Accademia Italiana Florence Courses

Most students take one 4 credit Italian language course as well as four 3 credit courses per semester.

  • Please review your courses with your academic or study abroad advisor to ensure they will transfer back to your home school and that you are following your home school’s policies.
  • Please be flexible – we can’t guarantee specific courses. If your participation in the program depends on a particular course, be sure to make a note on your online course form.

Special Considerations

  • Placement test to determine Italian proficiency during orientation.
  • Students must take at least one Italian language course.
  • Art, fashion, and design courses are taught in Italian, with simultaneous English translation to ensure all students can fully participate.
  • Students with no previous subject background may enroll in beginner-level courses.
  • Upper-level students must demonstrate proficiency in Italian and in the subject discipline.
  • Optional Arcadia Internship: Complete an internship placement arranged by Arcadia that allows you to work virtually and earn academic credit alongside your courses. See the Internship Placement Guide for information about placement possibilities, including organization locations throughout the world. 

Choosing Your Courses

Use the Accademia Italiana Florence course catalog to select classes.

  • Courses are worth 3 credits each.
  • Register for at least 13 credits per semester.
  • Academic year students: be sure to fill out courses for both Fall and Spring semesters.
  • Italian language (4 credits) is mandatory
  • Indicate the Italian Language course you plan to take
  • Secure approval for at least 6-10 courses per semester.
  • List alternate courses in order of preference.
  • Contact your program manager to request syllabi for approval at your home school, if needed.

Arcadia Internship Cornerstone Course

You must enroll in the Internship Cornerstone Course if you select an Arcadia Internship placement.

OVEI INPR 210 Work in Thought and Action 4 Fall/Spring PDF

Enrollment Process

Official course registration will take place upon arrival. The online course form you submit to Arcadia prior to acceptance is not set in stone.


Advanced students applying for art, fashion, and design classes may be asked to submit a portfolio during the admissions process, consisting of a CD of 10-12 pieces of recent work.

  • Indicate your name and the art medium used.
  • 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.

Grade Scale

Grades will be reported exactly as they appear on the Accademia Italiana transcript.