International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987


Culture Corner


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Monuments & Must-Sees

  • The Duomo and Baptistery in the central piazza
  • The church of San Lorenzo and the surrounding outdoor market
  • The Uffizi Art Gallery, one of the oldest and most famous art museums in the world
  • The Accademia Art Gallery, home to Michelangelo?s David
  • The Bargello museum, housing the largest Italian collection of Gothic and Renaissance sculptures
  • Piazzale Michelangelo and its magnificent views of the city
  • The Ponte-Vecchio bridge, built in 1345 to replace an ancient wooden bridge
  • The church of Santa Croce, which houses the tombs of Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Machiavelli, and Galileo
  • The Pitti Palace museum and surrounding Boboli Gardens

The ISA Florence office

The ISA office is located in Palazzo Acciaiuoli, just around the corner from the famous Ponte Vecchio and within walking distance to many major monuments, museums, shops, restaurants, and markets, and a short ten minute walk from the main FUA building near Piazza Santa Croce.

The ISA resident staff is available to you at all times and offers support with academics, housing, travel or any other part of your program. The office also serves as a place where you can gather to meet peers, receive tutoring, check the ISA bulletin board for upcoming events or visit to access the free computer/internet facilities. Students will also have full access to all of the resources available at the university.

Florence University of Arts and APICIUS International School of Hospitality

The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) and the Apicius International School of Hospitality (AISH) have several buildings which are located throughout the historic center of Florence. The main university buildings are located in the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi just a few steps from Piazza Santa Croce in the quarter of Florence that takes its name from the celebrated church. Upon entering the these main 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 cover 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 with internet access. Classes are aimed both at U.S. undergraduates requiring academic credit, as well as an international mix of independent and non-traditional students who are looking for a high quality and structured educational program in Italy.

ISA Housing

Whether you choose to live in an apartment or a homestay, you will find yourself housed in close proximity to local cafés, shopping, and all of the major sites of the city. Student housing for the program all have a high level of quality associated with them, are all unique, and all represent different neighborhoods within Florence. While apartments are standardized in terms of basic amenities, they can vary greatly in terms of both aesthetics and proximity to the university. The majority of the ISA host families do not speak English; however, some do.

There are four districts in the historic center of Florence where students will be housed; Santa Croce (named after the famous Santa Croce Church), Santa Maria Novella (named after the famous Santa Maria Novella Church), Santo Spirito (named after the main piazza Santo Spirito), and San Giovanni (named after the patron saint of Florence). All housing is either within walking distance to the FUA and AISH, or are conveniently located near public transit routes. Travel times to the university vary but generally range between 15 and 40 minutes. Detailed travel instructions to/from the university and housing accommodations will be provided upon arrival.