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The Office of International Programs coordinates opportunities for students to study abroad for a year, a semester, or three to four weeks in the summer or winter sessions. Students may also study abroad through SUNY (suny.edu/studyabroad) or the College Consortium for International Study (CCISabroad.org). Applicants are selected competitively and are generally required to have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Students must develop an advisement plan with their department’s chair 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 and Internship Programs
FIT conducts many international short study courses in subjects such as Art History, Spanish, Japanese, Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing, Graphic Design, Photography, Menswear, Illustration, Textile/Surface Design, and Packaging Design, during the summer and winter sessions in a variety of locations, including China, 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. FIT also offers four- to eight-week internships abroad during the summer session in England, China, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, and Australia. For more programs and locations, see fitnyc.edu/academics/global/study-abroad/programs/short-term.
FIT in Italy
FIT in Italy programs are additional locations accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (MSCHE.org). FIT in Italy Art and Design programs are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (nasad.arts-accredit.org). Students must spend at least one year at FIT in New York City.
Location: Polimoda, Villa Favard, Via Curtatone 1, 50123 Florence, Italy
AAS degree students in Fashion Design 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. Select students may also participate for the third semester (fall) only. Courses are taught in English and students receive FIT credits toward their degree for courses completed in Italy.
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 their fifth or sixth semesters only, returning to New York City to complete their program. Courses are taught in English and students receive FIT credits toward their degree for courses completed.
Students of all majors also have the opportunity to take Liberal Arts courses during a spring semester in Florence.
Location: Politecnico Di Milano, piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milan, Italy
Students accepted into the BFA degree in Fashion Design Sportswear or Knitwear specializations can spend their third or fourth academic year in New York City or Milan, or may spend their fifth or sixth semester in Milan. Courses are taught in English and students receive FIT credits toward their degree for courses completed in Italy.
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Other Semester Study Abroad Programs
Courses are taught in English
RMIT University, for Fashion Design, Fashion Business Management, Textile/Surface Design, Advertising and Digital Design
- Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, for Textiles/Surface Design
- Duoc UC (School of Design), for Fashion 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
KEA (Copenhagen School of Design and Technology, “Københavns Erhvervsakademi”), for Direct and Interactive Marketing
Arts University of Bournemouth, for Graphic Design and Photography
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 and Digital Design
Leeds Arts University, for Advertising and Digital Design
Manchester Metropolitan University for Fashion Business Management
Nottingham Trent University (NTU), for Fashion Design, Graphic Design
University of Westminster, for Fashion Business Management
University of York, for History of Art
American University of Paris, for Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Film and Media, and Art History and Museum Professions
American Business School in Paris, for Advertising and Marketing Communications, Fashion Business Management
ICART Paris, for Art History and Museum Professions
ISCOM Paris, for Advertising and Marketing Communications
Paris College of Art (PCA), for Photography
American University of Rome (AUR), for Advertising and Marketing Communication, Fashion Business Management, International Trade and Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Film and Media, and Art History and Museum Professions
Florence University of the Arts, for Photography, Interior Design
Lorenzo de’ Medici, for Advertising and Marketing Communication, Art History and Museum Professions, Fabric Styling, Fine Arts, and International Trade and Marketing
Iberoamericana University, for Advertising and Marketing Communication, Graphic Design, Fashion Design, Textile/Surface Design, and Art History and Museum Professions
- Otago Polytechnic, for Graphic Design
- Heriot Watt University, for Textile/Surface Design
SUNY Study Abroad Programs
With departmental approval, students may also study abroad through one of the 1000-plus programs offered by SUNY for a semester, summer, or winter session (suny.edu/studyabroad/).
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 students can study at institutions around the globe with departmental approval (CCISabroad.org).