Study term in Florence

The opportunity to start your degree with an inspiring term in Florence is a unique feature of Buckingham’s History and History of Art programmes starting in September. Students choosing the Florence term are required to pay a compulsory supplement (please contact us for current amounts but as a guideline this is below £1000). Students will also be required to fund their accommodation and living costs, travel, airfares and insurance.

You will spend your term studying modules taught in English at the British Institute of Florence, beside the River Arno in a Renaissance palace in the heart of the city.

Florence modules are taught in classes which focus on the study of the city’s history and Florence’s unique visual culture. There are also excursions to Pisa and Siena.

Support and facilities

BIF Lanfrendini LibraryThe British Institute of Florence provides excellent student support, IT and library facilities (including wireless access). It arranges accommodation (in shared flats or with an Italian family), and you can also take part in its own cultural events.

See this video to get a flavour of the British Institute’s facilities.

Optional short courses

If you want to study Italian (either as a beginner or more experienced linguist) or practise your English if you are an overseas student, you can take the British Institute of Florence (for which there is an additional fee).

The Institute also has links with Charles Cecil Studios where students can take a life class course of drawing in Florence’s oldest continuously working teaching studio.

After Florence

After a term in Florence (September-December) you continue your studies at Buckingham. Depending which pathway you choose from your September start, you will follow a programme that leads to graduation after 8 or 9 terms, either at the end of your second summer term or the following December.

History of Art in Florence video

Full details of the History of Art in Florence term are available here in PDF format

The term in Florence is also open to associate students.  The following options are available:

  • 2 modules as an auditing student (i.e. with no assessment): £2,000
  • 3 modules as an auditing student: £2,700
  • 2 modules for credit on an approved programme which accepts transferable credits: £2,335
  • 3 modules for credit on an approved programme which accepts transferable credits: £3,000

Prices may vary.