The Office of International Programs coordinates the opportunities for students to study abroad for a year or a semester, or in the summer or winter sessions for three to four weeks. Students may also study abroad through SUNY (https://www.suny.edu/studyabroad/) or the College Consortium for International Study (https://www.CCISabroad.org). Applicants are selected competitively and are required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must develop an advisement plan with their department’s chairperson or study abroad faculty coordinator that lists the courses they are approved to complete abroad so they may transfer credit back to the FIT degree program.
Short-term Study Abroad Programs
FIT conducts a number of international short study courses in subjects such as Art History, Spanish, Japanese, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Photography, Menswear, Illustration, and Packaging Design, during the summer and winter sessions in a variety of locations, including India, Japan, Korea, France, Spain, and Italy. Students receive 2, 2.5, 3, or 4 FIT credits upon completion of a short-term study abroad program. For more, see https://www.fitnyc.edu/study-abroad/programs/short-term/
FIT in Italy
AAS degree students in the Fashion Design in New York and Florence program can spend one academic year in New York City and one academic year in Florence. Students may study abroad in their first or second year. Courses are taught in English and students receive FIT credits toward their degree for courses completed. Select students may also participate for the fourth semester (Spring) only.
Students accepted into the BS Fashion Business Management degree program in New York and Florence can study in Florence for their third year (fifth and sixth semesters) or for the fifth or sixth semesters only, returning the New York City to complete their program. Courses are taught in English, and students receive FIT credits for the courses completed.
Students of all majors have the opportunity to take Liberal Arts courses during a Spring semester in Florence, Italy.
Students accepted into the BFA degree in Fashion Design Sportswear or Knitwear specializations can spend their third or fourth academic years in New York City or Milan, or may spend both their third and fourth years in Milan. Courses are taught in English, and students receive FIT credits for the courses completed.
Semester Study Abroad Programs
Courses are taught in English
RMIT University, Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Production Management, Advertising Design
Donghua University (DHU) Semester in Shanghai Program, for Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing
Hong Kong Polytechnic University (HKPU), for Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Production Management
American University of Paris, for Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing, Entrepreneurship
American Business School in Paris, for Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management
ICART Paris, Art History and Museum Professions
Paris College of Art (PCA), for Photography
Arts University of Bournemouth, for Graphic Design
Central Saint Martins (University Arts London), for Fashion Design
Chelsea College of Arts (University Arts London), for Graphic Design, Textile/Surface Design
Falmouth University, for Advertising Design
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, for Advertising Design
Leeds College of Art, for Advertising Design
Nottingham Trent University (NTU), Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Graphic Design
University of Westminster, Fashion Business Management
KEA (Copenhagen School of Design and Technology “Københavns Erhvervsakademi”), for Direct and Interactive Marketing
American University of Rome (AUR), for Advertising and Marketing Communication, Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing, Entrepreneurship
Iberoamericana University, for Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile/Surface Design
CCIS Study Abroad Programs
FIT is a member of the College Consortium for International Study (CCIS) which includes approximately 100 colleges across the United States that offer study abroad programs. Under the auspices of the CCIS Consortium, fifth, sixth, or seventh-semester students admitted to the BS degree programs can study at institutions around the globe with departmental approval, including Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence. (https://www.CCISabroad.org)
SUNY Study Abroad Programs
With departmental approval, students may also study abroad through one of the 600+ programs offered by SUNY for a semester or summer or winter session.