Dates posted here 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 and inclusions at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or changes made by our affiliates and partner universities.