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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall 2017 12/15/2016
02/01/2017 08/27/2017 12/14/2017
Spring 2018 05/01/2017
07/01/2017 01/21/2018 05/10/2018
Fall 2018 12/15/2017 02/01/2018 TBA TBA

Indicates that deadline has passed
Program Description:

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About Florence The Campus Orientation Academics Community Engagement Housing

Student Services Visa Application Deadlines Admission Fees Cancellation Insurance

About Florence

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.

The Campus

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.


The program will begin with a one-week intensive, three credit course, Cultural Introduction to Italy (3 credits), which begins in Rome, travels though Italy and ends in Florence - where the students will continue their studies at FUA. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles.

Upon return to Florence, 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 participate in orientation at Florence University of the Arts, have a cultural walking tour and learn more about program logistics.


Following orientation, 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. During the semester, students are required to take a Survey of Italian Art (3 credits), Beyond the Classroom, Learning through Community Engagement (1 credit) and 3 additional content courses taught in English. Students earn 16 credits (17 credits for science students who take Organic Chemistry II in the Spring semester) on this program (includes the Cultural Introduction to Italy course during orientation). All students must be academically engaged four days week. Course offerings include:

The Survey of Italian Art course is approved as an Art History course which is a comprehensive survey of Italian art and architecture through five major movements in Italian history, starting from the art of the Roman Empire.  This course includes field learning (academic excursions) where each destination pertains to one of the five artistic movements which this course aims at discovering.  The course will take the students to:
  • Cortona, Lake Trasimeno (Etruscan and Roman art)
  • Siena (Gothic art)
  • Pienza and Montepulciano (Renaissance and the concept of Ideal City)
  • Sicily (Baroque)
The Beyond the Classroom: Learning through Community Engagement course, provides students with the incredible opportunity to engage and be fully immersed in Italian society through cultural involvement and academic instruction. In this course, students are able to engage with Italian culture through, Italian Family Club, Chat Pal - a language exchange program, community outreach and/or city walks. 

In addition to the courses listed above, students may select three of the following content courses to complete their semester schedule:
Course Code Title Section Number Class Day Class Time Notes or Any Additional Approvals
n/a Beyond the Classroom, Learning through Community Engagement   TBA TBA  
LAAHIS215 Survey of Italian Art 201 TBA TBA  
SMCHOC261 Organic Chemsitry II + Lab 201 T, TH 9:00 am - 11:30 am Required only for Spring Chemistry and Biochemistry students
+ 30 hours laboratory learning. A scientific calculator, safety goggles, gloves, spatula, lab coat, closed shoes, and full-length pants are required for this course.
ISILDF340 Dante Alighieri’s Florence: Readings and Cultural Walks  201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Also approved for Italian Major and Italian Studies minor elective credit
LACLGT340  Literature of the Grand Tour of Italy  201 W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Also approved for Italian Major and Italian Studies minor elective credit
LACLLE360 Literature in European Cultures 201 T 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
LAHSIR330   History of the Italian Renaissance  201 W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Also approved for Visual and Performing Arts. (Cannot be approved for both History core and VPA core. Students must select one or the other)
SMPHGR340 Galileo and the Scientific Renaissance 201 M 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm Also approved for English core requirement (Cannot be approved for both History core and English core. Students must select one or the other)
LAHSSR350  Love, Sex and Marriage in Renaissance Italy 201 W 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
LAHSMF330 The Medici Family: A Florentine Dynasty 201 TH 9 am - 11:30 am  
SMCHCA310  Chemistry and the Visual Arts  201 T 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
SMPHPL300  Physics in Daily Life  201 W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
FWDNIN305   Introduction to Nutrition 201 TH 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
FWDNHN150  Health and Fitness in the Mediterranean 201 W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
LARSHC310  History of Christianity  201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
LARSHC314  History of Christianity - Service Learning 201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm ** this is a four credit course
LARSWR300  World Religions  201 M 9:00 am - 11:30 am Also approved for World Diversity Credit
LAPLPS315 Philosophy and Science in Early Modern Italy 201 M 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
ISISIA325 The Italian-American Experience 201 TH 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Also approved for Catholic Studies minor elective credit. 
FWFSIF320 Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family 201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
FWFSIF324 Cultural Introduction to the Italian Family - Service Learning 201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm **MANDATORY FIRST MEETING ON MONDAY JAN 29 (CORSO DEI TINTORI 21, 9:45PM-10:45PM). Service learning hours may take place over the weekends.  This is a four credit course  
FWFCFC340 Food, Culture, and Society in Italy  201 F 9:00 am - 11:30 am Also approved for Italian Studies minor elective credit. This course includes cooking labs, tastings, and visits. Mandatory Field Learning Activity in Parma and Modena on Saturday February 17th.
Historical Focus
LAAHAH210  Introduction to Art History  201 W 9:00 am - 11:30 am  
IDRHAR340  Italian Renaissance Architecture  201 T 9:00 am - 11:30 am Also approved for Italian Major and Italian Studies minor elective credit
Applied Focus
DAPDFS225  Florence Sketchbook  201 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm This course requires special materials related to the subject. 
DIPHLA300 Landscape and Architectural Photography 201 T 9:00 am - 11:30 am This is an intermediate course. Knowledge of camera functions is required. Portfolio submission recommended. This is a specialized course which requires at least one specialized lens. A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course.
DIPHID180  Introduction to Digital Photography  201 W 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode. A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Must have a manual setting: ability to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
ISITEI101  Elementary Italian 101  201 T,W,TH 8:00 am - 8:45 am  
ISITEI101  Elementary Italian 101  202 M 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
ISITEI101  Elementary Italian 101  205 T 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
ISITEI101  Elementary Italian 101  207 W 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm  
ISITEI101  Elementary Italian 101  208 TH 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  
ISITEI102  Elementary Italian 102  201 T, W, TH 8:00 am - 8:45 am  
ISITIA301  Italian Language Advanced I  201 T,W, TH 8:00 am - 8:45 am  
ISITII250  Italian Language Intermediate II  201 T,W,TH 8:00am - 8:45 am  
ISITII280  Italian Language Intermediate III  201 T, W, TH 8:00am - 8:45 am  
ISITLI201  Lower Intermediate Italian 201  102  T,W,TH 8:00am - 8:45 am  

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.  All students will receive a Fairfield University transcript with letter grades.

Service, Community Engagement, and Field Learning

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. 

Field learning is a method of educating through first-hand experience. Skills, knowledge, and experience are acquired outside of the traditional academic classroom setting and may include field activities, field research, and service learning projects. The field learning experience is cultural because it is intended to be wide-reaching, field-related content is not limited to the course subject but seeks to supplement and enrich academic topics. Students will have the opportunity to integrate theory and practice while experiencing Italian culture, art, and community within the Italian territory. Faculty lead students in experiencing Italian culture through guided projects and field experiences as planned for the course. Field learning will be developed through classroom preparation, follow up projects, and guided learning outcomes. Field learning provides students with the opportunity to develop skills and appreciate the multifold components of Italian Culture through direct experience. 


Students live in comfortable, furnished apartments located within a 30-minute commute 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 CAS Bellarmine 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.

Student Services

Fairfield University has full time staff 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
  • Sport Night
  • Taste Italy Workshops
  • Mind and Body fitness activities
  • Lectures or panel discussions??


United States citizens studying abroad in Italy for more than 90 days are required to obtain a visa prior to arrival in country. Visas must be obtained in person at an italian consulate in the U.S. For consulate locations and jurisdictions please visit this website.
Students are responsible for obtaining all necessary documentation and for scheduling visa appointments. The Office of Study Abroad will hold a series of visa clinics to help review students’ materials, but ultimately the granting power of visas lies with the Italian government.  

Application Procedures and Deadlines

In order to participate in this program, each student must complete the following steps (preferably in this order):
  • Attend information session (required)
  • Accept College of Arts and Science nomination
  • Meet with academic advisor
  • Attend accepted students’ meeting (required)
  • Attend pre-departure meeting (required)

After the initial application has been processed by the Study Abroad Office, students will receive an e-mail regarding their application status and instructions on the next steps.

Application Deadlines:

Fall/ Year: December 15
Spring: May 1


This program is open to all College of Arts and Science sophomore students and have been nominated by their Department Chair. All students must be  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.

Program Fees

All students will be charged Fairfield University tuition, and room. For questions regarding billing, please contact the Fairfield University Bursar’s Office.

Semester program cost includes
  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Airport pick-up and transfer
  • Comprehensive orientation
  • Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Cultural excursion
  • Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation

Program Cancellation

Students are required to submit a non-refundable $1,000 deposit for their program after committing and are subject to a cancellation fee if they withdraw from the program after the deposit deadline. The deposit is part of the students overall tuition and will be reflected on their invoice.The Deposit Deadline is as follows:
  • Fall/Year: March 1
  • Spring: October 1

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 $12,000 or more.

Please see additional program cancellation policy information.


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.