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Italy: Florence Retail Tour

Panorama of Florence


The Florence Retail Tour allows students to get an upclose view of the different aspects of the fashion industry. Set in one of the fashion capitals of the world, students will explore the Italian Apparel and Retail industries through interactions with employees, managers, and business professionals along with on-site visitation to apparel and retail companies in Florence, Italy.

Program dates

Spring Break: March 7-15, 2020

Note: Students will need to leave the United States on Saturday, March 7 to arrive in Florence on Sunday, March 8.

Living arrangements

Students will stay in triple occupancy hotel rooms throughout the duration of the program.

Courses and credits

  • RFPD 3400: Retail Study Tour, 3 credit hours (Undergraduate)
  • RFPD 5400: Retail Study Tour, 3 credit hours (Graduate)


Undergraduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Graduate Student Budget Worksheet 2020

Non-resident surcharge waived for this program.

Find out information on financial aid and scholarships on our Funding Page

Eligibility and selection process

This program is open to Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development (RFPD) program major and minor with a minimum GPA of 2.0 and graduate students in the Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM) Masters program.

First priority will be given to RFPD majors and ATM students.

Selection will be made based on current GPA, major, written statement and informal interview.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Click here to read the entire conduct policy.

Application deadline

Students must apply by Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Space is limited to a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 20 students.

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Applicants will need to provide a copy of their DARs and a written statement as to why this opportunity would be beneficial to them.

If selected, you will be nominated for the program. Once nominated, you will need to accept or decline your nomination. If you accept your nomination, you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure a spot on the trip an in the class. 

Health and safety

Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program:

Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities suggests you follow the recommendations of the  Centers for Disease Control for healthy travel to your destination.

Refer to the State Department website for information related to safety and security at this destination.

Also refer to International SOS for information related to safety and security at this destination. To log in to the International SOS website, please use the OHIO membership IS: 11BCAS000010.

Students should never travel alone and should notify faculty director of travel outside of Florence during free time.

Requesting accessibility accommodation

If you plan to participate in an Ohio University-sponsored study abroad program and wish to request accommodation, you should contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services  to schedule an appointment to complete an Global Opportunities Disability Accommodation Request Form. We recommend you do this as early as possible to allow enough time to determine what accommodations may be made for this program.

Entry and exit requirements

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year, apply for your passport now. 

Some countries also require a visa to legally enter and reside in the country.  Please review the entry and exit requirements for your destination(s). US citizens will not need a visa or other special documents to enter the country for the length of this program. (Please note: If you plan to travel before or after the program, you may need a visa). You may need to show sufficient funds to support yourself while in-country. 

Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to a program.

More information on visas can be found here.

Information for NON-US citizens can be found here

Additional Information on Italy

To learn more about this destination, please visit the CIA World Factbook.

For more information, contact:

Lisa Williams
Associate Lecturer – Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development Program 
121B McCracken Hall
williaL6@ohio.edu | 740.597.3122

Emily Englehart
Global Programs Coordinator | Office of Global Opportunities





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