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.
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.
* Internship opportunities available
Check out pictures from previous years on our Facebook page.
Course of Study
Minimum of 12 credits required
Participants will take 12-15 credits. Students will select from the following options:
Option A. 6 credit Italian language + 2-3 Academic classes
Option B. 6 credit Italian culture + 2-3 Academic classes
Option C. 3 credit Italian language, 3 credit internship/experiential learning + 2-3 Academic classes
Option D. 6 credit experiential learning + 2-3 Academic classes
FUA's course offerings is linked at the bottom of this page.
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 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.
|Language of Instruction||
All courses are taught in English, unless otherwise specified. Italian instruction available.
No proficiency required
Exchange: Students select courses offered by partner institution
Fall, Spring, Academic Year
All participants are housed in shared rooms in apartments in the historic city center, within 20 walking minutes of campus. 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, and a washing machine.
2.8 or higher
Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply
Fall/Academic Year Admission: February 15
$3,235 per semester for NY residents;
$11,855 per semester for non-residents
$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
|International Health Insurance||
$55 per month approximately
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.
$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.
- “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
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.
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