Study Abroad Program Overview
Firenze! Whether your interest is art, history, architecture, science, fashion, music, or food, the birthplace of the Renaissance offers something for everyone. Study abroad in Florence and take full advantage of this magnificent city while accelerating your Italian language acquisition. Explore Florence’s outstanding museums and galleries, stroll the Ponte Vecchio built in the 14th century, and navigate the maze of small streets and beautiful piazzas like a local. Your language classes, cultural activities, and excursions take full advantage of the local surroundings, and put you in direct contact with Italian society.
Students attend classes with UC students only.
Language of Instruction
Elective courses are taught in English.
Language courses are taught in Italian.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-June to early August
early January to late March
You can choose to live in a shared apartment with other UC students or in a homestay with an Italian family. Housing is arranged by ACCENT, an international education organization partnered with UCEAP. More Information on Housing
Whether you are looking for something to help you relieve stress, take a break or simply have fun with your friends, there are endless possibilities for extracurricular activities within Florence!
Activities available to students through the ACCENT Center include:
- Movie Night – Meet once a month to watch a film in Italian with English subtitles
- Discussion and Interest Groups – (Examples: Queer Alliance, Freethinkers, Photography Club)
- Cooking Course – Courses offered at a local culinary institute. Learn to make traditional Tuscan dishes from scratch, then eat the fruits of your labor, family style, with the rest of the class (available at an additional cost)
There are also many volunteer opportunities available in Florence. Past students have worked with the following organizations:
- Il Quadrifoglio – assist in the care, preservation, and restoration of “beauty in Florence”
- Angeli del Bello (Angels of Beauty) –clean parks, walls, and bridges in Florence
- Copse – intercultural dialogue, fair and sustainable development, human rights, peace and justice among people worldwide. Assist Copse staff on immigration and cultural integration issues
- Angeli della citta – care for and support the homeless in Florence
- Caritas Firenze – serve meals at the Caritas soup kitchen
- St. James Church – assist with weekly food bank and monthly charity market activities
- Colonie Feline – help feed abandoned cats in feline colonies in and around Florence
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. In Florence, local ACCENT staff help integrate you into the culture and provide assistance with housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
The Florence Summer/Winter quarter Language and Culture program is an intensive language and culture program offering beginning, intermediate, and advanced Italian language study. You will take a placement exam upon arrival to determine your level of language proficiency and then be assigned to Italian language courses at the appropriate level. You will spend several hours per day in language classes that are supplemented by site visits and excursions introducing you to the city and affording you the opportunity to practice your Italian language skills with local residents.
The following courses are required:
- Two consecutive lower-division Italian Language Courses. (see below for the syllabi relevant to your specific program)
- One upper-division core courses taught in English. You will select from the following list. Exact offerings may vary depending on enrollment and instructor availability. Final course offerings are announced prior to the start of the program: (see below for the syllabi of your specific program as courses vary between quarters)
- Art in Republican Florence
- History of Culture and Food in Italy
- Humor and Jokes in Tuscan and Italian Literature and Culture
- Machiavelli and Friends
- Michelangelo: Art, Persona, and Politics in Renaissance Italy
- "What's Love Got to Do with it?" The Social History of Quattrocento Florence
- Art and Culture in Renaissance Florence
- Florence in Cinema
- The Lure of Italy from the Grand Tour to Mass Tourism
You must take all language courses for a letter grade. The culture course may be taken as Pass/No Pass.
Summer Quarter Program
Winter Quarter Program
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:
Beyond day-to-day interactions like ordering coffee at the bar or visiting the market in Piazza Santo Spirito, UCEAP Florence students have ample opportunity for language practice. The Study Center offers students the chance to participate in regular group language exchanges with students from the Università di Firenze. Many students also take time to establish one-on-one language exchanges with local students, meeting regularly to practice Italian and developing a Florentine social circle in the process.
Each term the Study Center has an intern from the Università di Firenze who hosts weekly lunchtime conversation groups open to all students.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad:
- Summer: 14 quarter/9.3 semester UC units are required; three courses
- Winter: 16.5 quarter/11 semester UC units are required; three courses
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not available in this program.
UC Florence Center
The Florence Summer/Winter quarter Language and Culture program is specially designed for UC students and taught by faculty from Italian universities. The program is administered by ACCENT (International Consortium for Academic Programs Abroad). Local staff in Florence will advise on academic matters and provide information on cultural and social activities.
The Study Center is located on the second floor of Palazzo Guadagni. Palazzo Guadagni is located in Piazza Santo Spritio of the Oltrarno neighborhood. The neighborhood, just five minutes from the Ponte Vecchio, is slightly removed from the city center and the throngs of tourists, but is still very much at the heart of Florence. The old cobblestone roads, winding via, and never ending historic wonders make the Study Center’s location a unique space in which to study the language and culture of historic and modern Florence.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- UC fees
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions and cultural activities
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate
- The University-level language requirement is: minimum 0 quarters / 0 semesters and maximum 5 quarters / 3 semesters.
2.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: Good academic standing is also required, as defined by your UC campus.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines:
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