Internships & Experiential Learning

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

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Internships & Experiential Learning

  • Location


  • 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

    Summer 11 2021

  • Program Dates

    Mid May, 2021 - Late Jun, 2021

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Mar 15, 2021

  • Forms and Payment Deadline

    Mar 30, 2021

  • Credit

    3 - 6 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


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Study Abroad Program Description

The Internships & Experiential Learning summer program at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) allows you to gain real-world experience in a variety of fields. You will choose to enroll in either a three-credit internship or a six-credit experiential learning course. Note that experiential learning courses incur an additional fee in order to cover the cost of additional credits.

Internships: Internships are worth a recommended three U.S. semester credits. All internships are unpaid. You will be placed in an internship position at a local business in Florence, actively assisting professionals in fulfilling daily operations. This program focuses on gaining real-world experience (you do not receive academic instruction in this program). You will work about 20 hours per week. Evening and weekend shifts may be required. The following additional application materials are required: cover letter; resume (other materials may be requested); and Skype interview. Some placements require an Italian language proficiency test.

Experiential Learning Courses: Experiential learning courses are worth a recommended six U.S. semester credits and will incur a supplementary fee (this covers the additional tuition for six credits over three). Courses are taught in English, no Italian language experience is required. In addition to regular classroom lecture hours, you will participate in real-world projects and work with the local population, allowing you to gain hands-on experience. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who will monitor your progress and advise you during your experience. Some courses may require lab fees which are paid directly to the university.

*Please note that the intensive month program price does not include airport pick-up, drop-off, or excursions.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.

  • Some placements require an Italian language proficiency test.
  • 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

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities




3 - 6

Contact Hours

120 - 150

Recommended U.S. Semester Credits

3 - 6

Recommended U.S. Quarter Units

4 - 8

Academic Information


  • During this 6-week session, you will either follow an internship (3 credits) or an Experiential Learning course (6 credits).
  • Internships involve work at a local business with no faculty instruction or supervision.
  • Experiential Learning courses involve lectures Tuesday - Thursday in addition to Experiential Learning or Field Learning hours that must be completed in addition to regular class meetings.


  • Internships, courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for internships and courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Internship and course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate selections in the event of cancellations.


  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution.
  • 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.


  • 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.



  • 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.
  • All Experiential Learning courses incur a supplementary fee of $1200 for the additional credit hours.


  • 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. Please speak with your site specialist for information regarding this option or rush transcripts.

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.


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Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Anthony Viltro

Region & Account Manager, Italy


Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Lorenzo Pozzolini

Housing Services, 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, you may visit the Scholarships and Grants page. Please note that some programs, including remote learning opportunities, are not eligible for scholarships.

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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.


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.


For a fully-immersive experience during your time abroad, we recommend you choose to live with an Italian family. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student (roommates are of the same gender).

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.



Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, “The 5 Lands”, is a picturesque view of the Italian Riviera with colorful houses carefully hugging the cliff sides. Part of its charm is the lack of visible modern development, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking trail connects the five villages. The road from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore ("Lovers Lane") and is the easiest walk. The rest of the trails vary in difficulty from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike. Enjoy a ferry ride along the coastline and explore Italy’s Liguria region on this excellent excursion!

Cultural Activities in Florence

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Florence. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Florence special.

These activities vary each term, but previous offerings have included a tour of the leather district (Florence is famous for its leather), a pizza making class, and a tour of a gelato factory!