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) were founded in 1997 as one of Italy's leading private institutions for higher education. Today, students at FUA can take courses within the university's many schools: APICIUS: International School of Hospitality, DIVA: Digital Imaging and Visual Arts, FAST: Fashion & Accessories Studies & Technology, IDEAS: Interior Design, Environmental Architecture & Sustainability, SAS: School of Arts and Sciences, ISB: International School of Business, J-SCHOOL: School of Journalism, Communication & Publishing, and SQUOLA: Center for Cultural and Italian Studies. The university has taken an international approach to provide education on a global scale, with over 40 countries represented in its student body each academic year. FUA is accredited by the Region of Tuscany, as delegated by the Ministry of Education, and for those requiring a U.S. transcript, students may request a supplemental transcript to be issued by the University of South Florida, who serves as the U.S. School of Record for ISA programs.

Popular areas of study at the university include:
  • Italian Language and Culture
  • International Studies
  • Tourism
  • Art and Design
  • Social Sciences
  • Business
Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the university is housed in a combination of converted palaces, now equipped with up-to-date technology. With free access to internet, research labs, recording studios, painting and mixed-media facilities, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, students will enjoy the fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity that together create an environment prime for learning and engagement. Within walking distance to some of Florence's grandest piazzas and palazzi, the study spaces at the university are comfortable and full of resources to assist students' studies, including a spacious library with reading rooms, stations for online research, and an open computer lab with internet access.

A few minutes' walk along the Arno River and right around the corner from the famed Ponte Vecchio, students can easily go from campus to the ISA Office for support with academics, housing, travel, or any other aspect of the program. Students can come here to receive tutoring, meet with their peers, check the ISA bulletin board for upcoming cultural events, use the internet, or mingle with the resident staff.

Upon program completion, students will receive a transcript issued directly from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). 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. 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