Great Destination for SBA, CAAD and CAS Majors
Kent State University Florence:
Kent State University has been educating students in Florence for more than 40 years. From architecture to fashion to hospitality management, Kent State Florence is a comprehensive academic and cultural program. In addition to completing a full course load, students have many opportunities to get acquainted with Florence and Italy during their time studying abroad.
Home to the program is the Plazzo dei Cerchi, a renovated 13th century palace in the very heart of the city, with the remarkable combination of medieval frescoes and wireless internet. Our campus also includes Palazzo Bartolini Baldelli, on the corner of Via dei Benci and Piazza Santa Croce, where a classroom balcony overlooks the historic Basilica of Santa Croce, burial site of Galileo and Michelangelo. For more information please visit https://www.kent.edu/Florence
Sophomores encouraged to apply; must have at least 60 credits by program start date
Must not be in graduating semester (last semester).
Must have at least a cumulative GPA 2.5 of or above.
Length of Stay:
One or two semesters.
Program Fees and Costs:
Exchange students pay AUS tuition fees for the full course load (12-16 credits) in addition to Student Activities fees. Any additional costs including housing, lab fees, meal plans, books and insurance will be paid directly to the host university.
The extra fee expectation can be found on this link https://www.kent.edu/globaleducation/program-costs
This includes the following fees that need to be paid directly to KSUF:
-Field Study Fee
-Housing in Florence
Academic Programs/ Courses Unavailable to Exchange Students:
Please note that not all academic majors/programs are not available on Kent Campus or permissible for international exchange students. These majors/programs include:
-Architecture & Interior Design (unless all prerequisites have been completed)
Students are required to live on Campus. KS offers housing accommodation on campus (gender-inclusive housing is available) for students who apply and pay required fees before the deadline.To view housing options visit the website: https://www.kent.edu/housing/residence-halls
Students must apply to the US Embassy/Consulate to obtain their J1 Exchange Visitor Visa. They must make an appointment and follow up with the required documentation, such as the letter of acceptance and bank statement. See http://abudhabi.usembassy.gov/
for complete information on Visa application process.
All exchange students must have valid health insurance coverage during their stay abroad. They can either purchase their own or from KS. Follow instruction given by the host university.
The College of Business Administration is AACSB-accredited. Students are encouraged to take their general education (humanities, etc.), free electives and Business electives (MJR or MIN electives). Students can take major or required courses during their study abroad semester after getting the approval from SBA at AUS. KS has a list of unique international business classes in globalization, international marketing and finance, and regional courses. For more information on the courses please visit: http://catalog.kent.edu/colleges/bu/#coursestext
The College of Architecture, Art and Design is NAAB-accredited. Students can pick courses of their choice but must still obtain approval. KS University at Florence offers Architecture and Interior Design.
Students may register for any CAS courses.
KS University at Florence also offers Fashion Design courses.
Students must fill out the AUS course permission form to get their courses approved by the Associate Dean of their school and the Registrar. Upon approval, students students will also be informed the grades required to transfer credits. Students must achieve the minimum grade as indicated on the form in order to receive course credit (requirements for credit transfer vary by program). Each study abroad case is subject to approval.
AUS students on grants/scholarships must obtain approval from the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships before starting a semester abroad at a host university. In cases where the AUS student pays tuition directly to AUS for study abroad, the student will continue to use their AUS grants and AUS-funded scholarships for that semester abroad. These students should speak with the Financial Grants and Scholarship Manager for more information. Students sponsored by an organization outside of AUS are responsible for making arrangements with their sponsor.