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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Fairfield applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Courses Approved
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2018 03/14/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Freshman, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Great for these academic disciplines: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Marketing, Religious Studies, Sociology, Visual and Performing Arts Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

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About Florence The Campus Orientation Academics Community Engagement

Student Services Visa Application 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.



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. 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), two classes during a 4-week session (for 6 credits, see details below) and two classes during a 6-week session (for 6 credits). See program dates below under Application Process for more details. 

A database of all courses approved by Fairfield University department chairs can be found here: Database of Approved Courses To find what classes will be offered by FUA during the time you will be in Florence, please consult FUA's Academic Schedule and select the session you will be attending*.

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.

*Please note that schedules and offerings are subject to change. Students will select and register for courses once they have been accepted.   

Cultural Introduction to Italy Add-on Program

During the summer, students have the option to participate in a 4-week program in Italy. This program consists of a regular 3-week session in Florence with an additional Cultural Introduction to Italy (CII) course added on at the beginning of the session. The CII is a one-week field learning program, comprised of field learning and travel research in Tuscany. Beginning in Rome and ending in Florence, 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 time in Italy.
Cinque Terre  Vatican  vineyard

In 2019, Fairfield students participating in the following 3-week sessions are able to add the CII course: SII, SIII, SIV.  (See program dates below)

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 is $6,100 and includes:
  • Cultural Introduction to Italy coursework (3 credits)
  • Regular three-week session coursework (3 credits)
  • Transportation, breakfast daily and 7 meals during CII week
  • Accommodation 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, 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 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.

Student Services

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

This application serves the three different session types (3-week, 4-week, 6-week) available in Florence. The program dates for Fairfield students in summer 2019 are as follows:

3-week sessions:
  • SI- May 12- May 31
  • SII- June 2- June 21
  • SIII- June 23- July 12
  • SIV- July 14- August 2
4-week sessions (including Cultural Introduction to Italy):
  • SVI- May 26- June 21
  • SVII- June 16- July 12
  • SVIII- July 7- August 2
6-week sessions:
  • A- May 12- June 21
  • B- June 23- August 2 

In order to participate in this program, each student should complete the following steps (preferably in this order):

  • Attend First Steps Information session 

  • Meet with study abroad advisor (not required)

  • Apply

  • Attend mandatory Next Steps meeting

  • Meet with academic advisor again (not required)

  • Attend Course Selection Workshops

  • Attend mandatory pre-departure meeting

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 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.


Program Fees

Pricing will vary according to program length and credits taken. Pricing for summer 2018 is as follows:  2019 pricing not yet available 

  • 3 weeks, 3 credits: $3,500

  • 3 weeks, 6 credits: $5,250

  • 4 weeks, 6 credits: $6,100

  • 6 weeks, 6 credits: $5,850

The entirety of this payment will be due to Fairfield by March 1. Payment instructions are listed in each application. Program cost includes*:

  • Tuition

  • Housing

  • Airport pick-up and transfer

  • Comprehensive orientation

  • Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency assistance

  • Cultural excursions

  • 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

Program Cancellation

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.

This program is currently not accepting applications.