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Maryland-in-Florence (Italy)

Florence, Italy
Terms offered: 
Fall
Spring
Year (Fall-Spring)
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
2.75
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
No
EA Advisor: 
Language of Instruction: 
English,Italian

Students in Florence
With its several thousand years of civilization woven into its legendary urban texture, Florence embodies all that the Renaissance sought to bring back to life. Bordered by its famous countryside of pine- and cypress-dotted hills, lush vineyards, and olive groves, the Florence of today is an innovative European cultural center as well as a university city. Apply to the Maryland-in-Florence program for the opportunity to spend a semester or year learning in this culturally rich environment.

Maryland-in-Florence is hosted at the International Studies Institute (ISI Florence), where you will have access to a wide variety of courses in art history, architecture, fine and studio arts, Italian language & cultural studies, history, literature, philosophy, political science, and more. You will also be provided with unique community-engagement opportunities that will allow you to make the most of your semester abroad.

Firenze with friends!

You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

All UMD sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply to this program. There is no language pre-requisite. Non-UMD students are not permitted to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, make an appointment with your EA advisor to discuss program options.

The Institute offers courses in a wide range of subjects, including: studio arts and art history, history and political science, Italian language and literature, international business, and interdisciplinary studies in the humanities. Courses are designed to integrate the local resources and immerse students into the Florentine environment through on-site learning. A variety of co-curricular activities such as field trips, museum visits, academic tours, and artistic performances complement the rich cultural offerings of Florence. Review the Maryland-in-Florence Course List.

Course offerings on the Maryland-in-Florence program include resident credit. You may review the full list of offerings and the list of approved courses on the Maryland-in-Florence Course List.  If you elect to enroll in courses that are not approved for resident credit, you can take courses for transfer credit (there will be an additional fee; see Academic Information for details).

General Studies Program
The Institute offers a General Studies Program, which is widely recognized for its diversity and excellence. Students may pick and choose any course they wish in a variety of subjects. All semester students are required to take one Italian language course for a total of 4 credits. The General Studies Program is the most popular program, as it allows students the greatest degree of latitude in course selection.

Sustainability & Food Studies Program
The SFSP is tailored for undergraduate students of agricultural sciences, environmental studies, nutrition science, economics, business administration, sociology and history, and those generally interested in food and sustainability studies. The program invites students to explore the social, cultural, political, ecological, and economic implications of how food is produced, transformed, distributed, prepared, and consumed in Italy. Students will have the opportunity to learn directly from Italian farmers and producers, sales and marketing professionals, and chefs. More information can be found on the Academic Information page.  Field experiences and study tours, ranging from one to four days, include:

  • Emilia Romagna: visiting dairy and livestock farms to learn how cheese and meat products are made
  • Chianti: Experiencing life on typical Tuscan farms and learning organic wine making at top wineries
  • Florence: Delving into the fascinating Florentine food system
  • Maremma: Exploring biodiversity in a splendid Tuscan natural reserve by the seaside

 

Students share apartments with other program participants. All apartments are within walking distance of ISI facilities and come with a fully equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms, and communal living space. All apartments have wireless internet connection.

See the Maryland-in-Florence Housing Overview for more details.

Budgets for all offered terms are coming soon.

Fall Budget

Costs listed are for fall 2017.

Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $186
Tuition $8,964
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, airport pickup, excursions, Permit of Stay fees (Permesso di Soggiorno), Florence Museum Car, and teaching services.
Housing Fee $4,300
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $14,650
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $140
Visa $60
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course materials $500
In-country transportation $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,950

Spring Budget

The costs below are for spring 2018.
Application Fee $50
Billable Costs
Billable costs are charged to your student account. They are due based on the Bursar's payment schedule. Be sure to check your statements when they are available.
Education Abroad Fee $1,200
This fee is charged to your account when the application status is changed from "Accepted" to "Committed." This fee includes Education Abroad services including registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance $186
Tuition $8,964
This fee is charged to your UMD account upon course registration. This fee includes: Tuition, academic and advising support, course related activities, on-campus and in-country orientations, airport pickup, excursions, Permit of Stay fees (Permesso di Soggiorno), Florence Museum Car, and teaching services.The Sustainable Food & Environmental Systems track will incur an additional $1,000 charge that accounts for additional costs for a 2-week field study experience and site visit fees associated with required coursework.
Housing Fee $4,300
This fee represents the housing provided during the program. Students live in shared apartments (utilities, internet, and cleaning included).
TOTAL PROGRAM FEE $14,650
Out-of-pocket Costs
Meals (estimate) $1,500
Passport $140
Visa $60
Roundtrip Airfare (estimate) $1,500
Course materials $500
In-country transportation $200
Optional international trip cancellation/interruption insurance $350
Personal expenses and individual travel (estimate) $2,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED COST OF ATTENDANCE: $20,950

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor is available help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Please refer to the following resources for more information on funding study abroad:

PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Amanda Lentz coordinates all logistical aspects of the Maryland-in-Florence program and is available to meet with both prospective and accepted students. To learn more about the program and complete the required advising meeting, schedule an appointment with Amanda.

As part of ISI’s initiative to help students gain valuable cross-cultural experience in an international environment, they promote many opportunities for community engagement, including volunteer work and service learning activities in Florence. Past opportunities have included coaching children’s baseball teams, assistant teaching in elementary schools, and volunteering at local churches and synagogues. Participating in such projects will give you invaluable hands-on experience and an extraordinary out-of-classroom exposure to the culture, language, and people of Italy. See the ISI website for more details.

The Maryland-in-Florence program also provides a variety of cultural activities around Florence and Italy such as cooking lessons, language aperitivi with Italian students, citywide soccer tournament, operas, 5k and 10k charity runs, local festivals and fairs, food tastings, and more. Course field trips are also an integral part of academic life. Professors organize course-specific trips in order to supplement in-class activities and engage students in the practical application of their studies.

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Fall 2017 03/01/2017 03/11/2017 08/22/2017 12/09/2017
Please view the Academic Calendar for more details.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 10/11/2017 01/02/2018 04/28/2018
Please view the Academic Calendar for more details.