University of Florence
With foundations in the 14th century, the modern University of Florence officially dates from 1924. One of the largest organisations for research and higher education in Italy, it likes to emphasise its international nature and scope.
The University of Florence has a very broad educational offer with 126 degree courses organised in 10 schools. It has a student population of more than 50,000, around a quarter of whom come from outside the region.
Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence was the centre of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time, as well as the birthplace of the Renaissance art movement. The city is rich in history and culture, with a vivacious culinary and arts scene.
Did you know?
Popes Nicholas V and Pius II as well as poet Dante Alighieri were alumni of the University of Florence.
Most units are taught in Italian, with limited availability in English. If you wish to study in Italian, a CEFR certificate of level B1 or above is required. Italian language skills are tested upon arrival.
Most Bachelor’s degree units are mainly in Italian. Certain postgraduate units are taught in English.
More information on Florence's language requirements can be found here.
Banking and finance
Business law and taxation
Biomedical Science (Clinical placements only)
Chinese languages & culture studies
Communications and media studies
Econometrics and business statistics
Education - early childhood
Education - primary schooling
Education - secondary schooling
English as an international language (Florence: English linguistics)
Film and screen studies
Fine art (Florence: art history)
French languages & culture studies
German languages & culture studies
Italian languages & culture studies
Japanese languages & culture studies
Jewish languages & culture studies
Music performance and composition (Florence: history of music)
Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies
Theatre and performance
- The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the university.
- Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisers in your managing faculty(ies) and subject to available places at the host campus
See Florence’s unit catalogue here.
Units can be found via the individual school websites.
If you cannot find any unit guides after having done your own research, you can follow the process as outlined here.
Full time equivalents
|Minimum 18 Monash Points||Maximum 24 Monash points||Minimum 36 Monash points||Maximum 48 Monash points|
|Standard||22.5 ECTS||30 ECTS||45 ECTS||60 ECTS|
Exchange program terms
Florence 'Fall' Semester (Monash Semester 1): March-June
Florence 'Spring' semester: (Monash Semester 2): Mid-September to mid-December
See Florence's academic calendar here.
There is no on-campus accommodation but the International Office assists you in finding housing.
Florence offers advice on accommodation here.
As a general rule, all students must obtain a student visa from the Italian Consulate-General before leaving Australia. Within eight days of arriving in Italy you must also apply for a resident's permit; your host university will assist you.
Monash Abroad can only provide general information - always check with the relevant consular/Embassy and consider advice that is right for you.
For more information on visas, please refer to the Consulate-General of Italy here.
Health and insurance
When travelling on a Monash Abroad approved program, you are automatically covered under the Monash University Student Travel Insurance policy.
Orientation and extra-curricular
Find out about extra-curricular opportunities available for exchange students at Florence here.
Italian language courses are available to foreign students. More information can be found here.
Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.
Cost of living
One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.
For studies in Florence, a student can usually expect to spend a range of €600–€900 euros per month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation.
Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.
Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.
Australian government funding
Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.
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University of Florence
- Program type: Semester exchange
- Florence (main)
- Sesto Fiorentino
- Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
- Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate