The Special Programs department provides the opportunity to design the program of a lifetime. The department offers academic packages for institutions and organizations that seek a personalized option for their students and faculty. Credit or non -credit programs can be developed year-round for groups of all sizes and students of all ages, drawing on elements from FUA academic divisions and PALAZZI Community Engagement Member Institutions. These unique and dynamic offerings give participants the opportunity to immerse themselves in Italian culture through hands-on learning and community interaction.
Special Programs aspires to provide a meaningful experience to students and faculty that will inspire them to continue to explore the world around them through hands-on study and interaction. In collaboration with FUA and PALAZZI, Special Programs works to establish long lasting ties with students, faculty and institutions that come to study and learn in Italy. Traditional and contemporary subjects are taught with creative, hands-on and culturally immersive methods, thereby stimulating faculty and students to become more engaged in their academic and overall experience. Partipants will gain an expanded worldview through our commitment to cultural immersion, community engagement and hands-on learning.
HOW TO DESIGN A CUSTOMIZED PROGRAM
Your program can be designed using a number of resources, services and educational experiences. We are at your disposal to make recommendations and collaborate in order to design the best possible program for your students and objectives.
The following is a guide to the main elements to consider when designing a program:
What is the theme of my program?
It is possible to create a program drawing educational elements from one or more FUA and PALAZZI institutions, drawing upon the strength and diversity of both the academic and Community Engagement Member Institutions.
What type of program do I wish to create?
− Faculty-Led – A program where a faculty member supervises the participants as an advisor or program leader but does not teach a faculty-led course on-site. The faculty represents their home institution and are responsible exclusively for their own students. Students take at least one course with FUA. Participants may be either students of, or enrolled through, the faculty member's home institution.
WHAT PAST PARTICIPANTS SAY...
“Teaching Florentine Renaissance Art History anywhere else is not as rewarding. It is a dream come true to discuss Michelangelo’s sculptural techniques while peering up at his David, and turn around to see the excitement in my students’ eyes.” - Visiting professor
“I’ve always loved Italian food but never knew it could taste this good! I loved learning how to make fresh pasta in Italy and I will definitely try to make it again when I’m at home.” - Culinary student
“There is something magical about the light in Tuscany, its softness and warmth never cease to amaze me. Learning how to capture that light in photography has enabled me to take a part of Italy home with me.”
- Photography student
− Cooperative Faculty-Led – A program where a faculty member designs and participates in the program as an instructor. The faculty represents their home institution and teach a course on-site exclusively to their own students. Students take one class with their accompanying faculty member(s) and one class with FUA.
− Food & Culture - Academic programs that are offered on a for credit and non-credit basis which explore a variety of Italian food and culture topics. These programs can be tailored for adult professionals and students of all levels.
When do I want to run the program?
Programs may be held at any time of the year. Summer programs are held during our 3, 4, and 6 weeks sessions in the summer (from mid-May to the end of August). Programs may also be held during January intersession, or in accordance with the fall/spring intensive sessions.
How many students will participate?
This depends on the financial parameters and academic objectives of the home and receiving institutions. In general, 12-15 students are needed for a program to run.
What will be the academic content of the program?
This will depend on the academic needs of the home institution and if the program is for credit or not for credit. The program may include, but not be limited to: traditional credit courses, classes, lectures, guided visits and workshops. Some programs may benefit from the inclusion of field learning, experiential learning and/or service learning coursework.
What are the housing options?
A variety of housing options are available to students and faculty. Housing can be arranged in well-appointed apartments or dorm-style accommodation in the city’s historical center as well as in hotels. These options depend on the length and type of program, time of year and budget.
What other elements will my program include?
Students and faculty will have full use of all institutional facilities including computer labs and printing facilities, wifi internet connection in all school buildings, free use of the school library and gym, as well as having the full support of our Student Life and Development department for arrival orientation, counseling and advising and access to our full program of extracurricular cultural and sporting activities. Additional services that can be incorporated into the program to complete the educational and cultural experience include:
− Meal plan units
− Field Learning activities
− Facilitated arrivals and housing check-in
− Health Insurance: FUA’s international insurance provider offers comprehensive health insurance affiliated with many English-speaking doctors/institutions in Italy.
How much will the program cost?
The cost of the program depends on a number of elements and the combination of services chosen according to the financial limitations and academic objectives of the institutions. Seasonality according to tourism in Florence may also impact the cost.
Who do I contact to discuss more details?
Please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions related to faculty-led and customized programs.