Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Florence: Living Abroad

AIFS in Florence Resident Director, January Term Program

AIFS Resident Director

Dr. Monica Giovannini

Richmond Study Center
Via Maggio 11
Florence 50125 Italy

Phone: (+39) 055 213851

Ciao! I have been a Resident Director here in Florence since 1984. I received my Laurea cum laude from the University of Florence, so I am extremely familiar with where you will be studying and living! I studied abroad myself; spending a year as an exchange graduate student in the U.S. I have also lived in Germany and the U.K. and traveled in Europe, Canada, India, Egypt and Morocco. As you can see, my love of travel never went away!

As you can imagine, I have seen hundreds of students arrive here in Florence, some who are afraid about what to expect, and all leave with a very special and precious experience in their hearts. My office is located in the Study Center, home to the library and most classes, so feel free to drop by and share your experiences and transformation during the program. Remember, we are your family here!

The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

AIFS Campus Staff with First Aid Training

Because health and safety are top priorities at AIFS, at least one member of the staff at this campus has taken a first aid course in order to be available to help any student until a doctor or nurse can provide help. This is just one of many services that we provide to our students.

Housing and Meals

Live in double rooms in apartments in the historical center of Florence. Typically 2 to 10 students will share the apartment with shared living space and kitchen. You will be living right in the heart of the city with local Florentines as your neighbors, and be able to walk to classes each day. All apartments come with washing machines and Internet.

You will receive a total of 10 vouchers for lunch or dinner at a choice of selected local restaurants or trattorie. These are not student caféterias but great local eateries where you can sample Tuscan delights such as ribollita, crostini, and of course endless choices of pizza and pasta. A handbook will be given to you upon arrival with your vouchers showing you where all the restaurants are as well as explaining the special set menus that have been selected just for our students.

Via Maggio Study Center

Located in Palazzo Michelozzi, a 16th century palace between the Arno River and the Pitti Palace, the Richmond Study Center is a few minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and many of the great Florentine museums. The center occupies the piano nobile (first floor above ground level) and with its elegant, gracious rooms, serves as a convenient, attractive, welcoming environment for students and teachers.

All classes are held in the study center and students have access to a computer lab with Internet as well as free Wi-Fi if using their own computers during office hours.

The Center also contains a reading room with a library containing selected texts relevant to the courses offered.

You will also find friendly, professional staff on hand to answer questions and support students during their stay.

Cultural Activities

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, various activities will be organized such as:

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Wine tastings
  • Pizza making class
  • Walking tours
  • Museum visits

Please note that students may be asked to pay a small additional fee for some of the activities above.