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.

Academic highlights

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.

Location

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.

Language requirements

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.

Disciplines available

Accounting

Ancient cultures

Anthropology

Banking and finance

Business law and taxation

Biomedical Science (Clinical placements only)

Chinese languages & culture studies

Communications and media studies

Econometrics and business statistics

Economics

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

History

Human geography

Italian languages & culture studies

Japanese languages & culture studies

Jewish languages & culture studies

Linguistics

Literary studies

Management

Marketing

MBA program

Music performance and composition (Florence: history of music)

Philosophy

Psychological sciences

Spanish and Latin American languages & culture studies

Theatre and performance

Translation studies

  • 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

  Semester Year
  Minimum 18 Monash Points Maximum 24 Monash points Minimum 36 Monash points Maximum 48 Monash points
Standard 22.5 ECTS30 ECTS45 ECTS60 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.

Accommodation

There is no on-campus accommodation but the International Office assists you in finding housing.

Florence offers advice on accommodation here.

Visa

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.

Language

Italian language courses are available to foreign students. More information can be found here.

Tuition

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.

Monash funding

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.

This section is currently under construction.

University of Florence

  • Program type: Semester exchange
  • Location:
    • Florence (main)
    • Sesto Fiorentino
    • Empoli
    • Calenzano
    • Prato
    • Pistoia
  • Program periods: Semester 1, Semester 2
  • Study level: Undergraduate and Postgraduate

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