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UCF in Italy | Language & Culture
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer A
Budget Sheets Summer A
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer A 2018 02/01/2018 09/01/2018 05/13/2018 06/22/2018
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 (tentative)

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 Ferrara and Lucca.  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 Study Abroad to do so. Study Abroad advises that you book your flight directly with the airline.
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:

Program fee: TBD for 2018 (2017 cost $3,545)
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: TBD
Payment 2: TBD

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Hotel accommodation in double occupancy rooms
  • 2 dinners and limited meal plan
  • Local cell phone
  • Excursions
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights
Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), 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. The UCF Abroad Office will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email 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;
  • Thursdays/Fridays 8:00-10:15
  • Location: CNH 511C