• Administration & Office of Admissions
  • International Students
  • Housing
  • Career Support


Students can contact the “Administration” in Florence (Italy) only for general information, while the “Office of Admissions” in Tokyo (Japan) is available to guide and assist all international students with course selection, questions regarding life in Florence, where and how to shop for necessary items, transportation, residence permit application (“permesso di soggiorno”), insurance, visa, banking, tuition payment procedures, housing, language concerns, school events, academic policies and regulations, educational planning and any related concerns.

Accademia Riaci
Via dei Conti, 4 – 50123 Florence, ITALY
TEL: +39-055289831 
FAX: +39-055212791

OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS (International Students)
Accademia Riaci Tokyo Office
5-15-20-702 Minamiazabu 
Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0047 JAPAN
TEL: +81-3-5449-8200
FAX: +81-3-5449-1444


  • Free Wi-Fi connection is available inside the school building.
  • Students can freely use the school’s PCs during school hours.

International Students

Accademia Riaci welcomes students from all over the world. The diverse background of Accademia Riaci’s students creates a rich multicultural community that promotes the exchange of ideas and viewpoints. The staff is multilingual and ready to assist overseas students wherever they attend our programs.


A student visa is required for most countries in order to study in Italy for periods longer than three/six months. Students must obtain the information on visa procedures by their nearest Italian Consulate. To apply for a student visa, students will need a CERTIFICATE OF ENROLLMENT issued by ACCADEMIA RIACI, which should be taken to the local consulate. Visa procedures vary in each country, but please consider a minimum of 30/60 days for it to be issued.

For more details on visa information regarding your country, see this site – 
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy

Note: The Certificate of Enrollment can only be recieved after the payment of the enrollment and tuition fee have been confirmed by Academia Riaci.


Schengen regulations require applicants to have health insurance coverage before departing. This is necessary in case you have an accident during your stay in Italy. Please check carefully whether your medical insurance will cover costs for medical treatment abroad (including emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of mortal remains). If it does not, you need to submit health insurance covering your stay in Europe. Generally, all major medical insurance companies cover costs for emergency medical treatment abroad..

Note: Students from most countries (except for the “Schengen Area countries”) need to submit foreign student insurance certification to apply for an Italian student visa. 


Accademia Riaci provides housing for its international students in fully furnished and equipped private shared apartments located in the city of Florence. Each apartment consists of two or three bedrooms (for use of up to four or six persons respectively) with a kitchen, living room, and bathroom (private bathrooms are NOT available). Students can choose to stay in a single room by paying an extra charge. Apartments are located within 20~30 minutes by bus/bicycle to the school and may come with or without a host family. Linens are provided (guests just need to bring their personal towels).
The landlord/landlady may ask for a security deposit before moving into the property.
There is NO air-conditioning in our shared apartments.
The final location of the apartment will be communicated to each student around a week before the course commencement date.

Accademia Riaci is pleased to facilitate the housing arrangement process but students are welcome to make their own direct accommodation plans.

Cancellation Policy

Once the student arrives in Italy, NO REFUND will be made for any reason whatsoever in the event of a student deciding to cancel, change or vacate an assigned apartment.

Shared Apartments
Sample Pictures
TWIN room (shared)SINGLE room
1 week: € 300.001 week: € 400.00
2 weeks: € 380.002 weeks: € 540.00
3 weeks: € 450.003 weeks: € 690.00
4 weeks: € 500.004 weeks: € 800.00
6 weeks: € 750.006 weeks: € 1,200.00
8 weeks: € 1,000.008 weeks: € 1,600.00
12 weeks: € 1,500.0012 weeks: € 2,400.00

* Housing utility costs (gas/water/electricity/heating):
 2023: € 22.00 per week

IMPORTANT! Non-resident students must pay directly to the landlord the “Florence Tourist Tax” (€ 28.00).

For housing request, please fill out this form Housing Request (Pdf) and email it to the ACCADEMIA RIACI – OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS.

Assistant System at Accademia Riaci

Accademia Riaci is seeking for assistants who can work with us for a several years.
・Qualifications: Must be a graduate of Accademia Riaci course of 2 years or longer (incl. internship) to apply. Such graduates who achieved excellence at school are eligible to help instructors carry out lessons as an assistant. Its aim is to help such graduates review what they have learned at school and brush up their knowledge and techniques, before they go out into the world as a professional artist.
・This opportunity is offered to graduates who desire to improve their techniques furthermore through assisting lessons at school.

Main task:
  • Preparations for lessons
  • Lesson assistant
  • Cleaning up after the class
  • Interpreting in the class when needed
  • Assistant at school office
  • Submission of a lesson report with photos every week
  • Interviewing craftsmen in special fields
  • Visiting and interviewing companies in special fields
  • Helping internship students
  • Tutor for students
  • Drawing designs, etc.
  • Making sample parts, etc.
  • Supporting the work of students who wish to acquire scholarship
  • Assisting the launch of our project (construction of the 000 network among the undergraduates and the graduates to support the sales of their artwork.)

・Assistants at an excellent level are given an opportunity to work at Accademia Riaci as an instructor for a long period of time.
・Each assistant obtains a student visa as a specialist course student at Accademia Riaci. All lesson fee will be exempted. Your lessons consist of the research work for your assignment and the practical training you acquire by assisting the instructor in the class.
・1st year assistant does not get paid.
・2nd year and longer assistant gets paid the assistant fee based on the working hours in the contract.

Accademia Riaci Career Support

Accademia Riaci has career support system for students who graduated from Accademia Riaci to start up their career by offering small jobs for compensation, such as writing lesson reports, graphic editing, participating to international fairs for the school’s promotion, etc.

  • Administration & Office of Admissions
  • International Students
  • Housing
  • Career Support