The January in Florence program allows you to earn credit towards your degree during your summer break while taking in the delectable cuisine, soaking up the vibrant culture and admiring the impressive history of Florence, Italy. 

You’ll have the opportunity to choose from a variety of courses, with a local focus including business, art and culture. There is also a range of levels in Italian language offered.

Watch an information session about CISaustralia Summer programs here.

Fields of study

  • Arts & Design
  • Business
  • Health Sciences
  • Italian Language & Culture

More information regarding specific courses available can be found on the CIS Australia website.

Applicants are advised to submit 2-3 courses on their application for credit form for faculty assessment credit in case of course cancellation. 

Credit Equivalent

3 credits = 2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if 3 credits are successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact CIS Australia for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the short-term experience eligibility criteria and any additional eligibility criteria set by CIS Australia. 

CIS Australia programs are highly competitive and fill up fast so be sure to get your application in as early as possible.

If you are intending to undertake your experience for-credit, it is strongly recommended that you submit your application to IGET at least 4 weeks before applying to the host to allow sufficient time for Faculty to complete the credit assessment. Please note that it is your responsibility to meet the host application deadline.  

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Program fees range from $6,999  - $7,999 AUD. More information regarding program fees can be found on the CIS Australia website.

Program fees include:

  • CISaustralia support services before, during and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial advice
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure guide and session
  • Airport pick-up (on specified program arrival date within designated arrival times)
  • Apartment accommodation (shared or single room*)
  • Tuition fees
  • FUA application fee, student service fee, library fee
  • Free use of gym and gym classes
  • Cultural activities
  • FUA Educational Field Trip (EFT) included with some courses, but not all
  • Farewell Aperitivo with your Site Director
  • Program risk matrix and COVID-19 risk assessment
  • Risk Management and Emergency Response Plan
  • CISaustralia 24/7 on-site support – Site Director
  • Florence University of the Arts transcript
  • CISaustralia Certificate of Participation (available on request)


Accommodation is included in the program fee. More information regarding accommodation options can be found on the host program website. 


Internships and Global Experiences Grant

When you submit your application for an experience, you are considered for funding that is relevant to your nominated experience. Please refer to the Short-Term Experiences Funding  page for details. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 24 September 2023
CIS Australia: 31 October 2023

Program Dates

Start: 03 January 2024
End: 20 January 2024

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Florence, Italy
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and Postgraduate*

*Postgraduates may participate in this program not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April*

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

*OS-HELP Loan application deadlines close before the Summer and Winter Short-Term Study application deadlines. Please visit the OS-HELP Loan website for deadline dates as late applications will not be accepted.

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​