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TCU-In Florence

COVID Travel Requirement: For more information, see our COVID-19 Travel Requirements page and the specific requirement for TCU-in Florence students below.

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 live in apartments throughout the city center.

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.

Covid-19 vaccine required (including any booster or other requirement imposed by local or national government authorities or by host country/third party providers at the time of the program.)

At this time, TCU’s third party provider, Accent, requires all students be fully vaccinated to participate in this program. Details on what constitutes fully vaccinated will be communicated upon admission to the program.

Program requirements are dynamic. Students will be expect to comply with vaccine requirements of the host country or host country provider that are effective at all points before or during my program. Published cancellation fees apply.

(updated 6/22/2022)

Previous Italian language study is not required to participate in this program. Students will take 4 or 5 courses at LdM, counting as 12 or 15 TCU credit hours.

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 through the Credit Approval Process.

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.

While you are abroad, you are enrolled in 12 hours of coursework as a placeholder. Your classes will not be posted to your TCU recorded until 8 – 10 weeks after the semester ends, when the transcript from LdM is sent. Once the Registrar receives your transcript, they will record the courses using the department codes on your Credit Approval Form (i.e., MARK, HIST) and a generic course code. Your dean’s office will apply these to your major / minor / electives / core as approved. All coursework, regardless of program type, counts for grades and will be included in your TCU GPA.

You must abide by the academic policies and regulations of the host university, including but not limited to policies on:

  • Attendance / Absence policies
  • Add / Drop process
  • Grade Appeals
  • Final Exam schedule

TCU cannot override host university policies and regulations.

Group advising available to explain course options and the credit approval process

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For Spring 2023, homestays may be available. Email studyabroad@tcu.edu for more information.

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 2022-2023

  1. Florence Program Fee: Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 – $7200, collected as:
    $500 Non-Refundable First Payment, to confirm your spot in the program after admission
    $6700 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: $26,945
  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: $200
    — Italian Visa Fees: $100
    — Books: $200
    — Class Excursions: $300
    — Meals/Groceries for students in apartments: $2,000
    — Local Transportation: $150
    — Personal Expenses: $1,000
    — Travel Expenses: Highly variable

Withdrawal Penalties:
Financial penalties are assessed on a sliding scale, based on withdrawal date.

Date of Withdrawal Percent of Program Fee Collected:
70-90 days prior to the start of the program 25% (inclusive of $500 deposit)
50-69 days prior to the start of the program 50% (inclusive of $500 deposit)
15-49 days prior to the start of the program 75% (inclusive of $500 deposit)
0-14 days prior to the start of the program 100% (inclusive of $500 deposit)

  • To withdraw from a program, you must notify the Center for International Studies (studyabroad@tcu.edu) in writing. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded and cannot be used towards penalty amounts.
  • In the case that TCU must cancel the program, the program fee (including deposit) and tuition will be fully refunded. Study abroad scholarships and aid will be rescinded.
  • Financial penalties will be billed to your student account.
  • TCU Tuition refunds are subject to TCU policies :(See TCU Undergraduate Catalog: http://catalog.tcu.edu/undergraduate/, Bachelor’s Degree, Definitions and Regulations.)

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 International Studies Award
  • Fine Arts majors may also apply for the Fine Arts in Tuscany scholarship

Semester Event Date
Fall 2022 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) August 29
Fall 2022 On-Site Orientation August 30 - September 2
Fall 2022 Classes Begin September 5
Fall 2022 Mid-Term Break October 24 - 28
Fall 2022 Finals Week December 12 - 16
Fall 2022 Program Ends December 17
Spring 2023 Program Start (Arrive by 5 PM) January 30
Spring 2023 On-Site Orientation January 31 - February 3
Spring 2023 Classes Begin February 6
Spring 2023 Mid-Semester Break March 27 - 31
Spring 2023 Finals Week May 15 - 19
Spring 2023 Program Ends May 20

Generally, Fall applications open in late January and Spring applications open in late June/early July

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
    • Priority Deadline: March 15
    • Regular Deadline: March 31
  • Spring Programs
    • Priority Deadline: September 15
    • Regular Deadline: September 30

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).

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.

Managing your health and safety is an important component in having a positive experience abroad. TCU provides you with a number of resources to assist you:

  1. Prior to departure, you will need to attend the mandatory orientation which covers specific health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  2. Upon arrival, you will have an orientation to reiterate health, safety, logistical, and cultural information.
  3. TCU provides you membership to On Call International, a premier Global Assistance program. You can call On Call for any kind of travel, health, safety, or emergency issues, including:
    • help replacing a lost passport
    • help translating and interpreting
    • help with lost luggage, along with reimbursement for items needed while luggage is lost
    • assistance finding general and specialty health care
    • assistance with emergency refills of prescription
    • health insurance for your time abroad.

For more information, please see Health, Safety & Emergencies

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