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Florence University of the Arts - Summer

  • 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. 

    This summer, FUA offers groundbreaking opportunities to integrate experiential learning and professionalizing experiences to students' course of study in Florence. 

    • Internships 
    • Experiential Learning Project

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Partner University Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates FUA Summer Session B: June 23 - Aug 2
    Additional Information A Partner University program is a study abroad experience where students are nominated/accepted by Stony Brook University, and enroll at a partner institution. In most cases SBU faculty or staff are NOT traveling with participants.

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  • Program Details

    Course of Study

    Minimum of 6 credits required

    Students will select from the following options:

    Option A: 6 credit experiential learning

    Option B: 3 credit Italian language + 3 credit internship

    Option A, Experiential Learning: In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing thorough 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.   

    Option B, Internship: 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*.

    For the language component, students will be tested for the appropriate placement. 

    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
    Language Proficiency No proficiency required for Option A. Internship placements (Option B) may require various levels of proficiency. 
    Program Term Summer
    Living Arrangements

    All participants are housed in shared rooms in apartments in the historic city center, within 20 walking minutes of a university building. 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.

    Program Housing Statement: Stony Brook University is required to comply with the housing policies of the host country, partner institution and/or hotel/hostel. These policies may include requirements such as sex-based housing placement.

    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

    • "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 Semester
    • “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 Semester
    • "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 Semester


  • Requirements


    GPA 2.8
    Other Requirements Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply
    Application Deadline March 15 (Deadline Extended to April 15)
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Program Cost

    Program Cost

    Application Fee $60
    Tuition Rate $286 per credit for NY residents

    $1,023 per credit for non-residents
    Program Fee $2,600 (includes shared apartment, 30 meal units, university services, and international health insurance)
    Administrative Fee $200 (non-refundable)
    International Health Insurance Included in the Program Fee
    Other Fees
    Travel Costs $1,400-$1,800. Flight information will be released by the advisor upon acceptance to the program.
    Costs are estimates for planning purposes of the student and are subject to change at any point.
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