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Florence University of the Arts - Professional Summer

  • Details and Cost

    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. 

    • Special Project Experiential Learning (SPEL)
    • SPEL + Langauge

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Partner University Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Summer
    Program Dates June 26 to August 5, 2022

    Note: Students will depart on June 25 to arrive on June 26.
    Language of Instruction All courses are taught in English
    Budget View Budget
    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.

    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.
    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.


    GPA 2.8
    Other Requirements Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply
    Application Deadline March 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.

    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


  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Minimum of 6 credits required

    Students will select from the following options:

    Option A: 6 credit Special Project Experiential Learning

    Option B: 3 credit Italian language + 3 credit Special Project Experiential Learning (SPEL)

    What is Special Project Experiential Learning (SPEL)?: 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.   

    SPEL assignments require hours outside of the classroom which will be scheduled upon arrival in conjunction with the course faculty.


    Academic Policies

    • This is a partner university program. Applications must be submitted to Stony Brook University first. Information regarding the next steps in the process will be distributed to students who have received formal nominations by their International Programs Coordinator.
    • Grades earned in a Partner University program WILL NOT calculate towards the cumulative GPA for SBU students.
    • Non-SBU students must contact their home university regarding their grade and credit transfer policy.
    • Students are required to retain syllabi for each virtual course.

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