FUA Florence University of the Arts
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FUA Florence University of the Arts Reviews
More than I could have ever hoped
Submitted by Rachael Crossley - University of Massachusetts Amherst | January 26, 2018
My study abroad experience with FUA was spectacular. Arriving in Rome, the directions were pretty clear. And of course when you get off the plane you're nervous because you know no body else speaks english as their first language. I tried to use the little bit of Italian I know to help understand how to get to where I was looking. FUA administrator Alessandro was at the airport with a sign clearly stating FUA. Our luggage was taken from us to be sent straight to Florence. We were staying in Rome for the next two nights to tour the city. And that we did, with Umberto Gori as our guide. We toured the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, Basilica de San Pietro, the Pantheon, and almost all the historical monuments in Rome. The dainty, traditional Italian meals that were paid for by the program were definitely a surprise to me, but ended up being a huge plus to the program. I ate the best food of my life and learned so much about the Italian cuisine. Included in the cost of the tuition was the semester travel week, included with accommodation in boutique hotels and restaurants. Starting in Rome, we traveled north to Orvieto, Perugia, Assisi, and stopped in the small medieval towns of Italy. We ate local chocolate and pastries traditional of the place, we tasted wines and vinegars, it as really delightful and almost dreamy. Over the course of 7 days, me and about 30 other American university students traveled on a bus north to Florence. The cultural introduction class as by far the best part of this program.
As a class, we also went on two other weekend trips to Venice (Venezia) and Turin (Torino). These were also all accommodated and included meals, which was absolutely lovely, but surprising at the same time. The trip to Turn included a paid ticked to The National Cinema Museum, a wine tasting and tour in Langhe, Italy, in the wine county of Piemonte, and a guided tour of the city.
Our trip to Venice included accommodation and transportation, a guided tour of the Dodges Palace, a guided tour of the city, a tour of a Venetian palace from antiquity, and a group meal.
As for academics during the semester at FUA, I loved all my classes and excelled because of the performance of the teachers and the community. I took four art classes Tuesday-Thursday: Painting, Words and Emotions: The Mind Map to Creativity, Straw Hat and Bag Design: A Florentine Dynasty, Introduction to Fashion Photography, Introduction to Landscape and Architecture Photography. My academics went smoothly throughout the semester. I went out a lot less at night than my peers did because I was invested in creating things, making art. I had a great routine of doing work, in and out of the studio. I had the opportunity to work in the universities design lab with Gaia, Nichole, and Francesca who were all really helpful and knowledge women in the fashion field to learn from. FLY, the universities design school, put on a runway shows of our creations which was a great opportunity I can now put into my portfolio. In all my classes there as always outside opportunity to enter and show your art into public art shows or participate in a community arts event. Of course accompanied with an evening apperitivo. I have work that I am proud of from each class, valuable work to add to my portfolio from each different field of study. And more importantly, I gained tools from each class to move forward professionally and practically in the arts. I definitely think one day I will return to FUA whether just an a visitor or a career student.
Overall, my housing situation was good. I stayed in an apartment with 6 other students, all American university students. I didn't know any of them, but we all got along smoothy for the most part and continue to keep in connection now. On the plus, we lasted all semester in our third floor Florentine flat! Our landlady lived directly above us, so sometimes that could be problematic. Everything was handled well and compromised in the end. The Florence apartments are extremely old fashioned, keep that in mind! There is no dryer, a smaller washing machine, windows in the shower, paintings on the walls. They are fragile, and their owners that that seriously. There is always going to be construction going on where ever you live in Florence, but that is part of the experience of living like a Fiorentine. I'd go back in a second to live in that apartment on Borgo San Fredano in the Santo Spirito neighborhood, minus the cot sized bed hopefully. There was awesome and affordable restaurants with free wine for students, coffee/wine bar and lounges, a live music and jazz club, a gelataria on the corner, pizza joints, a grocery store, artisan retail shops all within a few blocks from our neighborhood, about four blocks from the Ponte Vecchio. When i walked to the university for class, I walked about 20-25 minutes there, and the same back home. When I walked to the design lab, almost daily, I walked 30-35 minutes there, and the same back, sometimes in the dark. I suggest having a walking buddy in Florence, especially during the night. I was always fine, but try and assume you know where you are going, keep your pocketbooks and purses zipped, tightened, buckled and on your person. I've seen pick-pockets happen. Be weary of the street con-artists in Florence, people will try and sell you things, take pictures with you for money or get close to you to try and steal from you the things in your pocket. Just keep your awareness keen while walking in very crowded and small streets and alleyways. You'll be fine!
Unfortunately, FUA doesn't affiliate with UMass Amherst, so the cost of tuition as more than what I pay to go to school at my home university. The experience, was well worth it! I 10/10 recommend this program!
A pizza my heart
Submitted by Anne - University of Mississippi | November 02, 2017
Florence, Italy will always have a piece of my heart. I learned so much about Italy, and about myself while abroad. My classes were interesting and I was always excited to go. Traveling the country and other parts of Europe was great.
An experience of a lifetime
Submitted by weigles - Elizabethtown College | October 09, 2017
Studying abroad in Florence was a wonderful experience. The CIS staff were accommodating, resourceful, and very kind. The professors at FUA were understanding to our various education backgrounds. Florence was an amazing city to roam around. Not only did I see many cities in Italy, but I traveled to various other countries in Europe. By studying abroad, I was immersed into several different cultures. Having the opportunity to travel and create these lasting memories was an experience of a life-time. I encourage everyone to embrace the journey and make the most of it. You will not regret it!
The best semester yet
Submitted by miamcgovern - University of San Diego | January 24, 2015
After living in the city for almost four months, Florence easily became a second home to me. FUA provided endless opportunities to really become immersed with all aspects of the Italian culture. I wouldn't have traded my experience for anything!
Study Abroad Florence
Submitted by kaylakuzniewski - Fairfield University | January 23, 2015
Excellent program. I was extremely impressed by how organized it was. There was always someone to go to with questions or concerned. I felt safe and secure the entire time there. From what I've heard about other programs, this seems to be the best put together.