Florence University of the Arts, Italy

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Located in the center of art, history, and culture, Florence University of the Arts provides you with experiential learning opportunities. You'll have nine different school to choose from, each with their own variety of courses and disciplines. The classes are located in historical places using updated technology.  Program includes free use of campus gym and internet access.

FUA Study Abroad Program Brochure

Students seeking study abroad experiences have access to the many departments at FUA. Flexible academic sessions are offered throughout the year to students seeking semester, quarter/short programs, January inter-session, or various summer options. An exceptionally broad and stimulating curriculum is available through diverse areas of studies and academic disciplines. In addition to academics, studying abroad with FUA features several experiential components such as educational field-trips, getting involved in the local culture through community service and volunteer opportunities, and extracurricular activities. US credit is available for all periods of study for students from a non-affiliated home institution. FUA's dedicated staff assists students through every step of getting them to Florence, from admissions to academics and housing. Studying abroad at FUA is characterized by the institution’s efforts in cultural integration. The institution’s position places FUA in direct contact with the city’s culture, movements, and events.

Extend your program by going on a 1-week Italian cultural introduction course in Central Italy!

  • Learn about Italian civilization and culture through direct experiences one week before classes start
  • Travel to Rome, Vatican City, Tuscany, and more!
  • Complete valuable field learning experiences everyday.

  • Undergraduate students only
  • ISU cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • You must have completed 2 full semesters at ISU or other college/universities

Course Options

Estimated Costs to ISU Student Account 16 weeks 16 weeks + 1 week in Rome
FUA Tuition $5,550.00 $5,550.00
Optional Italian Cultural Intro. Course in Rome - $1,000.00
Housing plus 75 unit meal plan $3,150.00 $3,350.00
GEOBlue International Insurance $220.80 $234.60
Student Fees $300.00 $300.00
Study Abroad Course Fee $100.00 $100.00
Total Estimated Costs Billed by ISU $9,320.80 $10,534.60
Estimated Independent Costs Paid by ISU Student
Estimated Airfare $1,300.00 $1,300.00
Passport (if student does not have one yet) $135.00 $135.00
Housing Security Deposit (refundable if no damage) $300.00 $300.00
Residence Permit $171.38 $171.38
Student Visa $59.00 $59.00
Airport Pick Up (optional) $66.34 $66.34
Books and Supplies $200.00 $200.00
Extra Meals $1,000.00 $1,120.00
Personal Expenses $2,500.00 $2,700.00
Total Estimated Independent Costs $5,731.72 $6,051.72
Total Estimated Cost of Program $15,052.52 $16,586.32


The Housing Office is pleased to assist with the housing arrangement process for students. We do not own or lease apartments but work as a facilitator to assist students in finding accommodation during their stay in Florence. The Housing Office’s objective is to facilitate the students’ study abroad experience. Students choosing to secure housing independently must notify the admissions office. Housing options that we arrange for incoming students are:

Apartment Location: students are housed in apartments throughout the historic center of Florence, within a 15-20 walk to Palazzi and FUA facilities. The Housing Office will complete assignments only for students who request housing within the designated deadline.

Apartment Layouts: the apartments are fully furnished and fully functional. Utilities are included in the housing cost. The standard layout of the apartments consists of multiple bedrooms, multiple bathrooms (variable), kitchen, living/dining room space. The bedrooms range from single bedrooms for one occupant (limited availability) to triple bedrooms, with the occasional quad space. Shared bedrooms can host 2 to 4 occupants. Although apartments are of the same standard (see below) and have similar facilities, no two apartments are alike. They are not all located in the same neighborhood, but are all within walking distance to our campuses or the nearest bus route.

Homestay - La Famiglia Italiana: In a homestay, students will live with a host family and be immersed in the Italian culture and language. Evenings and dinner meals are shared together. It should be noted that not all host families are a nuclear family with parents and children. Depending on the families, hosts can vary in terms of age and family situation. Students choosing the host family option live with an Italian family within the greater area of Florence and not necessarily in the historic city center. Although the location will be easily connected, most home-stays require a short bus ride to reach the city center and school. Meals will be served at a specific time and students are required to attend dinner, thus punctuality is important as well as notifying in advance the host family when students wish to dine out. 

For more information, please view the FUA Housing brochure, or visit this website.


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Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Rome

Via Vittorio Veneto, 121
00187 Rome, Italy

Telephone: +(39) 06-46741

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(39) 06-46741

U.S. Consulate General Florence

Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 38,
50123 Florence, Italy

Telephone: +(39) 055-266-951

Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(39) 055-266-951

Italy Quick Facts
Passport Validity:
Must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned date of departure from the Schengen area.


Blank Passport Pages:
2 pages per stamp
Currency Restrictions (Entry):
10,000 Euro or the equivalent
Tourist Visa Required:
Not required for stays less than 90 days

Currency Restrictions (Exit):
10,000 Euro or the equivalent