Learn and experience through active engagement and immersion in Italian culture and society. The Summer Cultural Introduction and Cultural Perspectives programs feature lectures, active participation, and on-site/field learning.
1-WEEK FIELD LEARNING OPTION - LSSOCI200 Cultural Introduction to Italy

Credit load: 3 credits

Learning locations: One week of field learning with focus on Italian culture: Rome, Tuscan coast, and Cinque Terre in the fall; Rome, Oriveto, and Perugia in the spring.

Dates and Schedules: See our Academic Calendar and Summer C-D-E-F course schedules.

Please note: Students may continue with the below Florence-only Cultural Introduction to Italy course for a total of 6 credits.


3-WEEK FLORENCE-ONLY OPTION - LSSOCI202 Cultural Introduction to Italy

Credit load: 3 credits (45 lecture hours)
Learning location: Florence

Dates and Schedules: See our Academic Calendar and Summer I-II-III-IV course schedules.
4-WEEK, 6-CREDIT OPTION - LSSOCI207 Cultural Introduction to Italy
Credit load: 6 credits

Learning location: 1-week field learning locations (see above), Florence

Dates and Schedules: See our Academic Calendar and Summer V-VI-VII-VIII course schedules.
Field learning details may be consulted in the program brochure.

6-WEEK PROGRAM - LSSOCP310 Cultural Perspectives: Awareness, Exposure, and Engagement

Credit load: 6 semester credits (45 lecture hours 90 hours of field learning & field work)

Learning locations: The Cultural Perspective course includes 10 visits in Florence, regular involvement in activities related to cultural immersion and fieldwork, and a weekend trip to Rome and one weekend trip to Verona and the Lakes as an integral component of the academic coursework. The course focuses on cognitive development, cultural awareness, and intercultural and interpersonal communication by integrating and placing the student in direct contact with local culture.

Dates and Schedules: See our Academic Calendar and Summer A and B course schedules.
For further information and course details:

All course schedules mentioned above can be consulted online.

To apply please visit our Undergraduate Admissions Area.





The LSSOCC285 Italian Civilization and Culture: Society and Lifestyle 3-week field learning course engages students in Italian civilization and culture through direct experience. Each week of the program features coursework on-site by beginning in Northern Italy, transitioning to Southern Italy during the second week, and concluding in Central Italy for the third and final week. This sociology course offers compatibility for students from diverse major backgrounds and is cross-listed to field learning, Italian cultural studies, art history, anthropology, history, food and culture, and geography. On-site fieldwork and assessment are conducted on a daily basis.


Program Benefits:

Field learning aimed at an educational exploration of Northern, Southern, and Central Italy.

On-site lectures and visits address both the major and minor aspects of Italian culture and civilization.

Multiple course cross-lists for students from diverse majors.

Can be taken alone or as a precursor to subsequent FUA summer sessions in Florence.


Credit Load:

6 credits


Learning Locations:

Week 1 - Northern Italy

Week 2 - Southern Italy

Week 3 - Central Italy

Further information, program details, and the field learning itinerary are available in the program brochure.




FUA is offering a unique 4-week opportunity for high school students to participate in its cultural and academic offering. Students may select from an exciting range of courses and participate in field trips and supervised afternoon activities such as sports and discovering the city of Florence. The program begins with one field learning week of Cultural Introduction to Italy and continues with three weeks of classes in Florence. Courses are designed to prepare students for college entrance and the transfer of credits. 

Program Benefits

A full field learning week of Cultural Introduction to Italy

Live-in Resident Assistant for counseling and assistance

Field Trips

Meal plan (partial)

Daily extracurricular activities such as sports, discovering Florence, and culinary explorations.

Sample Course Offering

Food, Culture and Society 

Fashion Design 

Introduction to Digital Photography

Florence Sketchbook 

Italian Language Beginning

Social Media

Introduction to Art History

Fashion Marketing

Credit Load

2 courses, 6 credits  


Please note: The program will be confirmed 2 months prior to the program start date. Program participants are held responsible for all travel arrangements, we highly recommend that participants await program confirmation prior to booking travel.  


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