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Florence University of the Arts

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.

* Internship opportunities available


Course of Study

Minimum of 12 credits required
Participants will take 12-15 credits. Six of which students will select from the following options:

Option 1. 6 credit Italian language + 2-3 Academic classes
Option 2. 6 credit Italian culture + 2-3 Academic classes
Option 3. 3 credit Italian language, 3 credit internship/experiential learning + 2-3 Academic classes
Option 4. 6 credit experiential learning + 2-3 Academic classes

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.  

As part of the Italian langugage 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.

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Course Information


Florence, Italy

Language of Instruction

All courses are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. Italian instruction available.

Language Proficiency

No proficiency required

Program Type

Exchange: Students select courses offered by partner institution

Program Dates

Fall, Spring, Academic Year

Living Arrangements

All participants are housed in apartments in the vicinity of campus. Housing costs are included in the Program Fee. The FUA Housing Coordinator secures apartments located in the historic city center on behalf of participants. The apartments are each unique, but will include the following features; Within walking distance of school facilities (no more than 20 minutes), Common living space with kitchen, Multiple occupancy bedrooms, One bathroom for every four students, Washing machine



2.8 or higher

Other Requirements

Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply

Application Deadline

March 1 for Fall/Academic Year Admission; Deadline has been extended to Novenber 1st for Spring Admission

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

Program Cost

Application Fee


Tuition Rate

$3,235 per semester for NY residents


$10,775 per semester for non-residents

Program Fee

$6,600 per semester: includes shared apartment, three-day academic field trip to Sicily, 60 meal vouchers, cell phone rental, application fee, and orientation fee

Administrative Fee

$200 (non-refundable)

International Health Insurance

$55 per month approximately

Other Fees

There is no fee for the Italian visa, however students will be required to go to the Italian Consulate in New York City to obtain one. The Stony Brook University study abroad advisor will provide more information about this process upon acceptance.

Travel Costs

$1,400-$1,800 Flight information will be released by the advisor upon acceptance to the program. It is required purchase the group flight.

Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.

Cost Comparison: The average cost for a full time Stony Brook Student including tuition, insurance, housing, and meal plan is approximately $10,445 in-state and $15,735 out-of-state.

More 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.

Links and Resources

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Contact Information

Mariam Isack
Study Abroad Advisor
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3397
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
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