There is one major university in the city of Florence. However, there is also the well-known Academy of Fine Arts, a partner campus for the European School of Economics and a famous school of fashion. Given Florence’s exceptional history and aptitude for the creative arts, this level of academic diversity is hardly surprising!
The University of Florence (or Università degli Studi di Firenze) is a public research institute, and hosts a whopping 60,000 students across 12 separate faculties. Choose from a vast range of subjects including Agriculture, Medicine, Education and Law.
In a stroke of brilliance, the university has situated the buildings for each faculty, or "school", in strategic locations around the city. For example, the political sciences (like Law and and Economics) are situated in the Novoli district, right by the courthouse! With so many campuses and building, we’ve luckily got a little map - you can look up everything you need to know about the different campuses and transportation options before you go.
Founded in 1563, the Florence Academy of Fine Arts is not just the oldest public institution of higher learning for the fine arts in Italy, but also in all of the world. Cosimo I de' Medici started the university, and, in 1784, it was renewed by Leopold II. Throughout its earlier history, the Florence Academy of Fine Arts also boasted many other masters as members, including Giovanni Fattori, Michelangelo Buonarroti, Galileo Chini, Felice Carena, Gastone Breddo, Primo Conti, Ottone Rosai, Oscar Gallo, Quinto Ghermandi, Antonio Berti, Quinto Martini, Oscar Gallo, Rodolfo Margheri and Pericle Fazzini.
More recently, the university also hosted artists such as Antonio Catelani, Sandro Chia, Massimo Bartolini and Sisley Xhafa. And today, the Florence Academy of Fine Arts is made up of two different departments, offering both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree programs.
With the Department of Visual Arts, first level courses include Decoration, Painting, Graphic Design and Sculpture. There are also second level courses in New Creative Languages and Visual Arts.
The Department of Design and Applied Arts offers a first level Scenography course, along with two second level courses: Plastic Design for Theatrical Scenography and Design and Care of Artistic Productions.
The European School of Economics is a powerhouse in the world of business teaching, and its graduates are some of the most globally sought-after in their field. It has campuses in five prestigious locations around Europe (including 3 in Italy, in Milan and Rome) and the Florentine centre is located in the very heart of the city.
It is a private institution, and they only admit the finest candidates. If you have a penchant for business and a desire to learn from the most qualified teachers in Europe, then check out the available courses in Florence and apply!
Florence is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and Polimoda is the epitome of fashion teaching in the city - it is widely considered the finest school of fashion in Italy. Students attend classes at the Villa Favard, a gorgeous building sitting by the Arno River, in rooms which are pieces of art in their own right.
You can check out the list of courses and navigate the site to learn about entry requirements and all sorts. Situated just 2km west of the Palazzo Vecchio, the school is easy to find and set in a lovely location - as you’d expect from an iconic school of fashion!
AEGEE is a European student association which is active in over 240 cities. They organize group activities, chances to meet and interact with your fellow students and explore the city of Florence! It’s a non-profit, so everything they do is about helping students get the most out of their international experience.
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) another powerhouse in the world of European student associations. Active in around 40 countries, their job is to connect you with other students (locals and internationals alike!), provide you with useful information (like this guide…) and teach about your new home city.