Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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

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


Quick Facts

Host Institution: 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, 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)
Housing: Students live in double or triple rooms in shared student apartments. Internet is included. 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.  For further details about housing in Florence, please click here!
Sample Overnight Excursions: Assisi and PerugiaCinque Terre, Rome, Tuscany, Venice, Sicily, Piedmont, Parma/Modena, Milan/Lake Como

Why Florence?

  • Located in the heart of Tuscany in northern Italy
  • Live and study in the heart of Florence
  • Rich in history and art; home of Michelangelo’s David
  • World-famous museums such as the Uffizi Gallery
  • Find bargains at the leather market, open daily
  • Large number of courses available 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 are at your fingertips, as is the vast collection of the Uffizi Gallery and the sculptures of the Bargello. If you prefer architecture to at, 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 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 has visually beautiful spaces in which students can literally live and breathe the city’s history.

ASA students may combine classes at Florence University of the Arts with classes at the Apicius International School of Hospitality. Past ASA students have had fun getting creative in the kitchen in such Apicius 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 Services 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. And, don’t forget to sign up for at least one walking tour, where you’ll become a Florentine insider by discovering the hidden spots of your new city!

Internships and Experiential Learning Opportunities

Florence University of the Arts offers a number of Internship and Experiential Learning projects 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 full details, please click here!


ASA students live in shared student 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 overnight 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.

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.  (For further details about housing, please click here!)
  • EXCURSIONS, semester programs: 2 overnight excursions.
  • EXCURSIONS, summer programs: 1 overnight excursion.
  • CULTURAL ACTIVITIES within Florence (museum visits, walking tours, etc.)
  • 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.
  • INTERNET ACCESS at Florence University of the Arts and in your program housing.
  • 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)
  • Most 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) 

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