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Program Description


Map of Italy

   Quick Facts

  • Choose from a wide variety of courses in art history, architecture, food studies and sustainability, fine and studio arts, Italian language & cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, international business, political science and more!
  • Enjoy community engagement opportunities and cultural activities outside the classroom to experience the Italian and Florentine lifestyle!
  • Live in the heart of Florence, within easy walking distance of most practical amenities, such as grocers, convenience stores, laundromats, internet cafes, restaurants and more!
  • Explore Tuscany through the International Studies Institute (ISI)-sponsored course-related site visits and take advantage of other independent travel opportunities! 
  • It is strongly recommended that any Italian majors/minors and students whose goal is to become proficient in Italian meet with an Italian faculty member as early as possible and prior to selecting a program. Please contact Chiara M. Dal Martello ( or Juliann Vitullo ( to discuss your study abroad plans.


Location Details

Florentines and their city never fail to impress. Already in need of oxygen after admiring their art, visitors are mesmerized by the vision of locals at aperitivo time, effortlessly strutting, flirting and evidently enjoying life. Along the broad viali (avenues) that encircle the old Florence, a confusion of endless traffic tears around in chaotic style. Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello, Giotto, the Lippis, Masaccio, Botticelli, Pontormo and a host of others have left their mark, and formidable galleries such as the Uffizi, Pitti and Accademia today house many of their works.

ISI is located in the very heart of Florence, and the city center is in many ways the Institute's campus. The language lab includes the out-door markets and shops; the cultural centers can be found in the palaces and piazzas; the cafeteria consists of the many trattorias, pizzerias and cafes, and the library includes the Uffizi Gallery and the Medici Chapels. Within walking distance of the Institute, students can explore the rich collections of more than thirty museums and numerous churches and palaces, or simply absorb the beauty of the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, and the view from the Piazzale Michelangelo.

Florence is an ideal departure point for independent travel throughout Italy and Europe. It is on the principle north-south line in Italy, and most major European cities are easily accessible. The nearby Florence and Pisa airports operate daily flights to a wide variety of destinations. Sicily, Sardinia, Barcelona, Paris, London, Berlin and Prague are some of the fascinating places that are less than a few hours away.

Photos courtesy of International Studies Institute

Visa Information

U.S. citizens will require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length. All students requiring a visa must also apply for a “permesso di soggiorno" ("residence permit") upon arrival in Italy. On-site program staff will assist students with this process. Students who arrive before the program start date may be required to obtain this independently without the assistance of program staff. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.


Academic Program & Courses

Courses at ISI are taught in the American liberal arts tradition and follow a semester calendar with a 15-week fall session and a 15-week spring session. Except in Italian language courses, all instruction is in English. No prior study of Italian is required, but all students enroll in an Italian course at their appropriate level. Fall and spring students enroll for 13-16 credits including the 4-credit Italian language course; part-time study is not permitted during the semester. The Institute offers a variety of curricular options for students with specialized needs or interests.

To view the ISI course catalogue, click here

Click here to access a list of courses other ASU students have taken and current course equivalencies.

Lower Division = 100 and 200 level courses
Upper Division = 300 and 400 level courses

Some courses have site visit fees. The list of courses and specific fees will be provided to students prior to the start of the semester. These fees will be invoiced directly to the student and are NOT included in the standard program fees. For more information, view the Cost tab.

Credit & Grade Conversion Scale

Click here to view how credits and grades at ISI Palazzo Rucellai will convert to ASU credits and grades.

Photo courtesy of International Studies Institute


Piazza Signorina

Program Housing

Students share apartments with other program participants. All apartments are within walking distance of ISI and are furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and communal living space with wifi. 

Whenever possible, the Institute tries to accommodate housing requests regarding roommates and special needs. The Student Services staff is available throughout the term to provide assistance with housing needs, maintenance and utilities.

Photo courtesy of International Studies Institute

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. For example, in Italy, the tourist centers, sidewalks, public transport, and public buildings generally have accommodations for the physically disabled. However, Italy is known for its old world layout and architecture, which may increase the challenge level for students with physical disabilities.

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact Student Accessibility and Inclusive Learning Services and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad.  

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.


Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

Some courses have site visit fees. The list of courses and specific fees will be provided to students prior to the start of the semester. These fees will be invoiced directly to the student and are NOT included in the standard program fees. These fees are a contribution to the academic excursions that are part of the syllabi of these classes. The fees are used towards the cost of public and private transportation, museum and exhibition entries, hotel stays, guest speakers, conversation exchanges, and other academic activities as planned by the professors in Italy. After the first month of the semester, students will receive an electronic invoice for the fees according to the classes they are enrolled in. In the same week the students will also receive the invoice for academic textbooks. Both invoices can be paid online by credit card.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program



Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020
Rolling Admission 01/29/2021 04/24/2021
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Fall Semester 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2022 09/25/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed