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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


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.

View the 2021 HRTM 492 Summer Studies in Florence Program Calendar for a tentative itinerary.


  • Depart USA: May 15, 2021
  • Arrive in Florence, Italy: May 16, 2021
  • Return to USA: June 4, 2021
Due to COVID-19, this program has been postponed to summer 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:
  • Pairing Food and Wine 
  • The Italian Food Industry: From Farm to Table
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • Food, Health and Wellness in Italy
  • Introduction to Fashion Photography
  • Other business, culinary or hospitality classes
Students will receive credit at NMSU for the class 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 welcome dinner as well as a cooking class at the end of the program are included in the program fee. All other meals are the responsibility of the student. 

How to Apply

Email to start an application. 

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
FLIP Spring Embedded 2021 02/01/2021 02/15/2021 05/16/2021 06/04/2021
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.