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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Language of Instruction:
English, Italian
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Art History, Business, History, Hospitality Management, Italian
Program Description:
Florence sunset

Program Overview     

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.

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Education Abroad Credits

You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

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.

Housing and Meals

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.

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the (Fall and Spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 08/29/2018 12/13/2018
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission 01/20/2019 05/09/2019
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** 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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