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CIS Australia - Arts and Culture in Florence
Firenze, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter (Jun - Aug)
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Minimum Mark:
65%; Credit
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English, Italian
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Agreement Scope:
Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Science, Sydney College of the Arts
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Program Type:
Non-Exchange Short-Term
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3 weeks
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CIS Australia - Arts and Culture in Florence

Location: Florence, Italy
Program dates: Session 3: 23 June - 12 July 2019, Session 4: 14 July - 2 August 2019
CIS application deadline: 15 May
Duration: 3 weeks
Type: Non-exchange only

Program Description
As a student in the Tuscan city of Florence, you will quickly feel like a local as you wander through busy piazzas in search of your favourite pasta trattoria! The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is where you will spend your July in Florence program. Study within your major to further your degree in Australia or attempt a new hobby by taking an elective such as Intro to Photography. Or study Italian in Florence – what better place to learn a new language.

View full program details.

Academic Information

Level: Undergraduate
Language:  English/Italian
Relevant subject areas: Art History & Architecture, Business, Communications, Criminology, Italian, Science and Mathematics, Sociology, Psychology, Sport & Health Sciences, Sustainability, Writing, Religious Studies
Credit points: 3 US Credits

View all course information on the CIS website.
Applying for academic credit
This program is available on a non-exchange basis only. If you wish to receive academic credit towards your University of Sydney course you must have approval from your faculty prior to departure.
How to apply for academic credit.

Useful Information 

Local Overview
This medium-sized city is perfect for the July in Florence program. It won’t take you more than a few days to learn your way around but with so much to do, your time will go quickly. Make sure to check out the historic city centre, outlying towns and the beautiful snow capped Apennine Mountains. Florence is the capital of the charming Tuscan region in Italy and has a population of around 400,000 people. Although a famous tourist destination, Florentines (locals) know where to find the best osterias (restaurants), boutiques and stores which are often hidden away from the tourist crowds.

Geographically, Italy is located in south central Europe, close to neighbouring countries such as France, Greece and Spain – it’s a traveller’s delight. Italy is shaped like a high-heeled boot kicking a triangle, which is the island of Sicily. Italy borders France, Austria and Switzerland to the north and also borders Slovenia along the Alps. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia also form part of the country.
Host institution
The University is located in the heart of this magic city so you will have easy, walking accessibility to some of the country’s most famous tourist attractions. The Ponte Vecchio and the Basilica of Santa Croce are just minutes from the campus!

Unique to the CISaustralia program are small class sizes, ensuring you receive dedicated attention from your teacher. Your lecturers will come from Italy and across Europe, and class sizes range from 8-25 students and are taught in English (except for your Italian language course!).

This program in Florence provides you with a fully-furnished apartment, shared with 4-6 other students from around the world. Bedrooms are single-sex shared, with between 2-4 students per room. All apartments are within a 20-minute walk from FUA facilities/campuses.

View full accommodation details on the CIS website.


Program fee: $6,665AUD
Program fee includes:Tuition fees, CISaustralia support, pre-departure guide and session, airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times), Shared apartment accommodation (additional fee for a single room), 10 meal plan units per week, free use of gym and gym classes, health and medical insurance (if requested) & CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support 

Scholarships: Scholarships for this program are still being finalised. Check this page for updates in 2019.

Vice Chancellor's Mobility Award: The Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award valued at $2,500 will be available to students selected to participate in short-term mobility programs managed by Sydney Global Mobility. The awards are allocated to students who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Students nominated for this short-term mobility program will be automatically considered and successful award recipients will be notified by email. Recipients of the Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Award may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, some meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Florence.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.

Student Experiences

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How to Apply

Planning early is the best way to ensure you will get the most out of your time abroad.

It is important that you understand the requirements and structure of your course (and major/s) to ensure that you select overseas programs that can transfer back to your degree. To help understand your course structure, you should consult the Faculty Handbook published in the year in which you commenced your course (eg. if you began a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016, you should look at the Business School Undergraduate Handbook from 2016). Pre-2017 Handbooks can be found in the handbook archive.

Example application timeline

1. Select your program > 2. Apply for academic credit > 3. Complete Sydney Abroad application > 4. Apply to host university > 5. Receive academic approval & host acceptance (April/May) > 6. Apply for OS HELP (if eligible), book flights & visa > 7. Fly safe!

Receiving your academic credit approval can take up to 8 weeks – so it’s very important that you submit your application for academic credit to your faculty as soon as soon as you have selected your program of choice.

Note: The Sydney Abroad application requires that you upload a copy of your current passport and the outcome of your academic credit request. If you do not have these available to you now you can save your application and upload them later.
If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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