The following schools and their related departments represent academic areas of study at Apicius:


Baking and Pastry
Culinary Arts
Dietetics and Nutrition
Food and Culture
Food, Family, and Consumer Sciences
Wine and Culture
Wine Expertise


Hospitality and Tourism Management
Hotel and Lodging Management
Restaurant, Food, and Beverage Management
Spa Management


Physical Education and Physical Therapy
Sports Sciences


Apicius graduate-level studies in organizational management are a part of FUA-AUF’s School of Graduate Studies.

For further details regarding Apicius departments and courses, please consult the FUA-AUF Academic Catalog available at the
Academics area of the FUA-AUF website. The Academics area also includes current and upcoming course schedules per academic session.

City & Guilds / WACS
Global Certification Levels 

Apicius graduates are automatically eligible to apply for the following City & Guilds and WACS global certification levels:

a) Hospitality Management

  • Y1 Hospitality Management: Food and Beverage Service Supervisor
  • Y2 Hospitality Management: Reception Professional

b) Food, Wine, and Wellness Studies

  • Y2 Wine Studies and Enology: Junior Sommelier
  • Y2 Culinary Arts: Worldchefs Certified Chef de Partie
  • Y3 Culinary Arts: Worldchefs Certified Sous Chef
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Eligibility as of August 2021

Apicius graduates who have successfully completed the above-stated programs from August 2021 onwards may apply for the current certification tracks.

How to Apply

Application download
Download detailed application instructions here.
Applications must be completed within 2 years of Apicius program completion.
Applications must be accompanied by certificates issued by Apicius.
The Sous Chef certification request also requires an employer witness testimony form.

For certification level questions please contact
For FUA-AUF program completion certificate questions please contact .

About City & Guilds and WACS

City & Guilds was established in 1848 (London) to protect and promote the standards of technical education. Current endeavors and services are focused on "vital workplace skills, from work relevant qualifications to apprenticeships through to accreditation and assessments." It oversees the approval of educational centers delivering programs eligible for certification including WACS.

The World Association of Chefs' Societies was founded at the Sorbonne in 1928. Currently WACS' global network has 100 chefs' associations and over 10 million professional chefs internationally. WACS launched the first global culinary certification in the world for culinary professionals who can apply for nine distinct titles within the culinary certification scheme. The association is non-political and its mission is based on setting global culinary standards through education and professional development.

APICIUS reinterprets the concept of hospitality and tourism in the international destination of Florence, where the cityscape is teeming with traditional and contemporary structures sought by people from all over the world. APICIUS firmly believes in the importance of a cultural approach to hospitality by examining the unique context of cities and countries in a global framework. Hospitality should and must be enhanced by the local culture of a city, and our position and interaction with the city of Florence has the goal of culturally educating those who visit through the hospitality industry.

APICIUS seeks to shape students who make dynamic, proactive contributions to the areas of hospitality in Italy during their studies and go on to become excellent professionals with the same impact in future destinations. APICIUS is deeply committed to making a prolific vital impact on the city of Florence not just for its obvious touristic aspects but as a viable city, where city conservation and contemporary implementation complement each other in a delicate balance, through its belief in eco-sustainable methods and didactics. APICIUS strives to provide its students with an experience that goes beyond the tourist facade of Florence by communicating to them that who we are and what they experience goes beyond cultural stereotypes.

APICIUS 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 with the city, its population, its art, and its culture. 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 .


To provide a professional and academic environment in which students gain expertise in the areas of business, hospitality & tourism, culinary arts, wine studies, and publishing. To go beyond classroom learning by promoting student interaction with the convergence of the multicultural societies in the city of Florence, achieved by unique practical experiences in direct contact with various and service areas and the various professional figures who operate in these spheres. To redefine the idea of sustainability by rethinking how services and structures enhance local economies and culture through a respectful balance of technology, innovation, and tradition.

To positively direct Florence's position as a historic Italian cityscape in a globalized world economy in the following ways:
  • Increase our efforts in favor of sustainable hospitality and tourism starting from our own structures and teaching methods
  • Promote student knowledge and capacity to recognize and actively participate in the conservation of the Florentine cultural and economic heritage
  • To shape students for careers in a rapidly developing industry that encompasses a wide range of exciting, constantly evolving fields


To offer a passionate, highly competent and international faculty; a broad curriculum, and state of the art facilities that broaden our students' horizons and perspectives. To enhance the concept of technical learning by integrating training opportunities into the curriculum, allowing for students to be involved in cultural integration projects that require active participation in Florentine and Italian society and that reward challenging professional experiences.

One such example is the professional internship program at Ganzo Cultural and Gastronomic Association open to the public, a place where cultures and communities unite. An academic structure based on lectures, workshops, seminars, and laboratories that activate diverse types of student engagement with study discipline Exciting programs created for post grad and professional studies offered for durations of 1, 2, and 4 years.


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Last updated: 6 May, 2018




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