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UVA in Italy: Florence at the Palazzo Rucellai: General Studies
Florence, Italy (Education Abroad Programs Program)
Program Terms: Fall Semester,
Spring Semester,
Homepage: Click to visit
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2018 01-OCT-2017
10-OCT-2017 03-JAN-2018 28-APR-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by October 15. Students will depart the US on 1/2 to arrive in Italy by 1/3.
Summer 2018 01-MAR-2018 10-MAR-2018 17-MAY-2018 30-JUN-2018
NOTE: If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by March 15. Students will depart the US on May 16th.

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Fact Sheet:
Class Status:
2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year Minimum GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language Requirement:
Open to Non-UVa Students:
Housing: Apartment Language Courses Offered: Yes
Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Credit Type:
Transfer Credit
Program Type:
Tuition Payments Made To:
Advising Appointment Required:
Education Abroad Advisor:
Abby Leake
Application Fee:
Study Abroad Administrative Fee:
Subject Area:
Anthropology, Architectural History, Architecture, Art - Art History, Art - Studio Art, Commerce, Cultural Studies, History, Italian, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
Program Description:

Semester students will need to attend the mandatory Italy visa meeting on April 19th at 9am at Global Grounds, Hotel A.

The Institute, established in 1999, is located in the heart of Florence at Palazzo Rucellai, one of three buildings designed by 15th century architect and humanist Leon Battista Alberti. The program welcomes students from a variety of colleges and universities.


Palazzo Rucellai

All courses are taught in the American liberal arts tradition and follow a semester calendar with a 15-week fall session, a 15-week spring session and 5-week summer session. All instruction is in English except in clearly designated advanced Italian courses. Prior study of Italian is not required.

The program takes place in the heart of Florence, which serves as a virtual campus. Courses seek to maximize the opportunities offered by this unique urban setting. On-site learning is an integral part of the program. Field trips, museum visits, and attendance at performances frequently complement formal classwork.

All semester students must enroll in a 4-credit Italian language course. The introductory levels provide students with a foundation in the language and equips them with basic communication skills. Advanced levels move students to greater proficiency. (Italian is not a required course during the summer session.)

Students choose from a variety of elective courses for a minimum of 13 credits per semester and 6 credits in summer.  Courses range from Art History to Sustainable Food Studies. Students may participate in the following academic tracks:

  • Architecture
  • General Studies

Class listings are available on the Palazzo Rucellai website via the link above.

The Institute is located on the main floor of the Palazzo Rucellai. This historic Renaissance residential palace is located on the Via della Vigna Nuova in the heart of Florence. Students will have access to an on-site library, comptuers for accessing electronic databases and libraries, and both ethernet and wireless network internet access for personal laptop computers. There is also an iMac equipped computer lab.


Classroom at Palazzo Rucellai

Students will be placed in centrally-located Institute contracted apartments. Rooms are either doubles or triples, and students will have access to a kitchen and washing machine.


UVA in Italy: Florence at the Palazzo Rucellai: General Studies

Program Information
ISI Florence brochure


Florence Cathedral

Accessibility Statement
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.

The program costs and payment schedule are listed under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. All students are required to purchase the textbooks assigned when they arrive at the Institute.