Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts

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

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts

  • 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

    Academic Year 1 2019

  • Program Dates

    Aug 27, 2019 - May 14, 2020

  • Program Length

    Academic Year

  • Application Deadline

    May 10, 2019

  • Credit

    24 - 30 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost

    $29,950

  • This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.

Program Description

This is an incredible semester program for Business, Hospitality, Design, and the Liberal Arts! The Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality (FUA) offers courses across a variety of subject areas including: Italian studies and culture, hospitality, marketing, management, studio art, and more. FUA places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, focusing on real-world experience and hands-on learning. Internships are available across a wide variety of subjects (language level requirements may vary).

You will enroll in 12-15 total semester credits per semester. Courses are taught in English (except for Italian language courses.) There is no Italian language experience required for this program, although if you have not taken an Italian language course yet, you are strongly encouraged to choose language as one of your courses. Courses will be taught by local and international faculty. Your classmates will be international students, the majority of whom are North American.

Please note: Some courses will require additional fees: these fees cover course-related activities and support the instructor's teaching methodologies. Textbook costs are not included in the fee. Students will be informed about the payment of these fees by their instructors on the first day of class. Students will need to pay the course fees in cash during the second week of class. Course fees are not refundable.

*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.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.75, you 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

Visa Support

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

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

24 - 30

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

36 - 44

Academic Information

***Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Course registration is first-come-first-serve.***


  • COURSE SELECTION
    • Many courses listed below are only available during either the fall or the spring semester. Please consult the fall and spring sessions of this program to view courses available during a specific term. 
    • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
    • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
    • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
    • All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancelations.
  • COURSE CREDIT
    • Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions.
    • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
    • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by the student's 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 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 at participants' U.S. home institutions.
  • SYLLABI
  • LANGUAGE RECOMMENDATION
    • Students who have not completed a college semester of Italian language or the equivalent are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course while on this program.
    • Italian courses are offered from the Beginner to Advanced level.
  • 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, students will receive a transcript issued directly from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Students requiring a U.S. transcript 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. Please speak with your program manager for information regarding this option or rush transcripts.
  • 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 students who are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning 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. Also note that courses are always subject to change.

Courses

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Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality
College of Business
Economics
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Microeconomics
BU EC ME 280
45 Contact Hours
Management
Consumer Behavior
BUMACB335
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
Marketing
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
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45 Contact Hours
Real Estate
3 Credits
College of Communications and Publishing
Food Communications and Publishing
3 Credits
Journalism and Book Publishing
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Photojournalism
DIPHPJ320
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Travel Writing
CP JL TW 250
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Mass Communication
Critical Thinking
CPMCCT330
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Social Media
CP MC SM 320
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
Digital Media
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Photography
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
90 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Product Design
Product Design
FA PR PD 315
3 Credits
90 Contact Hours
Visual Communication
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Multimedia Studio I
DI VC MM 340
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Fashion, Accessories Studies and Technology
Accessory Design and Technology
Accessory Studio
FTADAS355
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Leather Technology
FTADLT340
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Fashion Communication and Publishing
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Image Consultancy
FTFDIC200
3 Credits
Fashion Design and Technology
Apparel Design
FTFDAD320
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Draping
FT FD DR 240
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
Knitwear I
FTFDKW270
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Fashion Merchandising
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Fine Arts
Art Education
Ceramics
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Classic Photography
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
Creative Arts
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Mixed Media
Mixed Media
FA MM MM 250
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Painting and Drawing
Advanced Painting
FA PD AP 350
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Foundation Drawing
FAPDFD120
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Fresco Painting
FA PD FP 200
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Food and Wine Studies
Baking and Pastry
3 Credits
Chocolate Artistry
FWBPCA450
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Dessert Styling
FWBPDS480
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Culinary Arts
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Pastry Shop
FW BP PS 350
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Dietetics and Nutrition
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Food & Culture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Wine & Culture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Pairing Food and Wine
FW WC PF 335
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Tuscany and Its Wines
FW WC TW 262
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
College of Global Studies
Urban Studies
College of Hospitality
Hospitality and Tourism Management
Corporate Events
HPHTCE380
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Hotel and Lodging Management
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Cost Control
HPFBCC532
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Contact Hours
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Restaurant Management
HP FB RM 390
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Spa Management
College of Interior Design, Environmental Architecture and Sustainability
Architectural Restoration and History of Architecture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
15 Contact Hours
Interior and Visual Design
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Design Thinking
IDPDDT300
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Lighting Design
IDIDIL270
3 Credits
3 Credits
Sustainable Architecture and Design
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Italian Studies and Linguistics
Italian Language
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
9 Credits
135 Contact Hours
9 Credits
135 Contact Hours
6 Credits
90 Contact Hours
6 Credits
90 Contact Hours
6 Credits
90 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
12 Credits
180 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
4 Credits
60 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
4 Credits
60 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Italian Literature
Italian Studies
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
6 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Liberal Arts
Art History and Architecture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Comparative Literature
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Creative Writing
Creative Writing
LACWCW300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Critical Writing
LACWCR230
3 Credits
Criminology
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Dramatic and Performing Arts
Advanced Piano
LAPAPA300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Beginner Piano
LAPAPB120
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Dance Workshop
LAPADW300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Guitar Workshop
LAPAGW300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Intermediate Piano
LAPAPA200
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Private Voice Coach
LA PA PV 300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
History
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
International Education
Music Studies
Philosophy
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Political Science & International Relations
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Islam and Politics
LAPSPI335
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Religious Studies
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Religion and Women
LA RS RW 320
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
World Religions
LA RS WR 300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Life Studies and Human Services
Health Humanities
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Sociology
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Professional Studies
Experiential Learning
3 Credits
150 Contact Hours
3 Credits
150 Contact Hours
3 Credits
150 Contact Hours
3 Credits
150 Contact Hours
3 Credits
150 Contact Hours
Internships
Internship
PSININ450
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
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120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
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120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
3 Credits
120 Contact Hours
College of Science and Mathematics
Chemistry
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
General Chemistry
SMCHGC250
4 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Mathematics
Finite Mathematics
SMMAFM340
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Physics
Physics in Daily Life
SM PH PL 300
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Sports and Health Studies
Physical Education and Physical Therapy
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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. 

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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 two weekend trips and three 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.

Hilltowns of Central Italy

Spend the day soaking up the classic rolling hills of Lazio, Umbria, and Tuscany. While exploring the well-preserved medieval towns and surrounding vineyards that dot the hillsides, you’ll experience the essence of Italy and gain a glimpse into local life and culture. Here the landscape is defined by giant sunflowers and hay bales, and the towns produce some of the world’s best wine. Possible destinations include Vinci, Val'Dorcia, Ninfa, Sermoneta, Arezzo, Lucca, and Montepulciano.

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!

Verona & Lake Garda

On this excursion to Northern Italy, you’ll visit the city of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in Verona, as well as see the beautiful Lake Garda, Italy's largest lake.Garda is blessed with a benign climate anddiversity of landscape: from the fjord-like north, where the Brenta Dolomites dropsheerinto the water, to the gentle hills of vineyards and olive groves, and the sea-like southern basin, fringed by beaches. Verona was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2000, and is an idyllic Italian city full of beautiful monuments, cobbled streets,and historic squares such as the Piazza delle Erbe.

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.