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)
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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