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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

Check out pictures from previous years on our Facebook page.


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 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

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

Fall/Academic Year Admission: May 30
Spring Admission: September 1

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

Program Cost

Application Fee $60
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.

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

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.

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Contact Information

Alison Becker
International Programs Coordinator
International Academic Programs
Stony Brook University
E1340 Melville Library
Stony Brook, N.Y. 11794-3393
Tel: (631) 632-7030
Fax: (631) 632-1396
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