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TCU-In Florence

TCU-In Florence is one of TCU’s flagship semester programs. TCU-In Florence offers a wide variety of disciplines, but specializes in Fine Arts and Liberal Arts. Students take classes at Scuola Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM), an international school in Florence, alongside other international students. TCU students generally live in apartments throughout the city center, but may elect a homestay.

Florence, itself, is a stunning Renaissance city and an artistic and cultural capital. TCU-In Florence features a strong Fine Arts program, including art history, fashion, graphic design, interior design, and studio art. No prior Italian language is required in order to apply.

Previous Italian language study is not required to participate in this program, but students are required to take one Italian language class while attending LDM, as well as four additional classes taught in English.

Under “Site,” select Florence, and then the term.

Students receive TCU credit that applies towards the TCU GPA. As part of the application, students must have their courses pre-approved on the TCU Credit Approval Form.

Internships

TCU-In Florence offers for-credit internships through LdM in business, communications, fashion, film, graphic design, museums, and more. The internships function as a class with grades appearing on the TCU transcript. Most internships correspond to 3 academic credits and students work 10 – 12 hours per week. Placements are limited and not guaranteed. Interested students must submit additional materials in their TCU in Florence application.

For more information about how credits work, see our Study Abroad Basics page.

Students are required to live in accommodations provided through TCU. Generally, students live together in apartments, but homestays are available. Electing a homestay allows students to live with a local family, integrating into Italian life and culture. Two students from TCU or other ACCENT programs are placed together according to a homestay questionnaire. Homestays include breakfast each day, dinners Monday-Thursday, and one load of laundry per week; therefore, an additional fee applies to the program fee.

TCU-In Florence students generally live in fully-furnished apartments throughout the city center with other TCU students or ACCENT program students. Students may request one TCU roommate. Each apartment is unique, but all are comfortable and typical of Italian accommodations, which tend to be smaller and older than apartments in the United States.

All housing amenities vary, but most have washing machines (none have dryers) and showers (although some only have bathtubs). Students must bring or purchase their own towels and toiletries. Bedrooms are generally furnished with a bed, a closet or armoire, sheets, pillows and blankets. Kitchen facilities include a small stove-stop, refrigerator, dishes and basic cooking utensils. Apartments usually have a table or desk for studying.

Any damages to housing will be posted to your TCU account upon return.

A typical kitchen

Semester Costs for 2020-2021

  1. Florence Program Fee: Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 – $6800, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $6300 Remaining Balance/ Final Payment, billed to your TCU Student Account before the semester begins.
    This includes:
    — Housing
    — One-day and three-day excursions in Italy, plus cultural activities including cooking classes and lectures.
    — TCU-led activities
    — Students who elect a homestay are charged an additional fee for a double occupancy room. Homestays include daily breakfast and dinners Monday-Thursday, as well as one load of laundry per week.
  2. TCU Tuition: $25,785
  3. Estimated Additional Expenses: For other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets are highly variable. This may include:
    — Airfare: $1,400
    — Italian Permit to Stay Registration: $180
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $300
    — Meals/Groceries for students in apartments: $2,000
    — Local Transportation: $150
    — Personal Expenses: $1,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Billing & Withdrawals

Tuition and Program Fees are posted to your TCU Student Account, just like any other semester at TCU. After you are admitted to the program, you will be asked to pay a non-refundable enrollment fee of $500 by orientation, and then TCU will invoice you for the Program Fee and tuition prior to the beginning of the semester. Withdrawals are subject to official TCU policies outlined in the TCU Student Handbook. Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.
Cancellation Fees:
50-70 days prior to start of the program: $1,000
30-49 days prior to start of the program: $3,000
15-29   days prior to start of the program: $4,500
0-14     days prior to start of the program: No refund

Visit the Scholarships & Aid page to learn about study abroad scholarships, through TCU and other organizations. In particular, TCU-In Florence applicants should look at the:

  • TCU Center for International Studies Scholarship

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Semester Event Date
Fall 2020 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) August 31
Fall 2020 On-Site Orientation September 1 - 4
Fall 2020 Classes Begin September 7
Fall 2020 Mid-Term Break October 26 - 30
Fall 2020 Finals Week December 14 - 18
Fall 2020 Program Ends December 19
Spring 2021 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) January 25
Spring 2021 On-Site Orientation January 26 - 29
Spring 2021 Classes Begin February 1
Spring 2021 Mid-Semester Break March 22 - 26
Spring 2021 Finals Week May 10 - 14
Spring 2021 Program Ends May 15

I know many of you have questions about studying abroad in the Spring 2021 semester.  There continues to be much uncertainty surrounding international travel and the structure of our programs with our international partner universities.  We are very pleased with your interest but ask for your patience as the situation is dynamic.  We continue to monitor a variety of sources and health and safety indicators. We anticipate that we will have more information to share after the Fall Semester has begun.  Please continue to watch our website and be assured that if we are able to offer spring study abroad, we will provide adequate time for the application process.

Applications will open TBA

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA; petitions may be considered
  • At least two semesters in residence at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU
  • A valid passport (that will not expire until at least 6 months after your return)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Programs: March 16
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: TBA
    • Regular Deadline: TBA

Application Steps

If applications exceed enrollment maximums, a lottery system will determine admission. (Consideration may be given to prior language study and majors with limited study abroad opportunities.)

  1. Complete the Global TCU Study Abroad Forms (already started an application? Login here to finish it).
  2. Complete the Credit Approval Form with all signatures. Watch the video tutorial on YouTube.
  3. Submit the LdM Application to Reed 214, along with:
    — An Official TCU Transcript in hard copy or sent electronically to studyabroad@tcu.edu
    — Two official 2×2 passport-sized photos (obtained at Walgreens, CVS, etc.)
    — Completed Credit Approval Form

Study Abroad programs often include field components that require the ability to perform tasks beyond what is expected in a typical classroom. Many programs require extensive walking and/or the ability to stand for extended periods of time; the ability to independently use public transportations; and/or sleeping in shared quarters. Program and housing facilities may lack central heat and air-conditioning, elevators, and other conveniences. Unless prior accommodations have been made through TCU Student Disabilities Services, students must be able to transport and manage own luggage through airports and public transportation centers.

Italian Visas

Italy requires a visa for all TCU-In Florence students. The Italian Consulate prefers that TCU act on behalf of students applying for visas, so you will be given visa paperwork to submit through TCU. You must have a valid passport that will not expire until at least 6 months after your return form Florence.

Do not plan to travel outside the U.S. during the two months prior to your semester abroad because you must surrender your passport when you apply for a visa. Visa processing for Italy can take 4-5 weeks.

You MUST have a round-trip ticket prior to departure for your program abroad.

Before Departure

You must attend the mandatory TCU-In Florence orientation. You should also review the TCU-In Florence handbook and and information about Preparing to Depart and Health, Safety & Emergencies.

Arrival and On-Site Information

Plan to arrive in Florence between 9 am – 5 pm on the designated arrival date. Upon arrival, you will proceed to the ACCENT Center to pick up your keys before being transported to your apartment. During your first days, you will attend ACCENT’s onsite orientation, which includes a welcome dinner, a walking tour of the city, and survival Italian classes. At orientation, you will submit documents for the Italian Police Packet to obtain a “permesso di soggiorno,” which is required for a semester stay in Italy. ACCENT will facilitate securing the proper clearances onsite.

Because you are not enrolled in TCU classes, the TCU system will show 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder while you are abroad. Your classes will not transfer back to TCU until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends. At that time, the correct credit hours will be posted to your TCU record.

For more information about making the most of your experience abroad, see our While Abroad page