Foreign Universities in Tuscany

If you’d like to study at a Tuscany university but get a taste of the rest of the region’s rolling hills, medieval towns and extravagant villas, studying in a Tuscany university in the cities like Fiesole, Prato Italy, Siena, Cortona or Emilia Romagna’s Bologna, offers the interesting opportunity to live Italy off the beaten track.

If you decide to study in Tuscany, you can choose the UGA study abroad Italy, located in the hills of Tuscany, Italy that offers one of the oldest study abroad program for nearly 50 years, or the University of Arezzo, that is located just a few minutes away from the train station at the entrance of one of the most beautiful parks of the city called “colle del Pionta” from where you can just take a train and visit Montepulciano, Italy that can be also a great base for exploring the Tuscan hill towns.

At Montepulciano Italy, you can find Pegaso university that offers prestigious international networks.

Just explore the academic program options for studying abroad in a Tuscany university  and choose the one perfect for your academically enriching program and have fun exploring the city hills around!

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University in Fiesole, Tuscany

Istituto Universitario Europeo (Fiesole, Florence)

Badia Fiesolana

Via dei Roccettini 9, I-50014

San Domenico di Fiesole (FI) – Italy

The European University Institute (EUI) was established in 1972 by the six founding Member States of the European Communitiesto provide advanced academic training to doctoral researchersand to promote research at the highest level. It opened its doors to its first researchers in 1976.

It carries out research from a European perspective in Economics, Law, History and Civilization, as well as Political and Social Science.

Its full-time teaching staff, fellows and researchers are recruited from all over Europe and beyond. The EUI welcomes researchers who wish to participate in the Institute’s four-year doctorate (Ph.D.), or one-year Masters programme in Law (LL.M.).

The EUI offers fellowships for post-doc applicants (Jean Monnet and Max Weber) anddistingushed scholars (Fernand Braudel).

As a host institution, the EUI welcomes Marie Curie Fellows and European Research Council grantees.


Georgetown University – Florence Program

Villa Le Balze Via Vecchia Fiesolana, 26 Fiesole (Florence) Phone: +39 055 59208 Fax: 055 599 584

*American Contact: Michelle Siemietowsky, Director of programmes for Villa Le Balze

GeorgeTown University Official Website

Georgetown University at Villa Le Balze in Florence

Every year, Georgetown welcomes undergraduate students to both study and live at Villa Le Balze. The Villa provides students with a unique study abroad experience that includes classes on site, a comprehensive academic program, intensive Italian language classes, and ample time to travel throughout Italy.

Georgetown students and students from other universities are invited to apply to the Villa’s undergraduate programs.
Villa Le Balze, a Renaissance-style estate of breathtaking beauty, is located in Fiesole, asmall town in the Tuscan hills, minutes from the center of Florence. The Villa rests on three hectares of land complete with formal gardens and olive groves, and offers a truly extraordinary view of Florence, one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world[read more]


University in Prato, Tuscany

Monash University

Palazzo Vaj
Via Pugliesi, 26 – 59100 Prato, Italy
Phone: +39 0574 43691
Fax: +39 0574 436923
General Inquiries:

Monash University Official Website

Monash University in Florence Website

The Monash University Prato Centre is located on the ground and first floors of the elegant 18th century Palazzo Vaj on Via Pugliesi in the historic centre of Prato.

The Monash University Prato Centre was officially opened on September 17, 2001 at Palazzo Vaj in the heart of Prato’s Centro Storico (historical centre).

Monash secured this location with support from the Region of Tuscany and the local government of Prato. The Centre’s establishment was assisted by the generosity of Rino and Diana Grollo, for whom the Centre’s major conference and performance room is named.

Professor Bill Kent, a world authority on the Italian Renaissance, was the Centre’s Founding Director (2000-2004). He retains involvement in the Centre in an advisory capacity. Dr. Annamaria Pagliaro, former Convenor of Italian Studies at Monash, was the Centre’s Director from 2005 to 2008. A specialist in 19th and early 20th Century Italian literature, she has had a long association with the Centre and was involved in its establishment.

Professor Loretta Baldassar has been appointed as professor and Director of the Monash Prato Centre. The Centre’s activities are guided by the university’s Prato Advisory Group, which ischaired by Professor Stephanie Fahey, Monash University‘s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).

The Honourable Sir James Gobbo, AC is patron of the Monash University Prato Centre…[read more]

University in Siena, Tuscany

Università Per Stranieri A Siena
Piazza Carlo Rosselli, 27-28 53100 Siena
Phone: +39 0577 240 111
Fax: +39 0577-281030

The Center for Languages at the Università per Stranieri di Siena (Cluss) is a center dedicated to the teaching of the Italian as a Foreign language and to research in the fields of linguistics and language teaching.

The Center for Languages promotes, organizes, and provides courses of the Italian language for foreigners; it collaborates with the other Centers and the Faculty of Italian Language and Culture of the Università per Stranieri di Siena in the design of training courses and research in the fields of linguistics and language teaching.

The wide variety of courses offered ranges from trimester-long language courses structured according to the modules required for the completion of the Diplomas of First and Second Degree in Italian Language and Culture (Diplomi di Primo Grado e di Secondo Grado in Lingua e Cultura Italiana to month-long and specialized courses designed for those wishing to learn the Italian language in only a few weeks.

During their stay in Siena, students may also have free use of the language laboratories and attend both seminars and several types of themed courses, valid for academic credits in accordance with the ECTS system.

Buffalo State University – Siena Program
Via di Città 25, Siena, Italy

Buffalo State University Official Website
Buffalo State University in Siena

The Siena Program enables students to live with Sienese families and participate in community life, while attending classes taught primarily in English. The academic program revolves around a core of courses including Art and Architecture in Siena, Contemporary Italian Civilization/History of Italy, and Italian language.

Additional classes in literature, ceramics, and painting are also offered.

Students take guided tours to Florence, Rome, and other Italian cities to study art, architecture, and Italian culture. Courses are normally taught in the Siena Program office/classroom complex and the art institute.

University in Cortona, Tuscany

Georgia University – Cortona Program
UGA Studies Abroad Program – Cortona, Italy
270 River Road – Athens, GA 30602
Phone: 706.542.7120
Fax: 706.542.4270

Since 1970, the University of Georgia Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy has been a leader in international arts education.

This Program provides a challenging opportunity for the serious art student who wishes to combine international travel with an intensive studio and classroom experience.

The medieval hilltown of Cortona offers a rich historical environment where students can easily integrate with the lifestyle of a typical Italian community.

With a variety of art history, studio art, and cultural classes year round, the Cortona Program continues a tradition of excellence unmatched by any other program in the nation.

University in Castiglion Fiorentino, Arezzo, Tuscany

University of Texas A. & M. – (ITALART) – Florence Program
Via S. Giuliano 6, Castiglion Fiorentino (Arezzo)
Phone: +39 0575 657 470

University of Texas Official Website
University of Texas in Tuscany

Texas A&M began its Italian Program in 1982 at La Poggerina, located in the Valdarno near Florence.

The original idea driving the development of the study experience in Italy is one that remains the basic motivation today: to offer students a cross-cultural experience that would enhance their historical consciousness and cultural awareness.

Texas A&M’s programs in Italy incorporate the sharing of ideas and experiences across cultures that is the essence of diversity and internationalization. Through the years, these programs have allowed many students to broaden their horizons academically, culturally, and personally.

Students have been encouraged to complete either a six week summer session or a full semester of course work in Italy. Courses have been offered from a variety of academic disciplines including liberal arts, engineering, business, and architecture. In June 1989, Texas A&M University opened the Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino.

University in Bologna, Emilia Romagna

Johns Hopkins University – Bologna Program
The Bologna Center Johns Hopkins University
Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Via Belmeloro 11 – 40126 Bologna, Italy
Phone: +39 051 291 7811
Fax: +39 051 228 505

Graduate education at SAIS Bologna prepares students for professional careers in international affairs. With its strong emphasis on economics, international relations, international development, geographic area studies, and languages, the SAIS Bologna experience opens doors to students for careers in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.