A young and dynamic academic institution for higher education located in Florence, Italy.

FUA-AUF vision of learning is based on nontraditional concepts: integration, engagement, experiential learning within the community.
The unique academic structure allows international students to focus on the acquisition of competence and,
ultimately, learning that progresses throughout their lives thanks to the academic and professional experience gained.
FUA-AUFs innovative model focuses on knowledge and competence in a cultural setting which provides not only academic quality, but also industry knowledge, leadership skills, cross-cultural engagement, and entrepreneurship.
The world has changed and education should be able to offer students new strategies of learning. FUA-AUF has created an academic structure of learning in and from the community, aligning general and discipline-specific education, professional skills, and community engagement in a single model that unites: CEMIs (Community Engagement Member Institutions), the flexible academic calendar, and non-traditional classroom settings to foster learning as a lifelong experience.
Students are thus guided to build layers of culture and experience within an educational pathway that leads to an ongoing, lifelong process.

Enriching Students through Cultural Integration, Community Engagement, and Experiential Learning

FUA-AUF was founded to:
Promote and renew creative disciplines in a city renowned for its history-changing innovations.
Offer challenging academic programs that shape inquisitive minds capable of:
  • Approaching academic disciplines with the mindset to deeply understand the principles of the past and how they are present in today’s context.
  • Transforming learning, knowledge and cultural experiences into instruments that shape tomorrow’s future.
  • Contributing to the local culture with the findings, research, and creations developed over the course of study.
Provide excellent professional and academic facilities at each campus, which not only offer learning spaces but also enhance and inspire learning potential.
Go beyond classroom learning by promoting student interaction with the convergence of the multicultural societies and creative presences in the city of Florence. This is accomplished through the presence of Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI) whose facilities and services are open to the public. 


American-style, community-oriented education in Florence that transcends disciplines and cultural traditions.
FUA-AUF is a multidisciplinary institution that seeks to offer dynamic possibilities of study through a rich selection of academic institutions and departments.
FUA-AUF unites communities, nationalities, compelling projects, and studies capable of shaping the cultural landscape of Florence.
FUA-AUF encourages students to be challenged by both classroom and service learning for civic engagement, and to challenge the weight of Florence’s glorious heritage in order to contribute to its future with a fresh mind and open eyes.
FUA-AUF strives to provide its students with an experience that goes beyond the Renaissance façade of Florence by communicating to them that who we are and what they experience go beyond cultural stereotypes.

FUA-AUF 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. 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.


A rich, stimulating course offering taught by an international faculty, spanning all areas of the institutions grouped under FUA-AUF and their specific departments and courses.
An academic structure based on lectures, workshops, seminars, and laboratories that promote student learning and creation.
Quality, state of the art facilities located in historic palaces throughout the Florence city center.
Opportunities for student exposure and interaction with the local culture through civic engagement and service learning on both academic and extracurricular levels and cultural integration projects including the on-going involvement available through the CEMI.


FUA-AUF has created an educational model, copyrighted in Italy and the US, based on the three main endeavors of its mission: cultural integration, community engagement, and experiential learning.

Academic planning is the foundation of an effective university program that unites students, faculty, and academic administration within a common learning goal. The unique and singular approach to merging culture, community, and classroom in learning spaces is made possible by the institution’s academic methodologies and campus facilities.

Planning for student services is specifically developed and tailored to address the needs of students in international contexts according to the principles of the institutional mission.

Florence University of the Arts - The American University of Florence is an Italian Institute of Higher Education, a free-standing, private, non-denominational institution.

FUA-AUF gathers:

  • APICIUS: International School of Hospitality
  • DIVA: School of Digital Imaging and Visual Arts
  • FAST: School of Fashion and Accessory Studies and Technology
  • IDEAS: School of Interior Design, Environmental Architecture and Sustainability
  • ISB: International School of Business
  • J SCHOOL: School of Journalism, Communication and Publishing
  • SAS: School of Arts and Sciences
  • SQUOLA: Center for Cultural and Italian Studies School Of Graduate Studies

FUA-AUF collaborates with many institutions for the direct acceptance of credits, as indicated in the list of affiliates. For students from non-affiliated institutions, US credit can be issued through FUA’s School of Record. Adhering to the Guidelines of the Forum on Education Abroad, the University of South Florida (“USF”) serves as the School of Record for FUA. Located in Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Lakeland, Florida, USF is a global research university that recognizes and promotes the benefits of international education, collaboration and engagement. USF offers 232 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including 89 bachelor, 97 master, two education specialist, 36 research doctoral, and four professional doctoral programs. USF is one of only three Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research activities. For questions regarding the School of Record relationship, please contact Shari Gray, Assistant Director of Education Abroad at the University of South Florida.

FUA-AUF’s state of the art facilities are designed with the purpose of offering academically challenging studies in an esthetically stimulating environment. Six campus buildings are located in the historic city center of Florence, which is an official UNESCO World Heritage site.

Current Campus locations include:
Palazzo Bombicci Pontelli Guicciardini Strozzi - Corso dei Tintori 21
Palazzo Villani Stiozzi Ridolfi - Via Ricasoli 21
Palazzo della Giostra - Borgo Pinti 20r
Ex-Teatro San Gallo - Via San Gallo 45r
Quartiere Sant’Ambrogio - Via dei Macci 85r 
Villa Brilli-Peri - Via Guelfa 85

The campus system is closely connected to the Florentine and Italian community, and represents a unique resource for cultural and local integration for all students. Within the FUA-AUF Educational Model, the Learning and Space approach represents FUA-AUF's vision for an extended learning environment that comprises and connects learning spaces within and outside of the campus network.


The governance of Florence University of the Arts – The American University of Florence, is held within the operational activities and delegated bodies. Governance processes at FUA-AUF ensure the ongoing process of due diligence for the health and effectiveness of the institution.

Board of Governance Members:
Simone Fammoni, Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur, Emma Firenze
Andrea Colombetti, Financial Advisor
Lorenzo Ganugi Spagli, Marketing Account Manager, FremantleMedia Italia SpA
Riccardo Mari, Founder, Mari Edilproget Real Estate
Andrea Trapani, ACF Fiorentina, Head Chef
Lynne Beecroft, Business Administration
Davide Lusana, E-Commerce Entrepreneur, Florence Lab SRL


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FUA-AUF is committed to hiring a diverse community of individuals for its staff and faculty. Hiring practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or source of income. Equal opportunity is considered and applied to all candidates who are profiled for their compatibility with the position and level of the job opening.

FUA-AUF contracts are subject to the parameters and regulations of the Italian "Contratto Collettivo Nazionale di Lavoro" (abbreviated CCNL), according to the subcategory of private, non-denominational institutions (ANINSEI).

CVs may be forwarded to the HR department of FUA-AUF: hr@fua-auf.it

FUA-AUF offers employment opportunities from a long-term perspective for growth and professional advancement. Staff and faculty development initiatives are implemented on a yearly basis. Role and paygrade status updates are carefully considered according to the statutes of the ANINSEI national contract.

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