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A Guide to Degrees Abroad in Florence

A major home to the Renaissance movement which revolutionized Europe, Florence has never lost touch with its early roots as a continental leader in art, culture, and thought. Earning your degree abroad in Florence is the opportunity to immerse yourself within a true cultural capital of the world, where students have flocked for centuries to learn and develop within a strong local tradition. Wherever your academic ambitions lay, enrolling at a Florentine University promises a bright future ahead.

Academics & Degrees

Florence is home to a handful of prestigious academic institutions, as well as dozens of smaller international universities where you might choose to pursue your degree abroad. The University of Florence is the city’s largest and most prestigious school, with 12 campuses hosting a student body of roughly 60,000 students. There are also many smaller art, design, and trade schools that offer great programs for a degree abroad in Florence.

Some of the most popularly pursued subjects by international students in Florence include art history, fashion, European studies, Italian language, and other areas of the liberal arts. Of course if you enroll full time at a local university, then you will have the luxury of choosing any degree path that is offered by the course catalogue, opening up your options to everything ranging from business and marketing to computer science.

Most local schools will expect you to speak the Italian language in order to pursue your degree abroad in Florence. However because there is traditionally such a large international student body in the city, there are also a growing number of English language programs to accommodate for this trend. Shorter graduate programs, in general, may be more likely to offer concentrated English-taught programs than a full undergraduate education.

Life in Florence

Despite its prestigious international reputation, Florence is actually a fairly small city, with just about 380,000 people living in the city proper and roughly 1.5 million in the surrounding metropolitan area. Even so, because it is such a popular travel destination with many millions of visitors each year, Florence can feel quite crowded in its more popular tourist areas.

You’ll quickly learn to work around these and discover the unknown secrets of the city while earning your degree abroad in Florence. In addition to the famous museums and monuments that should be on anyone’s checklist (such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Ponte Vecchio, and the Uffizi Gallery), there are tons of great restaurants, cafes, bars, and gelaterias off the map that beg to be discovered. As a student abroad, you’ll have the freedom to explore endlessly!

Florence is primarily a walking city, although there is also a fairly comprehensive bus system which connects to most major destinations around the metropolitan area. Florence is also a major transportation hub in itself, offering easy access to nearby Italian cities such as Rome or Milan in a matter of hours via train. Take advantage of your time pursuing a degree abroad in Florence to see as much of the country as possible!

Scholarships & Costs

No sense in beating around the bush, Florence can be an expensive city to live in. The longer you live there, however, you’ll learn the best ways to live on a budget. Cooking for yourself, staying away from tourist trips, and taking advantage of the great student deals in the city can all be great ways to cut costs. There are also hundreds of external scholarships that you can take advantage of to ease the burden of tuition!

Accommodation & Visas

Student dormitories, homestays, and off campus apartments are all examples of accommodation you might be offered while pursuing your degree abroad in Florence. If you enrolling in an undergraduate program, then you have a good opportunity to experiment with a variety of different living situations over your years abroad, such as entering directly into the dorms then moving into an apartment with classmates later. Real estate in Florence can be expensive, however, so you may end up hanging in the dorms longer than you think!

Unless you’re coming from within the European Union, then you’ll need to apply as well for a student visa in order to earn your degree abroad in Florence. Your study abroad program or host school will usually endorse you throughout this process, but in the meantime you can check out our Italian Embassy Directory for more information.

Benefits & Challenges

High Culture. Florence boasts one of the most impressive art collections of any city in the world, just a small part of its largesse reputation as a global capital of culture. Dating back to the Renaissance, it has lost little ground in this sense.

Italy Immersion. Earning your degree abroad in Florence is the opportunity to embrace fully the Italian language, people, and culture. Make a sincere effort to befriend locals during your time abroad; you won’t regret it!

Global Network. Lastly, you’ll have the chance to make friends and connections from all over the world while you earn a degree abroad in Florence. When leaving the country, you’ll never be alone again.

Pursuing a degree abroad in Florence is your opportunity to spend multiple years in a city which most people only get to pass through for a few days. Get ready to immerse yourself in one of the most passionate and artistically rich communities on the planet!

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BA in Interior and Furniture Design - IED Florence

The global market has a growing demand for evolved Interior Designers with competences both in the architectural composition of a space and in the design of furniture elements, in order to organise and improve the relationship among space, objects, and people. The three years course in Interior and Furniture Design trains professionals able to participate in the whole design process: from th...


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Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art

During three successive summers, you will have a unique opportunity to develop your personal art practice and skills, inspired by the art treasures of Italy and Europe. Living and working in Florence, Italy, you will pursue a curriculum that integrates practical and critical training, and encourages individual innovation, creative collaboration, mentorships, and instruction from SACI’s outstand...


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One Year Professional Certificate - Film Production

New Renaissance Florence International Film School One Year Professional Certificate in Film Production program is dedicated to the development of the inner artist and the creative process as a means of self growth and exploration. The school believes the creative process cannot be separated from the psyche of the human and is an intimate part of humans. The school celebrates this infinite huma...


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Marist - LdM Degree Programs

International students are able to earn a US undergraduate Bachelor’s Degree through LdM partner, Marist College. These fully-accredited US degree programs offer the unique experience of extended undergraduate study at an international institution. The following four-year degrees are available: Art History, Italian Language, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Studio Art, Interior Design, and Conser...


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SAI Programs :: Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Florence

Located in the historic center, Apicius International School of Hospitality offers the finest academic food and wine studies in all of Italy. Programs are designed either for people who approach "the art of Italian cooking" for the first time, or are experts in the field who wish to refresh and deepen their cultural and practical experience of Italian cooking. We consider cooking to be an art, ...


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Interior Design School, Florence (1 yr, 2 yr or 3 yr)

The design school's academic level is ideal for students new to the field of Interior Design. For the entry level student, there are three options, a one year, two year or three year interior design course options. The one year course is a basic but intensive two (2) semester course that addresses all of the fundamentals of the interior design profession. The second year at the school is much m...


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Study Art, Design, and Liberal Arts at Accademia Italiana

Accademia Italiana is internationally recognized as one of Europe's most prestigious institutes of art and design. Each year, creative students from all over the world come to the Accademia Italiana to take courses in the Accademia's signature programs in fashion design, costume design, textile design, graphic design & visual communications, interior and product design, window display design, p...


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Master in Italian Cuisine

Study Abroad in Europe's Master in Italian Cuisine program is offered to professional chefs or hospitality graduates who want to enhance specific skills in culinary arts in an international environment and pursue their studies immediately upon graduation. The program is a year long and is designed to highlight the outstanding mastery of cuisine that has evolved in Italy over centuries. It is...


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Study in Florence with Accademia Europea di Firenze

The Accademia Europea di Firenze is an international school that welcomes people of all academic backgrounds and offers programs in academia as well as the performing arts. With fully qualified Italian teachers and academic professors, and music, art and dance teachers of the highest standard, a study abroad experience in Florence and at AEF is enriching, all-encompassing and authentic.


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Postgrad - Master (MSc) in Management, Marketing, Finance

Take up the Master of Science (MSc) in Management, a program aimed at providing you a comprehensive perspective of international management. It explores the critical factors that ensure success in cross-national business; internationalization strategies; trade theories; and the effect of globalization on the international environment. As part of the specialization, you will delve into topics li...