Florence

Study PhD's in Florence, Italy

Florence at a glance

The “Cradle of the Renaissance”, Florence, in Italy, is a city bursting with international students, millions of visitors and thousands of artistic events every year. Studying in Florence, you will benefit from respected credentials in your subject area and significantly increase your career prospects. Make your study abroad experience unforgettable in one of the most beautiful cities on the planet! Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany, located in the heart of the country. The region was an inspiration for important names in the world of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, and Paolo Uccello. 

Studying

Studying in Florence

Higher education institutions in Florence offer a great range of study programmes at all levels and vast spectrum of specialisations you can fit in, while choosing your curriculum. Florence also offers an especially appealing environment to art students.

Types of academic degrees and courses include Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD studies, joint degrees, completion courses, vocational training courses, teacher training, e-learning modules, specialisation diplomas and more. For international students, there are a number of courses taught in English.

Schools in Florence offer a diversity of subject areas, such as: business, management and economics, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, engineering, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, psychology, law, education and political sciences, etc. The educational offering in arts includes concentrations in graphics, painting, sculpture, decoration, scenography, multimedia, and more.

Besides academic learning, universities in Florence also include important extra-curricular activities, such as sports, languages and computer studies, orchestra and galleries, in-faculty cultural and educational initiatives, psychological support and opportunities for paid part-time work.

Career

Career opportunities in Florence

Florence is a major production and commercial centre in Italy. The local economy is supported by tourism, industries such as textile, furniture, metalwork, pharmaceuticals, glass and ceramics, and chemistry. Jewellery, embroidery, food and wine have long been an important staple of the city’s economy.

Many students in Florence begin working in the hospitality sector (pubs, restaurants, and hotels), art galleries, teach English or other foreign languages, become tour guides, babysitters, or perform various artistic activities.

From small and medium enterprises, as well as large multinational corporations, you can find internships and part-time opportunities in Florence. Some of the most famous brands that call Florence home include Prada, Gucci, Armani, Giusto Manetti Battiloro, Roberto Cavalli, Emilio Pucci, Bulgari, or Visconti.

Life

Florence city life

Florence had the first museum in the world and the city itself resembles much like a large-scale museum, to the point where it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Besides its stunning beauty and its rich artistic scene, Florence has a lot to offer in terms of cultural diversity, international events, nightlife, places to relax, shopping, food and entertainment.

Some of the famous landmarks in Florence to include on your visiting list are: Basilica di San Lorenzo, Uffizi Gallery, the Salvatore Ferragamo Museum, Museo di San Marco, the Galleria Palatina, Piazza del Duomo, Firenze Art Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Gucci Museum, the Palazzo Pitti, the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral, and the Palazzo Vecchio.

From handmade shoes to luxury leather products, Florence is a great place for fashion and shopping. The city is filled with outdoor markets, such as the San Lorenzo market, the Mercato Nuovo, and Piazza Santo Spirito.

Florence has many parks, gardens where you can relax. Explore and enjoy places like the Boboli Gardens, Giardino delle Rose (the Rose Garden), the Villa Bardini, or the Giardino dell'Orticultura.

From Florence, you can easily travel to major Italian cities, like Siena, Rome, Bologna, Perugia, Milan, or Venice. You can also visit important locations of the Tuscany region: the Chianti area, the Versilia Riviera, the wild Maremma, the Tuscan archipelago, and the Elba Island.

International atmosphere in Florence

Florence has a distinct international flavour and one of the richest multicultural communities in Italy. In Florence, you will find many differences among the population in terms of ethnicity, religious beliefs, traditions and customs. You will get the chance to socialise with other foreign students and make new friends that share common interests. The steady waves of visitors adds up to the cosmopolitan atmosphere surrounding the city.

Weather Florence

Florence has a mostly Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and hot summers. Average temperatures in July are 25C (77F), but the level of humidity is high, due to the Arno River which runs the centre of the city. The coolest months are December and January, with average temperatures of 6 °C (42 °F).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Florence

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Universities in Florence

The University of Florence is an important and influential centre for research and higher training in Italy, with 1,800 lecturers and internal research staff, 1,600 technical and administrative staff, and over 1,600 research assistants and doctoral students.

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