The Florence Business Study Abroad program is intended to build and nurture business leaders with exceptional creativity and potential. The program will provide these future business leaders with global perspective and an understanding of the global business environment. Students may take business electives that focus on global business from an ethical and an entrepreneurial viewpoint.
USF Faculty-taught courses are: Business Law (BUL 3320) and Principles of Finance (FIN 3403).
Other business and general electives are offered.
Optional: Cultural Introduction to Italy 1-Week Program (May 6 - May 13) - (The cost for this optional program is $1300.00, in addition to the Total Program Cost)
Students enrolled in the 6-week USF in Florence Business Program may also elect to take part in the optional Cultural Introduction to Italy 1-week program, which will take place the week prior to the start of their 6-week Business Session.
This one-week intensive course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden one’s awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion, and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course which aims to teach students how to become active visitors and not passive tourists, while understanding a culture beyond its stereotypes. This cultural program will include visits to Rome, Assisi, Florence, Perugia, and Viterbo.
Students in this optional 1-week program will be enrolled in the course Cultural Introduction to Italy (HUM 4941 - 3 credit hours) in addition to the 6 credit hours they will complete as part of the 6-week USF in Florence Business Program.
Please enjoy this beautiful video about the program, produced by Professor Steve Cooke (former Florence Program Director):
Professor Cooke's video will surely add to your growing enthusiasm about the program, as well as give you a taste of the beauty and splendor that await you this summer.
The glory of Florence is rooted in its past. The Medicis commanded the city's fortunes for centuries and, as patrons, they encouraged the Renaissance's influence on the city. Visitors from all over the world come to admire the magnetic charm of the Baptistry, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi, Pitti Palace, and the Ponte Vecchio.
Despite its pivotal role in the history of civilization, and its significance as an artistic and cultural center, Florence retains the bustle and charm of a small town in a bygone age. Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Cosmopolitan, and yet with all modern conveniences, Florence, perhaps more than any other city, is a tapestry describing Europe's emergence from the dark ages through to the 21st century. In addition to all that Florence offers to program participants, there are many opportunities to explore the picturesque Tuscan countryside, and surrounding towns such as Pisa and Siena. An efficient rail system connects Florence with Rome, northern Italy and the rest of Europe.
The seat of the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is located in the historic Palazzo Doni, just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. During the Renaissance period, the Palazzo Doni housed famous works of art: the most significant of these is Michelangelo's round painting of the Holy Family – the so called Tondo Doni, now in the Uffizi Gallery.
The students therefore operate and cultivate their experiences in a suggestive and pervasive frame of influence dating back to an illustrious past. One has the possibility of learning the latest technological procedures of a given media, such as video in a lecture hall graced by original Renaissance wooden ceiling beams and other such architectural gems that abound in the interiors and exteriors of both the Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, located just across the street.
Who Can Participate?
All participants on the this program must have the approval of the Program Director, Dr. Kerry Myers and/or Dr. Gaole Chen.
How to Apply
Upon completing the Education Abroad online application a $500.00 deposit will be placed on your OASIS account, and you will be given a form to take with you to the Cashier's Office to remit payment.
Non USF Students can apply by following the directions on our Non-USF Students page.