Location
  • Italy
    • Florence
Term
Academic Year, Fall, J-Term, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Accounting Advertising Architecture Art History Business Chemistry Communications Creative Writing Culinary Arts Cultural Studies Design Economics European Studies Film Finance Food Science and Nutrition Hospitality Interior Design International Business International Relations Journalism Literature Marketing Media Relations Music Political Science Psychology Public Relations Visual Arts +19
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Starting Price
2000
Price Details
Program Price Includes:
• Comprehensive Advising and Support
• Tuition at the Host University
• Official Transcript from Host University with ISA Cover Letter
• Housing
• Meals and Laundry Services
• Bridging Cultures Program
• Full-Time Resident Staff
• On-Site ISA Offices
• Computer and Internet Access
• Excursions
• The ISA Discovery Model
• Cultural Activities
• Medical Insurance
• Comprehensive Health, Safety and Security Support
• Airport Reception
• Visa Support
• Tutoring
• The Professional Development Toolbox
• Scholarship Opportunities
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities
Oct 06, 2023
Feb 22, 2024
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About Program

Study abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and Apicius International School of Hospitality (AISH) or at the New York Film Academy (NYFA). Students will spend time mastering their artistry in one of the most diverse artistic cities in the world in so many facets. They will explore all of the history and architecture that Florence has in store to get a lifetime worth of inspiration.

ISA offers excursions that are included in the program cost. Destinations include Rome, Cinque Terre, Siena, and central Italy. Students will immerse themselves in the culture of Italy during an amazing semester or summer abroad. Check out the ISA website for all the details!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Our team at ISA is committed to providing exceptional support through identity-focused advising and resources for students, university partners, and ISA staff. We have developed our ISA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help serve all students and stakeholders, particularly the needs of underrepresented student populations. Our country-specific diversity pages offer information about the societies and cultural history of ISA destinations. This information can be used to start your reflection about how your intersecting identities relate to the host community context.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Our team at ISA is committed to providing exceptional support through identity-focused advising and resources for students, university partners, and ISA staff. We have developed our ISA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to help serve all students and stakeholders. Our country-specific diversity pages offer information about the societies and cultural history of ISA destinations. This information can be used to start your reflection about how your intersecting identities relate to the host community context.

Neurodivergent Support

ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of neurodivergence. Our Health & Safety team is available to answer questions about insurance and medication, as well as provide students with materials on overseas access to support.

Accessibility Support

ISA is committed to facilitating quality programming to students with varying levels of accessibility. With our wide portfolio of program types and locations we’re confident there is a suitable and accessible program for each student. Accommodations abroad can be complex and take time, so those with accessibility needs should inform ISA of any accommodations requests as early as possible in the advising process. Please contact accessibilityteam@studiesabroad.com with questions or for more information.

Impact

Sustainability

We have partnered with Fill it Forward to engage team members and program participants in waste reduction practices. The goal is to encourage the elimination of single-use waste. Every QR code scan shows the impact of reusable bottles and unlocks a donation to environmental impact groups.

Ethical Impact

WorldStrides, a global organization, is committed to educate and serve communities worldwide. Our commitment is fueled by the passion of our team members and partners to make experiential learning accessible, while also being socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible. Together, we accomplish this by investing in initiatives to promote inclusion, diversity, and sustainability.

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Florence, Italy

Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is housed in a combination of historic palaces converted to modern academic buildings. With free access to internet, research labs, recording and art studio spaces, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, you will enjoy a fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity!

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Program Reviews

4.91 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • 5 rating 91.3%
  • 4 rating 8.7%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Academics 4.1
  • Support 4.7
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 4.65
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Leah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

ISA Florence Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad in Florence, Italy through ISA was the experience of a lifetime. The program was in the Fall of 2023, from the end of August until Mid-December. Although I wanted to stay forever, this timeline was a perfect amount of time away from my home university at UCLA. ISA set 4 of my friends and me up with a wonderful apartment, right on the edge of the city center and the residential area. They were extremely helpful in providing us with anything we needed, from kitchen supplies to a spare key when I was once locked out! Florentines were extremely welcoming and excited to share their culture with us, making this experience more immersive and culturally enriching. The classes offered were also so fascinating and fun! I can't recommend the program enough.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to get as involved in the community as possible! Florence is a small but mighty city, with passionate residents. They are all super excited about sharing their beautiful culture, history and city with you, so you should definitely take advantage of that. I did a weekly pilates class in Italians, which was a fun way for me to do something I love in a Florentine way!
Pros
  • Walkable City
  • Rich History & Art
  • Inexpensive
Cons
  • Poor public transportation
12 people found this review helpful.
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Faith
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience of my life

Studying abroad was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I had never felt so excited about my life and engaged in what I was learning. It was an experience that made me learn so much about who I am and what I wanted to do with my life. I made friends that I will have for a lifetime and found a mentor who has helped me find my path. Studying abroad opened doors for more opportunities in the US as well. After studying at FUA Apicius I was granted an incredible opportunity to do a program in New York City cooking for the James Beard foundation. The ISA blog program also gave me experience in my field of digital media. I cannot think of a more valuable incredible time of my life and I cannot wait for the day I return to Florence. I now plan to study for a whole semester in Spain to continue the incredible experiences and learn more about the world.

What was your funniest moment?
Interacting with the chefs and
19 people found this review helpful.
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Chase
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Florence, Italy - Fall '22

My semester in Florence was nothing short of amazing! Instead of staying in student housing, I chose the homestay option so that I could be fully immersed in the Italian culture. I took fashion design, leather handbag construction, clothing construction and styling classes, and what better place to learn fashion than the Home of Fashion?! I was truly in heaven with all of the fashion, food, and history. Traveling with friends and family to Rome, Pisa, Venice, Milan, and more put the cherry on top

What was your funniest moment?
My mom and aunt came to visit me for a week before Thanksgiving, and we traveled to San Gimignano to do a Vespa Wine Tour. Our tour guides made this excursion so fun! We rode the vespas through the hills of San Gimignano, did wine tasting and ate pasta with a beautiful view, and had a mini concert with the other group and our guides on the way back to the hotel. This day was one I will never forget!
Pros
  • Quality of life
  • City pace
  • Access to luxury
Cons
  • Pickpocketers
  • Exchange interest
21 people found this review helpful.
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Gabriella
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

I may go study my masters!

I loved my time abroad in Florence. As someone with italian heritage, I fell in love with the culture, lifestyle, and language in Italy in a more tangible way living and studying there. My Nonno encouraged me to study in Florence, specifically, because they have incredible programs encouraging artistry and education, and the views, history and architecture surrounding you in the city are simply incredible.

Florence is more like a small town, than a big city. It feels like you're in a place you know and love, and you get to experience the everyday lifestyle of a Florentine as you stroll the streets, eat pasta, (and other regional dishes like bistecca fiorentina, lampredotto, tartufo, etc) drink one euro cappuccinos, connect with the locals, and visit the markets. It genuinely felt like a dream almost everyday.

I always felt safe walking alone to and from my apartment near Ponte Vecchio, and appreciated the easy access, and consistent business of the city around me as I ventured out on my own.

I was quick to make friends, and my only encouragement would be to branch outside of the American friends you will automatically create in your program! I connected with a friend and her friends, who were locals from Florence at a nearby restaurant, and continued to meet European students that I wouldn't otherwise have met if not for living in Italy at the same time. I opted for the Italian Language program that ISA offered, and they partnered me with an Italian student to work on my language skills and offer assistance in English as we learned together.

Florence hold a deeply special place in my heart, and I still have friends and owners in the city who I stay in contact with. I loved it so much so that I am considering going back to the University I studied at through ISA to get my masters in Visual Media!

If you're hesitating, go live 'la dolce vita'; I promise you will only grow and experience the beauty of a lifestyle entirely different than your own, and consistently find yourself beaming with the joy of living abroad and all the adventures ahead of you.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Ah, lampredotto. I was extremely hesitant to try, only because I had a good idea of what it would taste like from previous meals I had eaten, but it's almost like you never had the true experience if you don't try it. It's basically cow intestine, but a "panino", so a sandwich with meat, sauce and bread. Don't be afraid, just at least give it a go to understand some of the poor food styles that still linger throughout the culture of the city today.
Pros
  • convenient access all over the city
  • the food!!!
  • kindness and generosity of the locals
Cons
  • Sometimes Florence felt small but only because I didn't go beyond the city center often
  • My classes were exciting and interesting, but some I chose lacked rigor/challenge
  • honestly nothing!
22 people found this review helpful.
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Audri
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing

Study abroad changed my life. It not only expanded my knowledge in my studies, but allowed me to experience a new culture. I learned so much about myself that I never would've known if I didn't study abroad. I was able to meet people from other universities that became some of my closest friends. Florence was the ideal study abroad location. There was so much culture and there was an easy ability to travel to different places. I'm so thankful that I decided to study abroad. My college experience was greatly increased once I made the decision.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was initially leaving the states knowing I wouldn't be back for awhile. I overcame that by reminding myself how much this was a dream of mine and knowing that everyone was in the same boat as me.
Pros
  • Built resume
  • went to 10 countries
  • got to live among the locals of a different country
Cons
  • far from family
  • far from friends
  • culture shock was hard to overcome
24 people found this review helpful.
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Grace
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Florence

Florence was the best home base! The city itself is amazing and you can do so many different things in your free time. It also allows for easy travel to other amazing places. I traveled to nine different countries in the span of my four months studying abroad. I was immersed into the culture and had experiences that I would never trade. I kissed the Blarney Stone in Ireland, white water rafted in Croatia, played blackjack in Monaco, swam in the baths in Budapest. I was able to do and see so many amazing things.

Pros
  • Travel the world
  • So much amazing food
  • So many cool experiences
Cons
  • Walked 35 minutes to school each day
27 people found this review helpful.
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Audrey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The best experience of my life!

Studying abroad through ISA was the greatest thing to happen to me.
Florence is a magical city. Incredible food, so much history easy access to travel around Europe- I cannot imagine a better place to have spent my four months abroad. I learned so much about other cultures and discovered so much about myself during my time there. I cannot recommend this place and program enough.
What truly made this experience unforgettable was the people I met. I arrived knowing no one, and by the time I left, I had found my best friends in the world. The professors at FUA inspired and challenged me to expand my perspective. And the staff along the way made my experience so seamless. The only downside to the experience was having to leave. Florence will always hold a special place in my heart!

Pros
  • I met my best friends
  • I enhanced my personal growth x 100
  • I gained valuable skills that have carried with me to the workplace.
Cons
  • Experiencing post-study abroad depression
28 people found this review helpful.
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Sydney
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

FUA

I studied abroad in 2022. It was the best experience of my life and part of that is thanks to ISA! I was paired with the best roommates in a charming, modern apartment. Studying abroad will allow you to meet such unique people and truly learn more about yourself in the process of learning the culture. Florence had something for everyone, whether it be the art, food, history, or nightlife. The city is walkable, so you never have to worry about finding a taxi! If you are thinking about studying abroad, DO IT! You will not regret it!

Pros
  • Great food
  • Affordable city
  • Lively nightlife
Cons
  • Smells from time to time
  • Gets REALLY hot
  • Narrow sidewalks
25 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Hi Mikayla, The short answer is that you don't have to learn the language of where you travel. There are many students who have studied abroad who haven't studied the language of where they end up traveling. However, with that said, knowing or studying the language can definitely help you feel more integrated into the culture in which you're living and help you to make closer and deeper...