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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Term-long Academic Level: Undergraduate
Required GPA: 2.75 Living Arrangements: Apartment, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Study Abroad Contact: Alma Sandoval
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Florence Piazzale Michelangelo

Learn the ins and outs of the hospitality industry in Florence, Italy, a European center of art, history, and culture. Students in the School of Hospitality Leadership can spend Fall quarter at Florence University of the Arts (FUA) taking major and minor courses. FUA is a modern, innovative institution that stresses experiential learning designed for international students. The Apicius International School of Hospitality is FUA’s first, largest, and academically strongest school. Its students run both a pastry shop and a full restaurant open to the public in Florence. Students organize, cater, and serve FUA events.

FUA is located across seven buildings in the historic center of Florence. Students will integrate into Florentine city life on a daily basis, shopping at local food markets, commuting to class, and socializing at local venues. FUA also offers five to seven extracurricular activities for students weekly, including Italian film screenings, cooking lessons, and sports. As the capital of the Tuscany region, Florence holds a premier position in international and Italian tourism, economy, and culture. Its geographic location allows for easy access to the other regions of Italy.

For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, this program will be offered in the Winter 2021 term with an option to extend to the full Spring semester (both Winter and Spring terms at DePaul) at FUA.


This program is for School of Hospitality students only. Students will take four courses for a total of 18 DePaul quarter hour credits. At least two of these courses must be equivalent to HSP courses at DePaul to maintain the hospitality focus of the program. Many classes include field-learning requirements, including visits to local restaurants, hotels, and cultural sites. The Fall semester will run for 15 weeks from early September to mid-December.

Course Structure Fall
Required Courses 2 Hospitality-focused courses (4.5 DPU credit hours per course)
Courses 2 courses (4.5 DPU credit hours per course)
Total Courses 4 courses (18 total DPU credit hours)

The remaining classes can fulfill student major, minor, Liberal Studies Program, or elective requirements. Florence University of the Arts offers 200+ courses per term, many of which have already been articulated for DePaul credit. Students can also add a week-long Cultural Introduction to Italy (3 credits) field learning program to the beginning of their semester.

Winter 2021
Students interested in participating in the Winter term will need to take 4 courses worth 3 semester credits per course (4.5 quarter credits per course) for a total of 12 semester credit hours (18 quarter credit hours). The Winter term at FUA is comprised of 3 intensive sessions plus the required Cultural Introduction to Italy field learning week. The Cultural Introduction to Italy course is equivalent to HSP 398.

Winter-Spring 2021
Students interested in participating in the Spring semester term (Winter-Spring at DePaul) will need to take a minimum of 16 semester credit hours (24 quarter credit hours) in order to maintain full-time enrollment during both the Winter and Spring quarters at DePaul.

How to Search for Courses
  1. View the Course Offerings list (select apporpriate term in dropdown)
    • Fall students: Select Fall Semester
    • Winter 2021 students: Select 1 course from each of the following terms
      • January 4-week session (January intersession + Cultural Introduction to Italy field learning week)
      • Session I
      • Session II
    • Winter-Spring 2021 students: Select courses from 15-week semester and Session I
  2. Select required number of courses
  3. To see how the courses will count back at DePaul, return to the top of this page and click on the link "DePaul Course Equivalents" or click here


Students will live in student apartments throughout Florence within a short bus ride or walk from FUA facilities. FUA offers a limited number of homestay placements for students motivated to integrate more fully into Italian culture and language.


All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. The program fee for this program will be posted soon. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines. Students are also encouraged to speak with the DePaul financial aid office for more information about financing their study abroad experience.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.


If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Students participating in the Florence study abroad program in the Fall or Winter-Spring 2021 terms DO need a visa. Students participating in the Winter 2021 term DO NOT need a visa. To find out more information about the visa process for your select country(ies), visit our Visa Information Page.

Students that obtain a visa will need to apply for a Permesso di Soggiorno (Residence Permit) once in Italy. This must be done within 8 days of entering Italy.


SHL students interested in the program should contact Shelley Gibbons at SGIBBONS@depaul.edu.


DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2021 02/01/2021 03/01/2021 TBA TBA