Gap Year in Florence

AUF Gap Year Programs go beyond the concept of “spending a year abroad” by offering options that are both focused and flexible for diverse participants.

With the aim of different needs and interests in mind, the following programs are an opportunity to enhance and internationalize college pathways, careers, and volunteer experiences in the stimulating environment of Florence, Italy.

Program Options

  • Break Year for high school students transitioning from graduation to college, with fully transferrable credits.
  • Gap Year for college students wishing to design a yearlong curriculum abroad. Career Break Year for individuals seeking to explore new fields or deepening their
  • Service Year for participants of any background who want to be involved in volunteer service and community-oriented experiences.

The AUF campus and Florentine community are a dynamic extended network of learning and experience-building spaces. The unique educational model ensures that all Gap Year participants, while participating in the above tailored options, are fully involved in program activities leading to cultural integration, community engagement, and experiential learning.

Further details can be found in the Gap Year Program prospective students page. For information requests please contact admissions@fua.it. 

FUA-AUF /SBU XII Annual Academic Conference

The Conference will be held on December 1 and 2, 2023, from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm, in Florence, Italy. Inaugural activities will take place at the Gabinetto Vieusseux, in the Sala Ferri at Palazzo Strozzi, at 9:30am. Read more about our conference, and download the complete program for detailed information.

The last Medici Princess: an open lesson at Palazzi Community Center

Around sunset on October 10th, someone is singing loudly, gorgeously, from the garden in the Fedora cafe. The song is the Trionfo di Bacco, or the “Triumph of Bacchus” by Lorenzo “the magnificent” de’Medici.

New Scholarship Opportunities for Fall 2023

A remarkable opportunity for aspiring students looking to pursue a Master's degree this fall.

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