Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Florence: Academics

Richmond, The American International University in London – Florence Center

These programs are taught by faculty of Richmond, The American International University in London. The University is an independent, non-profit international university of liberal arts and professional studies. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to the U.S. degree granting authority, it has U.K. taught degree awarding powers granted by the U.K. Privy Council. It is the first university in the U.K. to have dual degree awarding powers. The Director of the Richmond Florence Program is appointed by Richmond and supervised by the Richmond administration in London. Professors in the Richmond study abroad programs are appointed by the University both from its own faculty and from cooperating institutions.

Richmond Study Center

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

Classes in art history, fashion, history, marketing, sociology, photography, drawing, painting and Italian language are given in the Study Center. Students have access to a computer lab with Internet as well as free Wi-Fi if using their own computers during office hours.

The Richmond Study Center has a reading room with a selected library containing texts relevant to research paper topics. Students may also use the extensive collections available to them in Florence. The British Institute Library has more than 60,000 volumesóthe largest English language library in continental Europe. Its comfortable reading room overlooks the Arno River. The Italian National Library at the Piazza dei Cavalleggeri also has an extensive collection.

Academic Overview

3-Week Program

Students on the 3-week Program choose one course for a recommended 3 credits. The courses available all focus on an important aspect of Italian life and culture and formal classroom teaching is supplemented by academic visits and field trips in and around Florence, with the city itself helping you to learn in a very visual and exciting way. All courses are taught in English.

Students on both the optional Rome and Venice excursions can take an Introduction to Italian Art course for an additional one credit.

4-Week Program

The 4-week Program is designed for students who wish to study multiple courses from a broad range of subjects focusing on Italian life and culture including Italian language, art history, drawing, entrepreneurship, fashion, history, marketing, painting, photography and sociology. All courses carry a recommended 3 credits and students generally take 2 courses for a total of 6 credits. All courses are taught in English apart from Italian language.

Students on both the optional Rome and Venice excursions can take an Introduction to Italian Art course for an additional one credit.

3-week and 4-week program combination

Students who take both the 3-week and the 4-week Programs can earn up to 10 credits over 7 weeks. Students generally take 3 courses for a total of 9 credits, and an additional one credit is available for students taking both the optional Rome and Venice excursions.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences (2 per class) may fail the course/s.

Class visits Some courses include mandatory class visits which may be held outside the regular class time. Students are encouraged to wait until arrival in Italy before planning any personal travel to avoid scheduling conflicts.

Credits Credit hours are shown in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to American credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Registration Students must register for classes online at Students will be informed by email of the dates of the Registration week. A few weeks before Registration Week, students will receive the course schedule. When selecting courses, check class times to make sure there is no conflict. Other course related field trips will be scheduled.

Transcripts are issued by the Richmond Registrarís office in London. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to the studentís home college or university on completion of the program.