Semester in Florence is located at Florence University of the Arts, in the heart of the city with a fabulous location making all the great Florence sights easily accessible. With magnificent monuments such as the Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce just minutes from school, you’ll never have to complain about your walk to class. You will enjoy small class sizes of 8–20 students and excellent courses taught by Italian and other European professors. With the exception of your Italian-language course, all courses are taught in English and there is an extensive variety to choose from. In terms of academics, FUA truly has it all!
FUA challenges its students to see beyond the beautiful art work that Florence has to offer and truly live in the city and experience everything it has to offer. This includes learning some of the language in order to truly interact with the culture and the people in the city. The institution is historically focused on humanities and looks at the past as a lens to understand principles of present day context. It is a rewarding academic experience!
Semester in Florence, housed at Florence University of the Arts, offers 2 semesters, starting in September and February— which lines up nicely with the US academic calendar. 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.
CIS, the Center for International Studies, is an international education organization whose mission is to provide innovative global education programs that foster academic, professional, and personal development, laying the foundation for our program participants to become engaged global citizens.
We are dedicated to working with students who are interested in spending a summer, semester, year or full degree abroad. We offer programs that are value priced, comprehensive and located in some of the most desirable places in the world. From the moment you contact CIS, an experienced staff member will begin working with you to ensure you are well prepared for whichever study abroad program you choose. We will play an integral role between you, your home institution and the overseas program.
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