The International Studies Institute at Palazzo Rucellai, Florence
The International Studies Institute (ISI) at Palazzo Rucellai in Florence offers a study abroad program firmly rooted in the American liberal arts tradition. The University of Melbourne joined the Universities of Virginia and Connecticut, Pennsylvania State University, and Arizona State University with this study abroad consortium in the historic centre of Florence, Italy’s heart of art and culture. Students studying at ISI can walk the same medieval cobblestone streets as Dante, gaze upon the masterpieces of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, and practice their Italian in the shadow of Brunelleschi’s dome.
ISI was established in 2001 as a private non-profit institute.
Did you know...
The Palazzo Rucellai is a landmark renaissance palace in Florence, whose façade was designed by the renowned humanist and architect Leon Battista Alberti and erected between 1446 and 1451.
Note: In the standard semester program students take the required 4-credit Italian subject according to their level, and another 3 or 4 subjects which they are free to choose, depending on the requirements of their degree. Students must enrol in a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 subjects, which represent from 13 to 16 credits. This program is open to all students.
During the semester you must enrol in a minimum of 13 and a maximum of 16 credits. This includes at least one 4-credit Italian course appropriate to your level..
Full-time Load Equivalents
Min. 37.5 Melb points
Max. 50 Melb Points
13 Credit Points
16 Credit points
Urban Design and Planning
The listed disciplines are not necessarily exhaustive and other fields of study might also be available at the partner institution. Moreover, names for fields of study may be different overseas.
A discipline being listed does not in any way indicate the suitability of the program, nor does it indicate that the discipline is taught in English.
Approval to study particular subjects at any institution is always at the discretion of the departmental/discipline and faculty advisors at Melbourne and subject to available places at the host institution.
Students share apartments with other program participants. All apartments are within walking distance of the Institute and furnished with a fully-equipped kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and communal living space. All apartments have wireless internet connections. Although apartments do not have fixed-line telephones, all students are required to buy or rent cellular phones. Whenever possible, the Institute tries to accommodate housing requests regarding roommates and special needs. The Student Services staff are available throughout the term to provide assistance with housing needs, maintenance and utilities.
Program Fees Include:
Academic Program Tuition (12-18 credits), Pre-departure assistance, airport pick-up in Florence, 2-day orientation program with field trips, shared apartment housing and utilities including Wi-Fi Internet connection, beginning- and end-of-semester apartment sanitizing/cleaning, Semester Permit of Stay Fees (Permesso di Soggiorno), student services help desk, 24/7 emergency phone, Institute facilities use, farewell party (Fall & Spring terms only), ISI transcript.
Program Fees Do Not Include:
Meals, Airfare, Textbooks, Course Fees, Insurance, Optional Trips and Cultural Activities.