Semester in Florence, Italy

Imagine studying in one of the world’s most ancient and fascinating cities, where food, fashion and art are celebrated and savoured every day! In Florence, you will immerse yourself in the Italian’s colourful way of life – one that is often only dreamt of by others! Here, you will enjoy this true Italian adventure.

Program Overview

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 is where you will spend your semester, and be able to experience…

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!

The leather capital – Florence is famous for it’s bustling leather markets selling pieces unique to this part of the world. As a local, you will soon know the best places to shop for shoes, handbags, wallets, coats – you name it!

An art-lover’s paradise – 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 a morning (or day) strolling through the world-famous Uffizi Gallery learning all about these famous Florentine families.

Location, location, location! During your Semester in Florence, you will be based in such close proximity to neighbouring European countries. Fancy a quick holiday getaway to France for some cheese and baguette, or maybe a long weekend swimming in Santorini?


Here is why the CISaustralia Semester in Florence program is unique:

  • Live the Dolce Vita while enjoying a social calendar full of exciting, cultural activities – aperitivo in the piazza, exploring Florence’s local boutique and markets, wine tasting at nearby wineries, art galleries, music events… the list is endless!
  • Weekend excursions to Pisa, Sienna, Lucca and Rome
  • World-class location – it’s a tourist’s dream destination and you will be living the authentic italian lifestyle
  • Vibrant campus life with fully equipped gym, library and internet access
  • Organised accomodation with fellow international students – immediate friends!
  • Smaller class sizes mean you will receive personalised time and help from the academic team.

Choose Your Course

The Semester in Florence, at the Florence University of the Arts, offers 2 semesters, starting in September and February. You can select courses from the following departments: College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine and Visual Arts, College of Life Science, College of Environmental Studies and Human Services, College of Business and Economics, and College of Science, so you’ll certainly be able to find the courses you need. Plus, all courses, except for the Italian-language courses, are taught in English.

Please note that all students studying in Florence for the semester must take at least one Italian language course at appropriate level: introductory, intermediate, advanced.

Academic Requirement: 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 options. We will do all we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses:
This is the fun part. Once we have received your application we will send you a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions provided will assist you through the steps involved in selecting your courses.

Course load: Full time equivalent. Approx. 4 classes per semester.

Academic Credit and Course approval: Before you leave Australia for your semester abroad, we encourage students to choose at least 7 – 8 courses from your overseas institution and have them approved by your home university (in Australia). This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule. On arrival overseas you may find some of your classes have filled; therefore it is important to have a number of classes approved (as back up).

If you are interested in gaining academic credit for the courses you study overseas, towards your degree in Australia, you should apply to your home university prior to your departure – but only after acceptance into the program by CISaustralia. Most Universities in Australia will have specific procedures and associated documentation in relation to the approval of academic credit – CISaustralia can assist you in this process. While each University process can be slightly different (and vary between degree programs), this procedure could involve the Universities International Office, your Academic Advisor / Course Convenor and / or Faculty Head of Department. We pride ourselves on having good relationships with the Universities in Australia and guiding our students though this process.

Ultimately, your home University in Australia will be responsible for approving all academic credit for the courses you study overseas. CISaustralia will provide access to detailed course descriptions and / or course syllabus from your overseas University, that will allow your home University (in Australia) to make an accurate assessment of your chosen courses (for credit purposes).

Detailed instructions on applying for academic credit and associated procedures will be provided by CISaustralia after you have been accepted into the program and you receive your acceptance package. This will include a telephone interview by our trained counsellors. CISaustralia will always be available to assist with any questions you have regarding academic credit – by phone and email.

A semester overseas is also the ideal opportunity to take some interesting electives if your program allows.

Course descriptions and catalogue: Please contact CISaustralia to receive a list of available courses on offer.

How to read the Florence University of the Arts course catalog:
In the catalog, courses are numbered 100–299 for first and second year equivalent Australian courses, 300–399 for third year equivalent Australian courses (possibly some second year courses at the 300-399 level). 400–499 courses are for introductory post-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).

Course Fees:
Students should be advised that some courses offered by FUA require additional fees for various supplies, texts and lab use. These fees apply to some courses in the School of Fine Arts, Squola, School of Sciences and Mathematics and the School of Liberal Arts. This charge will need to be paid directly to FUA upon arrival to the university.


As part of your Semester in Florence, two weekend trips are all included at no additional cost. Please note the trips change from semester to semester, but we can guarantee they are always authentic Italian adventures so you can truly immerse yourself in the Italian way of life!

Options include:

Weekend in Orvieto, Assissi and the Marmore Falls
Visit the tallest man-made waterfall in the world at Marmore Falls, discover a city famous for rising above near-vertical cliff-faces, and see the famous Basilica of San Fracesco in one weekend!

Weekend getaway in Milan and Lake Como
Visit Italy’s fashion and design capital, Milan, and admire the world-famous designer brands and stores. Then jet over to Lake Como in search of George Clooney, and spend time wandering through this picturesque old village (with a gelato of course!).

Rome’s calling!
From Florence, Rome is a quick but scenic 2-3 hour train ride away. Nicknamed the Eternal City, Rome is famous for it’s colourful culture and charming way of life. Explore the Vatican, the Trevi Fountain, St Peter’s Square, the Spanish Steps, the Colosseum and countless piazzas and ancient churches and monuments, Rome is an attractive city with something for everyone to enjoy!

Weekend in Venice and Murano
Considered to be one of the most romantic locations in the world, Venice is made up of over 110 small islands connected by a network of bridges and canals. As a part of this trip, you’ll visit the Venetian island of Murano, which has been the home of the Venetian glassmaking industry since 1291.

Other getaway opportunities include:

  • 5 days in Barcelona
  • 4 days in the Swiss Alps and Munich
  • Weekend in Parma and Modena
  • A hiking trip in Cinque Terre
  • Day trip to Tuscany
  • 5 days in Sicily


Florence is the capital of the charming Tuscan region 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 form part of the country of Italy.

The University

Your Semester in Florence will be with the Florence University of the Arts. The University offers 2 semesters, starting in September and February.

There are a wide range of courses on offer from the following departments:College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine and Visual Arts, College of Life Science, College of Environmental Studies and Human Services, College of Business and Economics, and College of Science.

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!

To ensure you can fully immerse yourself into the Florentine culture and way of life, we strongly recommend students take at least one Italian language course. Imagine being able to order your morning espresso and pastry in Italian!

Unique to the program are small class sizes, ensuring you receive dedicated attention from your lecturer. Class sizes range for 8-20 students and are taught in English by both Italian and European professors.

Culture in Italy is extremely connected to the food they eat. You will certainly never be hungry in this country! Italians are known for their wood fired pizzas, olive oil, crusty bread, fresh pasta and desserts!

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 first hand.

During your Semester in Florence, you will become a part of the community, living in your own Florentine apartment and enjoying the many restaurants, cafes and bars throughout this famous city! Start packing, because you’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this thriving but distinctly charming Italian city.


The CISaustralia Semester in Florence program provides you with a fully-furnished apartment with multiple bedrooms* shared with 3 to 5 other students from around the world.

The apartments are located within walking distance to some of Florence’s best markets, stores, restaurants and museums.

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

  • Bed linen and pillows
  • Fridge, oven, stove
  • Basic cookware and eating ware
  • Washing machine
  • TV

The apartments are self-catered meaning you would need to prepare your own meals, however the apartments are within easy walking distance of markets and restaurants where students can purchase affordable food and other supplies.

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

Program Fee & Dates

Semester Program
Please contact CISaustralia for comprehensive program fees and dates. Semester 1 is from late-January through mid-May. Semester 2 is from early-September through mid-December.
Program Fee A$ 14,950
OS-HELP A$ 6,791


Program fees include the following:
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Shared accommodation. Additional fee of A$1000 for private accommodation.
  • On-site support
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Arrival orientation
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Airport pick-up
  • Academic advising
  • Library Fee
  • Gym and Gym classes
  • Internet access and WIFI in all housing and school facilities
  • 75 meal plan units included on student ID card for on-campus dining. Note: Meals and beverages each equate to various ‘units’
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CISaustralia support services before, during, and after the program
  • Financial advice
  • Local excursions
  • University of South Florida official transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Completion

Please note that you also need to budget for flights, meals and personal travel expense. We can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.

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

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.

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