Florence University of the Arts

Florence University of the Arts

Firenze, Italy
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Tuition Cost $8,500 | $8,500
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Florence University of the Arts, a Leading Institution for Culturally Engaged and Experiential Education in Florence, Italy

Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is a leading institution for innovative education in the city of Florence thanks to a longstanding experience in developing and implementing learning initiatives supported by student services. FUA's one-of-a-kind educational model is rooted in an international context reinforced by the culture of Florence and Italy, where interdisciplinary academics and active contributions to the local community shape global citizens.

An International Campus in Italy

FUA's campus is located in the historic center of Florence, Italy. The Tuscan capital provides a dynamic backdrop for a global campus setting - FUA campus facilities are a part of one of Italy's most culturally relevant cities that combines an international environment with the convenience of a walking city. As FUA buildings and student housing are positioned in the main neighborhoods of the historic center, the maximum distance is 20 minutes by foot.

Each campus location represents one or more schools at FUA:
- APICIUS International School of Hospitality 
- DIVA Digital Imaging and Visual Arts 
- FAST Fashion and Accessories Studies and Technology 
- IDEAS School of Interior Design, Environmental Architecture, and Sustainability 
- ISB International School of Business 
- J SCHOOL Journalism, Communication, and Publishing 
- SAS School of Arts and Sciences 
- SQUOLA Center for Cultural and Italian Studies 
- School of Graduate Studies 

FUA's presence in Florence (experience, know how)

FUA campus locations are housed in beautifully restored Renaissance buildings equipped with the latest technologies for student learning and assessment. Wifi, smart classrooms, and a fully digital platform for course work and management allow FUA to maintain a paperless and environmentally mindful outlook.

Career Programs and Short-Term Opportunities

A flexible academic calendar allows perspective students to choose from coursework covering the fall, spring, and summer academic seasons for 1 to 2-year Career Programs as well as short-term study opportunities at FUA.

Career Programs are intensive programs that last for 1 or 2 years in several disciplines:

Career Programs at FUA are highly focused on Experiential Learning developed according to a specific educational approach to acquiring competency and applying learning in culturally viable and engaged contexts. In-classroom learning and practice in the field are supported by highly qualified faculty and professionals.

Career Programs are structured according to levels of approximately 11 weeks; each year of study offers two levels. The concentrated format of the programs allows for accelerated learning in shorter time periods. A level features 5 core courses and an experiential learning component.

The complete Career Program brochure is available for download.

Students seeking a shorter international study experience can choose to attend a single level of a Career Program or from a broad selection of courses scheduled in FUA’s short sessions or semesters. 4-year programs are also offered, as well as coursework for both pre-college and graduate-level students.

All programs grant university transcripts for fully transferrable coursework.

From the Classroom to the Community: Experiential Learning

Career Program coursework benefits from an Experiential Learning educational model that directly engages students in real-life outcomes thanks to FUA’s community projects.

FUA is the only institution in Italy to feature a Community Engagement Member Institution (CEMI) for each of its schools thanks to a unique educational model based on experiential learning. Each CEMI is structured as a project to bridge FUA academics and the local community in order for students to contribute to and participate in the civic life of Florence. CEMI are fully open to the general public and are operated through the regular coursework of FUA students and faculty. Through the CEMI, a constant and significant dialog is established between FUA courses and the local community through a reciprocating framework based on sharing classroom results with the public.

The result is the student advantage of concrete learning application exposed to the community at large, which in turn benefits from the international perspectives in a process that is transformative for both. The applied methodology and cultural integration experienced by Career Program students allow for graduates consistently place well in the international job market.

All CEMI and their managing entity, the Palazzi Foundation, are non-profit and are fully committed to assigning any proceeds to educational scholarships.

APICIUS - Ganzo and Fedora, School Restaurant and Pastry Shop
DIVA - Corridoio Fiorentino Photography and Design Gallery
FAST - FLY Fashion Loves You Retail Store
ISB - Greenmapped Service Learning
J SCHOOL - Ingorda Campus Press
SAS - F_AIR Florence Artist in Residence
SQUOLA - Center for Cultural and Italian Studies

Contemporary Classroom Learning and International Faculty

The FUA curriculum spanning its nine schools offers a broad, diverse, and academically stimulating course offering each academic semester. Thanks to the institution's mission based on engagement and experiential approaches to learning, FUA coursework across disciplines feature learning methodologies such as experiential learning, service learning, and field learning. Whether coursework is based on lectures, labs, or targeted projects, all courses connect students to both Italian and international perspectives of the discipline.

Faculty members come from international backgrounds and are highly qualified. They represent diverse academic fields and industries, and guide students through the challenges and rewards of their academic careers. Faculty members regularly take advantage of FUA-sponsored professional development programs to improve their teaching approaches and the management of international classrooms.

Campus Life: Services and Involvement Opportunities to Become Global Citizens

A primary area to which the institution's resources are dedicated is Student Life and Development, which oversees student life outside of the academic classroom environment. Student services include housing, emergencies, counseling, extracurricular opportunities, and ongoing orientation activities. Extracurricular clubs and activities provide the chance to engage in the Florentine community through sports, music, journalism, city exploration, and much more. Student Life and Development services also extend to alumni relations, thanks to ongoing outreach and yearly alumni events hosted in both Florence and NYC.

Location & Contact

Corso dei Tintori 21
Firenze, 50122 Firenze

FUA Admissions Team

Phone: +39 055 2633 127
Fax: +39 055 247 8068
Email: admissions@fua.it

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    • Transfer Not Reported
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$8,500
    • Out-of-state tuition *$8,500
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
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    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
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    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported



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