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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
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  • Program Sponsor: Center for International Studies 
  • Restrictions: UMass Amherst applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Advisor: Emily Ostenson Who Can Apply?: UMA only - non-UMA students consult your study abroad office
Fields of Study: Architecture and Design, Art, Art History, Comparative Literature, Culture, Environmental Sciences, General Studies, History, Hospitality & Tourism Management, International Business, Italian Studies, Nutrition, Political Science, Psychology Key Word Search: Experiential Learning, Fashion Design & Merchandising
Host Institution: Florence Univ. of the Arts Language(s) of Instruction: English, Italian
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Program Provider: CIS
Program Type: Study Abroad Minimum Class Standing: 1st Semester Sophomore
Application Includes: CIS application Housing: Apartment, Family Home Stay
Program Description:

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Program Information:
Study at the famous Florence University of the Arts, with classes from Fashion Marketing to Travel Writing, all taught in English.  Become engaged with your new neighborhood through numerous service learning and community service opportunities.  All housing and classes are located within walking distance to the historic city center, home of the Duomo, Baptistry, and other well known Florentine icons. You’ll never be bored with a cultural calendar offering sports nights, wine tastings, walking tours, cooking lessons, fitness classes, and concerts. What will be your new found passion in Florence?


Among the many highlights are the following:

  • 1 week traveling seminar throughout Italy
  • Robust social and academic calendar
  • Small classes of 8–20 students
  • Service learning course options
  • All classes in English, except Italian Language courses
  • Two over night trips and one day trip included
Location:
Florence (Firenze in Italian) is a culturally vibrant city located in the heart of Italy’s Tuscany region. Around every corner you’ll encounter jaw-dropping architecture, like the terra-cotta-domed Florence Cathedral. The mild weather makes it ideal for exploring the city on foot—we recommend getting lost so you can meander the streets and interact with the friendly locals.

Thanks to the city's small size, you'll feel like a local in no time. You can explore the historic city center and beyond in less than 30 minutes. Florence is also an art lover’s dream! Must dos: visit the Galleria dell’Accademia—home to Michelangelo’s David, the world-renowned Galleria degli Uffizi, and the iconic Duomo. Explore the lesser-known Boboli Gardens and Palazzo Pitti. Art is a great way to soak in the culture and history of this wonderful city. The views from the Ponte Vecchio and Piazzale Michelangelo will steal your heart, but the food, culture, and people will make you want to stay forever.

To explore outside the city, you can easily hop on a bus and head up to the hillside town of Fiesole. You'll catch a full panoramic view of Florence and enjoy the peaceful Etruscan ruins. Sienna, San Gimignano, and other Tuscan villages are also a short bus ride away. If you have the travel bug, trains and nearby airports make it easy and affordable to travel to Milan, Venice, Rome, and beyond in Europe.

The best way to experience Florence is simply to wander through its wonders. This is how you'll find the hidden gems not mentioned in any guidebook.

 
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If you have already researched this program (identifying appropriate courses, costs, application requirements, deadlines, etc.) and you are CERTAIN that you want to apply to it, you may start the IPO portion of the application process by clicking the "Start IPO Application" button, above or below. If you are NOT certain that you want to apply to this program, please meet with an Education Abroad Peer Advisor:
 

Education Abroad Advising Center
70 Butterfield Terrace 
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Learning Commons 
Du Bois Library
Monday-Thursday, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year UMass/IPO Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies 01/20/2019 05/09/2019
Calendar Year 2019 12/01/2018 ** Varies TBA TBA
Fall 2019 05/01/2019 ** Varies 08/25/2019 12/12/2019
Academic Year 2019-2020 05/01/2019 ** Varies TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admissions.

If you are applying to a partner program, you must check their website for ACTUAL APPLICATION DEADLINES. The posted deadline above indicates when your UMass Abroad application materials are due and the program’s deadline may be sooner.