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Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Apartment Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class/Credit Status: 02 Sophomore, 03 Junior, 04 Senior Areas of Study: Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising & Retail Marketing
Program Model: JWU Faculty-Led Recommended Program: Yes
Program Description:
Host | Preliminary Itinerary | Group Size | Academic Overview | Academic Format | Faculty Leader
Sample Excursions | Housing | Meals | Flights | Student Conduct | Orientation
Fashion in Italy
Fashion in Italy 1
Florence University of the Arts

PRELIMINARY ITINERARY (final itinerary subject to change)
June 24 Arrive Florence
July 14 Excursion to Milan
July 20 JWU Faculty departs
August 3 Depart Program

24 Students
This unique program allows students to benefit from an all-encompassing fashion-based educational experience based on theory and practice in real enterprises, learning comprehensive operational processes, problem-solving, leadership and management. Through an international experience, students will enhance their professional profiles and gain a deeper awareness of local business, culture and community.

Students will be enrolled in one FUA course, taught by an FUA professor and one JWU course taught by a JWU professor.  Please note that the FUA course runs for the full six weeks of the program while the JWU course runs for the first four weeks of the program.  Your JWU Faculty leader will depart after the four week JWU course has ended.  The FUA course consists of 45 lecture hours and 150 experiential learning hours at FLY, the FUA Shop. FLY (Fashion Loves You) is a fashion store for high quality vintage and consignment and a showcase for emerging designers operated by FAST, the fashion department at FUA. It is a link of creative engagement between the classroom and the city, between our students and the community.  

Click here to watch a video made by a Fashion student in 2016. (Credit to Sarah Wessel)

Fashion in Italy 2Total Credit Hours Earned Abroad On This Program:
  • 13.5 quarter hours
The specific courses on this program are listed in the "Courses Offered" link above. Please be aware that this program offers courses from both the JWU and FUA catalogs. Students schedule for the JWU courses following normal JWU course registration steps. However, since FUA courses are not from the JWU catalog, you will schedule at JWU for a generic "ABRD4180" placeholder course course that is holding the space for the host course completed abroad. You will only be able to schedule for the placeholder course if you shared your final academic plan with SAS and official summary notes have been written in your JWU degree audit.?

Upon completion of the program, FUA will send an official transcript to JWU Study Abroad. The JWU courses will receive a regular letter grade.  The host courses will be applied to the JWU transcript as transfer credit. The typical timeline for your JWU transcript to be updated is 3-5 months.

Student Status: 
Must demonstrate you are a current Johnson & Wales University student or a matriculating student at another academic institution.

JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:

Non-JWU Student Prerequisite Courses:
Proof of completion of comparable courses must be presented through your application materials.

JWU faculty members are the academic leadership for this program. They will coordinate pre-departure information, travel with the group, coordinate with local hosts, and assign the final grade for the program course.

The faculty leader will schedule pre-departure meetings to discuss the detailed program itinerary with the selected student group and outline any pre-departure assignments.

Learning on study abroad programs occurs both inside and outside of the classroom. During the program, you should expect to be in program-related activities 50-60 hours per week. Activities include traditional classroom lectures, labs, industry visits, cultural excursions, and group meals. You are required to participate in the full program itinerary and group activities.
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Fashion in Italy 3 SAMPLE EXCURSIONS
Busatti textile producer in Anghiari, Tuscany
Museo Ferragamo, Museo Gucci, Museo Capucci
Visit to production facility of luxury fashion brand

JWU Students will live in shared apartments around the city. Students will only be housed with other JWU students.  Bed linens are included, but students need to provide their own towels. 

The apartments in Florence include basic kitchen equipment and are near local grocery stores.  Plan to make the majority of your meals at home.

In addition, a supplemental Florence University of the Arts FUA Meal Plan.pdf provides you with a meal card loaded with 5 meal plan units per week for use at university run restaurants, Ganzo and Fedora, to supplement 1-2 additional meals per week.  More details and instructions will be provided upon your arrival to FUA.

Flight parameters are set by Study Abroad to accommodate group logistics. Do not purchase any flight until the specific parameters are communicated to you via your Study Abroad ULearn site, usually 4 months prior to departure.

You must be in good standing with your campus's office of Student Conduct or Student Affairs for the dates of the program.

Each program has a mandatory orientation process which starts the term before your program starts. Failure to participate in the various meetings listed below may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.

Pre-departure meetings vary according to the program model and typically include discussions, on-line resources, and assignments to ensure you understand your specific program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details. These meetings may be a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.

An in-person Study Abroad Retreat is scheduled on each campus with advertised dates, times, and locations to discuss topics relevant to all study abroad programs. 

An in-country Orientation is included upon arrival to your program for on-site information and program reminders.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.