Study Abroad at the Accademia Italiana, Florence

  • For students interested in art, design, Italian language and Italian culture.

  • Classes integrated with Italian and international students in the classroom.

  • One of Europe's premier institutes for the study of Art and Design.

  • Located directly across from the famous Pitti Palace in Florence's Oltrarno district, just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio.

  • A summer program is also available.


You do not need to speak Italian to attend the Accademia Italiana. You will take four 3-credit courses per semester, plus Italian language for 4 credits. In addition to the language course, there is a wide range of courses from which to choose, many of which are taught both in Italian and English. Many of these courses provide deep insights into Italian culture and focus on the unique history and traditions of Florence and Tuscany. Art and design courses are open to all students. In these courses you will be integrated with Italian and other international students.

If you have no background in these areas, you may enroll in beginning-level courses. Although most introductory art and design (300 level and below) courses are taught in Italian, these courses either have instructors who speak English or assistants who can facilitate communication, so eligibility is not contingent upon your proficiency in Italian. Almost all Arcadia program students consistently take these courses and do extremely well.

To be considered for upper-level courses — 400-500 level courses, you will need to demonstrate skill in the subject area and/or have proficiency in Italian. Students wishing to enroll in art and design courses may be asked to submit a portfolio or slides of recent work.

CreditsContact a Past Participant

Courses may be selected among various departments. You will earn the following semester hours of credit.

  • Fall and spring semester: 14-18 credits.
  • Academic year: 28-36 credits.

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester: April 20
  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Academic Year: April 20