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Florence University of the Arts - Winter

  • Details and Cost

    About the Program

    Stony Brook offers students the opportunity to intern, have an experiential learning opportunity or take a unique course for two and a half weeks in Florence. Florence University of the Arts is situated through the historic city center of Florence, provided a great backdrop for learning and exploration!


    • Experiential Learning Special Project
    • Internship
    • Academic Course

    During the weekends, students can opt into field learning experiences to visit nearby cities such as Lucca, Modena, Gubbio and Fabriano for a small cost. These organized trips show students both the largest attractions and provide local intimate experiences guided but Italians who are experts in the region.

    Location Florence, Italy
    Program Type Partner University Program, Internship/Experiential Learning
    Program Term Winter
    Program Dates

    January 2024 2-Week Intersession

    Wednesday Jan 3 - Students arrive

    Thursday Jan 4 - Orientation

    Friday Jan 5 - Classes start

    Friday Jan 19 - Classes end

    Saturday Jan 20 - Housing check-out (by 10AM)

    Language of Instruction English
    Budget View Budget
    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 20 minutes walk of a university building, Common living space with kitchen, Multiple occupancy bedrooms, One bathroom for every four students, air conditioning and a washing machine.
    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 or higher
    Other Requirements Undergraduates only; all qualified students may apply
    Application Deadline October 1
    Candidates may be interviewed to determine their qualifications for participating and representing Stony Brook University abroad.
  • Academic Information

    Course Information

    Students will select from the following options:

    Option A: 3 credit experiential learning special project

    Option B: 3 credit internship

    Option C: 3 credit academic course

    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*.

    Option C, Academic Course: As a university in the historic city center of Florence, Italy, FUA incorporates the surrounding environment into the classroom. FUA academic courses offer 3 credits and range in topics for astronomy and watercolor to Fashion Marketing and Sports Nutrition. Courses are taught by faculty who are active in their industry, bringing a current perspective to each lecture.

    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.
    • All participants following the Stony Brook Curriculum (SBC) will receive GLO and EXP+ in addition to requirements fulfilled by their coursework.

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