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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer A
  • Budget Sheets: Summer A
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Italian Housing Options: Student Housing
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 06 Academic Level: Undergraduate
Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:
UCF in Italy: Language & Culture 
Florence, Italy
Summer A 2017

Dates May 13 - June 22, 2018 

Florence Study Abroad

Program Description:

As an enhancement to its Italian Language curriculum, the College of Arts and Humanities has developed a study abroad program for undergraduate students interested in Italian Language and Culture at UCF.

This program offers students an excellent opportunity of full linguistic and cultural immersion to enhance Italian language skills.  For this program, students will be required to register for one language course and one culture course.  Italian language courses are available for students at any language level.

The Italian Language and Culture Program will be hosted by the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy. The language portion will be taught by university professors and the cultural courses will be taught in English by a UCF professor. Classes will be held Monday through Thursday for six weeks.

While abroad, students can expect a formal classroom experience for the language class. The cultural class will utilize a combination of classroom, textbook, and visits to local sites. Students should also expect to be evaluated through regular examinations and class participation.

Students will stay in Florence, Italy for six weeks of classes. As part of the program students will depart for excursions to Ovieto and Bologna.  While abroad, students are expected to speak in Italian, remain engaged in the program’s experiences, and try new things. 

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Florence, Italy on the starting day of the program.  To arrive on the starting day of this program, flights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students should not purchase their flights until they have been advised by UCF Study Abroad to do so. 
Florence Duomo

Learning Outcomes:
  • The language classes taken abroad at any level provide students with the opportunity to apply what they learn and use the language immediately with confidence to their fullest potential every day for the duration of the program
  • Their everyday full immersion in Italy will not only teach them about Italy and Italians, but will also contribute to opening their minds to the beauty of different cultures
  • The exposure to the artistic patrimony of Florence, and Italy in general, will give them a better appreciation and respect for different cultures and ways of life
Program Leader: Grazia Spina (

Dr. Spina Bio

I am a native Italian and I have always been a world traveler. My curiosity for geographical explorations inspired me to become fluent in English, French, German and conversational in Spanish (aside from Italian). It is my mission to spark my students’ interest to open the windows to the world and learn from me in the classroom and follow me to Europe for the full immersion that is always life changing. I have had the privilege to lead study abroad programs for UCF in Italy, France, Austria and Germany over the last 13 years. My motto is “ never stop traveling”.

Program Courses:
  • ITA 1120C: Elementary Italian Language and Civilization I (4 credits)
  • ITA 1121C: Elementary Italian Language and Civilization II (4 credits)
  • ITA 2200: Intermediate Language and Civilization I (3 credits)
  • ITA 2201: Intermediate Language and Civilization II (3 credits)
  • ITT 3480: Study Abroad Italian Literature in Translation (3 credits)
  • ITA 3095 Independent Study Abroad (3 credits)
*Please note that all participants must enroll in two of these courses and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program

Course Syllabus:
Tentative Itinerary (subject to amendment): Tentative Italian Language & Culture Itinerary.pdf

Inclusions & Exclusions (subject to amendment) 

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Accommodation: Students will stay in shared apartments, with double or triple occupancy rooms in Florence city-center. 
  • Cultural Experiences / Excursions:
    • Florence University of the Arts orientation session & materials
    • Five weeks of academic lectures/seminars at Florence University of the Arts
    • Use of school facilities during business hours, including: library, gym, computers and internet
    • Day trip to Bologna. Entrance fees and reservations are included for: Bologna city-center and main churches (including the Basilica of San Petronio)
    • Day trip to Orvieto. Entrance fees and reservations are included for: walking tour and guided visit of main sites, including: Orvieto’s Duomo (Cathedral), the ‘Pozzo di San Patrizio’ (San Patrizio’s well) and the ‘Città sotterranea’ (underground city).
  • Meals:
    • 30-unit meal plan, equaling 6-10 meals, to be used at Ganzo & Fedora (Monday-Friday only)
      • For additional information on meal plan and redemption, click here: FUA Meal Plan 
    • Special welcome dinner to kick-off the program
    • Group lunch at local restaurant in Bologna
    • Group farewell dinner
  • Transportation:
    • Transportation from the airport via private motor coach  
    • Transportation to excursions, as listed on the itinerary
    • All gratuities and service charges for guides, drivers and servers 
  • UCF Abroad Administrative Fee 
  • UCF Travel Insurance Policy (more details to follow at pre-departure meeting)
The following are not included as part of the program fee:
  • Flights
  • Transportation from/to airport
  • UCF Tuition
  • Passport or visa expenses
  • Personal or other miscellaneous expenses
  • Meals other than those listed
  • Currency exchange fees
Pricing (based upon the minimum number of students and subject to change)

Program fee: $3,690

Payment 1: $1,000 is due on February 28, 2018
Payment 2: $2,690 is due on March 20, 2018

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless otherwise noted), independent travel or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. Students should NOT purchase airfare until they have been told to do so by the UCF Abroad Office. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.


Application deadline- 02/01/2018
Application committal deadline- 02/11/2018

In order to be accepted, all students must be interviewed by the Faculty Leader. Please see below for the Faculty Leader's interview availability;
  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30-10:15AM, Wednesday 8:30-10:00AM
  • Location: CNH 511C

This program is currently not accepting applications.