Florence University of the Arts: Career Certificate
Hospitality Management
Career Certificate

FUA Career Certificate programs are subject-intensive programs offering pre-determined coursework for a full immersion and professional experience in a particular field. Career Certificate programs are open to traditional undergraduate students as well as nontraditional students interested in pursuing a new career path. The AISH Career Certificate program, Hospitality Management, is an introductory Year 1 program offering a foundational core of classes. Students can go on to complete Year 2, which provides specialization in one of four areas. The Year 1 Hospitality Management program provides a complete introduction to fundamentals in the field of gastronomy and wellness, applicable to further studies in Year 2.


SAI Services
SAI 360° & Select Services available

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Passport scan (photo page)
Italian privacy consent form

Application: now open
Closes:
Academic yr: June 15
Fall term: June 15
Spring term: Oct 15
Apps accepted on a rolling basis, and after deadline as space permits

Program Dates 23/24
Academic yr: Aug 29, 2023 – May 10, 2024
Fall term: Aug 29, 2023 – Dec 15, 2023
Spring term: Jan 23, 2024 – May 10, 2024
Dates may vary as a result of add-ons


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Subject Experience: To enroll directly into Year 2 (bypassing Year 1), students must demonstrate previous experience (see Details & Program Overview).

English Language: Non-native English language speakers must submit TOEFL: 500+ (paper-based), IELTS: 5+, OOPT: 50+, or equivalent.

Academic Year: High school graduate or above.



Program Overview
The career certificate program in Hospitality Management (Year 1) offers a general overview of the hospitality industry and related services sectors applicable to one of four specializations in Year 2:

The Year 1 program includes a block set of courses that provide a structured learning experience and introduction to the field, with a focus on experiential learning and hands-on projects.

Program Objectives
This program will provide the student with a solid foundation to build and grow a diverse skill set in the field of hospitality management, through a common core of introductory courses in event management, front of house management, human resources, hospitality marketing, client-customer relations, and basic accounting, with specific beginner courses on spa, real-estate, and restaurant management.

The program focuses on community engagement and experiential learning with four of the school’s CEMI (Community Engagement Member Institutions), unique organizations run by the school and open to the public and university. Students will gain hands-on experience in the Dimora FUA guest apartments, Fedora pastry shop, Ganzo restaurant, and Sorgiva spa, all which will support the program’s curriculum and promote student skills development by allowing practice in real-life situations and public-facing organizations.

Duration and Certification
Students can enroll in one semester (Fall or Spring) or complete two consecutive terms for a full academic year. Students who complete the full academic year will earn a certificate in “Hospitality Management.” All students receive undergraduate course credit and a US transcript issued by the University of South Florida upon successful completion.

Prerequisites
Year 1: To enroll in this Hospitality Management Year 1 program, students must hold a high school diploma or equivalent and demonstrate fluency in English. Students wishing to enroll in the Spring Semester only, must submit a transcript demonstrating successful completion of course equivalents to the Fall term courses.

Year 2: Students wishing to begin at the Specialization Year (Year 2) can qualify for Year 2 with one of the following:

  • Completion of Year 1 program
  • Demonstrating completion of courses equivalent to Year 1 program (transcript required)
  • Direct Access Track: completion of 2 required, predetermined courses in the sessions prior to the Year 2 start date. For more details about Year 2 programs, please refer to the Year 2 pages under Program Structure.

Optional Internships (fee applies)
Students who complete a full academic year can supplement their program with either a non-credit 3 week internship or a 3-credit 6 week internship in their field of study. This internship can be added in the summer sessions after the regular program has ended. Contact SAI for more details.

Optional Italian Language (fee applies)
Career Certificate program students can supplement their program with a 3-week 3 credit, intensive Italian Language course that takes place prior to the fall and spring sessions. Beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of intensive Italian language are offered. Contact SAI for more details.

Year 1: Certificate in Hospitality Management
Starting in the Fall semester, the Year 1 Certificate in Hospitality Management comprises two academic terms. Please note that students also have the option to enroll in a single semester only. Each term features a set of four 3-credit courses and one 6-credit course, with a 1-credit Health and Safety seminar at the start of the Fall semester. In addition, there is also a mandatory, non-credit, experiential learning project during the January intersession prior to the start of the Spring semester.

The Year 1 Hospitality Management courses are:

Optional intensive Italian Language (August intersession)

Fall Semester
Front of the House Management Experiential Learning and HACCP Seminar
Introduction to Hospitality
Introduction to Event Management
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Spa Management

January Intersession
Special Project Experiential Learning
Optional intensive Italian Language

Spring Semester
Restaurant Management Experiential Learning
Principles of Real Estate Management
Hospitality Marketing
The Client-Customer Relation Management
Principles of Accounting

For the full detailed course descriptions please contact us.

Year 2: Specialization Certificate
Students can continue (or begin, see Prerequisites) their studies in one of four specializations:

Career Certificate program students are offered the choice between SAI’s two services models: 360° Services, which includes our full services and housing; and Select Services, designed for more independent students and no housing. The program fee differs for the two service models (see Fees & Budgeting).

SAI 360° Services includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to fostering a welcoming community for all students by providing assistance to diverse needs
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • FUA meal plan sample pack
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • SAI Student Visa consulting
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI Select Services includes the important on-site services!

  • Program tuition and US academic credit
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • SAI Student Visa consulting
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Please see the following links for up-to-date calendar information:

Academic Year 2023/24 pdf (154KB)
Fall Semester 2023 pdf (152KB)
Spring Semester 2024 pdf (152KB)

SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit (per semester)
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: Fall Semester 2023 (360° Services)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$15,500
Program Fee: Fall Semester 2023 (Select Services)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$11,225
Program Fee: Spring Semester 2024 (360° Services)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$15,800
Program Fee: Spring Semester 2024 (Select Services)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$11,575
Program Fee: Academic Year 2023/24 (360° Services)
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$22,925
Program Fee: Academic Year 2023/24 (Select Services)
Includes tuition and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$13,285
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement  – Semester (360° Services)
Private occupancy bedroom in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$1,500
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement  – Academic Yr (360° Services)
Private occupancy bedroom in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$3,350
Optional 3 week Italian Language Course
Before regular term.
contact SAI
Optional Non-Credit Internship (3 weeks)
After regular term.
contact SAI
Optional 3 Credit Internship (6 weeks)
After regular term.
contact SAI
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by private/shared occupancy and meals.
contact SAI
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

Housing is only included in SAI 360° Services programs. Students selecting SAI Select Services are responsible for securing their housing independently.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing configurations are designated as female, male, and in some locations, gender-inclusive. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (additional fee applies)
SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a student shared or private occupancy private bedroom, with a shared bathroom, in the family home with basic furnishings. BreakfastDaily breakfast and weekday dinner are included Monday – Thursday (no meals on weekends). Please note that some homestays may be outside of the city center and require a commute to reach school.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from Italy.

Student Visas
In accordance with Italian law, students studying in Italy for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Depending on the consulate, students will either mail in their student visa application or appear in person to present their application to the consulate. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in preparing for the appointment; SAI Student Visa Consulting is part of the SAI 360° Services included in the program fee. SAI Student Visa Processing Service is available for select consulates only, for an additional fee.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.