Florence University of the Arts
Fall Short Programs 2021
3 - 12 credits

SAI offers the opportunity for students to enroll in FUA short programs during the semester, which are designed to allow a great deal of flexibility for untraditional study abroad timing. FUA’s 3 week short programs offer four start dates in the fall, and four start dates in the spring. Short programs can be combined back-to-back to create a longer 7 week program. In each 3 week program students select 1 or 2 courses for a total of 3 - 6 credits.


Application: closed

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Transcript
Passport scan (photo & signature page)
USF student conduct form
Italian privacy consent form

Note: we have suspended this program in Fall 2021. Please see Fall 2021 Semester, or contact us to discuss your options.

Program Dates
Session I: Aug 31, 2021 – Sept 24, 2021
Session II: Sept 28, 2021 – Oct 22, 2021
Session III: Oct 29, 2021 – Nov 19, 2021
Session IV: Nov 26, 2021 – Dec 16, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: High school graduate or above

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

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



Business and Economics
Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
Fashion, Accessories and Tech
Fine Arts
Food and Wine Studies
Global Studies
Horticulture
Hospitality
Interior Design, Environmental Architecture, and Sustainability
Italian Studies and Linguistics
Journalism, Communication, and Publishing
Liberal Arts
Life Studies / Human Services
Professional Studies and Experiential Learning
Sciences and Mathematics

Business and Economics

3.0 Credits
Hospitality Management | Course #: BUMAOB470 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Human Resources Management or equivalent
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of main theoretical concepts of organizational behavior (OB) and their application in contemporary hospitality organizations. The course covers various topics in OB, which are generally grouped into the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. The course balances conceptual knowledge with practical application. Lectures will provide a broad overview of the course topic and explain key concepts to be used in understanding phenomena occurring in the business world. Relevant case studies will be discussed in class in order to develop skills in applying knowledge to practical situations.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Management | Course #: BUMAHR350 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is open to students of Junior Standing.
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of human resources management, with particular emphasis in human resource planning and strategy, personnel selection, equal employment opportunity, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and contemporary issues. The course has been developed for the those whose job requires managing people in a global environment according to the traditional HR. Topics covered include: human resource planning, job analysis, recruitment, personnel selection, performance, employee turnover, the importance of HR in an industry like the hospitality sector, ethics and practices within personnel.
Contact Hours: 45

Digital Imaging and Visual Arts

3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIPHFP210 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Must have a manual setting: ability to set ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.
The course is based on a series of theoretical lectures on the
technical, cultural, visual, and historic aspects of fashion photography. Fashion photography history will be analyzed from the beginning of the 20th century through contemporary works, following the continuously changing fashion styles and trends of today. This introductory course will concentrate on the technical and logistical aspects of fashion photography using natural light and light basic metering. This course combines introduction to photographic techniques with an emphasis on fashion photography. The first six lessons students will be guided through basic (introductory) camera usage. The later part of this course students will be challenged on basic fashion photography assignments.
This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIPHID180 | Section: I | Open
This course introduces contemporary technologies for producing photographic images. Approaching the medium in its current complex and pluralistic state, students explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. The fundamentals of using a digital camera including manual exposure and lighting are stressed. The course also introduces seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye in a foreign environment (Italy) to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. During the first half of the course assignments, lectures, readings progressively build on each other to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of camera functions (manual mode) and processing techniques. The second half of the course will focus on weaving the techniques with specific photographic concepts via assignments. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI. NOTE: This course is for beginners. The first half of the course will be devoted to understanding camera functions and basic printing. During this period assignments will emphasize basic camera functions in manual mode.


Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIPHID185 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: This is an intermediate course. Knowledge of camera functions is required. Portfolio submission recommended.
This introductory class introduces contemporary technologies for producing photographic images. Approaching the medium in its current complex and pluralistic state, students explore a variety of photographic concepts and techniques. The fundamentals of using a digital camera including manual exposure and lighting are stressed. Single lens reflex camera (DSLR) as well as point and shoot cameras are allowed. This course also introduces seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye in a foreign environment (Italy) to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. Assignments, lectures, readings and excursions progressively build on each other to provide students with a comprehensive overview of both the history of the medium and its contemporary practice. Color correction, retouching, and compositing techniques are covered and complemented by further development of digital capture and printing techniques. Requires 150 experiential learning hours. A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Please contact FUA if you have doubts regarding your camera.

This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIPHID300 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: This is an intermediate course. Knowledge of camera functions is required. Portfolio submission recommended. A DSLR camera and a lens with a focal length of 55mm or wider is required for this course. Please contact SAI admissions if you have doubts regarding your camera.
This course is designed for students who have learned the basic skills of introductory digital photography and would like to further advance their knowledge. A focus on visual and conceptual aspects of photography will be a major topic in this course in addition to refinement of up-to-date techniques. Students are involved in more complex and challenging photography projects and begin to experiment with their personal vision identities and expressions. This course will constitute the differences of making vs taking a photograph or producing vs consuming images. Critical visual analysis of both contemporary photographic work as well as arming the students with technical and conceptual tools will help the student build an understanding of photographs. Students will work on several long term projects. The print lab will provide students with the tools for elaborating and printing their own images. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIPHID305 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Digital Photography or equivalent. A digital camera of at least 8.0 megapixels with an optical zoom lens 3X or more is required. A 35 mm traditional reflex camera can also be helpful.
This course is designed for students who have experience in the digital photography world and who would like to broaden their knowledge to a more advanced level. A deep focus on up-to-date techniques and technologies will be a major topic in the course, in addition to the refinement of visual and conceptual aspects of digital photography. The instructor will guide students in gaining advanced skills in photo computer software. The objective of the course is to create a mature visual expression in the digital photographic world.

This course includes 150 hours of Experiential Learning with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The Experiential Learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.




Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: DIVCAD330 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio I, Introduction to Digital Graphic Illustration.
This course focuses on the creation of projects in advertising campaigns from the initial research and creative strategy to the final execution of a comprehensive commercial project. Students will be taken through the principles of art direction and layout as well as the marketing aspects of an advertising campaign, working with a copywriter, learning techniques for idea visualization, and structuring the campaign to the requirements of the client.
Contact Hours: 90
6.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: PSELID185 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite:
This course introduces contemporary technologies for producing photographic images. Approaching the medium in its current
complex and pluralistic state, students explore a variety of photographic
concepts and techniques. The fundamentals of using a digital camera including manual exposure and lighting are stressed. The course also introduces seeing, thinking, and creating with a critical mind and eye in a foreign environment (Italy) to provide understanding of the construction and manipulation of photographic form and meaning. During the first half of the course assignments, lectures, readings progressively build on each other to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of camera functions (manual mode) and processing techniques. The second half of the course will focus on weaving the techniques with specific photographic concepts via assignments.

This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community
Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning
environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction
with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be
involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the
local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
6.0 Credits
Photography | Course #: PSELID305 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: This is an intermediate course. Knowledge of camera functions is required. Portfolio submission recommended.
This course is designed for students who have learned the basic skills of introductory digital photography and would like to further advance their knowledge. A focus on visual and conceptual aspects of photography will be a major topic in this course in addition to refinement of up-to-date techniques. Students are involved in more complex and challenging photography projects and begin to experiment with their personal vision identities and expressions. This course will constitute the differences of making vs taking a photograph or producing vs consuming images. Critical visual analysis of both contemporary photographic work as well as arming the students with technical and conceptual tools will help the student build an understanding of photographs. Students will work on several long term projects. The print lab will provide students with the tools for elaborating and printing their own images. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management. Prerequisites: This is an intermediate course. Knowledge of camera functions is required. Portfolio submission recommended.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DIITWD200 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Cover letter, CV, and material pertinent to the chosen area, interview. Portfolio of previous work, web back office experience.
This lab-based course trains students to develop effective graphic design interfaces for the web. Students will be introduced to software and technical information for maps, hot spots, links, and site management. Additional topics include search engines, on-line services, and web development.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DIVCCG150 | Section: II | Open
This computer graphics introductory course will cover the following topics: computer generated art, adobe Photoshop, photo adjustments and effects, computer drawing, morphing and modeling in Photoshop and editing. Students will compile a personal portfolio, presenting it to the class at the end of the semester or session.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DIVCDF190 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: A basic knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite, or other similar software is highly recommended.
This course introduces the student to the principles and basic elements of graphic design. Through a series of assignments and exercises, students will learn and practice hand, eye and problem-solving skills. Topics include: shape, basic color theory, framing, shape and color layout, formats, creative typography, logo creation, symbols and trademarks. the course focuses mainly on manual (non-computer) techniques.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Visual Communication | Course #: DIVCWD200 | Section: IV | Open
This lab-based course trains students to develop effective graphic design interfaces for the Web. Students will be introduced to new software and technical information for maps, hot spots, links and site management. Additional topics include: search engines, on-line services and Web development.
Contact Hours: 45

Fashion, Accessories and Tech

3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FTFCFP210 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Basic photography experience and knowledge will be helpful. A digital camera of at least 5.0 mega pixels with an optical zoom lens 3X or more is required. Course Information: Days M, T, W, Th. Times TBA
The course is based on a series of theoretical lectures about the technical, cultural, visual and historical aspects of fashion photography. Fashion photography history will be analyzed from the beginning of the 20th century through contemporary work, following the continuously changing fashion styles and trends. The course will concentrate on technical aspects of fashion photography from location, and portable and studio units, to all aspects of lighting, including natural, artificial, existing light, flash units, and light metering. Students will be guided through up-to-date digital software and technologies into the advertising world. attention to the offset printing technical aspects like color separation, offset film transferring and offset printing will be also given.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FTFCPF280 | Section: IV | Open
This course affords students the possibility to go behind the scenes in exploring the art and business of Italian fashion design. Lectures by industry professionals will be complemented by backstage visits to design studios and possible attendance at seasonal fashion shows.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Communication & Publishing | Course #: FTFDIC200 | Section: III | Open
This course analyzes fashion-based image consultancy for individual clients as a profession of growing importance in both the fashion and tourism industries. Key course topics include the resources necessary to build a career in consultancy, portfolio building, self-marketing, and client consultation. The course also provides important contextual information related to the dynamics of the fashion industry. Field visits and activities are significant components of the coursework, allowing students to not only familiarize themselves with real working environments but also interact with professionals in order to build competency in networking with future intermediaries and clients.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design & Technology | Course #: FTFDFD230 | Section: II | Open
This course is an introduction to creative design development and
fashion design skills. topics include: design processes of trend research, storyboard compiling, color story, fabric selection, draping design concepts, design innovation and the 2-D to 3-D development of creative ideas. There will be assigned projects in all of these areas. Students will also be introduced to the basics of fashion illustration. Students prepare for their fourth-semester design collections by exploring the roles of research, design development, and editing in the fashion design process. Emphasis is placed on the knowledge of key fashion categories, markets, and price points.



Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design & Technology | Course #: FTFDLD370 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Fashion major, Junior standing. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course focuses on the process of taking design from concept to reality, with an emphasis on production, pricing and distribution. It will provide the basics of supply chain management and provide a framework for understanding how it can be adapted to best support an individual design concept. Lessons will be complemented by guest presentations by local designers and other influential industry professionals. Students will create a supply chain plan to support successfully bringing their own design concepts to market.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Design & Technology | Course #: FTFDSC315 | Section: III | Open
This hands-on course will take students from the rudimentary skills and techniques necessary both in terms of mechanized and hand techniques to allow for the creation of simple cotton garments. In the second level the focus will shift to complex design strategies and construction which are most frequently employed as industry standards.


Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Fashion Merchandising | Course #: FTFMFM300 | Section: II | Open
Through this course, students explore and apply various forecast research methods in preparation for developing, planning, purchasing, or merchandising apparel lines and collections. Using the case studies, market and trend research is evaluated to identify opportunities for growth and profitability in a fashion business. By applying consumer, aesthetic and quantitative information, students develop value-added apparel/textile strategies for products and product lines with merchandising campaigns for diverse targets. The outcome of the course will focus on understanding the relationship of forecasting and product line development. Students will be exposed to analytical techniques to acquire quantitative elements through marketing theories that explain fashion dynamics that occur in apparel and retail.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Fashion Merchandising | Course #: FTFMMC285 | Section: I | Open
The course provides a comprehensive look at the merchandising environment including the functions and objectives of the merchandising team and the principles and techniques of today's buyers, planners, product developers, and account executives. Students will gain an understanding on procedures of how to plan, select, price, and sell fashion goods. Product development, sourcing, and production are an integral part of the course. The course will also address the analysis of wholesale and apparel management practices of the fashion marketing industry with a specific focus on planning, developing, and presenting product lines for identified target markets. The course will also address the analysis of the issues with a specific focus on the Italian industry through locally based case studies.
Contact Hours: 45

Fine Arts

3.0 Credits
Art Education | Course #: FAAEAP325 | Section: II | Open
The course will develop a comparative study of art as an expression of human experience from the development of the paradigms of beauty and aesthetics developed during the Renaissance to the contemporary perception of beauty. The course will include major artists and influences in terms of styles and movements. The course will feature a contrast between the "two cities" within the city that embody these diverse ways to convey art and beauty as an experiential pathway for understanding the evolution of artistic language and its possible directions in the future.
Contact Hours: 45

Food and Wine Studies

3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPAC560 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Chocolate Artistry or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
The course focuses on the application of advanced techniques to chocolate tempering, molding and modeling. The previously learned skills will be fundamental to prepare and decorate artistic pralines and pieces for showcase using airbrush coloring, plastic chocolate, flavors and texture contrasts. Emphasis will be placed on the creation of molded chocolate pieces starting from the project to the execution and assembly. 
This course will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the tools, techniques and styles used in chocolate decoration and embellishments. The course focuses on chocolate molding and modeling, and on artistic praline construction for pastry shop applications. The course is open to students with a knowledge of basic chocolate processing techniques. Prerequisites: Chocolate Artistry or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPBC310 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques I or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
Students will study the history and background of various national and regional cakes and tarts. The course will cover the origin of classical cakes, variations from classical methods, and customer-driven deviations from traditional preparations. Students will study a variety of doughs, batters, fillings, and glazes, with an emphasis on a thorough understanding of the techniques and proper skill execution for Italian cakes. Special attention will be paid to advanced creaming methods (separated creaming methods, creaming without leavening agents) and combination methods. Piping skills are practiced.


Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPBI325 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Open to culinary arts and baking & pastry majors or students who have taken previous coursework in the above fields
Building on previous knowledge, students learn to mix, shape, bake, store, and distribute breads and rolls. Emphasis will be placed on increased use of traditional fermentation methods, equipment, and methods that emphasize flavor, texture, and appearance as well as techniques that increase shelf life. this course offers the opportunity to learn the principles and techniques of preparing multi-grain breads, sourdoughs, holiday or seasonal breads, and flat breads. Special emphasis will be placed on Italian regional breads; handling grains (such as soakers) for specialty breads; mixing, shaping, and finishing specialty breads; and learning innovative baking methods.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPBT320 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Open to culinary arts and baking & pastry majors or students who have taken previous coursework in the above fields
Baking techniques introduces the functions of baking ingredients (such as yeast, flour, and shortening), mixing methods for dough's, fermentation techniques, heat transfer methods. Focus on basic elements such as pastry dough, sponge cake, pachoux, puff pastry, plunder, danesi, croissant, egg/butter based basic creams, production and conservation of fruit conserves and meringues. In this course, students taste and test the products they create as well as complete a research assignment.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPBT320 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Open to culinary arts and baking & pastry majors or students who have taken previous coursework in the above fields
Baking techniques introduces the functions of baking ingredients (such as yeast, flour, and shortening), mixing methods for dough's, fermentation techniques, heat transfer methods. Focus on basic elements such as pastry dough, sponge cake, pachoux, puff pastry, plunder, danesi, croissant, egg/butter based basic creams, production and conservation of fruit conserves and meringues. In this course, students taste and test the products they create as well as complete a research assignment.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPCA450 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques I or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course introduces the principles involved in tempering chocolate, creating chocolate sculptures, forming simple centerpieces, and preparing chocolates and other confections with soft, hard, and liquid centers. Students learn to use traditional and contemporary production methods in creating confections both by hand and with special equipment. Efficient methods to increase productivity in this highly specialized field will be highlighted.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPIC440 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Open to culinary arts and baking & pastry majors or students who have taken previous coursework in the above fields
This course introduces students to classically applied mediums used in
display work and decoration. Students will learn to execute specific
designs in pastillage, rolled fondant, gum paste, and royal icing, as well
as with poured, pulled, and blown sugar. Production, storing of all types
of candied fruits and Italian mostarda. Production and storing of jams
and conserves, fruit jellies, Italian croccante, sugar fondant, almond
paste.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPIC620 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques and Dessert Styling, or equivalent.
From East to West, primitive to progressive, most common to most avant-garde, cakes are good for the soul. They draw people together, enliven celebrations, and embody the rituals and histories of cultures around the world. This course will focus on the cultural background of famous classic cakes in order for students to understand the origin and the history behind famous international representative creations. Emphasis will be placed in the analysis of the area of origin of each cake in order to find connections between ingredients, preparation techniques and the final creation.
Students will join this journey among different traditions, stories, ingredients and folklore, learning dedicated skills for the preparation of international classics.
 Pavlova, Sacher Torte, Baklava, Black Forest Cake, original NY Cheesecake, and the Tres Leches cake are only some of the creations that will be experienced during this trip among traditions. Prerequisites: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques and Dessert Styling, or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPPI600 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course offers students the opportunity of a professional approach to Italian gelato production and a comparison with ice cream, sorbets, sherbets and other churned frozen desserts. The evolution of gelato will be explained to understand the fundamental steps of its development. The difference between ice cream and gelato artigianale will be fully covered in order to give students a sound understanding of the variety of offers commonly found in the market. The structure of the worldwide famous frozen dessert will be analyzed in detail focusing on major and minor ingredients and how they are responsible for the final texture and flavor. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of production and serving temperatures, gelato service and exposition as well as the different balancing formulas related to a variety of suitable ingredients. Students will have the opportunity to learn how to prepare gelato using exclusively fresh, genuine and natural ingredients. Gelato artigianale will be produced starting from different bases, with the application of a variety of ingredients, following the Italian way of production. Attention will be given to gelato production for special dietary requirements, gelato gourmet interpretations, sorbets and original sicilian granita production. Prerequisites: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPPP506 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course explores stimulating applications of both classic and contemporary pastry techniques to pastry shop and la carte restaurant production. The program focuses on the following main topics: the use of freezing temperatures through a survey of the possible applications in which precise and specific temperatures and ingredients are balanced and play a fundamental role, handling fresh and seasonal fruits in pastry production, and the increasing use of ingredients such as thickening and gelling agents in order to create products with unexpectedly smooth textures, a wide variety of gels and contemporary mousses, and pastry applications of molecular gastronomy. Through this experience, students will understand the role of specific ingredients in ice production in order to serve frozen desserts with a perfect balance between texture and temperature. The course will address professional techniques of pastry arts classics such as semifreddo, bomba gelato, parfait, and bon bons. Special emphasis will be placed on the use of liquid nitrogen for different purposes other than freezing, such as the stimulating effects of carbonation on food flavor perception and the application of frozen food processing with the Pacojet food processor. The course offers a full immersion in pastry lab production with an important focus on techniques that can be available in a professional environment and allow pastry chefs to develop their creativity and reach new unexpected results. Prerequisites: Apicius Baking and Pastry Level 2 coursework or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPPS355 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Open to culinary arts and baking & pastry majors or students who have taken previous coursework in the above fields
This course is a study of bakery operations and management as
practiced in a pastry shop environment. Studies focus on the various pastry shop components and front/back of the house areas. Front of the house emphasizes customer service, space management and maintenance, retail display, client relations, and ordering strategies. An introductory approach to the back of the house is considered in terms of equipment handling, supplies, production types, yields, formula conversions, dessert menu planning, and the handling of special requests and events. Safety and sanitation are examined for proper practice and application in the pastry shop. Students will gain familiarity with dessert categories and how they are positioned within the baking industry. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory
in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPPT470 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques I or equivalent
This course is the advanced phase of Baking Technique courses. Students will experience the application of previously learned foundations to a variety of pastry products such as pie doughs, baked custards, and advanced spongecake recipes. The course introduces a wide range of methods that will be combined for the creation of laminated doughs, souffles, Bavarian mousses, and pate a bombe mousses. Students will learn how to use basic finishing methods by applying glazes, filling pastries, creating simple sauces, and presenting products for service. Prerequisites: Baking Techniques I or equivalent
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPPT475 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques I or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course introduces non-yeast, laminated dough's and the
preparation of pastry products using a variety of methods-lamination, blending, creaming, foaming, and thickening. Students will combine these methods in new products, to create savory items and frozen desserts, and to use basic finishing methods by applying glazes, filling pastries, creating simple sauces, and presenting products for service. The fundamentals of heat transfer as applied to pastries in the preparation of creams, custards, souffles, butter creams, meringues, and flavored whipped creams will also be studied. Students will taste and test the products created and will complete a research assignment.
Contact Hours: 150
6.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPRD495 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking and Pastry Majors only.
This course covers the preparation and service of hot and cold desserts with a focus on individual desserts and the components involved in preparation. Students will learn and improve station organization, timing, and service coordination for restaurant dessert production. Products made will include fried products, tarts, souffle, creams, frozen desserts. Both individual plated desserts, and desserts for banquets will be prepared. Students will develop a dessert menu from the perspective of variety, costs, practicality, and how well it matches the rest of the menu. This course includes 150 hours of Experiential Learning with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The Experiential Learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive
operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 195
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPSB350 | Section: II | Open
Since ancient times bread has had a significance that goes beyond mere sustenance. Almost every society in the world eats bread in some form and bread has always been considered a symbol of life for all mankind. Bread celebrates life and plays a leading role in traditional celebrations and festivities. This course focuses on traditional Italian specialty breads, made with special, or alternative flours, shaped by local folklore and passed down from generation to generation like the most precious gift.
Students will be introduced to natural yeast production and learn how to keep the yeast alive and strengthen it for better leavening as well as the nutritional advantages and flavor development thanks to its use.
The course offers a complete survey of traditional specialty breads, specialty flatbreads, sweet breads and rolls with an emphasis on old grain flour, alternative flours and local folklore. In addition to this students will be introduced to special diet baking through lessons on gluten free bread and complements.
A special focus is dedicated to Italy's most famous baked product, pizza: through an in-depth analysis pizza will be explained and enjoyed in all its most popular variations.








Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPSL500 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course focuses on the production of long shelf-life handcrafted baked products, a branch of traditional pastry art that is unfortunately a prerogative of industrial food production today. Students will learn how to prepare artisan travel cakes and snacks to go thanks to an in-depth study of the role of single ingredients and their balancing. 
Sugars, fats, mixing methods, cooking temperatures and food safety will be analyzed from the perspective of their impact on the final product shelf-life.
An emphasis will be put on the role of water and hydration in baked products and how water influences the textural properties during storage.
The course also includes the study of the calculation of free water in cakes, together with storage and preservation environment management and notions of food contamination and oxidation.
Students will learn how to prepare traditional and contemporary travel cakes. Students will also learn artisan methods to reproduce famous Italian packaged snacks.
 This course consists of experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management. Prerequisites: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Baking and Pastry | Course #: FWBPWC570 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques and Dessert Styling, or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
Students will learn the history and significance of wedding cakes and diverse wedding cake styles.The course will focus on important wedding
cake approaches and the techniques needed to create wedding and specialty cakes. Emphasis is placed on developing skills related to decorative ornaments using chocolate, marzipan, sugar, pastillage, and royal icing. Through this course, students will understand the importance of precision and dedication in wedding cake production, and how to use edible materials to create classic, contemporary, and themed decorated cakes. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Culinary Arts | Course #: FWCANC505 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Three semesters of culinary arts or dietetics/nutrition coursework and Cooking Light: Contemporary Techniques for Health Living, or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
Starting from the previously acquired knowledge of macro and micro nutrients, this course will provide students with the tools to analyze and develop a wide variety of nutritionally balanced meals on a seasonal basis. Students will learn the fundamentals of metabolism and digestion and apply previously acquired cooking methods in order to preserve nutrients, and the possible applications of a wide variety of ingredients to create satisfying dishes while still respecting nutritional concepts.
Emphasis will be placed on the analysis of special dietary requirements either depending on dietary special needs or ethical choices. Raw foodism, vegetarian and vegan diet as well as the possible alternatives to guarantee a balanced nutrient intake will be thoroughly covered. The course will give students the tools to design meals on a seasonal basis following the principles of healthy cooking. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). Prerequisites: Three semesters of culinary arts or dietetics/nutrition coursework and Cooking Light: Contemporary Techniques for Health Living, or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Culinary Arts | Course #: FWCAPC335 | Section: I | Open
This course is the first out of three about Professional Cooking and its aim is to introduce students to culinary fundamentals. The structure of the classical kitchen will be compared to the contemporary one in order to understand the differences in the organization of the brigade. The role of the Chef will be explained and discussed. Tools and equipment use, weights, measures and recipe conversion will be explained and practiced. This course will provide the first basic information about seasonings and flavorings and the application of herbs and spices in the kitchen. Students will approach cooking thanks to a careful analysis of knife skills, principles of cooking and basic cooking techniques, that include eggs, vegetables, pasta and meat cookery. Special emphasis will be placed on methods and procedures rather than on the complete preparation of finished dishes. A special focus will be put on kitchen cleaning, sanitation, maintenance and personal safety. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Culinary Arts | Course #: FWCAPC506 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Culinary Arts Majors only. The Science of Cooking: An Introduction to Molecular Cuisine, or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
The course is divided into three phases and explores stimulating applications of contemporary cuisine. Precision cooking and texture development apply the latest scientific discoveries to food production and may require special instruments for the achievement of specific results. This course focuses on techniques that can be available in a professional environment and allow chefs to development their creativity in order to reach new and sometimes unexpected results. Phase 1, Temperature Application: This phase explores the possible applications in which precise and specific temperatures play a fundamental role. The microbiology as well as the sanitation practices for precision and low temperature cooking will be covered, with a complete overview of contemporary methods, equipment, and procedures used in contemporary kitchens and in food production labs. Special emphasis will be placed on sous-vide cooking through the use of the immersion circulator, applications of liquid nitrogen for different purposes other than freezing, stimulating effects of carbonation on food flavor perception, and the application of frozen food processing with the Pacojet food processor. Phase 2, Gels and Thickening Agents: This phase examines how contemporary chefs and food technologists use ingredients in ways that earlier generations would have never imagined. Topics will analyze the increasing use of ingredients such as thickening and gelling agents in order to create sauces with unexpectedly smooth textures, hot and cold gels, firm coating gels, and methylcellulose gels. With the support of a chemist, specific additives will be evaluated, discussed, and tested. Phase 3, Gases and Air-Based Preparations: This phase focuses on contemporary techniques of texture changes obtained by incorporating specific gases into foods in order to modify familiar textures, improve presentation methods, and serve unusual and contemporary dishes. Items such as foams, froth, and puffed snacks will be analyzed. Students will examine and test diverse types of foams, both hot and cold with different foaming agents from animal and vegetable sources, as well as learn how to produce light foams, thick fine-textured foams, textured snacks, airs, and froths. Prerequisites: Apicius Culinary Arts Level 3 coursework or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Culinary Arts | Course #: FWCATF440 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Tradition of Italian Food I or equivalent. Only for Culinary Arts Majors.
This course continues to explore the tradition of Italian food through representative recipes. Emphasis will be given to more elaborate dishes, including the cleaning and preparation of shellfish, fresh pasta, food combination's, feast foods and banquets.

Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Culinary Arts | Course #: FWCAVC504 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Two semesters of Culinary Arts course work or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
The last 40 years of food service have been characterized by a slow yet constant development of nutritional awareness and a more informed approach to food. The aim of the course is not only to offer students techniques for a healthier approach to cooking: this course will focus on cooking techniques that can be applied in order to reduce fat consumption and at same time become the emblems of contemporary cuisine. Flavor-extraction methods, flavoring methods, pressure cooking and sous vide cooking, marinades and brines and the use of alternative fats are nowadays the base of contemporary Chefs' creations: students will learn how these techniques can be used to develop a fine dining cuisine that can be healthier yet not necessarily health-fanatic. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). Prerequisites: Two semesters of Culinary Arts course work or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Dietetics & Nutrition | Course #: FWDNIN305 | Section: IV | Open
This course introduces students to the basic nutrition concepts such as calories, nutrient density and dietary reference intake. Through the course the characteristics and the role of the basic nutrients (protein, carbohydrates, lipids, vitamins and minerals) will be closely examined and different food combinations analyzed and discussed. The concept of food pyramid will be extensively analyzed and different food pyramids and their cultural and scientific backgrounds compared: the Mediterranean, the USDA, the traditional Latin American, the Asian and the Vegetarian. Menu composition and meal planning will be discussed form the nutritionist's point of view.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Dietetics & Nutrition | Course #: FWDNSC510 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Two semesters of Culinary Arts coursework or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
After the first appearance of molecular gastronomy in the latter half of the 20th century, the approach of chefs towards food has dramatically changed. This science of cooking course is aimed at non-science majors who wish to gain knowledge of the basic science behind cooking to both improve methods of cooking and avoid common pitfalls. Students will acquire the concepts behind basic techniques that aid innovation and creative impulse in the field of gastronomy. The course will combine both theory and practice based on contemporary scientific knowledge.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Dietetics & Nutrition | Course #: FWDNTF507 | Section: II | Open
This course explores and examines the physiology of sensory organs and how we perceive flavors. From the simplicity of identifying the basic tastes to the complexity of aftertastes and aromas, the objective of this course is to train taste buds to better understand the mechanics of our
senses as they interact with food. Why do we react positively to sweet taste? Why do we sometimes refuse bitter taste? Does umami really exist? The course will answer these and many other related questions in order define the tools to examine flavors that are not generally accepted but require a deeper understanding for appreciation. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community
Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life.
Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FWFCFF347 | Section: 1 | Open
Pre-requisite:
The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family, to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, to growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and culture scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities, encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence's thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FWFCFF347 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite:
The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family, to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, to growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and culture scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities, encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence's thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FWFCFF347 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite:
The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family, to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, to growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and culture scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities, encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence's thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Food & Culture | Course #: FWFCFF347 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite:
The city of Florence is a veritable mine of food and cultural experiences spanning from the kitchens of the Medici family, to the rustic regional cuisine of Tuscany, to growing rituals such as aperitivo, and high profile restaurants recognized internationally. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the food, street, and culture scenes that set Florence apart from other metropolitan cities, encourage the discussion of the historical weight of its storied past on the food culture of today, and construct a topographical map that indicates the pinpoints of Florence's thriving gastro-cultural activities. Lectures will be complemented by student cooking labs and tastings.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Wine & Culture | Course #: FWWCTW262 | Section: II | Open
The course will introduce students to the outstanding richness of Tuscan wine typologies focusing particularly on a presentation of the most important wine growing areas in Tuscany. A general introduction to wine appreciation will be offered and a selection of Tuscan wines will be studied in terms of their characteristics.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Wine Expertise | Course #: FWWEWF380 | Section: IV | Open
This course presents, explains and analyzes the role of France as a reference model in the wine world. Course topics cover the historical and cultural origins of winemaking in France, the main native grape varieties as well as the major French wine production areas: Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Alsace, Loire Valley, Provence and more, with detailed studies on wine characteristics according to the place of production. Students will be guided, also through wine tastings, throughout the french territory to gain an in-depth understanding the concepts of Terroir, Cru and the influence of France on international viticulture and wine styles.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Wine Expertise | Course #: FWWEWW360 | Section: I | Open
This course has been designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the main wine producing countries of the Old World as France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Portugal, Hungary, Greece, Slovenia and of course Italy. Students will be guided across Europe to discover the principal wine areas and native grape varieties, with a specific focus on the cultural heritage and winemaking tradition that belong to each country. Course topics include the different appellation systems, soil characteristics, and basics of winemaking process. The course also offers an introduction to wine tasting in order to better understand the original features of the wines from each country.
Contact Hours: 45

Global Studies

3.0 Credits
Anthropology | Course #: GSANCI202 | Section: I | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Happiness Sciences | Course #: GSHSHW210 | Section: II | Open
The course focuses on individual skills to succeed in social and personal
life: it provides an introduction to the science of happiness, integrating
findings from positive psychology, behavioral genetics, neurosciences
and behavioral economics. The course also offers a set of tools and
techniques to transform problems into learning and to develop and
apply strategies and skills that promote an all-round progress in a
person's psychological, physical and social life.
Contact Hours: 45

Horticulture

3.0 Credits
General Horticulture | Course #: HCGHGG201 | Section: I | Open
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.
Contact Hours: 45

Hospitality

3.0 Credits
Hospitality and Tourism Management | Course #: HPHTHR350 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: This course is open to students of Junior Standing.
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of human resources management, with particular emphasis on human resource planning and strategy, personnel selection, equal employment opportunity, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and contemporary issues. The course has been developed for people whose job requires managing people in a global environment according to the traditional Human Resources. Topics covered include: human resource planning, job analysis, recruitment, personnel selection, performance, employee turnover, the importance of HR in an industry like the hospitality sector, ethics and practices within personnel, legal issues, and how diversity impacts the workforce.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality and Tourism Management | Course #: HPHTIE200 | Section: II | Open
The course will provide students with a solid grounding of coordination of events and entertainment. The class will focus on the historical evolution, organizational standards and career paths in the field of event management. The lessons will also address theory elements concerning the foundations of strategic planning, financial management, human resources management and event sponsorship. Students will be involved in hands-on projects developed by the schools event manager in order to experience directly many tasks related to the planning and carrying out of events.
This class features a project at Ganzo for Wednesday AperiGanzo. Students will be involved in Wednesday evening shifts as a part of class.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality and Tourism Management | Course #: HPHTIM450 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Hospitality or equivalent.
This course will consider how food and wine tourism is implemented in Italy. The regional aspect of the country, its rich cultural variety, and how the tourism revolving its cuisine and wine are interpreted in sustainable forms will be analyzed. Students will explore the unique gastronomy, products, and producers of specific Italian regions in order to understand the role of territories and local cultures in Italian food and wine tourism. The practices, organization, management, and implementation of these forms of tourism will be studied along with territorial and cultural aspects to discover how gastronomic tourism expresses the soul of a place and can generate new or renewed interest in geographic areas of Italy
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Hospitality and Tourism Management | Course #: HPHTOB470 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Human Resources Management or equivalent
The course is designed to assist students in making sound decisions in the hospitality industry by heightening their sensibility to the organizational parameters that influence their decisions. Furthermore students will analyze computer systems and their applications within the hotel industry. All computer applications are examined, from reservations to the back office through a series of assignments and projects.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management | Course #: HPFBCC532 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Hospitality Accounting, Restaurant Management or equivalent. Unofficial Transcript submission required.
Course develops skills in scheduling and controlling costs in managed projects that present the challenges of time, human resources, materials, budget, project specifications, and deadlines. The concept of financial planning for businesses and organizations, including a special emphasis on hospitality structures, asks students to consider the compilation of budgets, identifying/forecasting potential problems to avoid profit loss, flexible vs. static budgets to control costs, and types of cost control analysis.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management | Course #: HPFBCS470 | Section: III | Open
This course will enable candidates to gain a deep knowledge and
qualification relating directly to the catering environment. the course
will enhance their personal growth and development, enabling them to
undertake their role with greater confidence. all organizational, logistic
and marketing aspects of the catering industry will be analyzed.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Spa Management | Course #: HPSMSM300 | Section: IV | Open
coming soon
Contact Hours: 45

Interior Design, Environmental Architecture, and Sustainability

3.0 Credits
Interior and Industrial Design | Course #: IDIDCD280 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Technical Drawings and CAD or equivalent
In this course students will learn the concepts and techniques of
creating, viewing and manipulating 3D models. Through the generation of drawings and perspectives, students develop an in-depth understanding of the modeling and rendering techniques used for creating objects, furniture and interior spaces.

Contact Hours: 90
3.0 Credits
Product Design | Course #: IDPDDT300 | Section: II | Open
Design thinking refers to creative strategies designers use during the process of designing. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied within any team and in any field, from architecture and design to healthcare and product development. This course applies design thinking methodology to everyday problems and provides students with the tools they need to become innovative thinkers. Envisioned as a collaborative lab, this course fosters the integration of research, problem-forming and problem-solving, aesthetics, technology, prototyping, and publishing, with a strong focus on user's needs. Several tools to help students understand design thinking as a problem-solving approach are introduced throughout the course. Case-studies from different organizations that used design thinking to uncover compelling solutions are used to support instruction. This course delves into the fundamentals of th0is creative approach by immersing students in dynamic discussions, relevant readings, and team exercises. Throughout the course, students learn how to empathize with the needs and motivations of the end users, discover new ideas for solving a problem and how to apply strategies and methodologies drawn from a wider range of creative design practices.
Contact Hours: 45

Italian Studies and Linguistics

3.0 Credits
Italian Cultural Studies | Course #: ISISCI202 | Section: I | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Cultural Studies | Course #: ISISGG201 | Section: I | Open
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITGG201 | Section: I | Open
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITIB101 | Section: I | Open
This course develops basic conversation, reading and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversation skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in the Present tense, Passato Prossimo and to use both nouns and adjectives in the correct form with reference to gender and number. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary and newly acquired grammar structures. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITIB101 | Section: II | Open
This course develops basic conversation, reading and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary and conversation skills. Students will develop a vocabulary that will enable them to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting their Italian experience. After taking this course, students will be able to express themselves in the Present tense, Passato Prossimo and to use both nouns and adjectives in the correct form with reference to gender and number. Emphasis will be given to oral expression of practical vocabulary and newly acquired grammar structures. This level is for absolute beginner students who have never studied Italian before.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITII201 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: One semester of Italian language or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course builds on and extends fundamental skills developed in the beginner course. Emphasis is placed on developing fluency skills and integration of language and culture through more extensive reading and writing. After taking this course, students will be able to express polite requests using the Present conditional, making future plans using the Future tense and develop their language ability by using direct and indirect object pronouns. This course is aimed at students who already have a basic vocabulary of Italian and some knowledge of elementary language structures.
*FUA policy requires that when less than 4 students enroll in an Italian language class, the class will be taught at reduced contact hours. With less students the instructor is able to cover the same program in less time, while also providing more individualized attention.


Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Italian Language | Course #: ISITII250 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Two semesters of Italian language or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This level is for those students who already have an active knowledge of elementary language structures (i.e. the expression of past actions and events, the discussion of future plans), who can communicate simple and routine tasks, discuss familiar and routine topics and describe his/her background and who can understand clear standard speech on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. after taking this course, students will be able to use more complex pronouns both in spoken and written Italian and will have a basic grasp of subjunctive and all four tenses.

*FUA policy requires that when less than 4 students enroll in an Italian language class, the class will be taught at reduced contact hours. With less students the instructor is able to cover the same program in less time, while also providing more individualized attention.

Contact Hours: 45

Journalism, Communication, and Publishing

3.0 Credits
Publishing | Course #: CPPULM330 | Section: III | Open
The first of a two part series on magazine production, lifestyle Magazine I gives students a professional magazine production experience in an academic course. Students, under the supervision of faculty members, will curate every phase of production brainstorming, design, writing, photos, editing, layouts, production and distribution of a full color lifestyle magazine produced by the institution. the magazine and its semester format will represent the students approach to living in Florence and topics such as the arts, gastronomy, travel, style, city scenes, etc from a cutting edge perspective that seeks to challenge and go beyond the surface of a city. this project requires additional hours outside of regularly scheduled class times.
Contact Hours: 45

Liberal Arts

3.0 Credits
Art History and Architecture | Course #: LAAHAP325 | Section: II | Open
The course will develop a comparative study of art as an expression of human experience from the development of the paradigms of beauty and aesthetics developed during the Renaissance to the contemporary perception of beauty. The course will include major artists and influences in terms of styles and movements. The course will feature a contrast between the "two cities" within the city that embody these diverse ways to convey art and beauty as an experiential pathway for understanding the evolution of artistic language and its possible directions in the future.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Art History and Architecture | Course #: LAAHCI202 | Section: I | Open
The study of Italian culture helps the student to acquire a deep awareness of both cultural unity and regional diversity. This course is intended to provide students with an in-depth introduction to Italian culture and to broaden ones awareness and understanding of the role of cultural heritage in customs and lifestyles. Lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academic understanding of Italian history, art, architecture, food, religion and culture. The course provides additional enrichment through basic notions of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final paper. On-site teaching is a significant part of this course and is aimed to provide the student with an incomparable experience of studying important sites of artistic architectural and social relevance in present-day Italy. Students are encouraged to observe the sites through active participation and to discuss their observations using specific and analytic social assessment skills. Florence only.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
English Composition and Creative Writing | Course #: LACWCW300 | Section: IV | Open
This is an introduction to fiction writing. It covers the technical elements of fiction writing through in-class writing exercises that develop dialogue, voice, plot, image, character development, point of view, scene, structure and other prose skills. The in-class work will be augmented with homework assignments which students will use in writing larger pieces of fiction. Students will learn to critique work from a writer's perspective.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
English Composition and Creative Writing | Course #: LACWLM330 | Section: III | Open
The first of a two-part series on magazine production, this course gives students a professional magazine production experience as an academic course. Students, under the supervision of faculty members, will curate every phase of production brainstorming, design, writing, photos, editing, layouts, production, and distribution of a professional lifestyle magazine produced by the institution. The magazine and its semiannual format will represent the student's approach to living in Florence and topics such as the arts, gastronomy, travel, style, city scenes, etc. from a cutting edge perspective that seeks to challenge and go beyond the surface of a city. Course projects and activities will interact with the journalism activities of Blending, the magazine of FUA's campus press Ingorda. This project requires additional hours outside of regularly scheduled class times. This class includes experiential learning with CEMI.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
History | Course #: LAHSPF280 | Section: IV | Open
This course addresses significant moments in the timeline of Italian fashion from its historic origins to the present day. While exploring the art and business of Italian fashion design, students will encounter influential individuals, style and industry-changing happenings, and the places that hosted them. Designers and creative figures, industry players and companies, hallmark fashion shows, and significant Italian locations are amongst the case studies covered. Field visits and guest lectures are an essential component of this course.
Contact Hours: 45

Life Studies / Human Services

3.0 Credits
Environmental Studies | Course #: LSESGG201 | Section: I | Open
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Health Humanities | Course #: LSHHHW210 | Section: II | Open
This course focuses on individual skills to succeed in social and personal life. It provides an introduction to the science of happiness, integrating findings from positive psychology, behavioral genetics, neurosciences, and behavioral economics. The course offers a set of tools and techniques to transform problems into learning opportunities and to develop and apply strategies and skills that promote overall progress in a person's psychological, physical, and social well-being.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: LSSOCI202 | Section: I | Open
The lectures will provide students with an organized, focused, and academically rich understanding of the History art, architecture, and culture of Italy. The course provides additional enrichment through contextual use of Italian language and terminology along with assigned readings and a final reflective paper.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: LSSOGG201 | Section: I | Open
This course offers an innovative way to learn the Italian language and develop environmental consciousness while exploring Florence and its surroundings. Through the study of the relationship between humans and nature, the human role in ecology, and the sustainable management and conservation of natural resources, students will learn basic Italian vocabulary and usage in the form of experiential learning. The course aims to develop four basic Italian language skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), while providing experiences and on-site lessons aimed at expanding the connection between individuals and the natural world and developing sustainable lifestyles. Each topic, excursion, and experience will be supported by a structured class of Italian language, providing a great opportunity to explore Florence, its parks, its people, and its traditions from a new perspective while learning and practicing the Italian language.

Mandatory Field Learning in Siena:
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Sociology | Course #: LSSOPF280 | Section: IV | Open
This course addresses significant moments in the timeline of Italian fashion from its historic origins to the present day. While exploring the art and business of Italian fashion design, students will encounter influential individuals, style and industry-changing happenings, and the places that hosted them. Designers and creative figures, industry players and companies, hallmark fashion shows, and significant Italian locations are amongst the case studies covered. Field visits and guest lectures are an essential component of this course.
Contact Hours: 45

Professional Studies and Experiential Learning

3.0 Credits
Community Service | Course #: LSSODT300 | Section: II | Open
Design thinking refers to creative strategies designers use during the process of designing. Focused on listening, user empathy, whole-brain thinking, collaboration, and experimentation, design thinking can be applied within any team and in any field, from architecture and design to healthcare and product development. This course applies design thinking methodology to everyday problems and provides students with the tools they need to become innovative thinkers. Envisioned as a collaborative lab, this course fosters the integration of research, problem-forming and problem-solving, aesthetics, technology, prototyping, and publishing, with a strong focus on user's needs. Several tools to help students understand design thinking as a problem-solving approach are introduced throughout the course. Case-studies from different organizations that used design thinking to uncover compelling solutions are used to support instruction. This course delves into the fundamentals of th0is creative approach by immersing students in dynamic discussions, relevant readings, and team exercises. Throughout the course, students learn how to empathize with the needs and motivations of the end users, discover new ideas for solving a problem and how to apply strategies and methodologies drawn from a wider range of creative design practices.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Community Service | Course #: LSSOOB470 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Human Resources Management or equivalent
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of main theoretical concepts of organizational behavior (OB) and their application in contemporary hospitality organizations. The course covers various topics in OB, which are generally grouped into the individual, group, and organizational levels of analysis. The course balances conceptual knowledge with practical application. Lectures will provide a broad overview of the course topic and explain key concepts to be used in understanding phenomena occurring in the business world. Relevant case studies will be discussed in class in order to develop skills in applying knowledge to practical situations.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: IDPDPD320 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Interior Design or Introduction to Industrial Design.
This course fosters an understanding of the design of three-dimensional objects that have a specialized function in domestic or hospitality contexts and a low-medium complexity. During the course, students are introduced to the world of products for interiors in which Italy is a market leader. Case studies of well-known designers and their different styles will be examined. Students develop their projects through research, create prototypes, and analyze production costs. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELPC335 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Culinary Arts Majors only
This course will introduce students to cooking fundamentals and is the first of a three-series course on Professional Cooking. Students will learn classic and basic techniques and their applications. Special emphasis will be placed on methods and procedures as well as sanitation and hygiene. The aim of the course is to provide students with solid foundations in terms of both knowledge and practice for a better understanding of the basic skills necessary for more advanced courses. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI).�CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELPD320 | Section: I | Open
Pre-requisite: Introduction to Product Design or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
With the advance of technological innovation and the increased availability of products, it has become easier to notice when bad product design happens. But what makes a design good or bad? This advanced course in product design allows students to answer such a question by exploring this still-evolving discipline from a number of perspectives. The course objective is for students to demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to work professionally as a product designer. Students are invited to independently explore the problem area, define relevant design problems and plan the further design work. During the course, students build on previously acquired knowledge relative to the design process and apply their skills by undertaking real-world product design problem-solving projects. As part of the course assessment, students are expected to account for the design process, argue for relevant facts, social context and a user focus to justify the methods, techniques and tools used to perform, explain and visualize the process and the result. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management. Prerequisites: Introduction to Product Design or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELPM335 | Section: I | Open
The aim of this course is to provide students with the basic knowledge of professional property management. Students will become familiar with the different management methods, such as ownership and subleases, as well as the new specific insurance practices for the tourist rental market. This course focuses on major functions of property managers, and details specific practices and problems in managing a variety of properties, such as residential, retail and industrial ones. Students will also learn how to manage maintenance, construction, insurance, and relations with tenants. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
3.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELPT475 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques I or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course introduces non-yeast, laminated doughs, and the preparation of pastry products using a variety of methods-lamination, blending, creaming, foaming, and thickening. Students will combine these methods in new products, to create savory items and frozen desserts, and use basic finishing methods by applying glazes, filling pastries, creating simple sauces, and presenting products for service. The fundamentals of heat transfer as applied to pastries in the preparation of creams, custards, souffles, butter creams, meringues, and flavored whipped creams will also be studied. Students will taste and test the products created and will complete a research assignment.
Contact Hours: 150
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELRD495 | Section: III | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking and Pastry Majors only
This course covers the preparation and service of hot and cold desserts with a focus on individual portions and the components involved in preparation. Students will learn and improve station organization, timing, and service coordination for restaurant dessert production. The course recipes will allow students to apply previously learned techniques and produce fried products, tarts, souffles, creams, frozen desserts, and contemporary creations. Both individual plated desserts and desserts for banquets will be prepared. Students will develop a dessert menu from the perspectives of variety, costs, practicality, and how well the desserts compliment the overall menu. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELRS325 | Section: I | Open
This course focuses on exposure to sales and retail through an understanding of the strategies related to the supply chain, competitors, suppliers, and customers. Coursework will provide students with the knowledge of the tools and decisions applied by international and Italian companies to maintain clientele loyalty. The managerial component of the course will also give students an understanding of basic management methods in terms of product flow, marketing tools, and geography-specific analysis in retail marketing. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELSE415 | Section: I | Open
This course examines all aspects of special event management and provides a comprehensive study of the special events industry focused on emphasizing the dynamics of the creative process critical to these events. Special events include but are not limited to business events, weddings, ceremonies, celebrations, life cycle events, fairs, and festivals. Through the event planning process, special events will be examined from a logistical and financial perspective. The course will also provide students with the necessary background for improving effectiveness and profitability when managing special events, which demands competence in the areas of drafting contracts for events, marketing and sales, event logistics and preparations, staffing, and accounting. Special attention is given to the use of new digital tools for the organization of events as well as the significant forms of social media in order to more effectively promote events. Coursework is tailored for students who already have studied the basics of event management.
This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community.
In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life.
The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELSF365 | Section: I | Open
This course addresses the procedures involved in managing a fashion retail enterprise and the decision-making inherent in successful merchandising for smaller-scale stores. Knowledge will be acquired through lab practice gained by running a real enterprise in which students and professionals exchange their knowledge and propose successful solutions to be applied. Coursework includes site visits to well-known Italian luxury brands in Florence such as Ferragamo, Gucci, and Cavalli (companies may change according to availability), and special guest lectures from local prominent emerging designers.
This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 150
3.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELSL500 | Section: IV | Open
Pre-requisite: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent. Unofficial transcript submission required.
This course focuses on the production of long shelf-life handcrafted baked products, a branch of traditional pastry art that is unfortunately a prerogative of industrial food production today. Students will learn how to prepare artisan travel cakes and snacks to go thanks to an in-depth study of the role of single ingredients and their balancing. 
Sugars, fats, mixing methods, cooking temperatures and food safety will be analyzed from the perspective of their impact on the final product shelf-life.
An emphasis will be put on the role of water and hydration in baked products and how water influences the textural properties during storage.
The course also includes the study of the calculation of free water in cakes, together with storage and preservation environment management and notions of food contamination and oxidation.
Students will learn how to prepare traditional and contemporary travel cakes. Students will also learn artisan methods to reproduce famous Italian packaged snacks.
 This course consists of experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI). CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management. Prerequisites: Baking Techniques II: Italian Pastry Techniques or equivalent.
Contact Hours: 150
6.0 Credits
Experiential Learning | Course #: PSELTF507 | Section: II | Open
This course explores and examines the physiology of sensory organs and how we perceive flavors. From the simplicity of identifying the basic tastes to the complexity of aftertastes and aromas, the objective of this course is to train taste buds to better understand the mechanics of our senses as they interact with food. Why do we react positively to sweet taste? Why do we sometimes refuse bitter taste? Does umami really exist? The course will answer these and many other related questions in order define the tools to examine flavors that are not generally accepted but require a deeper understanding for appreciation. This course includes experiential learning hours with our Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI).CEMI are dynamic learning environments created to foster learning through a structured interaction with the community. In addition to regular lecture hours, students will be involved in learning by doing through real projects and integration with the local population and territory in order to remove cultural and learning barriers as well as to develop a strong likelihood for success in life. The experiential learning hours are fully supervised by instructors who track students step by step during their learning experience, monitor and advise according to student needs, and support student initiative. This unique learning model allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises,learning of comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership, and management.
Contact Hours: 45

Sciences and Mathematics

3.0 Credits
Mathematics | Course #: SMMACC532 | Section: II | Open
Pre-requisite: Hospitality Accounting or Restaurant Management, or equivalent.
The course develops skills in scheduling and controlling costs in project management, which can face challenges related to time, human resources, materials, budget, project specifications, and deadlines. The concept of financial planning for businesses and organizations, including a special emphasis on hospitality structures, asks students to consider the development of budgets, identifying/forecasting potential problems to avoid profit loss, flexible vs. static budgets to control costs, and types of cost control analysis.
Contact Hours: 45

Internships
Short program students can apply for a part time 3 credit internship to be completed as part of the elective program. Students are placed in internships that complement their major or minor, and are supported by an internship supervisor. While Italian language proficiency is not required, it is helpful for expanding the placement options. At the completion of the internship, students produce an analytical report that synthesizes what they have learned. For more information on internships see FUA Internships.

Program Add-on Course
SAI students at FUA are able to add the following add-on course to the short session I and II programs:

  • Cultural Introduction to Italy (1 week / 3 credits) – This traveling course gives students the opportunity to delve into Italian culture through lectures, visits to cultural sites, and food tastings. Please note: Session I students enrolled in this pre-semester course arrive in Rome on August 29, 2021. Session II students enrolled in this pre-semester course arrive in Rome on September 26, 2021.

For more information and full course descriptions please see Courses.

Courses & Schedule
Short sessions are comprised of 3 week courses, with a one week break between each when combining multiple sessions. The 3 week courses run Monday through Friday (5 days/week), with finals at the end of each 3 week period. Students select 1 or 2 courses for each 3 week session they are enrolled.

Course Registration
SAI students complete their course registration directly with FUA through the FUA student portal. Upon confirming enrollment in the SAI program at FUA, students receive information for creating their FUA student portal and selecting their classes. Note: All courses must meet the minimum enrollment of 8 students to run; therefore, all registrations require selection of an alternate course for each primary course choice.

FUA registration begins months ahead of the application deadline. Courses will fill on a rolling basis.

Course Changes
Students wishing to make changes to their class schedule prior to departure can do so directly by logging into their FUA student account. Students receive an email confirmation from SAI once the change is accepted. Students are permitted to make course adjustments to their schedule prior to departure as needed. The last day to submit a schedule change prior to departure is approximately 6 weeks prior to departure. After the deadline, no changes can be made until the Final Registration period in Florence at which time only one additional change can be made, no exceptions.


Pre-Departure Calendar
July 1 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposits Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
June 1 2021
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
July 1 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 1 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
August 31 2021*
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 1 – 3 2021
Orientation Events
Students are welcomed to the program with an orientation that introduces them to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
September 6 2021
FUA Final Registration Deadline
September 7 2021
FUA Classes Begin
September 23 2021
FUA Classes End
September 24 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to Italy program add-on course arrive in Rome (FCO airport) on August 29, 2021 by 3:00pm


Pre-Departure Calendar
July 1 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
June 30 2021
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
July 30 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
July 30 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
September 28 2021 *
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 6:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
September 29–October 1 2021
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
October 4 2021
FUA Final Registration Deadline
October 5 2021
FUA Classes Begin
October 21 2021
FUA Classes End
October 22 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

* Students adding the Cultural Introduction to Italy program add-on course arrive in Rome (FCO airport) on September 26, 2021 by 3:00pm


Pre-Departure Calendar
July 15 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
July 31 2021
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
August 30 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
August 30 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
October 29 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 2:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
October 29 2021
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
November 1 2021
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
November 1 2021
FUA Final Registration Deadline
November 2 2021
FUA Classes Begin
November 18 2021
FUA Classes End
November 19 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.

Pre-Departure Calendar
July 15 2021
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
August 28 2021
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
September 27 2021
SAI Financial Aid Verification Deadline
Students wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
September 27 2021
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
November 26 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Aeroporto di Firenze-Peretola (FLR). SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 2:00pm, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
November 26 2021
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
November 29 2021
FUA Academic Orientation
FUA orientation includes academic policies and information, as well as opportunities to take city tours, join clubs, and meet professors.
November 29 2021
FUA Final Registration Deadline
November 30 2021
FUA Classes Begin
December 8 2021
Holiday (no class)
December 15 2021
FUA Classes End
December 16 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of SAI housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term.
$300
Program Fee: 3 weeks / 3 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$4,385
Program Fee: 3 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$5,685
Program Fee: 7 weeks / 6 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$6,685
Program Fee: 7 weeks / 9 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$7,885
Program Fee: 7 weeks / 12 credits
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$9,085
Optional / Additional Fees:  
Optional Program Add-on Course (3 credits)
1 week course prior to Session I or II. Course begins in Rome, includes housing and travel expenses.
$2,400
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement: 3 weeks
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$160
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement: 7 weeks
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$345
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Price varies by single/double 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

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Florence
$950 $1,800
Books
$50 / course $100 / course
Course Fees & Supplies
$50 / course $300 / course
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$650 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $300 / month $400 / month
Transportation within Florence
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$100 / month $175 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it 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 providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: cultural events & activities
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 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
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • 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

NOTE: no excursion for short progs

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Dinner
SAI welcomes students to Florence with a buffet of traditional Italian delights to mingle and get to know participants.

Hike to Piazzale Michelangelo
Located just outside the old city walls, Piazzale Michelangelo offers a bird’s eye view of the city of Florence. Students hike to the top, stopping along the way for gelato. As the sun sets over the city, the group can experience the centuries-old Vespers ceremonial chanting by Cistercian monks in the crypt of the Basilica of San Miniato al Monte.

Wine Tasting
Students spend an afternoon learning about and tasting great wines of the region, perfectly paired with Tuscan specialties.

Italian Cooking Lessons
SAI offers Italian cooking lessons throughout the semester taught by a local expert Chef. Each lesson teaches students how to make typical Tuscan dishes and includes an appetizer, first course, and dessert. At the end of the lesson students feast on their own homemade Italian meal!

Farewell Evening
Students celebrate the end of a successful term abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious Italian meal.

The following housing options apply to the regular program. Please note that add-on pre-session courses may have different housing arrangements during the pre-session time only.

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 assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. 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 shared or single bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Breakfast and/or dinner daily are included. 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 US citizens studying in Italy for 90 days or less are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

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.