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Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the historic city center of Florence. The university offers the latest technologies and resources to its community of students and faculty, including Wi-Fi connections throughout all facilities.
Students have access to the many departments at FUA which feature an exceptionally broad and stimulating curriculum available through diverse areas of studies and academic disciplines. In addition to academics, studying abroad with FUA features several experiential components such as educational field-trips, getting involved in the local culture through community service and volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities. Studying abroad at FUA is characterized by the institution’s efforts in cultural integration. The institution’s position places FUA in direct contact with the city’s culture, movements, and events.
Students will attend classes at Florence University of the Arts (FUA), which offers a variety of courses and is located in the historic city center. FUA also has an excellent variety of classes in studio art, art history, business and communications. Students are required to take a 3 credit Italian language or culture course and 4 additional content courses taught in English, for a total of up to 15 credits. Students have the opportunity to replace one of their courses with a for-credit internship.
In addition to taking 4 courses at FUA, qualified students with a high degree of Italian language proficiency have the option of taking one course with local Italian students at one of Italy's leading universities, The University of Florence.
Please find the full list of courses by visiting the FUA website. Once on this page, select the term you are applying for and you will be brought to the list of available courses. And to view the most up-to-date list of pre-approved courses for SJU students, click on the link at the top of this page.
This unique opportunity will allow the student to develop international business skills for the working world. The Internship gives students: a chance to experience how business is conducted first-hand in another country, an understanding of a new culture and society, and in some cases, is an opportunity to improve one's ability to speak a foreign language. The primary goal of an intern will be to continually seek to learn new skills and develop themselves as both individuals and as professional employees.
Please keep in mind that all internships must be approved for academic credit at SJU prior to departure.
Spotlight On: Internship Abroad Dana Mingione, Spring 2014 "I was lucky enough to get an internship in an elementary school just outside the city center where I taught English to 4th and 5th graders. Every Monday and Tuesday, I would take the train into town and watch my students play with English. I had never before considered the possibility of teaching students as young as these; I had previously wanted to teach only high school or college students. But seeing the unabashed enthusiasm that my students had for English was a definite wake up call. They were so energetic and curious, and it was an inspiration to me. It was frustrating at times when I wanted to talk to them, but their English skills weren’t much beyond telling me their favorite color and what they liked to eat for breakfast. And the kids talked so fast and used so much colloquial slang that I had a hard time understanding everything they said. Still, I consider myself incredibly fortunate that I got to take part in this eye-opening internship that made me reconsider my career path. Thanks to those 4th and 5th graders, I will definitely be digging more deeply into the field of ESL education."Service/Community Engagement
The Florence University of the Arts was one of the first institutions in Italy to implement experiential learning into its curriculum. Experiential learning is implemented in a variety of ways into courses and projects for FUA students, where the aim is to create a reciprocal exchange of culture, competency, and knowledge between students and external organizations for a mutually beneficial outcome. Each experiential learning context implemented by FUA is carefully monitored by faculty members coordinated by the Dean of Students and Academic Office.
Housing and Meals
Students live in comfortable, furnished apartments in the historic city center of Florence, located within a 20-minute walk to school. Bedrooms are double-occupancy, and each apartment may have from one to four bedrooms. Students may request to live with one other student. Roommate requests are requests and cannot be guaranteed. Students will be placed with other students participating on the Fairfield program. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with bedding, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, and Wi-Fi access. Students will have access to washing machines in their apartments. As Italian apartments rarely come equipped with dryers, students will also be provided with drying racks for drying clothing. Students will have access to the gym at FUA free of charge.
Here is what one SJU student said about their experience with a host family in Florence:
"My primary goal while in Florence was to improve my Italian. I was thrilled to be welcomed into the home of my host family and to really feel immersed in Italian culture each day. My family was incredibly supportive, and I felt confident speaking with them. When I would (frequently) mess up and stumble over my words, my host sister Andrea would always patiently hear me out, fill in my gaps in vocabulary, or let me know a better way to say something. Home was basically a linguistic playground for me in which I could experiment with my Italian and always know that I wasn’t being judged and that I had no reason to feel embarrassed."
Fairfield University has a full time team based in Florence that are there to ensure that you have an educationally challenging and culturally enriching experience while you are in Italy. They will provide specific support prior to the program start date as well as logistical, academic and emergency support while in Florence.
In addition to Fairfield University’s student services, students will also have full access to all services at Florence University of the Arts. These services include:
Italian Family Club
Chat Pal program
Taste Italy Workshops
Mind and Body fitness activities
Lectures or panel discussions
One day field trips
Weekend field trips
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Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the Fairfield website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th). Use the 'Featured Program' search to apply to this grant.
Things to Remember Before Applying
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.