Florence is a beautiful Tuscan city with a history rich in creativity, arts, cultural expression and trade. It was the birthplace of the Renaissance, and its vistas, architecture and museums attract millions of tourists each year. As such, the city is poised to be a valuable location for studying tourism and hospitality management.
At Florence University of the Arts, Penn State Hospitality Management majors will have access to courses within hospitality management and culinary studies. In addition, students will be able to take one elective or general education course during the semester abroad. Many of the hospitality management courses have been pre-approved by Penn State's School of Hospitality Management. Please refer to the Education Abroad Credits section of this page for additional information on coursework and academic policies.
This program is only available for students majoring in Hospitality Management at Penn State. A brief list of pre-approved Hospitality courses is included in this section. You will also be allowed to enroll in hospitality-related courses that do not appear on this list if you receive prior approval from Penn State School of Hospitality Management. To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Dept HM Florence Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
Students should plan to take three or four courses within the Hospitality Management field (in the Apicius International School of Hospitality) plus one or two general education or elective course that are not necessarily related to the hospitality major. Students may select an elective or general education course offered in the School of Italian Studies and Linguistics, the School of Liberal Arts, or the School of Fine Arts at FUA. While it is highly recommended that Penn State students enroll in a minimum of 15-credits in order to have a successful semester, students must take a minimum of 12-credits while participating on the program in order to maintain full-time status. Students may enroll in a maximum of 18-credits. Students should obtain pre-approval for all courses by contacting Dr. Daniel J. Mount, Associate Professor in charge of International Programs and Student Advising.
Some Penn State departments or colleges may require students to complete certain courses prior to studying abroad; please check with your department or college to see if you have any specific departmental requirements.
You will live in an apartment (arranged by the host institution) with other program participants. Apartments are scattered around the city (thus avoiding a concentration of American students in one particular area) and are within walking distance of the academic and student service buildings. All apartments are furnished with kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. You will be responsible for providing your own meals, though you will receive a small number of dining facility credits per week.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
- Education Abroad Questionnaire
- Signature Documents
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2019||09/15/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/20/2019||05/09/2019|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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