Summer in Florence

Program Information

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

Custom program length – Do you want to stay in Florence for 3, 6, 9, or 12 weeks? Summer in Florence lets you choose just how long your summer study abroad program lasts and how many credits you receive.

Pasta, pizza, and tiramisu, oh my! – Local, family-owned restaurants are found at every corner in Florence. Or shop 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. Or study Italian in Florence- what better place to learn a new language?

Italy and the rest of Europe 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 spend your summer 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. Choose our Art and Language session and you can take classes like photography, painting and Italian Language.

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, then check out our Summer in Florence summer study abroad program! Here are a few of the key highlights that make this program unique.

  • The summer sessions let you stay in Florence for 3, 6, 9 or 12 weeks and earn up to 15 credits 
  • Study Italian in Florence - Courses are taught in English, or in Italian for more advanced speakers 
  • Excursion options to Lucca, Pisa, and Sienna 
  • Small classes of 8–25 students 
  • 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 
  • Gym, internet, and library all on campus 
  • Everything you could ever need or want is within walking distance of the Florence city center 
  • Talk to your program coordinator about adding a one-week tour of Tuscany to the start of your Summer in Florence program

While on your summer in Florence you will have the opportunity to take a couple of day or weekend excursions to see what the rest of Italy has to offer, here are a couple of the places you might be visiting:

Parma Epitomizing a well-off provincial city, Parma is definitely a city of class. Made famous by its cheese and ham, eating is something you will definitely want to do while in Parma. But don’t forget to take the time to explore the exquisite architecture, charming cobblestone piazzas and intriguing boutiques.

Maremma, Tuscany This vast area in south-western Tuscany bordering the Tyrhennian Sea is one of the best kept secrets of Italian tourism. Exploding with natural resources and environmental resources, Maremma is primarily agricultural land, but because of the preservation of ancient traditions and Tuscan culture, the small towns in this region offer a glimpse at the true soul of Italy, only seen by a few.

Sicily As its own autonomous region of Italy, the island of Sicily is very much an experience unto itself. With an impressive combination of cultures ranging from Arab and Norman to modern-day Mafia, the architecture of this island is something to behold. Add to this the striking Mt. Etna and miles of aquamarine coastline then it’s no wonder Sicily is an autonomous region – they want to keep it all to themselves!


While in Florence, you will live in an apartment with four to six other international students. You’ll share a room with at least one other student, although single rooms are available for an extra fee. The apartments are fully furnished, including your bathroom and living area. They also come with bed linens, pillows, a refrigerator, an oven, a stove, cookware and utensils, and a washing machine. Internet is also included and available in your apartment. You can cook for yourself with ingredients you buy at local markets, or you can go out to eat at the many restaurants located nearby.

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.


Summer in Florence, housed at Florence University of Arts (FUA), offers 4 summer school sessions, each 3 weeks long.

Students may also combine sessions to stay in Italy for a full 12 weeks.

Classes are held Monday through Friday.

Courses include art, art history, business, cultural studies, economics, environmental science, health sciences, history, Italian language, and sciences, among others.

1st Session: This session is a JU course led by faculty. For couse descriptions and syllabi, please click here.

2nd and 3rd Sessions: During these sessions you will participate in a 1 credit LS SO CI 200 Cultural Introduction to Italy course along with an elective course listed here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

1-2 courses (3-6 US credits)

GPA Requirement

2.8/4.0  If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement, do not despair! Use the "Contact and Advisor" button on this page or call us to let us know your situation.  We'll do all we can to find the right program for you!

Language of Instruction

English and Italian

Program Dates

Summer 2015*:

Session 1

Start Date: May 18
Departure: June 7

Session 2

Start Date: June 8
Departure: June 22

Session 3

Start Date: June 29
Departure: July 19

Session 4

Start Date: July 20
Departure: August 9

Session A

Start Date: May 18
Departure: June 28

Session B

Start Date: July 29
Departure: August 9

Program Fee

$4,340 - $13,440*
*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Weekly visits to sites around Florence and optional excursions
  • Full-time tuition & 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

“Florence is so full of culture. I saw three operas, made some really great friends, and truly got a taste of Italian culture on this program. I would recommend it to anyone!”

Amanda P.