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Study in Florence

All the information you need about studying in Florence as an international student.

Why study in Florence?

Florence is the capital of central Italy’s beautiful Tuscany region. Internationally-known as the cradle of the Renaissance, the city is home to some of the world’s most iconic art and architecture, including masterpieces by the likes of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, and Donatello.

As a bustling hub of design, heritage, fashion, food, and culture, Florence offers an enriching and totally immersive study abroad experience. Many of Italy’s top universities are based in the city too, so you’ll be part of a vibrant and creative student population.

Universities in Florence

Florence has an impressive educational history and is famed for inspiring some of the world’s most influential creators and thinkers.

You’ll find esteemed universities, excellent colleges, and specialist schools in areas like art and design, economics, and human sciences. These institutions offer an array of programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels, as well as vocational, diploma, and certificate courses.

What to study in Florence

Thanks to its status as one of the world’s most beautiful and eye-catching cities, it’s hard to compete with the outstanding art, fashion, photography, design, and architecture programs offered in Florence.

That said, Florence is also perfect for students looking to master their Italian, explore Roman history, or get to grips with the culinary industry.

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How to study in Florence

There is no centralized admissions process in Italy, so each university in Florence will have its own application procedure. As a general rule, you must have completed your secondary education and meet the entry requirements set out by the university you’re interested in.

Courses are taught in Florentine, Italian, and English, so you might be asked to demonstrate your linguistic skills before being offered a place. If you’re planning on studying an English-taught program, you’ll probably need to take a TOEFL or IELTS language test and achieve a score requested by your chosen institution.

Once you’ve accepted a university place, you can begin the visa application process. Only EU students are exempt from visa requirements as long as they’re studying at a recognized institution for over three months.

Cost to study in Florence

The fees charged by universities in Florence differ dramatically and can vary according to the specific program you enroll in. As a rough benchmark, you can expect to pay between €8,000 and €26,500 each year for a full-time higher-education program.

Although Florence is known for having relatively expensive living costs, it’s still cheaper than Rome, Milan, and Venice. It’s also significantly more affordable than other popular destinations, including London, New York, and Paris.

Average students fork out between €600 and €1,200 on living costs each month. If you’re hoping to cut back on your outgoings, consider living in a shared apartment on the outskirts of the city and choose home cooking over eating out.

Key facts of Florence

  • 77/42°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 382,000 Population
  • 10 Universities
  • Italy Country