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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Program Cost, Spring
  • PROGRAM COST: Program Cost
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/20/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/29/2018 12/13/2018
NOTE: Students who wish to take part in the optional Cultural Introduction to Italy Field Learning program should plan to arrive on August 26th. Classes begin on September 3rd for all students.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language Requirement: None GPA: 2.75
Disciplines offered: Art History (ARTH), Business Administration (BUSN), Chemistry (CHEM), College of Arts and Sciences, Communication Studies (COMM), Economics (ECON), English (ENGL), Environmental and Ocean Sciences (ENVR), Finance (FINA), History (HIST), Information Technology Management (ITMG), Italian (ITAL), Music (MUSC), Philosophy (PHIL), Physics (PHYS), Political Science and International Relations (POLS), Psychology (PSYC), School of Business, Sociology (SOCI), Theology (THRS), Undergraduate, Visual Art (ARTV) Accomodations: Host families, Shared apartments off-campus
Class Standing: Must have completed 45 units Program Advisor: Alana Thomas -
Tuition Remission Eligible Program: No Program Type: Undergraduate
Program Description:

ITALY: Florence 

Florence University of the Arts [FUA

Fall / Spring Semester Program 



The birthplace of the Renaissance, 
Florence was once home to Michelangelo, da Vinci, Brunelleschi, Dante, Machiavelli, Galileo and the powerful Medici family. It has retained an extraordinary wealth of art treasures that are glorious testimony to centuries of civilization. Today, Florence is a modern city with sports venues, musical events, great restaurants and traditional festivals. Situated on the major rail lines and national motorways, Florence is within easy access of other popular Italian destinations.

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the historic Palazzo Doni, just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce. This program offers courses in the American-academic style and primarily hosts U.S. study abroad students in its undergraduate courses. FUA also is home to a cooking school, which draws in students from around the globe. Class sizes range from 10 to 35 students and often use the museums, architecture, and experiences around the city as part of the course.

You can learn more about program via the FUA link above and via the FUA Academic Calendar.

Please see the Pre-Approved FUA Course Equivalencies to learn FUA course equivalents at USD. NOTE: Core curriculum designations on this list pertain to OLD core only. 

View the Spring 2018 FUA courses offered.
View the Fall 2018 FUA courses offered. 

Please note: All Italian majors and minors studying abroad in Italy are required to enroll in an Italian course.  

FUA offers a wide variety of courses in business, humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences. Courses are instructed in English with the exception of Italian grammar courses and advanced Italian electives. Students may take up to 15 transferrable units. 

Many courses have been reviewed to transfer back to USD so be sure to review the pre-approved courses listing above in tandem with the courses during your anticipated term abroad. If there is a course you are interested in not listed on the pre-approved list, please contact Alana Thomas.

FUA also offers internship opportunities as well as experiential learning programs. For more information, please visit this page: 
FUA Internship & Experiential Learning.

Note: Some FUA courses have additional lab/studio fees. Be attentive to course descriptions and syllabus requirements.


All housing arrangements are made by the FUA housing administration on behalf of the student. Students are placed in furnished apartments in areas surrounding the university campus. Many apartments are located in buildings with Italian families, giving students the opportunity to interact with locals. Students have access to neighborhood open-air markets, specialty stores, boutiques, restaurants, cathedrals, and historical sites. 
Students with interest in living with local Italians may also have the option to stay with an Italian host family. Extra fees are associated with the host family option and are available on a limited basis.

USD students will be billed the cost of USD tuition for their term abroad via their USD Student Account. The Program Fee is also assessed via the USD Student Account and includes the cost of housing. Please see Program Cost above to review details of fees associated with this program.

Supplemental Course Fees: Students will be responsible for paying any/all supplemental course fees charged by Florence University of the Arts. This includes but is not limited to art studio fees, lab fees, etc. This will be billed via USD Student Accounts and should be paid directly to USD.

Supplemental Housing Fees: Students wishing to upgrade their housing arrangements will be charged an additional fee as outlined by Florence University of the Arts. This will be billed via USD Students account and should be paid directly to USD.


A passport valid through 6 months past the program end date is required for all study abroad programs. Upon formal acceptance to participate in the program, students will need to apply for an Italian student visa. The study abroad advisor will review this process with all admitted students during the pre-departure orientation. The Italian student visa application is a lengthy process which requires that students be without their passports for quite some time. As such, students are highly discouraged from making any international travel plans within 90 days of the start date of their program.


All participants are able to utilize the on-campus facilities. Facilities include computer labs, libraries, and small gym.

There are a variety of program activities arranged each weeknight that are free for students to attend. Activities include exercise classes, field activities such as volleyball and soccer, community service and conversation exchange opportunities, music and cinema events, open-mic connecting-culture nights, assist with student publications (newsletter and magazine), academic field trips, and the cultural association which promotes the arts, wine, and gastronomy. 

For a list of Palazzi events, CLICK HERE

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Florence Marketing Video