Hospitality, Art, Fashion & Italian Language

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality
Florence, Italy
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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Hospitality, Art, Fashion & Italian Language

  • Location

    Florence

  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

    Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is housed in a combination of historic palaces converted to modern academic buildings. With free access to internet, research labs, recording and art studio spaces, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, you will enjoy a fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity. With the ISA Office located a few minutes' walk along the Arno River and right around the corner from the famed Ponte Vecchio, you can easily go from campus to the ISA Office for support with academics, housing, travel, or any other aspect of the program. You can come here to receive tutoring, meet with other ISA students, check the ISA bulletin board for upcoming cultural events, use the internet, or mingle with the resident staff.

    FUA is accredited by the Region of Tuscany, as delegated by the Ministry of Education.

  • Term

    Winter 2 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jan 02, 2020 - Mar 20, 2020

  • Program Length

    Quarter

  • Application Deadline

    Nov 01, 2019

  • Credit

    9 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $11,550

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Program Description

This is an incredible quarter and trimester program for hospitality, art, fashion and Italian language! The Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality (FUA) offers courses across a variety of subject areas including: business; fashion; communications; design; language; literature; exercise science; tourism & hospitality; visual & performing arts, and more. FUA places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, focusing on real-world experience and hands-on learning, even offering internship courses across a wide variety of subjects (language level requirements may vary).

You will enroll three courses totaling in nine total credits per quarter. Courses are taught in English (except for Italian language courses). There is no Italian language experience required for this program though you are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course if you do not have any experience with the language. Courses are taught by local and international faculty. Your classmates will be international students, the majority of whom are North American. Some courses will require additional fees.

*Eligibility

MINIMUM GPA

Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES

There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.

  • You must submit a self-disclosure conduct information form and a School of Record transcript request form. Additional details will be provided after gaining access to the ISA Student Portal.

  • A cumulative GPA below 2.75 may still be considered for acceptance. You will have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University

Housing

Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model

Excursions

Cultural Activities

Insurance

Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities

Academics

Credits

Credits

9

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

9

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

12

Academic Information

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

  • You will take 3 courses (9 semester credits) during this back-to-back modular session. You will only take one course at a time during each session.

COURSE SELECTION

  • This session is comprised of January, February, and March Intensive Month sessions back-to-back. You will take 3 courses (9 credits) during this quarter. Each course is a 3 week intensive course with most classes meeting Monday - Thursday.  To see the available courses during each session, click on the following links. You will take one course from each session:
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancelations.

COURSE CREDIT

  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.

COURSE LEVEL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) subject difficulty levels and course codes. Course numbers generally adhere to the following guidelines:
    • 100 - 299 Lower division courses
    • 300 - 399 Upper division courses
  • These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators your U.S. home institution.

SYLLABI

COURSE FEES

  • Some courses may require additional fees for materials and field trips which are to be paid directly to the host university. Fees typically range from €20 to €150.

TRANSCRIPTS

  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). If you require a U.S. transcript, you will have the option to request a supplemental transcript from the University of South Florida (USF), who serves as the U.S. School of Record for ISA programs held at the FUA/APICIUS. For more information on this option, please contact ISA.

LANGUAGE PLACEMENT

  • Enrollment in Italian courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • We strongly suggest that if you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, to prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Please Note: The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form.

Courses

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Ben Chinisci

Program Manager, Italy

FLORENCE TEAM

Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Luca Innocenti

Housing Coordinator, Italy

Perla Signori

Italy Custom Program Director, Italy

Stefano Casati

Cultural Activities & Custom Program Coordinator, Italy

Sabrina Landini

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator & Custom Programs, Italy

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

View all Funding Options

Housing

ISA housing offers several ways for you to immerse yourself in Florence during your study abroad experience. Since Florence is a small city, you’ll likely walk from all of these housing options to class, though some options are more centrally located than others. Whether you want an immersive Italian experience in a homestay or a more independent international student apartment, you’ll be within walking distance to your courses!

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations. However, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.

Apartment

Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Rent and utilities are included in the program price and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located throughout the city of Florence rather than all in one building. Apartments typically house two to six ISA students, with shared room occupancy. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $250 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

Excursions

THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA

ISA excursions allow you to explore the classic, rustic, and gorgeous landscape of Italy that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on one overnight trip and two day trips to the following destinations.

Assisi

Located between Florence and Rome in the region of Umbria, Assisi is an ancient, central Italian town with medieval towers and castles. Here, you’ll see a more relaxed pace of life and a reverence for St. Francis, who was born and died there. You’ll also be able to tour the Basilica of San Francesco d’Assisi, one of the most iconic sites for the Catholic religion. This Basilica is split into an upper level and a lower level and is full of ancient frescos, ornate architecture, and even a crypt.

Rome

Get an introduction to Italy via the Eternal City, a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends historical landmarks with modern Italian style. During this trip, you’ll visit iconic sites like the Coliseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, and finish the excursion by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to this truly enchanting city. Rome can be overwhelming because of its size, but with ISA as a guide, you’ll be set!

Siena & Tuscan Towns

Another incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena has a laid-back lifestyle that allows you to leisurely stroll the winding cobblestone streets, explore the Renaissance cathedral, and relax in the beautiful town square, Piazza del Campo. Each neighborhood (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot. Ward rivalries are most rampant during the traditional medieval horse race (Palio) held on July 2 and August 16 in Piazza del Campo each year. Then, you’ll tour neighboring Tuscan towns that produce some of the world’s greatest wines, cheeses, and other iconic Italian products. Possible locations include San Gimignano or Monteriggioni.