Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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Study Abroad in Florence: Academics

AIFS Florence Global Education Center

The AIFS Global Education Center is located in the heart of Florence’s historic center. The Resident Director and staff are based here and most classes are held in the center. Students have free Wi-Fi to use their own computers/devices and access to printers during office hours.

Academic credit for the AIFS Florence program is awarded by Fairfield University. Fairfield University is a private Jesuit university founded in 1942 in Fairfield, Connecticut, well known for their commitment to international education. Fairfield is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

In 2020 Fairfield and AIFS partnered to develop a school of record relationship that will allow academic credit to be available for both Fairfield and non-Fairfield students. Course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.

Academic Overview

Students can choose between the Traditional Academic programs and a Wine Marketing Program. A 7-week Study + Internship Program is also available.

Traditional Academic Programs

Session 1

Students in Session 1 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 taking both the optional Rome and Venice excursions can take an Italian Art: Selected Topics course for an additional one credit.

Session 2

This 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 who take both Sessions 1 and 2 can earn up to 9 credits over 7 weeks. An additional one credit is available for students taking both the optional Rome and Venice excursions.

Wine Marketing Program

This is an interactive, in the field program held in the two most important wine areas in Italy. AIFS, in collaboration with the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, offers a course which combines classes, tastings, visits to wineries and vineyards and study trips with seminars led by international faculty from enology, wine culture and wine management. In the first week, with the collaboration and hospitality of the Wine Bank and Slow Food’s Slow Wine, classes are taught in Pollenzo in the UNESCO Heritage Castle in the Langhe (Barolo area), while the remaining two weeks are held in Florence at the AIFS Global Education Center with trips to the Chianti Region. Students take The Marketing of Wine in Italy, a 3-credit course which focuses on the importance of wine as a tool to understand and approach cultural diversity in a more globalized world.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of absences (3 per class) may fail the course/s or lower their final grade.

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 grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Transcripts are issued by Fairfield University. An official transcript will be sent directly to the student’s home university on completion of the program.

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