International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Universities in Florence

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and the Apicius International School of Hospitality (AISH) are located in the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi just a few steps from the splendid Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. Upon entering the two palaces that house the university, students find themselves in a modern interior in which carefully preserved vestiges of the past manifest themselves in a harmonious environment dedicated to the advancement of artistic disciplines.

Students have the possibility of learning the latest technological procedures of a given media such as video in a lecture hall graced by original Renaissance wooden ceiling beams and other such architectural gems that abound in the interiors and exteriors of both the Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi. The study spaces dedicated to the students are very comfortable and include a spacious library with reading room, stations for online research, and an open computer lab composed of twenty workstations featuring internet access. Classes are aimed both at US undergraduates requiring academic credit, as well as an international mix of independent or non-traditional students who are looking for a high quality, structured educational program in Italy.

The Florence University of the Arts is accredited with the Region of Tuscany as delegated by the Ministry of Education, (Accreditation n. 002219_1).

Upon program completion, students will receive a transcript from the Florence University of the Arts. Beginning Fall 2012, students requiring a U.S. transcript will have the option to request a supplemental transcript from the University of South Florida (USF), who serves as the U.S. School of Record for ISA programs held at the FUA/APICIUS. For more information on this option, please contact ISA.

Custom Programs in Florence

Academics vary by program and may be comprised of one or more of the following:
  • A U.S. university-taught course
  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Visits to local companies or organizations
  • Enrolling in a course at the host university in Florence
  • Service-learning and/or internships