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Study in Florence, Italy

Population: 357,000

City overview

Capital city of Tuscany, famous medieval architecture and the birthplace of the Renaissance movement, Florence has always been a major destination for international students. It’s one of Italy’s most attractive cities, bejewelled with awe-inspiring art galleries and divided by the Arno river.

Florence is about more than just style however. As a former capital of Italy, it has the infrastructure and educational opportunities to suit any student. Florence is one of Italy’s wealthiest cities, so students looking for jobs on graduation should have few problems finding a well paid job.

Education profile

Although a student city, Florence only has two major institutions at which you can study, although the University of Siena is located just 30 minutes away.

You could study a graduate program in Florence at the following institutions:

A Masters program in Florence will take two years to complete, although this can vary if you decide to take a part-time program. This is true for both taught and research programs.

It’s important that your Italian language skills are up to scratch, as most programs will be taught in a combination of Italian and English. Check with your chosen institution before applying.

Immigration and visas

EU students are able to come and study in Florence providing you are studying at an approved institution for more than three months and have sufficient income to support yourself. Non-EU students will need to apply for a visa dependent on their nationality.
You will generally need to show the following, regardless of your nationality:

  • You have a confirmed place on a course at a recognised education institution
  • You are not already in the country on a tourist or business visa
  • You have paid all relevant visa fees
  • You have sufficient funds to support yourself
  • You have comprehensive health insurance cover

Life in Florence

Florentines are a stylish bunch, so it might be worth bringing your finest clothes when you come to study your graduate program in Florence. Think Italian designer labels such as Gucci and Armani and you’ll fit right in.

However, Florence isn’t just about strutting around. As the capital of Tuscany, Florence has access to some of the finest foods and wine in Italy. After a hard day studying, you should head towards the Arno river and dine outside with locals, taking a leisurely stroll through the piazzas on your way back. Or, you could head to one of the many art galleries Florence has to offer and get all cultural.

Working in Florence

Tourism is by far Florence’s most significant industry and employer – in fact, the number of visitors to the city between April and October generally outnumbers the local population. Consequently, it’s worth putting your local knowledge to use with tourists from your home country – you could help run tours or provide translation help.

Historically, Florence has been a centre producing fine foods and wine. Tuscany as a region is one of the most important wine producer in the world, with several hundred vineyards producing Chianti and other classical Tuscan wines.


International students coming to study in Florence usually stay in accommodation provided by their university – at least for the beginning of their study abroad program. The benefits to this include being able to meet other students more easily, having access to help from the university and being located near the place you’re studying at.

However, Florence is a popular destination for students and tourists, so you may find yourself looking for your own private accommodation. Most people in Florence live in flats, so expect to share space with others. As a guide, the arty Oltrarno district south of the Arno river is popular with students.

Weather and climate

Florence has a typically Mediterranean climate, with hot, humid summers and cool, damp winters. As Florence is nestled into a river valley and surrounded by high hills, it can get extremely warm and suffer from a lack of breeze during the summer. The warmest months are between June and August when temperatures can regularly reach 28C.

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