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Florence, Italy – Horticulture Summer Semester

This Florence University of the Arts program is offered in partnership with Farmingdale State College and features a full semester of horticulture academics and an internship in Florence, Italy. The program features four courses that focus on Italian horticulture and a credit bearing internship. Coursework includes sustainable green environments in Italy, the history of Italian gardens, design practices in nature, and the culture of grapes and wine production.

Florence, located in the renowned region of Tuscany, is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. Here students can soak up the culture and history of this great city while learning Italian and studying in buildings from centuries past. Florence is perhaps best known as one of the birthplaces of the Italian Renaissance at the end of the 14th Century. It is a city that welcomes visitors, scholars, artists and students to walk her streets, relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences, and glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Students in Florence experience the city with others from around the world who share a passion for learning.

Florence University of the Arts

  • FUA offers a variety of courses in the fall, spring, and summer. In addition, you’ll also be able to go on field trips, participate in community engagement opportunities, and join extra- curricular activities that let you experience Italy outside of a classroom when you study abroad in Florence. 
  • The Institute also provides full on-site support, arranges housing, orientation, excursions and more.


  • Students take a minimum of 12 SUNY credits.
    • Students have the option to enroll in an additional 3-credit internship.
  • Exposure to diverse landscapes such as aesthetically functional gardens and production-focused vineyards.
  • Engaging field learning experiences integrated to coursework.
  • Opportunity to apply learned topics through the internship.
  • Each course holds 3 credits.
  • FUA Horticulture courses with FSC equivalents
  • FUA course offerings


  • FUA arranges housing on behalf of FSC students.
  • Students live with other international students, in fully furnished apartments in the areas surrounding the university campus.

Program Requirements

  • GPA Requirement: 2.75 minimum.
  • Students must be in good disciplinary standing.
  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors.
    *freshmen planning to apply should meet with their Department Chair prior to applying.

Application Requirements

  • Complete the FUA Horticulture Preliminary Study Abroad Application
    • After this application is submitted a study abroad advisor will be in touch to go over the next steps in the application process.
  • All FSC students studying abroad for a semester/year are required to meet with a study abroad advisor in the Office of International Education and Programs prior to completing their program specific application.
    • OIEP is located on the 3rd floor of Laffin Hall, room 320.
  • Updated CV or Resume and 2 letters of recommendation for internship placement.

Important Dates


Application Deadline

Arrival Date

Departure Date


Wednesday, March 15th

Sunday, May 14th

Friday, August 4th

 *30% of the total program cost is due by this date regardless of any pending financial aid. This will secure your spot on the program

** students using financial aid towards their program cost due to Farmingdale State College must pay any difference in coverage by this date provided they have submitted the financial arrangement form completed (this is for FSC and SUNY students only)


Additional Information

Program includes:

  • Tuition fee for up to 15 credits (the cost for any extra class is $1,000)
  • Application fee
  • Student Services fee (includes extracurricular activities: Sport Night, Connecting Cultures, City Walks, Music Club, Newsletter & Magazine, etc.)
  • 24 hour emergency phone
  • Library fee
  • Housing in double bedrooms in shared apartment, wifi included (single supplement $1,000)
  • 60 Meal Plan Units for students at Ganzo (our Creative Learning Lab Restaurant where our Hospitality students serve first-class meals) and at Fedora (our pastry shop)
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • Internet access and Wi-Fi in all school facilities
  • Pick - up from Florence Airport (ONLY upon arrival for group flights - individual pick-ups available at an extra charge)
  • On-site advisor
  • Use of library and library equipment

Program Benefits:

  • Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance garden and the home to contemporary community garden projects                           
  • Exposure to diverse landscapes such as aesthetically functional gardens and production-focused vineyards                           
  • Engaging field learning experiences integrated to coursework
  • Opportunity to apply learned topics through the internship