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Made in Italy, UC Center Florence (Semester)

Study Abroad Program Overview

Discover the intersection of culture and innovation in Florence. Learn about the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels family businesses in Italy or explore how Italian Style in food, fashion, and art has evolved and is marketed. Complement your classroom work with field trips, internships and volunteering. Florence has the vibe of a big city with an accessible, neighborhood feel. Museums and galleries, the historic Ponte Vecchio, and beautiful piazzas are all within walking distance of your study center. And Florence's central location easily connects you to the rest of Italy and Europe.
​To learn more about the program and to picture yourself in Florence, check out this video UCEAP Florence.

Students attend classes with UC students only.

Language of Instruction

English; Italian
The elective courses are taught in English.

Language Study

Language courses are taught in Italian​


Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
late August to mid-December​

Spring :  
early January to late April 







Fall Participants: Extension to a UCEAP immersion semester program in Bologna may be possible if you complete the intermediate levels in Florence (Ital 6). ​


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

Extracurricular Activities

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:
  • Intercultural Learning Workshops at the Study Center – lectures and workshops to help you navigate and think critically about cultural differences
  • Language exchanges at the University of Florence – meet local Italian students who are learning English and practice your language skills together
  • Pizza-making classes – learn about the history of Neapolitan pizza and learn how to make this famous Italian dish (available at an additional cost)
  • Hiking tours around Florence – get some sunshine and fresh air while enjoying a hike with views of famous Tuscan landscapes
  • Literary Walk in Oltrarno and on Bellosguardo – take a walk through the Oltrarno neighborhood to learn about the experiences of famous writers, and discover the beauty of the city that inspired their work
  • Photography Walk – take in the beautiful architecture, art, and history of Florence as you walk through the city to find its most photogenic locations
  • Leather-making workshop – learn the art behind the famous Florentine leather products and work with a local artisan to create your own souvenirs (available at an additional cost)
  • Sports – run in one of Florence’s many organized races in the city center, or compete against other American universities playing 5v5 soccer or basketball
  • Fiorentina Soccer Matches – get tickets to see Florence’s professional soccer team compete against other Italian cities – student discounts available
  • Movie Night – meet once a month to watch a film in Italian with English subtitles
  • Art Exhibits – join a group visit to one of Florence’s many temporary art exhibits, ranging from Renaissance to contemporary
  • Outdoor Markets – shop like a local by perusing one of Florence’s many outdoor markets, offering a wide range of products from food to clothes to artisan crafts
There are also many volunteer opportunities available in Florence. Past students have worked with the following organizations:
  • Misericordia di Firenze - volunteer at a medical assistance organization with non-emergency transports and local historical museum
  • Angeli del Bello (Angels of Beauty) – clean parks and gardens around Florence
  • Journalism – help with writing, marketing and advertising in local English language newspaper
  • English Teaching – volunteer at local elementary, middle schools and a public library and assist with English language classes
  • Spanish Teaching – volunteer at local middle school and assist with Spanish language class. (Fall only)
  • Film – intern for a film school located in Florence assisting with the day to day logistics and shoots around town
  • Food – intern at local cooking schools assisting with preparation of classes, translations and social media
  • Real Estate – intern for a luxury real estate agency helping with social media and content development
  • Art Gallery – intern for a local contemporary art gallery helping with social media, translations and preparation of upcoming events
  • Fashion/Retail – intern for local shops and boutiques assisting with social media and marketing (Fall only)

On-site Support

UCEAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. UCEAP partners with ACCENT in Florence and local ACCENT staff help you integrate into the culture of Italy and provide assistance with all aspects of living in Florence, such as housing, residence permits, 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).

Course Opportunities

This program offers two tracks of study. You can study Italian language or Italian Area Studies. 

​Italian Language Track

The Italian language track offers beginning and intermediate language study. To enroll in this track you must have between 0 and 3 quarters/2 semetsers of university-level Italian at the time of participation. Through small, interactive classes and a supportive learning environment, you can quickly put your language skills into practice. Teaching is tailored to student needs and special attention is given to the development of intercultural and transferable career skills.

You will spend several hours per day in language classes and acquire approximately a year of Italian in one semester. You will also take an upper-division area studies course taught in English that incorporates site visits and excursions introducing you to the city and providing the opportunity to practice your Italian language skills with local residents.  

All language courses are worth 6.0 quarter/4.0 semester UC units. All area studies courses are worth 5.0 quarter/3.3 semester units. 

The following courses are required:

Fall Semester: 
Spring Semester:

Area Studies Courses 
Exact offerings may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability.

  • Cities, Environment, and Sustainability: A Tuscan Experience
  • Entrepreneurship -- The Italian Way
  • Fashion and Media in Italy
  • Made in Italy -- Marketing the Italian Style​
  • Genius and Innovation in Italian Renaissance Art  
  • Unity in Diversity: The Making of Italian Identity Through Food
  • Florence Overexposed: Photography, Cinema, and Urban Development


Italian Area Studies Track

On the Italian Area Studies track you will take upper-division courses taught in English that explore a variety of topics including business, culture, food, marketing, art history, film, and more. The courses incorporate site visits that highlight the practical application of the topics covered in class. You will take a lower-division City and Language course that introduces you to the Italian language using Florence as the classroom.

All courses on this track are worth 5.0 quarter/3.3 semester units. 

The following courses are required: 
  • City and Language course
  • Three Area Studies Courses Exact offerings may vary slightly depending on enrollment and instructor availability. 
    • Cities, Environment, and Sustainability: A Tuscan Experience
    • Entrepreneurship -- The Italian Way
    • Made in Italy -- Marketing the Italian Style​
    • Fashion and Media in Italy
    • Genius and Innovation in Italian Renaissance Art  
    • Unity in Diversity: The Making of Italian Identity Through Food
    • Florence Overexposed: Photography, Cinema, and Urban Development​​

Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:



You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. 
Four courses are required.
Italian Language Track: 23 quarter/15.3 semester units
Italian Area Studies Track: 20 quarter/13.3 semester units

Research and Independent Study

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program. 

Florence Center

The Florence Fall/Spring semester Made in Italy 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 traditional small businesses make the Study Center’s location a unique space in which to study the language and culture modern Florence.

Language Exchanges
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. 

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Art history experience with local archival project
  • Design and architecture experience with a local architecture firm
  • Public Relations experience with travel agencies, local non-profits, and arts foundations
  • Philanthropic and fundraising work with non-profit and international organizations
  • Experience Florentine culture working with local cultural centers, tourism companies, or regional food and culture shops
  • Contribute to the community by working with local social services assisting the elderly and ill
  • Gain journalism and communication experience through writing articles, covering events and editing for English publishers
  • More Opportunities

Setting Up Your Internship

  • All internships are secured once you are on-site.
  • You will receive information during your first few days in Florence on how to select and apply for an internship. 

Additional Information

  • If you participate in an internship in Florence it will be in addition to your 4 required courses for the program. You cannot replace one of your core courses with an internship.
  • Credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis.

Student Experiences

“Under my supervisor’s guidance I was able to sift through documents from the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, occasionally stumbling upon something cool, like some of Galileo’s letters, and even something new, like a previously unknown Artemisia painting. Also, I increased my Italian reading skills by deciphering old and often messy Italian. One very valuable skill I learned was how to come up with new places to look for clues. My supervisor and I were trying to piece together every part of Artemisia’s life and often had to come up with new places to look for information.”
Samantha Williams, UCSB, Archival work with a local archive project
"I was able to connect with these children so closely; I looked forward to seeing them and learning new Italian vocabulary from them--although I would have to tell them nearly all the time “piano, piano, piano!”  (Slow, slow, slow).  The best part about working with this organization was my ability to see these students’ progress over the four months.  I worked with the same kids for the entirety of the semester and I was so proud of their progress at the end.  I felt accomplished in two ways: these precious children gave me a solid connection with Italia; I felt I was one of their brothers and that I was a resident of Italy.  One of the best parts on interning was the ability to learn Italian faster; the kids would teach me new vocabulary every single session."
Derek Hernandez, UCLA, Teaching English to Italian children   
"My internship in Florence made my time abroad a very unique and personal experience. I was able to pursue passions in my career in addition to the language and culture education of the program. I felt truly integrated into the daily life of the city and was given so many opportunities to grow.“
Stella Kim, UCSD, Intern with an architecture firm
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 *

OptionWeeksUnits (Qtr)Units (Sem)UCEAP Fees 1Additional Costs 2
Fall1620 - 2313.3 - 15.3$13,500$4,200
Spring1620 - 2213.3 - 14.7$13,425$3,225
* 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 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 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 non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • Pre-Departure expenses (visa, etc.)
  • Round-trip transportation from California
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • On-site orientation
  • Room and board
  • Program excursions
  • 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.​

  • There is no language prerequisite for the Area Studies track. 
  • The language requirement for the Italian Language track is a minimum of 0 quarters/semesters and a maximum of 3 quarters/2 semesters of university-level Italian language.


Class Level:

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Language Prerequisites:



2.00 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.

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 and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.

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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