ISA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence clearly stands out as a cultural, historical, and academic center in Italy. Florence is known as the Birthplace of the Renaissance, as many Renaissance artists and authors called Florence home: Dante, Bocc... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.8
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I returned with a better understanding of not only Italian culture but of my own as well. Incredibly worthwhile, an invaluable experience. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
I made Italian friends, learned Italian, visited 4 different countries, tried new foods, learned and experienced history, saw Renaissance and Classical art every day, and made memories I cannot replace. It was definitely worthwhile. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
It was the best experience of my life - Washington State University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
n/a - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
I became more independent and more cultured. It was definitely worthwhile! - South Dakota State University View Entire Review
I learned how much different America is than other countries. It was very interesting to see how much different the culture and education is. It was worthwhile because it really made me learn a lot about myself and opened my eyes at how large the world is. - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University / Virginia Tech View Entire Review
Past Review Time Of My Life
A lot, yes! - Illinois State University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of friends as well as insight about myself. I am much more confident with myself than I ever was before. I have traveled to six different countries in four months and learned about each other their cultures. My eyes have been opened to how Americans are viewed. Overall, the program was worthwhile and intriguing. - University of Denver View Entire Review
Past Review Educational
I learned a lot about myself and how I was able to grow as a person. I loved being immersed in a different culture and being surrounded by things I had never been used to. - Trinity University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Florence - Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts
it was worthwhile. I didn't meet a whole lot of locals- but it was fun meeting other americans from all over. I learned a lot about myself, what I want out of life. It sounds corny but it was very eye opening. I think everyone needs to be thrown into a situation by there self, it was a way to gain independence and experience... - University of Arkansas - Fayetteville View Entire Review
Yes, I gained immeasurable insights about comparative culture, language, and my own skills. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
YES!!! because of this experience I want to look into work opportunities either with the government or in businesses that are based in foreign countries. - Towson University View Entire Review
This study abroad experience brought out the best in me. As corny as that is. It opened my eyes to things I had never chose to focus on. Volunteering abroad also allowed me to be more grateful. - Austin College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Learned to be open and willing to learn. It was worth while because it made me appreciate a lot back home being in an unfamiliar place as well as make me want to travel again. - West Texas A&M University View Entire Review
I learned to push myself out of my comfort zone and be more adventurous. - Washington State University View Entire Review
Past Review A Must Do!
How to integrate with locals and being more adventurous. It was definitely worth while. - University of Tulsa View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Florence - Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts
This changed my whole life and my life goals. I thirst for the opportunity to travel as often as possible. I have started to plan my life for post graduation to help the world on a global scale. I learned to appreciate the different cultures and types of people in the world. - Western New England University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Florence - Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts
This study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I gained new friends, new stories, new memories, confidence, and a place I can always call home. - Arizona State University View Entire Review
Every last minute of it was worthwhile. I gained lots of new friends and went on tons of new adventures. I think about it every day. It changed my life. Can't wait to get back on another flight to somewhere new. - Arizona State University View Entire Review
Traveling europe was fantastic. - University of Wyoming View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with International Studies Abroad (ISA): Florence - Business, Hospitality, Design & Liberal Arts
I learned more about the Italian culture and the truths about various stereotypes, a better understanding of the Italian language, and gained a newfound appreciation/desire for more world travel. It was very worthwhile. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes. Everyone should study abroad. - Trinity University View Entire Review
Yes, absolutely. I have a small hesitation in saying that I would choose the same program again, only because Italy may not have been the best fit for me. I am an English major, and though I was able to get credit for the Literature and Writing classes that I took while abroad, I think the atmosphere of England, Scotland, or Ire... - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
Yes, it taught me to be independent and I really liked the classes. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Not one regret - Point Loma Nazarene University View Entire Review

About

Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence clearly stands out as a cultural, historical, and academic center in Italy. Florence is known as the Birthplace of the Renaissance, as many Renaissance artists and authors called Florence home: Dante, Boccaccio, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and many more all helped make Florence the most important place to be during the Renaissance. With a population of roughly 380,000 people, Florence is a city vast in area but effortlessly maintains its small-town charm. Students will find that they are able to walk to any major area in less than thirty minutes, and after a few short weeks they'll instantly feel at home and become comfortable in their new environment. And when they're ready for a bit of adventure, Santa Maria Novella, the main train station, gives students instant access to travel around Italy and Europe.

The Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality (FUA-AISH) are located in the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. Program participants will be in class with other U.S. and international students. Subjects available at Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality include: Advertising, Art History, Contemporary Italian Studies, Digital Media, Environmental Studies, Fashion Design, Food and Culture, History, Hospitality, Italian Language, Journalism, Literature, Marketing, Management, Nutrition, Photography, Political Science, Sport Science and Studio Art.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Accounting
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Hospitality Administration
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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