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FIT in Florence

  • Fashion Design AAS
  • Fashion Business Management BS
  • Liberal Arts

The FIT in Florence program offers Fashion Design and Fashion Business Management students the opportunity to study in Italy, absorbing a distinctive cultural perspective while preparing for a career without global boundaries. Some majors also offer the opportunity to study one semester of liberal arts. Classes are taught in English. 


Fashion Design & Liberal Arts: Rolling approvals until 2-Jan (Year prior to study): Academic Year/Fall/Spring 
Fashion Business Management: Rolling approvals until 1-Feb (Year prior to study): Academic Year/Spring
Fashion Business Management (Spring only): Rolling approvals until 30-Apr (Year prior to study)


  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of one semester of Italian: Students must have completed Italian 1 by the semester prior to their program start date (for AY programs).
  • Fashion Business Management: 5th or 6th semester, or entire 3rd year (BS) - Participation is contingent upon acceptance to the BS program
  • Fashion Design: 1st year or 2nd year or 3rd semester (AAS)
  • Liberal Arts: Spring only. Open to specific majors only. Students must seek departmental advisement to determine their eligibility. 
  • Eligible students must obtain academic advisement and approval from their Study Abroad Faculty Coordinator and/or Dean of Liberal Arts
  • Must maintain a minimum of 12 credits each semester
  • Be qualified to obtain a Study Visa for Italy
  • Portfolio requirement (Fashion Design only): Portfolios should include both fashion artwork and actual garments from Fashion Art and Apparel classes. Further instructions will be specified once the online application is submitted.

Course Information

Fashion Business Management in Florence Curriculum
Fashion Design in Florence Curriculum
Liberal Arts in Florence Curriculum

Academic Calendar

Students accepted to the FIT in Florence program should not book weekend travel until receiving their course syllabi after arrival in Florence.

Fall 2017

August 22: Arrival
August 23 - Aug 29: Mandatory Orientation (week)
August 30: 1st day of fall classes
Dec 15: Last day of fall semester

Spring 2018

Jan 9: Arrival
Jan 10 - 16: Mandatory orientation (week)
Jan 17: 1st day of spring classes
May 16: Last day of spring semester


Arrangements are made for students to stay for one week at the Plus Hostel Florence. During this time, students will receive orientation, apply for the Permesso di Soggiorno (Permission of Stay), look for permanent housing and choose their roommates.

Temporary Accommodation will be reserved through OIP at the Plus Hostel Florence.

Study Visa

Students will be required to apply for a Study Visa for the duration of their stay in Italy. Students are encouraged to carefully review the Study Visa requirements. Supporting documentation will be provided after approval.

Health Insurance

FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:

1. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.

  • Coverage abroad: GeoBlue Study Abroad Insurance
    *Students will be enrolled and account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.

2. FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Gallagher insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S. based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.

Program Budget

FIT in Florence Financial Budget Sheet

A copy of this form may be brought to Financial Aid Services so that a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor.


See the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.

Application, Instructions and Preparations