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Florence University of the Arts

  • About the Program

    About the Program

    Florence University of the Arts is an Italian institution of higher education situated in the historic center of Florence. Modeled on the liberal arts curricular tradition, FUA offers a wide variety of courses in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences and natural sciences. FUA has a highly qualified and dedicated international faculty, a large proportion of which is of Italian nationality.

    FUA offers a variety of extra-curricular activities, such as city walks, film viewings, and sports nights. A weekend trip to Sicily is included in the Program Fee.

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Partner University Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Academic Year

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    Minimum of 15 credits required

    Participants will take 15 credits. Students will select from the following options:

    • Option A: 6 credit Italian language + 3 Academic classes
    • Option B: 6 credit Italian culture + 3 Academic classes
    • Option C: 3 credit Italian language, 3 credit internship/experiential learning + 3 Academic classes
    • Option D: 6 credit experiential learning + 3 Academic classes

    FUA's course offerings are linked on the 'Links and Resources' tab.

    Option A: Students enroll in a 6 credit intensive Italian Language course. Students who have NOT had previous experience with Italian will take an introductory course. Students who have studied Italian at their home university will take a placement exam to determine the appropriate level of instruction.  

    Option B: Students enroll is a 6 credit Italian Culture course (Cultural Perspectives: Awareness, Exposure, and Engagement). This course studies italian culture through action and participation. This course also includes a language component which acts as a bridge to culture based on communication skills.

    Option C: FUA prides itself on having developed over the years a wide network of internship placements. In order to be eligible for external placements, students must undergo an evaluation by both the internship department and the external placement supervisor.

    Internships placements are offered in diverse areas and disciplines. Placement areas are determined during the application and interview process. (Students need to provide Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area for the interview)Students selecting internship will require a certain level of Italian language proficiency depending on the placement.

    Option D: In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management. Experiential Learning does NOT require that you speak Italian.  

    As part of the Italian language or Italian culture course, there will be an educational experience requiring students to participate in an organized service activity in the local community and a formal reflection on this activity.

    All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will fulfill GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirement(s) fulfilled by their coursework.

    Program Details

    Language of Instruction All courses are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. Italian instruction available.
    Language Proficiency No proficiency required
    Program Term Fall, Spring, Academic Year
    Living Arrangements All participants are housed in shared rooms in apartments in the historic city center, within 20 walking minutes of a university facility. Housing costs are included in the Program Fee.   The apartments are each unique, but will include the following features: common living space with kitchen, multiple occupancy bedrooms, one bathroom for every four students, internet access, air conditioning and a washing machine.  

    Single rooms are available for an additional fee on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Additional Information

    Credits earned on this program do not calculate toward a student's GPA at Stony Brook University. Non-SBU students are advised to check their home university policy on grade and credit transfer.

    Student Feedback

    • “Writing internationally gave me a new perspective on the art and helped me become a better journalist.”  -Gina Valentino, a  featured SUNY alum who discusses her experience at Florence University of the Arts.

    • ”I would recommend future students to go into this experience with an open mind. It is best to not expect anything from this, just let things happen and really immerse yourself in the culture, language, and lifestyle of your host country.”- Glenda, Spring 2014
    • “I encourage everyone to study abroad. Also, to stay away from the American influences in the country which will be very hard to do but it will be rewarding.”-  Olivia, Spring 2015

    • "You get a strange feeling when you're about to leave a place, like you'll not only miss the people you love, but you'll miss the person you are now at this time and place, because you'll never be this way ever again." -  Sarah, Fall 2015



  • Requirements


    GPA 2.8
    Other Requirements

    Students must be matriculated in an undergraduate degree program.

    Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply

    Application Deadline

    Fall/Academic Year Admission: April 15

    Spring Admission: October 15 

    Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis, and are encouraged to apply as early as possible as seats in some classes are limited.

    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee


    Tuition Rate

    $ 3,335 per semester for NY residents

    $12,090 per semester for non-residents

    Program Fee $6,600 per semester: includes shared apartment, three-day academic field trip to Sicily and 60 meal vouchers (these vouchers average to approximately 2 meals per week over the length of a semester program - this is not a meal plan)
    Administrative Fee

    $200 (non-refundable)

    International Health Insurance $55 per month approximately
    Other Fees

    Students will be required to go to the Italian Consulate in New York City to obtain a study visa.  The Stony Brook University Program Coordinator will provide more information about this process upon acceptance. Visa fees may change. See the consulate's website for pricing of student visas and permit of stay (which are both required for this program).

    The Permit of Stay is applied for and paid in country.

    Some courses may have fees associated with them if there are certain activities or materials provided as part of the course work.  Students will be billed directly by FUA upon arrival for any appropriate course fees.

    Travel Costs $1,200-$1,600 Suggested f light information will be released by the advisor upon acceptance to the program. Students are encouraged to purchase one of the flights that are recommended upon acceptance.
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
  • Contact Information

    Contact Information

    Jessica Zuniga
    International Programs Coordinator
    International Academic Programs
    Stony Brook University
    E1340 Melville Library
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3397
    Tel: (631) 632-7030
    Fax: (631) 632-1396

Academic Year Programs

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