Hospitality & Italian Culture (Internship Available)

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Location Florence University of the Arts
Application Due May 11, 2021
Academic Date June 5 – July 16, 2021
Academic + Internship Date June 5 – August 6, 2021
Credit Hours 6-9, depending on internship option
Requirements 2.5 MU GPA at time of application. Good academic standing. Open to all MU students.
Estimated cost $5,055* (academic session + internship) (doesn't include airfare)
Contact Shanon Dickerson, Director of Study Abroad

If you are interested in Italian culture and restaurant management or event planning, the amazing city of Florence awaits you! Italian cooking and restaurants are renowned around the world and you have the unique opportunity to study restaurant management abroad in fantastic Florence. Working with Italian professionals, students will gain hands on experience as well as further understanding of the language and culture of Italy. Don’t miss out on the exciting chance to intern abroad in a restaurant, bakery or management position (restaurant or beverage/wine service).

During the program, students will live in central Florence apartments and take courses in locations around the city. Courses are held Monday through Friday.


Florence, capital of the Tuscany region of Italy, encompasses a metropolitan area home to over 1.5 million inhabitants. The city is considered to be the birthplace of the Renaissance, and this history is on display throughout the city by mean of its architecture, art and monuments. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, participants on the Italy program will be able to take full advantage of all that the city has to offer, including an incredible array of museums, world-class shopping, amazing restaurants and markets, and more.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will be housed in privately owned, fully furnished, air-conditioned apartments for the duration of the program. The apartments include fully functional kitchens with refrigerators, ovens, stoves and basic cookware. Bathrooms are shared with roommates. Since towels are not provided, students will need to bring some or purchase them in Florence.

In some cases, participants will change locations once the internship component of the program begins. Rooms will be shared, and the number of participants in a room will vary. In most cases, student apartments will house a total of four to six participants; however, this may vary by location and specific assignment. All housing costs are included in the program fee.

A limited number of meals are included in the program fee. For each session (academic and internship), students receive 15 units to be used at the Ganzo and Fedora cafeterias. Students will need to plan for additional meal costs. Students who wish to dine at the facilities regularly, may purchase additional meal units.

Though the individual spending habits of each student will vary, please see the budget information below for an estimate of the average out-of-pocket meal expenses. These estimates are based on the assumption that participants will shop at markets, grocery stores, specialty stores, etc. and prepare the majority of their meals in the apartment kitchens.

Program Travel

Students will arrange their own round-trip travel to Florence and will be provided with suggested flight dates and times. For budgeting purposes, estimates are provided below. Students who wish to have the cost of their flight billed directly to their MU accounts should contact the Director of Study Abroad to make arrangements through MU’s preferred travel agency.


Students will be enrolled in 6 (academic program only) or 9 (academic program + internship) credits of AFNR_0590, an International Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources “placeholder” course. This “placeholder” will transfer back to MU as the following courses graded on an S/U basis.

Academic session credits: Italian language course plus one additional class from the list below (MU equivalency in parenthesis).

  • Italian language (AFNR 2191: International Agriculture and Natural Resources Humanities – 3 credits)
  • Restaurant Management (HSP_MGMT MISC ELEC – 3 credits) (Not offered 2021)
  • Food, Health & Wellness (HSP_MGMT 4190 – 3 credits) (Not offered 2021)
  • Tuscany and Its Wines (F_S 2195 -3 credits) (Offered 2021)

Internship credits: Special Project Experiential Learning (HSP_MGMT 3993 – 3 credits)

Students must complete a Course Proposal for Study Abroad with assistance from the CAFNR Director of Study Abroad. Once this is completed, students will work with their advisors to determine how the credits will count toward their individual graduation plans.

Please be aware that there will be a mandatory orientation class meetings prior to departure. The meetings will typically occur in April. Dates and times for the meetings will be available shortly after the confirmed program participant list is finalized, generally around mid-March. Participants will be notified of the meeting details via email.

Estimated Cost

For Academic Session + Internship

Non-refundable deposit: $350
IT Fees: $129
Program Fees: $4,331
Intl Center Fees: $245
Total cost estimate without airfare: (includes accommodation) $5,055
Airfare estimate: $1,600-$2,000
Additional meals estimate: $1,000
Additional misc. estimate: $250