Florence University of the Arts

Surround yourself with creativity.

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence (FUA) is a young, vibrant institution offering liberal arts coursework that takes a contemporary approach to international education. With small classes taught by highly qualified international faculty, FUA courses aim to enhance the social, intercultural and professional experience of each student. In addition to coursework in Arts and Sciences, Communication, and Business, FUA offers unique opportunities for students to enroll in cutting-edge fashion, design, architecture, and fine arts courses, as well as culinary and wine studies courses. US transcript and credits are issued by University of South Florida.

U.S. School of Record
beginning Fall 2024: St. Martin’s University (WA)

Language of Instruction

About 500 study abroad students from around the world.


  • For-credit internships available in semester, quarter, summer & career.
  • Global Leadership Certificate available to semester students.
  • Unique experiential learning course opportunities.

As an urban school, FUA is comprised of several buildings in Florence’s city center that have been refurbished to create spaces for studios, classrooms, and meeting points. In the classroom, students have the opportunity to learn with working professionals, as many instructors are critically acclaimed in their fields. Outside of the classroom, students apply what they learn to their surroundings, with ample opportunities for community engagement and hands-on learning.

Areas of Study

Art History & Architecture
Business & Economics
Digital & Studio Arts
Fashion Design & Merchandising
Health Science
Hospitality, Tourism & Gastronomy
Interior & Product Design
Literature & Creative Writing
Modern Languages & Cultures
Natural Science
Social Science
Performing Arts

Student Life at FUA

Students in Florence have the opportunity to live in the heart of the Renaissance while experiencing the modern, thriving city of today. FUA welcomes students into the community by hosting regular events, including afternoon lectures, film series, book launches, and conferences, all available to students and the community. Students are able to eat at FUA’s student-run restaurant and bakery, can get involved in student clubs, and can utilize the school’s gym, and other facilities.