Prior to their departure students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in Italy. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in Florence, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in Italy. It will cover topics such as; culture, housing, budgeting, cell phones, food, the university, and numerous other details. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the Italy Site Specialist with any questions.
Upon arrival in Florence, ISA students will be met at the airport by the ISA resident director for transportation to each student's apartment or homestay. The first several days in Italy will be dedicated to orientation activities. The ISA staff will provide tours of Florence along with a historical background of the city and of Italy. Throughout the orientation week, the Florence University of the Arts and APICIUS International School of Hospitality will host several additional events to prepare students for their time abroad. Some specific activities include: