Semester in Florence

Program Information

On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts, home to Semester in Florence, focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment where you’ll be able to nurture your talents while you study abroad in Italy. Here, you’ll experience:

Pasta, Pizza, and Tiramisu, oh my – Local, family-owned restaurants are found at every corner in Florence. Or shop for yourself in the large 2-story food market in the city center and make your own Italian creations at home.

Courses in your major, plus exciting electives – Study within your major to further your degree back home or attempt a new hobby by taking an elective such as Intro to Photography. Study Italian in Florence- there's no better place to learn!

Europe and the rest of Italy in your backyard – By air or train, Florence is near hundreds of other Italian cities just waiting to be explored. Or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, hop on a plane for a weekend in Spain! It's all possible when you study abroad in Italy.

An art-lover’s paradise – View world-renowned masterpieces in museums such as the Uffizi Gallery, then purchase your own treasure from a local street artist.

History brought to life – Listen to a class lecture on the powerful Medici family, then walk minutes from campus to see where the family lived during the Renaissance!

Highlights and Excursions

If you've ever wanted to study abroad in Italy, check out our Semester in Florence study abroad program. Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • Study abroad in English or Italian 
  • Excursion options to Lucca, Pisa, and Sienna; Rome is only 3 hours away by train 
  • Small classes of 8–20 students 
  • A full cultural calendar allows you to enjoy Florence’s best music, art, dance, and food. Study Italian in Florence! There's no better place to learn. 
  • Cook for yourself in your apartment or enjoy food from the local market and many restaurants 
  • Gym, internet, and library all on campus 
  • Everything you could ever need or want is within walking distance of the Florence city center

While studying in Florence, you'll be able to take part in two built-in weekend trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from semester to semester, but some options include:

Weekend in Orvieto, Assissi & the Marmore Falls Orvieto offers one of the most dramatic sites in all of Europe, with the city rising above nearly-vertical cliff faces. You'll then be able to visit Assisi, a city renowned for its incredible history of art and religion. Visit the Basilica of San Francesco and the many other castles and cathedrals in this rich cultural location. Finally, you'll head to the Marmore Falls. This man-made waterfall was created by the ancient Romans, and has become known for its spectacular beauty throughout the centuries. Its total height is 165 m (541feet), making it the tallest man-made waterfall in the world.

Weekend in Milan and Lake Como On this trip, you'll get to experience the industrial, commercial, and financial center of Italy. Milan is known across the world as a thriving metropolis and a global fashion and design capital. For a little break from the bustling city life, you will then visit the famous Lake Como, which houses celebrities such as George Clooney, Madonna, and Sylvester Stallone on its shores. You can enjoy kayaking and lake tours on what is widely regarded as the most beautiful lake in Italy.

Additionally, optional trips are available to our students and are organized by our partner school in Florence:

Weekend in Rome Rome is without doubt one the most beautiful cities in the world; every year millions of tourists come from around the world to admire the treasures and masterpieces of Roman art and architecture. It may no longer be Caput Mundi (capital of the world), but Rome is an epic metropolis harboring lost empires as well as modern attractions.

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. The city appears to be floating in the Venetian Lagoon, giving it a peaceful and serene feeling. 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.

5 days in Barcelona Barcelona is Europe's largest metropolis on the Mediterranean Sea, and the second largest city in Spain. It's also a leading center of tourism, economics, sports, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts. You'll find that five days in this bright and bustling city will only leave you wanting more!

4 days in the Swiss Alps and Munich There's nothing quite like the feeling of awe you will experience when looking at the famous peaks of the Swiss Alps for the first time. A trip to these breathtaking mountains will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvinated. Afterward, you will get to tour Munich, one of Germany's most popular destinations. Here, you can enjoy the city's famous architecture, parks and greenery, beer gardens, night life, and shopping.

Weekend in Parma and Modena If you're passionate about good Italian food, then this trip is for you. You will get to learn firsthand all of the steps that it takes to make favorites such as Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena.

Day trip to Cinque Terre Get out of the city and enjoy this day hike in Cinque Terre. The area consists of miles of rocky coastline filled with bays, beaches, and deep seas, and surrounded by mountains. This natural reserve connects five tiny fishing villages through the hiking trail, and was declared a World Heritage of Humanity in 1997.

Day trip to Tuscany This trip will take you to the charming and relaxed town of Pienza, which is often considered the ideal renaissance town. Here, you will be able to taste the town's famous goat cheese before heading to Montepulciano, another town in southern Tuscany. This scenic town lies atop a hillside, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Relax with some of the town's famous Nobile wine before heading back to Florence.

5 days in Sicily Taoromina is Sicily's main tourist destination. Here, you can look down on the sparkling Ionian Sea and enjoy the natural beauty and refreshing climate that has attracted people for years.


While studying in Florence, you will live in shared apartments with other students from around the world. The student apartments house between four and six students and are fully furnished with multiple bedrooms* and bathrooms, as well as a living/dining space. Each apartment comes with bed linens, pillows, refrigerator, oven, stove, basic cookware and eating-ware, and a washing machine. Internet is also included and available in each apartment. The apartments are self-catered meaning you would need to prepare your own meals, however the apartments are within walking distance of markets and restaurants where students can purchase food and other supplies. You will be in close proximity to the campus as well as museums which allow you to meet and socialize with new friends.

*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.

A home-stay option is available upon special request. Your home-stay might be further from campus than the apartments and there are a limited amount of families who participate so if you are interested, please let your program coordinator know during your application process. Please also note that this housing option has a supplement fee.


Courses include art history, biology, creative writing, cultural studies, environmental studies, hospitality and tourism management, Italian language and literature, journalism, and nutritional sciences, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

4-5 courses (12-15 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction

English and Italian

Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: January 29 
End Date: May 17

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: August 27
End Date: December 13

Program Fee


*Cost subject to change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • 2 cultural excursions
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing and partial meal plan
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • University of South Florida Official Transcript
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“I studied abroad to experience Italian culture, in all aspects, firsthand. Florence gave me that opportunity and was an amazing city.”

Matt. W