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STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

 

Studying abroad at Florence University of the Arts offers flexible options throughout the year.

 

A detailed study abroad brochure is available at the Academics area. For admissions information and materials please consult the Admissions area

 

The following sessions are held at our campuses in Florence:

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Course schedules are viewable for a complete list of courses offered in all academic sessions. Academic calendars are available with dates according to the sessions.
  • Please note, course selections may be subject to change depending on enrolment and availability.
  • The approval of credit loads must be pre-approved in any given academic session, students who wish to earn credits in addition to the regular load per session must receive approval from their home institution.

  

SEMESTER/YEAR – Fall, Spring, Summer

 

15-Week Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Credit load: Up to 18 semester / 27 quarter credits (upon approval)

  • Fall and Spring semesters run for 15 weeks from early September to mid December and late January to mid May.
  • Regular 3 credit courses (4.5 quarter credits) are held 3 hours per week.
  • Courses from the fall and spring short programs may also be added to a semester schedule.

  • A 1-week Cultural Introduction to Italy session (3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits) field learning program may be added prior to the semester for a 16-week program. See details below in Highlight Programs.

12-Week Summer Semester

  • Credit load: Up to 18 semester / 27 quarter credits (upon approval)
  • Combines 3-week (Mon-Fri) and 6-week (Mon-Thurs) sessions over a 12-week period
  • A select number of experiential learning courses will maintain the Tue-Wed-Thur scheduling in the 6-week sessions for lab-related activities
  • A 1-week Cultural Introduction to Italy or Farm to Table course may be added ONLY at the beginning of the summer semester (13-week program) 

 

QUARTER PROGRAMS – Fall, Spring, Summer

  • The quarter structure combines consecutive 3-week short sessions. 
  • 1-2 courses (3 to 6 semester or 4.5 to 9 quarter credits) are typically taken during each short session
  • Please note that fall/spring seasons feature an intersession week between short sessions (i.e. the combination of two short sessions can last 7 or 8 weeks) while summer short sessions run back-to-back
  • A Cultural Introduction to Italy weeklong field learning course prior to the program can be combined with quarters at the beginning of the fall/spring seasons or with any summer program start
  • Classes are held daily

 

SHORT PROGRAMS

Short programs are offered year-round. Students can opt to take one 3-week short program or combine sessions. Summer sessions are also offered on a 1,4, and 6-week basis. Please consult the summer sessions for information on how they can be combined. 

 

August/Jan Intersession

  • Credit load: up to 6 semester / 9 quarter credits (upon approval)
  • These intersessions are offered for 3 weeks in the month of January or August
  • Regular 3-credit classes (4.5 quarter credits) are held Monday through Friday

Session I-II-III-IV (Fall, Spring, Summer) 

  • Credit load: up to 6 semester / 9 quarter credits (upon approval) 
  • These 3-week sessions take place after the August and January Intersessions in the fall and spring, and throughout the summer season
  • Regular 3-credit classes (4.5 quarter credits) are held Monday through Friday

Additional Summer Sessions

 

1-Week Sessions - Cultural Introduction to Italy 

  • Credit load: 3 semester credit / 4.5 quarter credit or non-credit option
  • Classes are held Sunday through Saturday.
  • Offered 4 times in the summer and may be added at the beginning of 6-week sessions or the 12-week summer semester
  • The week may also be added at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters
  • These sessions are comprised of field study and travel research in Tuscany, students learn on location in destinations unique for their local cultures, economies, histories, and societies. Lectures, visits to historic and contemporary sites, tastes of local gastronomy, expanded cultural horizons, and contact with local culture will directly strengthen and challenge perspectives of Italy.

4-Week Sessions

  • Credit load: up to 9 semester / 13.5 quarter credits (upon approval)
  • Classes are held Monday through Friday.
  • Students begin this session with the 1-week Cultural Introduction to Italy field learning week and continue with a regular 3-week session in Florence

6-Week Sessions

  • Credit load: up to 12 semester / 18 quarter credits (upon approval)
  • Classes are held Monday through Thursday. 
  • Students select 6-week courses, 3-week courses, or combine classes from both. Some 6-week courses are held Tues-Wed-Thur for lab-related activities. 
  • A 1-week Cultural Introduction to Italy sessions may be added at the beginning of the 6-week session

 

FIELD LEARNING & FLORENCE PROGRAMS

The following for-credit field learning experiences are held in off-campus locations and can be combined with academic sessions in Florence:

 

Credit load options:

• 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits: 1 week of Field Learning

• 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits: Course held entirely on campus during academic session in Florence

• 6 semester / 9 quarter credits: 1 week of Field Learning followed by the course topic on campus in Florence.

 

CULTURAL INTRODUCTION TO ITALY

1-WEEK SESSION (SUMMER C-D-E-F-, FALL/SPRING INTERESSION WEEK I)

Dates & Further Details

 Rome, Tuscan coast, and Cinque Terre in the fall; Rome, Oriveto, and Perugia in the spring.

 

THE ITALIAN FOOD INDUSTRY: FROM FARM TO TABLE

1-WEEK SESSION (SUMMER C)

Dates & Further Details

 Italian farm experience in Tuscany, focus on food systems and practices from an Italian perspective.

 

MULTICULTURALISM, FOOD, AND RELIGIONS IN THE ITALIAN-FRENCH RIVIERA

1-WEEK SESSION (SUMMER D)

 A multicultural exploration of food, religion, and society along the Italian-French Rivera and relevant coastal areas.

 

CULTURAL INTRODUCTION TO THE ITALIAN FAMILY

1-WEEK SESSION (SUMMER E)

Dates & Further Details

 Hosted by Italian families. Please note that the Florence-only option is also offered as a service learning course for 4 semester / 6 quarter credits in the Fall/Spring semester. 

 

STARTUP VENTURES AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

1-WEEK SESSION (SUMMER F)

 A unique opportunity to get involved in startup and entrepreneurial initiatives in Florence.

 

The following program combines a 3-week academic session in Florence and a weeklong field learning course in NYC:

 

TUTTOTOSCANA FLORENCE TO NYC

1 AND 4-WEEK PROGRAM (FALL/SPRING SESSION II & INTERSESSION W3)

 Dates & Further Details

 

Credit load options: 3, 6, or 9 semester / 4.5, 9, or 13.5 quarter credit options available (upon approval)

 4-week program: 3 weeks of coursework in Florence and 1 week of events in NYC. Coursework involves the preparation and management of real life events to be hosted in prestigious locations such as the James Beard Foundation in NYC.

1-week program: Offered as the 3-credit (4.5 quarter credits) option taking place entirely during the NYC event week.

 

Areas of Study:

 

 AREA 1: EVENT PLANNING AND COMMUNICATIONS

AREA 2: DIGITAL MEDIA AND VISUAL ARTS / FASHION*

AREA 3: FOOD MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION FOR SPECIAL EVENTS

*VISUAL ARTS FALL / FASHION SPRING

 

STUDY AWAY PROGRAMS

Can be combined with sessions at the FUA campus in Florence, please consult the academic calendar to view which sessions align with field learning courses.

 

TABLE AND WINE GRAPES OF ITALY - FALL HARVEST (STUDY AWAY)

1-WEEK SESSION (Fall Intersession Week II)

Hands-on grape harvest experience held at an Italian winery.

 

CULINARY COMPETITIONS: TRAINING AND PRACTICE (STUDY AWAY)

1-WEEK SESSION (SPRING)

  • 1-week option: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits.
  • Weeklong course concluding with participation in competition for professionals. Open only to advanced-level students, candidacy subject to faculty approval for the selection process.

ITALIAN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE: SOCIETY AND LIFESTYLE

3-WEEK SUMMER SESSION II

  • Credit load: 6 semester / 9 quarter credits
  • This field learning course engages students in Italian civilization and culture through direct experience. Each week of the program features coursework on-site by beginning in Northern Italy, transitioning to Southern Italy during the second week, and concluding in Central Italy for the third and final week.

SURVEY OF ITALIAN ART

FALL AND SPRING SEMESTERS

  • Credit load: 3 or 6 semester / 4.5 or 9 quarter credits
  • This semester-long field learning course provides a comprehensive survey of Italian art. Coursework is held as weekend field learning hours in distinct Italian locations that reprsent the major historic movements covered by the course. Students are directly engaged and immersed in the art and architectural history contexts and topics of study.

For calendar and schedules please consult the link

fua.it/Utility/academic-calendar-detail.html

 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES (YEAR-ROUND)

 

 FUA offers several opportunities to integrate experiential learning and professionalizing experiences to the course of study in Florence. Program offerings are offered on both a for credit and non-credit basis.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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