Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Quick Facts | Why Florence? | City Description | Host Institution | Housing | Excursions

Course Offerings | Costs & Dates | What’s Included | Program Itinerary | FAQs


Quick Facts

Host Institution: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs:

  • Florence University of the Arts
Eligibility Rules:

For Eligibility rules, such as GPA, click here.

**NOTE: Students are advised to APPLY EARLY for the best course selection, as classes are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Students who wait until the Application Deadline to apply may not have all courses available to them.

Language/Academic Focus: Open to all Italian levels. Elective classes are taught in English; Italian language classes are in Italian.  Electives available in a wide variety of subject areas, including Business, Fine Arts, Art History, Food and Wine, Fashion, History, Journalism, Psychology, Photography, and much more. Some courses now incorporate Experiential Learning, Field Learning, and Service Learning! (Click here for Course Offerings)
  • Shared Apartment: Students live in double or triple rooms in shared apartments. Meals are not included. Internet is included.
  • For further details about housing in Florence, please click here!
Sample Overnight Excursions: Assisi and PerugiaCinque Terre and Torino, Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Sicily, Piedmont, Parma/Modena, Milan/Lake Como
Sample Day Excursions: Siena, Cinque Terre, Lucca

Why Florence?

  • Live and study in the heart of Tuscany
  • Rich in history and art; home of Michelangelo’s David
  • World-famous museums, such as the Uffizi Gallery
  • Bargains at the leather market, open daily
  • Large course offerings in diverse areas
  • Northern Italian food!

City Description – Medium-sized city of 600,000

Full of art, history, and amazing food, Florence is one of Italy’s most exhilarating, distinctive, and beautiful cities. Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is almost in the center of the Italian peninsula with 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 photos of the breathtaking Italian countryside.

This enchanting symbol of the Renaissance has it all. Michelangelo’s David and works by Botticelli, Benvenuto, Cellini, and Donatello are at your fingertips, as is the vast collection of the Uffizi Gallery and the sculptures of the Bargello. If you prefer architecture to art, the 13th century cathedral, the Duomo, is just a short walk from your apartment and the university.

Not all of the art in Florence can be found hanging in museums. Florentine food is sometimes revered with the same intensity as its art. While you’re enjoying some of the freshest foods in the world, don’t forget to save room for some delicious Italian gelato!

Florence University of the Arts

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is an Italian institution of higher education located in the historic city center of Florence. Modeled on a liberal arts curriculum, FUA offers a wide array of courses to ASA students, including Business, Fine Arts, Art History, Food and Wine, Fashion, History, Journalism, Psychology, Photography, and much more. Aimed at American undergraduates and international students from Asia, Europe, South America, and Central America, FUA offers high quality, structured university courses.

The school’s location and facilities are a vital part of Florentine civic, historical, and cultural life. Housed in historic palazzi througout Florence city center, the university is filled with visually beautiful spaces in which students can literally live and breathe the city’s history.

Florence University of the Arts is known for their International School of Hospitality, which has good and wine courses. Past ASA students have had fun getting creative in the kitchen in such courses as pastry, chocolate, gelato, Italian regional cuisine, Italian cuisine and culture, Tuscan and Italian wines, and food and wine pairing.

Student Services

The Student Life department at Florence University of the Arts organizes a variety of free extracurricular activities throughout the semester. Sports, film, music, opera, Italian cuisine, and Italian culture are just a few of the regular offerings, free of charge. You can even join the Italian Family Club, where you are paired with an Italian family for conversation and cultural exchange. And, don’t forget to sign up for at least one of the free walking tour, where you’ll become a Florentine insider by discovering the hidden spots of your new city!

Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Semester and summer students at Florence University of the Arts have the option of completing a 3-credit Internship or Experiential Learning Project (ELP) in place of one of their classes, at no additional cost. Both an internship and an ELP give students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at an Italian company or organization or in one of Florence University of the Arts’ in-house departments. It is also a great way to meet Italian people! The main difference between an internship and an ELP is that internships usually take place at outside companies or organizations, and, consequently, have an Italian language requirement, while ELPs generally take place inside Florence University of the Art and do not have an Italian language requirement. Opportunities are available in Athletics, Business, Communications, Culinary Arts, Event Planning, Fashion, Hospitality, Journalism, Marketing, and Tourism. For full details, please click here!


ASA students live in shared apartments, typically with 4-6 students per apartment and each with a shared kitchen and Internet access. All apartments are located in Florence city center in safe areas and within walking distance of the university. Meals are not included.

Full details about ASA housing, as well as answers to commonly asked questions, can be found on our Housing page.


Semester programs include 2 overnight excursions, and summer programs include 1 day excursion. Destinations may vary by term. Past terms have included trips to:

  • Assisi and Perugia (overnight trip) – Visit Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, as well as Perugia, the capital of Umbria, a city of major historical significance in the art world. Perugia is also famous for its Gianduja – a rich and delicious hazelnut-chocolate blend, like Nutella but so much better!
  • Cinque Terre and Torino (overnight trip) – Visit charming Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera, with its beautiful terraces overlooking the rugged landscape. From there, you’ll go to Torino, considered by many to be the capital of the Alps.
  • Siena (day trip) – Siena was founded by the Etruscans in 900-400 BC, and the historic center of this city is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In the famous Piazza del Campo, public games and sport have taken place since medieval times, including jousting and horse races.  The tradition of horse racing continues to this day with the bi-annual Palio di Siena.  You’ll also visit the 12th century Siena Cathedral.  The floors of the Cathedral are works of art in and of themselves, with elaborate inlaid marble pictorials of Biblical themes, as well as Greek and Roman mythical figures.

Costs and Dates

Please CLICK HERE for Costs and Dates.

What’s Included – ASA Florence Program

  • HOUSING in a shared apartment. Rooms are double or triple occupancy.  Meals are not included.  For further details about housing in Florence, please click here!
  • TUITION for the maximum number of credits indicated on the program course offerings page. Enrolling in more than the maximum number of credits (if permitted by the host institution) will result in an additional fee. NOTE: Some classes carry Course Fees which are not included and must be paid for by the student. Estimated Course Fees are indicated on the program course offerings page.
  • ACADEMIC CREDITS: Students who receive pre-approval from their home institution can transfer the credits they earn to their home institution.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT: Final transcript is issued by the University of South Florida.  Upon completion of the program, ASA will provide one free shipment of your final transcript to your U.S. institution.
  • EXCURSIONS, semester programs: 2 overnight excursions, locations to be decided.
  • EXCURSIONS, summer programs: 1 day excursion, location to be decided.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Florence (gelato tour, pizza tour, museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • INTERNET ACCESS: Students will have free Internet access at Florence University of the Arts and in their program housing.
  • AIRPORT PICK-UP: Group ground transportation is provided from Florence (FLR) airport for students who arrive on the official arrival date, by the designated time.
  • SITE DIRECTOR: Students will have an on-site director to assist them with any academic or cultural difficulties they may encounter.
  • MEDICAL INSURANCE: Comprehensive international medical insurance is included.  For full details on benefits and coverage, please click here.
  • 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:

  • Round trip airfare and travel expenses to and from the program location
  • Damage deposit ($350), paid to ASA 30 days before departure; refundable upon return
  • Books, materials, course fees
  • Local transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals
  • Meals on excursions
  • Laundry
  • Student Visa and Permit of Stay (if required for your program)
  • Transportation from the airport if the student does not arrive on the official arrival date by the designated time
  • Transportation back to the airport at the end of the program
  • For academic year students or those enrolling in more than one session, housing and all other ASA services and benefits are not provided during the break between sessions

Click here for Billing Information and Cancellation/Refund Policy

NOTE: If you need a “Costs of Attendance” budget for your financial aid office, or if you simply want an estimate of the not-included costs listed above, please click here.

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