Semester in Florence FAQ

Good to know before you go! Below are the answers for a few common questions we get from Semester in Florence students.

Q: Do I need to have a working cell phone while on my program?
  • For safety and emergency purposes, it is a mandatory requirement that program participants either have an international phone plan that allows them to call numbers outside of the U.S., or that they get an Italian SIM card upon arrival in Italy (this requires you have an “unlocked” phone – talk to your cell phone provider about this). For more on this topic, tune into your pre-departure webinar.
Q: Can I add/drop my courses once onsite?
  • FUA allows one change (one drop and/or one add) during your onsite drop-add period. Please note that dropping down in the number of credits you take once onsite will not result in a refund once onsite.
Q: Do I need to pay any course fees?
  • It depends on what courses you’re taking! Please refer to the email you received from your program coordinator with your course registration (subject line “FUA Official Registration”) for a list of applicable course fees. If applicable, please be prepared to pay these in cash to your professors once onsite.
Q: Is there a meal plan included?
  • There is not a meal plan included, though you do have 100 meal credits included for use at Ganzo Restaurant & Fedora Pastry Shop. Here are some examples of what your meal credits can buy:
      • 1 meal credit = pastry + espresso + orange juice (breakfast)
      • 2 meal credits =  risotto with zucchini flowers (lunch)
      • 3 meal credits =  gnocchi with saffron and lime (dinner)
  • Your apartment will have a fully equipped kitchen where you can cook at home, using fresh ingredients from the local markets and grocery stores.
Q: When will my school receive my transcripts?
  • You’ll be issued two transcripts from your program: one from Florence University of the Arts and one from the University of South Florida. These transcripts will be sent to your home institution approximately 12 weeks after the conclusion of the full term. Please talk to your study abroad office to make sure this timeline will not cause any issues.
Q: When will I get my housing deposit back?
  • Housing deposits (less any damages) are refunded 12-16 weeks after the end of the full term. This time period may vary depending on the rate we receive housing reports from our overseas partners.