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Quick Facts

Host Institutions: Florence University of the Arts - Semester/Academic Year and Summer program
Eligibility Rules: click here
Language/Academic Focus: Elective classes are taught in English; Italian language classes are in Italian.  Electives available in a wide variety of subject areas. (Click here for Course Offerings)
Housing: Students live in double or triple rooms in shared student apartments. Meals are not included.  A specific number of meal vouchers is included as well - see the What's Included section below for specifics.  Additional meals are the student's responsibility.  
Sample Overnight Excursions: Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Sicily, Piedmont/Cinque Terre, Parma/Modena, Milan/Lake Como, Orvieto/Assisi/Marmore

Why Florence?

  • Located in the heart of Tuscany
  • Rich in history and art; home of Michelangelo's David
  • Fantastic museums such as the Uffizi Gallery
  • Large leather market open daily

City Description - Medium-sized city of 600,000

Florence is everything you would expect an Italian city to be. Full of art, history, and amazing food, it is one of Italy's most exhilaraing, distinctive and impressive cities to experience.

Situated in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is almost in the center of the Italian peninsula with main rail lines running in all directions, making travel within Italy and abroad quite easy. Even a quick trip to Chianti, located between Florence and Siena, will fill your camera with shots of one of Italy's most beautiful countrysides.

This enchanting symbol of the Renaissance has it all. Want art? Michaelangelo's David and works by Botticelli, Benvenuto, Cellini and Donatello are at your fingertips, as is the vast painting collection of the Uffizi and the sculptures of the Bargello. If you prefer architecture to art, the 13th century cathedral, the Santa Maria del Fiore (known as the Duomo), is just steps away.

Not all of the art in Florence can be found hanging in museums. The food in Florence is sometimes revered with the same intensity as its art, as Florentines are proud of their hearty fare. After enjoying some of the freshest foods in the world, you can indulge in gelato, the Italian version of ice cream.

Florence remains quite the same as it was 500 years ago, so take a step back in time and experience all that Florence has to offer.

Florence University of the Arts

Florence University of the Arts is an Italian institution of higher education situated in the historic center of Florence. Modeled on a liberal arts curriculum, FUA offers Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Global Studies, Business, Italian Studies & Linguistics, Life Studies and Human Services, and Sciences & Mathematics. Each area is divided into specific departments offering a wide array of courses offered to students.

Aimed at both American undergraduates requiring academic credit as well as international students from Asia, Europe, and South and Central America, the program offers high quality, structured educational courses.  Experiential Learning Courses and Service Learning Courses are also available, where students take part in field work or field studies in conjunction with classroom lectures.


Students live in shared student apartments that are centrally located and within walking distance of the University. No meals are included, as each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen.

Academic Buildings

The school's location and facilities are a vital part of Florentine civic, historical, and cultural life. Housed in historic palazzi throughout the center of Florence, the institution provides breathtaking spaces in which students breathe history and create new contributions to contemporary Florence through their studies. The locations include Palazzo Guicciardini Strozzi, Palazzo Doni, Palazzo Ramirez de Montalvo, and Villa Brilli Peri.

Student Services

The Student Services Department was created for all students taking courses at Apicius and FUA. Extracurricular activities such as sports, music, cinema, connecting with Italian culture, and journalism are offered free of charge, as well as a small gym open to all enrolled students. City walks and excursions to the hidden spots and specialties of Florence are organized weekly, as well as day trips to towns in Tuscany. The Academic Field Trip Department organizes weekend trips to exciting destinations through Europe and Italy.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are available to committed students who wish to explore social contributions to the Florentine community.


Finding something to do at night in Florence never seems to be a problem. From a great dinner with friends to hearing live music, you will never be bored after classes end. It's always a good idea to pick up Firenze Spettacolo, which is the guide to nightlife in Florence. 

Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Florence University of the Arts offers a number of Internship and Experiential Learning opportunities during both semesters and summer sessions.  For-credit and non-credit options are available in a wide variety of areas, such as Communications, Journalism, Marketing, Publishing, Culinary Arts, Sports & Athletic Training, Photography, Theatre Arts, Nutrition, Fashion, Tourism & Hospitality, Video Production, and more.  For more details, please click here!

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.


What's Included - Florence

  • HOUSING in shared student apartments, up to 8 students per apartment. Bedrooms are double or triple occupancy. Semester students will receive 75 meal units to use in the university's student-run restaurant (15-25 meals). Summer students will receive 15 meal units (3-5 meals).  Additional meals are the student's responsibility.
  • EXCURSIONS, semester programs: 2 overnight excursions.
  • EXCURSIONS, summer programs: 1 overnight excursion.
  • TUITION at Florence University of the Arts.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution. Possible number of credits:  12-15 (semester programs) or 3-6 (summer programs).
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: At the conclusion of the program, an official transcript from the University of South Florida will be sent to your home institution.
  • CELL PHONE: ASA provides one cell phone for each student.  Students are responsible for the cost of phone usage.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at Florence University of the Arts (NOT in your apartment)
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP at Florence (FLR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: for a Description of Coverage, please visit our Information Library.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: on-site to assist students with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • VISA ADVISING: While students are ultimately responsible for obtaining their visa (if required for their term/host country), ASA will provide detailed, helpful information upon acceptance as to which visa students will need and how to go about applying for one.  Please click here and scroll down to "Student Visa Information" to find out if a visa is required for your program.

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Damage deposit ($350), paid to ASA at least one month prior to departure; refundable upon return
  • Books & materials (Please note: some classes have lab fees to cover special materials or academic field trips)
  • Personal expenses
  • Local transportation
  • Student Visa & Permit to Stay (if required)
  • Meals, laundry
  • Meals on excursions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a "Costs of Attendance" budget for your financial aid office, or simply need more details about the additional costs listed above, please email chelsea(at)academicstudies.com. 

Program Itinerary

Please CLICK HERE for detailed program itineraries.


If you have questions about HOW TO APPLY and make sure your credits transfer back to your home university, please CLICK HERE.

We encourage both prospective students and parents, as well as those who have already been accepted to an ASA program, to visit our INFORMATION LIBRARY. Here you will find tons of helpful info to help you know what to plan for and what to expect, such as:

  • ASA Guide to Study Abroad
  • Student Visa info
  • Medical Insurance info
  • Booking your flight
  • Financial Aid info