Accademia Italiana Florence Courses

You will take one 4 credit Italian language course as well as four 3 credit courses per semester.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Choosing Your Courses

Use the Accademia Italiana Florence course catalog to select classes for your preliminary course form. Courses are worth 3 credits each, and you must register for at least 14 credits per semester. If you are an academic year student, be sure to fill out courses for both Fall and Spring semesters.

  • Italian language (4 credits) is a mandatory part of your academic program. On your course form, please indicate the Italian Language course you plan to take. Once you arrive in Italy, you will be given an Italian language placement test to confirm your level eligibility, so an educated guess is fine on your preliminary course form.

Special Note on Language of Instruction: The art, fashion, and design courses are taught in Italian, with simultaneous English translation to ensure all students can fully participate.

If you have no background in the areas your courses are in, you may enroll in beginner-level courses. To be considered for upper-level courses, you must demonstrate proficiency in Italian and in the field of the course you’re applying for.

We suggest that you secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester. Make sure to list alternate courses in order of preference. Your first choices may not be available due to schedule changes, time conflicts or cancellations.

Please do not hesitate to email your Program Manager if you need to request syllabi for approval at your home school for courses for which none are posted online.

Enrollment Process

You will be pre-registered for your selections upon submitting the preliminary course form accessible from your Arcadia Passport account. These selections are preliminary in nature, with final class schedules being distributed to students during the academic portion of orientation.


Advanced students applying for art, fashion, and design classes may be asked to submit a portfolio during the admissions process. If your Program Manager asks for this, the portfolio should consist of a CD of 10-12 pieces of recent work.

  • Indicate your name and the art medium used. If possible include the dimensions and title of the artwork.
  • Send to Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies at 450 S. Easton Road Glenside, PA 19038. Portfolios cannot be returned.