Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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Study Abroad in Florence: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Student Apartment

  • Fully furnished
  • Share with other AIFS students
  • Centrally located
  • Cost of utilities is not included. Students pay a €290 fee to the landlord

Meals

  • 10 vouchers per week (five breakfasts plus five lunches or dinners excluding during excursions and school breaks with a total value of $1,700). Students can opt out for a reduced program fee.

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Florence

Cultural Activities

To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, AIFS staff organize an excellent program of cultural and social activities to complement the academic program and to enhance the educational experience. Many activities promote a way of learning through “hands-on” experience as well as integration with the local community to allow students to get the most from life in Florence. Most events are included in the program fee and only a few require a small supplementary fee. Examples of activities are:

Taste of Italy:

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Wine tastings
  • Pizza making classes
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Cheese tasting
  • Food and wine pairing
  • Gelato tasting tour discovering the best "gelaterie" in town

Visits and activities in town:

  • Main museums (such as Uffizi and Galleria dell’Accademia)
  • Guided tour of the African Portraits at the Uffizi Gallery
  • Concerts, operas and ballets at the theater
  • Oxfam Migrantour
  • Art and craft workshops

Boost your Italian language:

  • Dinners and events with Italians
  • Italian Buddy program (to give students the opportunity to connect with Italian friends)
  • Italian language “help desk” and language exchange with local students

Sports:

  • AIFS soccer team

Day trips discovering treasures of Italy (including some mandatory classrelated field trips):

  • Pisa
  • Lucca
  • Cinque Terre
  • Tuscan farm
  • Fashion firm
  • Ferrari museum in Maranello
  • Parmesan and balsamic vinegar producer
  • Vespa factory (Piaggio museum)
  • The Carnival in Viareggio

Information on other attractive locations in Italy is made available to students.

Transportation

Florence has an extensive public bus system to get to and from classes and housing. Many sites throughout the center of town are accessible by foot.

Volunteering

Volunteering Program

Over the last 25 years over 1,700 AIFS students have participated in the AIFS volunteer program, engaging in community service and leaving a mark in both students' personal and professional lives.

Volunteer work is offered to those who wish to take an active role in the local community. Placements are offered in a variety of different environments – schools, hospitals, museums, day cares, foster homes and fundraising associations. This is a great opportunity for students to improve their Italian language ability, to gain the confidence of the locals and to experience the heart and soul of Italian culture.

Enrollment Team

Once you apply, you will be assigned an Enrollment team member, who will help through the process to acceptance.

Program Advising Team

After you are accepted and you enroll into the program, your dedicated Program Advisor will help you through pre-departure details including course selection, flights, and visa processing.

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.

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