MISSION: 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 Palazzi Community Engagement Member Institutions (CEMI) whose facilities and services are open to the public.

Vision: 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 fašade of Florence by communicating to them that who we are and what they experience go beyond cultural stereotypes. FUA-AUF believes that through critical analysis and evaluation of own cultural norms and values in relation to those held by others, FUA-AUF program graduates will develop a profound cross-cultural, global perspective.

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 Palazzi CEMI.

International institutions worldwide are associated/affiliated with FUA-AUF, granting in most cases direct acceptance of credits.

University of South Florida School of Record affiliation:
Adhering to the Guidelines of the Forum on Education Abroad, the University of South Florida ("USF") serves as the School of Record for FUA-AUF. 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 James Pulos, Assistant Director of Education Abroad at the University of South Florida.