Quick Facts


HOST INSTITUTIONFlorence University of the Arts: Semester, Academic Year, and Summer programs
LANGUAGE & ACADEMICSOpen to all Italian levels. Classes are taught in English, except for Italian language classes and some Italian literature classes. Subject areas include: Accounting, Anthropology, Art History, Art Therapy, Business, Communications, Criminology, Design, Economics, Event Management, Fashion, Fine Arts, Food Studies, History, Hospitality, International Relations, Italian Culture, Italian Language, Italian Literature, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Music, Nutrition, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Religion, Sociology, Video Production, Web Design, Wine Studies. Service Learning and Experiential Learning courses available.
HOUSINGShared Apartments; rooms are double occupancy. Internet is included. Meals are not included.
SAMPLE OVERNIGHT EXCURSIONSVenice, Rome, Cinque Terre and Torino, Assisi and Perugia
SAMPLE DAY EXCURSIONS Siena, Cinque Terre, Lucca
The City

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!

Host Institution


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 throughout 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.


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



Florence University of the Arts
- Summer/Semester/Academic Year

  • Requirements:

    • Minimum GPA 2.75 (Applicants with GPA below 2.75 will be considered on a case-by-case basis)

    • Language requirement: None. Open to students with any level of Italian

    • At least 18 years of age

    • Completed at least 1 semester at a U.S. or Canadian college/university before applying

    • Official Transcript from your college or university. If you have attended more than one institution, you must submit an Official Transcript from each institution. Official Transcript from current institution should show courses currently in progress.

    • Conduct Check

    • ASA Application. To start a new application or continue an existing application, click here.

    • Scan of your valid passport that does not expire sooner than 6 months after the day you plan to return home from abroad. If you don’t have a valid passport, confirmation of an expedited passport application is required before you can be accepted into this program. Please submit your passport application by expedited service if you do not have a valid passport.

    • For Application Deadlines, please click the Cost & Dates tab.



Students live in shared apartments. Rooms are double occupancy. Bathrooms are shared. Apartments are shared with other ASA students.

Meals are not included, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen/common area shared by all occupants. Apartments may be coed or single sex; typically 4-6 students per apartment. All ASA student housing includes Internet access and is located in safe neighborhoods, within a reasonable distance from school.


+ Can I room with a friend?

Yes, in most cases we are able to accommodate you if you request to live with a same-sex friend or friends. Coed roommate requests can sometimes be accommodated, but you will not be sharing a room. Apartments may be coed or single sex, but rooms are always single sex. Please keep in mind that roommate requests must be mutual, so be sure your friend requests you back! You will complete a detailed Housing Questionnaire after being accepted to the program, and on this form you can give us the name(s) of those you want to live with.

+ When will I find out where I’ll be living?

ASA will notify you of your living arrangements via email approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of your program. You will receive a detailed description of your apartment and the location, as well as your roommates' names and email addresses.

+ Will I have a roommate?

Yes, you will have a roommate, as well as several housemates/flatmates.

+ What should I bring with me?

A detailed list of what to bring (and what not to bring) will be included in your ASA pre-departure handbook, which will be emailed to you about a month before your program begins.

+ Are meals included?

No, meals are not included, but each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, and grocery stores are within walking distance.

+ How far will I live from school?

Most apartments are within a 15-25 minute walk from your classes. Please rest assured that we place a high priority on location, and all ASA students live within a reasonable distance from their classes!

+ Is a Damage Deposit required?

Yes, a $350 Damage Deposit is required, to be paid 30 days before your program start date. Damage Deposits are refundable after the end of the program, as long as nothing is missing or damaged in your living space. Please note: Damage Deposits cannot be deferred with financial aid.

Internship Opportunities


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, Tourism, and more. For detailed information, click here.



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

  • Venice (overnight excursion) - Venice is in northeastern Italy and situated on a group of 118 small islands, which are separated by canals and linked by over 400 bridges. You are sure to love taking a ride on the classic Venetian boat, called a gondola, and wandering the city’s winding streets! The water views, charming buildings, and the famous Bridge of Sighs are sure to capture your imagination. Explore the famous St. Mark’s Basilica as well as the rest of this ancient and historically important city.

  • Rome (overnight excursion) - Rome, the capital of Italy, is known as “The Eternal City” and has a history spanning an incredible 28 centuries. The city’s attractions are almost too numerous to name: the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pantheon, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps…the list goes on! Many of you will recognize the city of Rome from movies such as Lizzie McGuire, Ocean’s Twelve, Eat Pray Love, Roman Holiday, and dozens more.

  • Cinque Terre and Torino (overnight excursion) – 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.

  • Assisi and Perugia (overnight excursion) – 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!

  • Siena (day excursion) – 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.

Course Offerings
Cost & Dates


Billing Information and Refund Policy

Price Breakdowns / Estimated Costs of Attendance

Program Calendars

What’s Included?

Dates are subject to change without notice.

Application Deadline — The deadline by which you must complete the application process, including turning in all documentation to ASA (transcript, etc.)

Payment Deadline — The deadline by which you must submit full payment for your program fees or verification of financial aid.  A non-refundable Down Payment may be required in advance of the Payment Deadline to secure your space. Check the “Billing Information and Refund Policy” link above to find out if a Down Payment is required.

Damage Deposit — $350 Damage Deposit required.


Spring 2020 Arrive Jan. 28 – Depart May 14$15,695Extended to Oct. 15, '19Oct. 30, '19FIS


Summer I 2020 (3 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive May 16 - Depart June 5$4,595March 1, '20March 15, '20FISU1A
Summer I 2020 (3 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive May 16 - Depart June 5$6,195March 1, '20March 15, '20FISU1B
Summer II 2020 (3 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive June 6 - Depart June 26$4,595March 1, '20March 15, '20FISU2A
Summer II 2020 (3 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive June 6 - Depart June 26$6,195March 1, '20March 15, '20FISU2B
Summer III 2020 (3 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive June 27 - Depart July 17$4,595March 15, '20April 1, '20FISU3A
Summer III 2020 (3 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive June 27 - Depart July 17$6,195March 15, '20April 1, '20FISU3B
Summer IV 2020 (3 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive July 18 - Depart Aug. 7$4,595March 15, '20April 1, '20FISU4A
Summer IV 2020 (3 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive July 18 - Depart Aug. 7$6,195March 15, '20April 1, '20FISU4B
Summer A 2020 (6 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive May 16 - Depart June 26$5,395March 1, '20March 15, '20FISUAA
Summer A 2020 (6 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive May 16 - Depart June 26$6,995March 1, '20March 15, '20FISUAB
Summer B 2020 (6 weeks, 3 credits) Arrive June 27 - Depart Aug. 7$5,395March 15, '20April 1, '20FISUBA
Summer B 2020 (6 weeks, 6 credits) Arrive June 27 - Depart Aug. 7$6,995March 15, '20April 1, '20FISUBB

fall semester

Fall 2019 Arrive Aug. 27 – Depart Dec. 12$15,495May 1, '19May 31, '19FIF
Fall 2020 Arrive Sept. 1 – Depart Dec. 17$15,895May 1, '20May 31, '20FIF