Program Terms:Summer, Summer I, Summer II, Summer III
Non-Fairfield applicants only
Florence is a city of momentous change - but also, a city that retains its historic character and legacy. It is a city of paradox, and it is endlessly fascinating; a perfect place to study, learn and live. Florence has attracted students for centuries and with good reason. History makes itself felt in every piazza, street and market. You have the sense of living in the present while surrounded with some of the greatest achievements of the past. The streets of Florence make even a walk to class an unforgettable cultural experience.Known for its art treasures and history, the city's story goes back to the Roman Empire. The powerful Medici princes led Florence into the Renaissance by their patronage of artists, philosophers, poets, scientists and scholars who changed the face of Western civilization.
Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the historic city center of Florence. The university offers the latest technologies and resources to its community of students and faculty, including Wi-Fi connections throughout all facilities.
Students have access to the many departments at FUA which feature an exceptionally broad and stimulating curriculum available through diverse areas of studies and academic disciplines. In addition to academics, studying abroad with FUA features several experiential components such as educational field-trips, getting involved in the local culture through community service and volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities. Studying abroad at FUA is characterized by the institution’s efforts in cultural integration. The institution’s position places FUA in direct contact with the city’s culture, movements, and events.
Upon arrival, all students will participate in a comprehensive orientation program prior to the start of classes. This is aimed to help familiarize students with their local surroundings, discuss health and safety as well as acquaint them with university and program resources.
Students will attend classes at Florence University of the Arts (FUA), which offers a variety of courses and is located in the historic city center. Many students chose to study art, history and philosophy, but FUA also has an excellent variety of classes in business, religion and sociology. All students will receive a Fairfield University transcript with letter grades. For summer programs, Fairfield students have the option of taking one or two classes during a 3-week session (for 3 or 6 credits, respectively) or two classes during a 6-week session (for 6 credits).
Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Recognized by the Italian government as an institution of higher learning in Italy, Fairfield University is also a member of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy.
Cultural Introduction to Italy Add-on Program
Students participating in the second three-week session (June 4th- June 23rd) will also have the exciting opportunity to participate in an additional one-week field learning program, Cultural Introduction to Italy (CII).
This session is comprised of field learning 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. The addition of this cultural week is a great way to enhance a shorter stay in Italy.
With the addition of this session, students will begin in Rome on Sunday May 28th, end the CII portion in Florence on Sunday June 4th and conclude in Florence (at the close of the second three-week session) on Friday June 23rd. Students will be enrolled in 6 total credits: 3 for the CII week and 3 for the course they enroll in during the three-week session.
The CII is approved as an Italian Minor Elective (or general elective) at Fairfield.
The total cost for the four weeks TDB:
Cultural Introduction to Italy coursework (3 credits)
Regular three-week session coursework (3 credits)
Transportation, breakfast daily and 7 meals during CII week
Housing for four weeks
The Florence University of the Arts was one of the first institutions in Italy to implement experiential learning into its curriculum. Experiential learning is implemented in a variety of ways into courses and projects for FUA students, where the aim is to create a reciprocal exchange of culture, competency, and knowledge between students and external organizations for a mutually beneficial outcome. Each experiential learning context implemented by FUA is carefully monitored by faculty members coordinated by the Dean of Students and Academic Office.
Students live in comfortable, furnished apartments in the historic city center of Florence, located within a 20-minute walk to school. Bedrooms are double-occupancy, and each apartment may have from one to four bedrooms. Students may request to live with one other student. Roommate requests are requests and cannot be guaranteed. Students will be placed with other students participating on the Fairfield program. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with bedding, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, and Wi-Fi access. Students will have access to washing machines in their apartments. As Italian apartments rarely come equipped with dryers, students will also be provided with drying racks for drying clothing. Students will have access to the gym at FUA free of charge.
Fairfield University has a full time team based in Florence that are there to ensure that you have an educationally challenging and culturally enriching experience while you are in Italy. They will provide specific support prior to the program start date as well as logistical, academic and emergency support while in Florence.
In addition to Fairfield University’s student services, students will also have full access to all services at Florence University of the Arts.
These services include: Extracurricular Activities
Visas are not required for U.S. students to participate on the summer programs in Florence.
Application Procedures and Deadlines
This application serves the four different sessions available in Florence. Please select the applicable term when beginning your application. If you selected the wrong term, or would like to switch terms during the application process, please contact the Office of Study Abroad.
Summer I: 3 weeks (May 14th- June 2nd)
Summer II: 3 weeks (June 4th- June 23rd)
Summer III: 4 weeks (May 28th- June 23rd) *includes Cultural Introduction to Italy week course
Summer: 6 weeks (May 14th- June 23rd)
Application Deadline: February 1
Program Balance Due: March 1
This program is open to all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution and who can certify a grade point average of at least a 2.8 as well as meet the remaining Fairfield University Study Abroad approval requirements. This program is competitive and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
Pricing will vary according to program length and credits taken:
3 weeks, 3 credits: $2,940
3 weeks, 6 credits: $3,590
4 weeks, 6 credits: $4,500
6 weeks, 6 credits: $4,880
The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application. Program cost includes*:
Airport pick-up and transfer
Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
*inclusions differ for the 4-week program. See Cultural Introduction to Italy Add-on Program above
After the program balance deadline, students who withdraw are subject to a cancellation fee.The amount of the cancellation fee will be determined by the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad after a review is conducted of the non-refundable expenses that have already been incurred. These direct non-refundable expenses will begin to incur as soon as commitment is made to the study abroad program; they may include tuition, housing, and orientation fees. The cancellation fee may be as high as $5,000 or more.
All participating students are automatically enrolled in Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) health insurance for the duration of their study abroad program. This insurance is included in the program fee, and there is no additional cost to the student. This coverage should not replace your primary insurance.
Fairfield University requires that all travel done independently from the program be registered with CISI for emergency purposes. Independent travel can be registered by logging into individual CISI accounts. Students will be able to log-in once insurance cards are issued (within a month of departure).
To view detailed information regarding the Fairfield University Office of Study Abroad program agreement with CISI, please see the following CISI website.
If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please feel free to contact our office.
The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.
Dates / Deadlines:
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.