Business, Hospitality & Studio Art

Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality
Florence, Italy

Program Overview

Program Overview

  • Program Name

    Business, Hospitality & Studio Art

  • Location


  • Host University

    Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality

    Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is housed in a combination of historic palaces converted to modern academic buildings. With free access to internet, research labs, recording and art studio spaces, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, you will enjoy a fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity. With the ISA Office located a few minutes' walk along the Arno River and right around the corner from the famed Ponte Vecchio, you can easily go from campus to the ISA Office for support with academics, housing, travel, or any other aspect of the program. You can come here to receive tutoring, meet with other ISA students, check the ISA bulletin board for upcoming cultural events, use the internet, or mingle with the resident staff.

    FUA is accredited by the Region of Tuscany, as delegated by the Ministry of Education.

  • Term

    Summer 4 2020

  • Program Dates

    Jul 15, 2020 - Aug 07, 2020

  • Program Length


  • Application Deadline

    Apr 25, 2020

  • Credit

    3 Credits

  • Eligibility

    2.75 Minimum GPA*

  • Cost


  • Apply Now

Program Description

There’s no better way to spend your summer than in Italy! The summer program options at the Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality (FUA) allow you to experience Italy even with little or no experience in the Italian language. You can choose from several courses in taught in English in a wide variety of subjects including Italian studies and culture, hospitality, marketing, management, studio art, and more. FUA places a strong emphasis on experiential learning, focusing on real-world experience and hands-on learning.

You will enroll in 1 course per session. Courses are taught in English (except for Italian language courses). No Italian language experience is required for this program. Each course offers a field trip as part of the curriculum! Courses will be taught by local and international faculty. You can take this session as a precursor to a semester program or as an individual program. Experiential learning opportunities are available across a wide variety of subjects, language level requirements may vary. Your classmates will be international students, the majority of whom will be North American. Some courses may require additional fees.



Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75.


There is no language prerequisite for this program.

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the program start date.

  • You must submit a self-disclosure conduct information form and a School of Record transcript request form. Additional details will be provided after gaining access to the ISA Student Portal.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA below 2.75, you may still be considered for acceptance. You will have to submit one letter of recommendation and a statement of purpose.

What's Included

Comprehensive Advising and Support

24-Hour Emergency

Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support

Airport Reception

Tuition at the Host University


Bridging Cultures Program

Full-Time Resident Staff

On-Site ISA Offices

Internet Access

ISA Discovery Model


Cultural Activities


Official Transcript from the Host University

Professional Development Toolbox

Scholarship Opportunities







Recommended U.S. Semester Credits


Recommended U.S. Quarter Units


Academic Information

***Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Course registration is first-come-first-serve.***


  • You will take 1 course (3 credits) during this session. The course is a 3-week intensive course with most classes meeting Monday - Thursday.


  • Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
  • Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or prerequisites.
  • Course availability is based on enrollment numbers.
  • You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of class cancellations.


  • Credits earned vary according to the policies of your home institution.
  • According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home and host institutions, for the duration of the program.
  • Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.


  • ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) subject difficulty levels and course codes. Course numbers generally adhere to the following guidelines:
    • 100 - 299 Lower division courses
    • 300 - 399 Upper division courses
  • These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisers and credential evaluators at participants' U.S. home institutions.



  • If you have not completed a college semester of Italian language or the equivalent, you are strongly encouraged to take an Italian language course while on this program.
  • Italian courses are offered from the Beginner to Advanced level.


  • Some courses may require additional fees for materials and field trips which are to be paid directly to the host university. Fees typically range from €20 to €150.


  • Upon program completion, you will receive a transcript issued directly from the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). If you require a U.S. transcript, you will have the option to request a supplemental transcript from the University of South Florida (USF), who serves as the U.S. School of Record for ISA programs held at the FUA. Please speak with your program manager for information regarding this option or rush transcripts.


  • Enrollment in Italian courses is determined by the results of a language placement exam administered by the Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Please note that your performance on the placement exam may not reflect the number of semesters of language instruction you've already completed at your home university.
  • We strongly suggest that if you are trying to place into any level of language beyond true beginning, to prepare for the language placement exam by reviewing previous coursework.

Please Note: The courses below reflect the most current list of courses released by the host university. Please refer to this list when completing your pre-registration form. Also note that courses are always subject to change.


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Florence University of the Arts and Apicius International School of Hospitality
College of Business
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
College of Communications and Publishing
Journalism and Book Publishing
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
Travel Photography
DI PH TP 225
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Fashion, Accessories Studies and Technology
Accessory Design and Technology
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Fashion Design and Technology
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Fine Arts
Painting and Drawing
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Food and Wine Studies
Baking and Pastry
Culinary Arts
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Dietetics and Nutrition
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Food & Culture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Wine & Culture
3 Credits
College of Hospitality
Hospitality and Tourism Management
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
Hotel and Lodging Management
Restaurant, Food and Beverage Management
Restaurant Management
HP FB RM 390
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Interior Design, Environmental Architecture and Sustainability
Interior and Visual Design
College of Italian Studies and Linguistics
Italian Language
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Liberal Arts
Art History and Architecture
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Biomedical Ethics
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Life Studies and Human Services
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
College of Professional Studies
3 Credits
45 Contact Hours
Course Disclaimer
  • Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations

Support & Funding

U.S. Team

Ben Chinisci

Program Manager, Italy


Alessia Foianesi

Resident Director, Italy

Ola (Aleksandra) Smolen

Senior Academic Coordinator, Italy

Perla Signori

Italy Custom Program Director, Italy

Stefano Casati

Cultural Activities & Custom Program Coordinator, Italy

Sabrina Landini

Senior Cultural Activities Coordinator & Custom Programs, Italy

Funding Your ISA Program

As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page. 

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ISA housing offers several ways for you to immerse yourself in Florence during your study abroad experience. Since Florence is a small city, you’ll likely walk from all of these housing options to class, though some options are more centrally located than others. Whether you want an immersive Italian experience in a homestay or a more independent international student apartment, you’ll be within walking distance to your courses!

We strive to match your housing preferences with our available accommodations. However, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed.


For a fully-immersive experience during your time abroad, we recommend you choose to live with an Italian family. Each host family has been carefully selected by ISA's resident staff in order to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week and laundry service once a week. You will typically share a room with another ISA student (roommates are of the same gender).


Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking complete independence during your time abroad. Rent and utilities are included in the program price and each apartment is fully furnished. The apartments are located throughout the city of Florence rather than all in one building. Apartments typically house two to six ISA students, with shared room occupancy. Meals and laundry service are not included. You will pay a $250 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.

Independent Housing

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.

You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.



Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre, “The 5 Lands”, is a picturesque view of the Italian Riviera with colorful houses carefully hugging the cliff sides. Part of its charm is the lack of visible modern development, as it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A walking trail connects the five villages. The road from Riomaggiore to Manarola is called the Via Dell'Amore ("Lovers Lane") and is the easiest walk. The rest of the trails vary in difficulty from an easy stroll to a rough and physically challenging hike. Enjoy a ferry ride along the coastline and explore Italy’s Liguria region on this excellent excursion!


Get an introduction to Italy via the Eternal City, a vibrant metropolis that seamlessly blends historical landmarks with modern Italian style. During this trip, you’ll visit iconic sites like the Coliseum, the ruins of the Roman Forum, the Spanish Steps, and finish the excursion by tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your return to this truly enchanting city. Rome can be overwhelming because of its size, but with ISA as a guide, you’ll be set!

Cultural Activities in Florence

The ISA on-site team encourages you to explore the city and culture of Florence. The team facilitates this by offering a robust calendar of events that showcases what makes Florence special.

These activities vary each term, but previous offerings have included a tour of the leather district (Florence is famous for its leather), a pizza making class, and a tour of a gelato factory!