Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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Study Abroad in Florence: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: art, art history, communications, criminal justice, fashion, history, international business, international relations, Italian language, literature, marketing, music, photography, religion, sociology

Program Option

This program is designed for students who wish to begin or advance their Italian language skills and/or take courses in art history, communications, design and media, economics, fashion, food studies, history, international business, international relations, literature, management, marketing, political science, psychology and religion. Italian language study is optional but strongly recommended to get the most out of the time in Italy as the courses include additional activities and fieldtrips. Students choose to take Italian Language courses and/or electives taught in English for a total of up to 16 semester credits. A number of courses are offered which relate specifically to the history, art, culture, economics and politics of Italy and make special use of the resources available in Florence. Many of these classes also satisfy major or general education requirements. Site visits, interviews, guest lectures and field trips complement classroom teaching and enhance students’ learning experience. The city of Florence becomes your classroom for an immersive educational experience abroad.

Students registering for any Italian language level higher than Elementary I must take and pass an on-line placement test prior to arrival in Florence. Students at an Elementary level who wish to reach a good ability in spoken Italian can also choose a 6-credit Italian language course

Students may also add a 1-credit optional Italian Art: Selected Topics course, taught primarily during the field trips to Rome and Venice for a maximum of 16 credits.

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

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.5 GPA

Working side by side with locals is an ideal way to gain insight into another culture, to understand different approaches and to prepare for the realities of working in a multicultural and interdependent world. AIFS Abroad has designed the Study + Internship Program to combine a traditional academic learning experience with a unique opportunity to study working life in Italy first-hand with placements in Florence based organizations.

Study + Internship students earn 12 U.S. credits for the semester. Students take 2 courses (45 hours and 3 credits each for 6 credits in total) from the Traditional Academic Program which offers courses in a broad range of academic disciplines which relate specifically to the history, art, architecture, culture, Italian language, economics and politics of Italy and make special use of the resources available in Florence. Students also take a part-time internship for 6 credits. In order to accomplish the Internship requested hours, it is strongly recommended that students choose courses concentrated during the morning or afternoon and leave whole half days free. The academic program and internship are accredited by Fairfield University.

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 12 2.5 GPA

AIFS Global Education Center, Florence

The AIFS Global Education Center in Florence is in the heart of the historic center. It is within walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and Accademia as well as numerous stores, restaurants and trattoria. Classes are held in the AIFS Center and the Resident Director and Student Advisors are based there to help students adjust to life in Italy and provide a friendly and familiar face. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and there are a small number of computers for student use/printing.

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. The Florence course syllabi and faculty credentials are reviewed and approved by Fairfield University.


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