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January Intersession 2018
January Intersession 2018
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA ) - January Intersession. Study abroad in Florence for 3 weeks in January. Study abroad program offered for all majors. Apply online now!
Academic Summer 2017 Programs
Summer 2017
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA) - Study Abroad Summer 2017 in Florence, Italy. Study Abroad Programs available for 3 and 6 weeks. Apply Now!
High School Summer 2017 Program in Florence, Italy
Summer 2017
Florence University of the Arts is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in its cultural and academic offering. Students may select from an exciting range of courses offered for study abroad programs and participate in weeklong cultural explorations in locations such as Rome, Sicily, and Florence as well as supervised afternoon activities such as sports and discovering the city of Florence.
FUA-Florence University of the Arts

FUA-Florence University of the Arts

Location: Florence, Italy

The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) programs are aimed both at US undergraduates requiring academic credit, as well as an international mix of independent students who are looking for an educational study abroad programs in Italy.

FUA’s academic calendar follows a semester system of 15 weeks (Fall and Spring) as well as month-long summer sessions, and a 3-week January Intersession. FUA also offers long-term study abroad programs in the areas of applied arts, design and communication . FUA has a highly qualified and dedicated international faculty a large proportion of which is of Italian nationality.The academic program at FUA is based on the American university semester credit system.

The Florence University of the Arts is made up of the following departments;
College of Liberal Arts; College of Fine and Visual Arts;
College of Life Science, Environmental Studies and Human Services;
College of Business and Economics and the College of Science. All courses are taught in English with the exception of Italian language (immersion style for English-speakers) and other classes marked "in Italian" in the catalog and class schedules. Semester students must take at least three credits of Italian language as part of their program.

Florence University of the Arts is accredited with the Region of Tuscany, delegated by the Ministry of Education, (Accreditation n. 002219_1)
All Florence University of The Arts (FUA) students attending non-affiliated universities will receive course credit from University of South Florida.



  • FUA is a fine arts and humanities institution that seeks to redefine the study of the arts beyond contemplation.
  • FUA is a palette of communities, nationalities, projects, and studies that mingle and color the cultural landscape of Florence with innovative approaches to the arts.
  • FUA encourages students to go beyond the surface of Florence's artistic glory and live within its canvas, amongst the brushes of past and present geniuses, and to contribute to the city's heritage with fresh eyes and open minds.
  • FUA strives to provide its students with an experience that goes beyond the Renaissance facade of Florence by communicating to them that who we are and what they experience go beyond cultural stereotypes.
  • FUA believes that each student should go back home with a clear concept of Florence and Italy that includes a profound cultural understanding gained from integration with the city, its population, its art, and its culture. What they receive from the experience is a life changed and newfound understanding and perspectives that they will carry in their hearts for the rest of their lives.



  • FUA was founded to promote and renew creative disciplines and the humanities in a city renown for its centuries-old artistic innovation
  • To offer challenging academic programs that shape inquisitive minds capable of:
  • Approaching liberal and studio arts with the mindset to deeply understand the principles of the past and how they are present in today’s context
  • Transforming the arts into instruments that shape tomorrow’s future
  • Contributing to the local culture with the findings, research, and creations developed over the course of study
  • To provide the excellent professional and academic facilities in the beautiful Palazzo Bombicci Guicciardini Strozzi, which not only provides learning spaces but also enhances and inspire learning potential.
  • To go beyond classroom learning by promoting student interaction with the convergence of the multicultural societies and creative presences in the city of Florence.



  • A rich, stimulating course offering taught by an international faculty, spanning all areas of fine arts, liberal arts, and studies in the areas of humanities.
  • An academic structure based on lectures, workshops, seminars, and laboratories that promote student learning and creation.
  • A dynamic facility housed in the historic Palazzo Bombicci Guicciardini Strozzi that is equally state of the art as it is a source of artistic inspiration
  • Opportunities for student exposure through art shows and exhibitions, cultural integration projects, and service learning positions in the art world. 

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