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Program Description:
Florence cathedral


  • 18 years of age or above on the start date of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at NMSU
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or above at the start of the program
Students in the Culinary Arts program at Dona Ana Community College are welcome to apply.


Study Abroad in Florence, Italy at the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and Apicius School of Hospitality. The NMSU Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management has been taking groups of students to Italy since 2009 in this exciting study abroad opportunity.  Some of the highlights include viewing Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus  and the Leaning Tower of Pisa as well as daily tours of Florence and the countryside of Tuscany.  Students have access to all the FUA facilities during business hours, including: library, gym, computers, and internet. All majors are welcome to apply.

Cultural Introduction to Italy

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) offers an optional week in Rome called "Cultural Introduction to Italy". Students who participate in this optional week in Rome take 1 additional course at FUA called LSSOCI200 Cultural Introduction to Italy for 3-credits.

FUA’s 1-week, 3-credit field learning course, LSSOCI200 Cultural Introduction to Italy, provides a deep awareness of cultural unity and regional diversity in Italy. The week features on-site learning and assessment in unique locations spanning different regions, territories, and cultural landscapes. The program content includes lectures, visits to historic and contemporary sites, tastes of local gastronomy, expanded cultural horizons, and contact with local culture, which will directly strengthen and challenge perspectives of Italy. The Summer edition of the program features Lazio and Tuscany.

Students who participate in this optional week in Rome will be charged an additional fee as indicated on the budget sheet for this program. Please note the program leader will not accompany students on this optional portion of the program.

View the 2022 HRTM 492 Summer Studies in Florence Program Calendar for a tentative itinerary.


  • Depart USA: May 14, 2022
  • Arrive in Florence, Italy: May 15, 2022
  • Return to USA: June 3, 2022
Students participating in the optional Cultural Introduction to Italy in Rome will need to depart the USA on May 7, 2022 and arrive in Rome on May 8, 2022.

Program Leader

  • Dr. Keith Mandabach, Professor in the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management


Students will take HRTM 492 Special Problems with Dr. Keith Mandabach in the spring semester prior to the program. Students will then study the culture, tourism, art and history of Tuscany and take 1 course at FUA during the summer term. Students may choose from the following 3-credit FUA courses offered in summer 2022:

Food and Wine/Hospitality Studies
  • FWWCPF335 Pairing Food and Wine 
  • FWFCHW345 Food, Health & Wellness in Italy
  • FWFCSF300 The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table 
  • HPFBOM400 Food and Beverage Operations and Management 
  • HPHTRO350 Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategies
  • FWBPCC360 Cookies and Petit Fours (Pre-req: Baking Techniques I or equivalent. Chef uniform (white chef jacket, chef pants, white apron, white chef hat, kitchen safety shoes) required for this course.)
  • FWCACC480 Professional Cooking III: Italian Creative Cuisine and Decoration Experiential Learning (Pre-req: Professional Cooking II: Cooking Techniques or equivalent of at least 2 culinary arts lab courses.)
  • BUMKEM305 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • FTFMRO350 Consumer Behavior and Retail Strategies
Visual Arts
  • DIPHID180 Introduction to Digital Photography A DSLR camera plus a lens (focal length of 55mm or wider) with available manual settings is required for this course. A digital 35mm viewfinder camera with available manual settings (24+ megapixels minimum) is also acceptable.
  • FAPDWC180 Introduction to Watercolor
Art History
  • LAAHFY320 Secret Gardens of Italy
  • LSSOCI202 Cultural Introduction to Italy
Italian Language
  • ISITIB101Beginning Italian
Students who participate in this optional week in Rome will take 1 additional course at FUA called LSSOCI200 Cultural Introduction to Italy for 3-credits. Students will receive transfer credit at NMSU for the class(es) taken at the Florence University of the Arts during the summer term.

Housing & Meals


Students will stay in shared apartments in shared rooms organized by FUA.  FUA encourages independence and facilitates a cultural experience where students live like a local in their neighborhood, exchanging language, habits and traditions. Apartments are located in the historical city-center, walking distance to school facilities, and include amenities such as a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, wi-fi, washing machine and bed linens. Please note that based on gender breakdown and apartment configurations, students could have roommates from other FUA pro- grams. Full details and FAQs on FUA Housing can be found on the FUA Housing website. A single supplement is available upon request for an additional charge. 


The FLIP program fee includes a 15-unit meal plan that can be used at the FUA Ganzo School Restaurant & Fedora School Pastry Shop Monday - Friday. Units may also be used at Sorgiva, the school spa. A cooking class at the end of the program is included in the program fee. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. 

How to Apply

To apply, click on the "Create Account" button on the top right hand corner of the page to create an advising application and then email to start an application.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
FLIP Spring Embedded 2022 11/30/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/08/2022 06/03/2022
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Students participating in the optional Cultural Introduction Week in Rome will need to arrive in Rome on Sunday, May 8, 2022.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.