Admissions and Tuition Benefits


AUF serves an international and richly diverse study body represented by all corners of the world. An average of 35-45 nationalities represented each academic year. As a free-standing, private, non-profit, and non-denominational institution, AUF upholds a non-discriminatory stance to maintain cultural diversity and integrity. Admissions requirements are clearly stated for each program and can be consulted in the academic catalog and online.

AUF seeks program candidates who are inquisitive, internationally-minded, and committed to making an impact through their course of studies on the local landscape of Florence and Italy. Candidate profiles are currently reviewed for high school graduates seeking associateís and bachelorís degree opportunities, transfer students transitioning to bachelorís degree studies, and university graduates applying to masterís degree pathways. Beyond standard admissions criteria outlined in the Academic Catalog and Admissions requirements, the institution encourages students who are ready to embrace the engagement-based model to apply and partake in an academic endeavor that will transform both the student and the local community in a stimulating environment.

Admissions processes are handled by the Admissions Office. Please refer to the admissions area of the AUF website for the application form and detailed program and applicant criteria, costs, payment methods, and processes.
Applications are rolling, meaning that AUF accepts applications on a continuous basis; the first to arrive and be approved will be the first to be enrolled in the program chosen. If a program does not reach the minimum number of enrollments required, the institution may reduce the number of hours of some courses.

It is the student's responsibility to obtain the study visa. Study visas may be required depending on student nationality and period of study. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Ministero degli Affari Esteri) outlines the requirements and procedures for when a visa is required. These regulations are subject to change according to the decisions of the Italian government. The Ministry's website may be consulted in English for further information, which includes a query according to nationality/residence to determine whether a visa is necessary:
Visas are obtained at the Italian consulate covering your area of residence.
Consulates require a series of documents in order to issue the study visa. Among these documents, AUF provides the following: letter of enrollment and international insurance coverage, if students do not have their own coverage for studying and living abroad (this must be specified on the application form).

For degree programs, the following number of maximum credits may be transferred to AUF programs. A minimum grade of C is required for credit transfers. 
- 90 semester credits for four-year bachelor's degree programs. At least 30 credits must be completed at AUF.
- 36-54 semester credits for the AA / 2-Year Certificate Career programs.
- A maximum of 6 credits for masterís degree programs.

Transfer credits from other institutions are only accepted for coursework successfully completed within the last 10 years for undergraduate transfers and 5 years for graduate-level transfers.

AUF actively seeks to maintain program accessibility for its student body, and tuition benefits are reviewed on a regular basis by the institutionís Executive Committee.

The following categories of benefits are available to students:
Tuition Benefits
AA & BA Scholarships
Financial Aid Payment Plans for AA & BA Programs
External Scholarships

Further details can be found online.

AUFís Alumni Association is available for professional networking, informative, and updating purposes. The association is a main supporter of alumni opportunities such as reunions, activities, academic conferences, or employment opportunities. The alumni site features a members-only area for upcoming opportunities.