Study Abroad in Florence, Italy - Internship

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Study Abroad in Florence: Living Abroad

Housing and Meals

Student Apartment

  • Fully furnished
  • Share with up to 9 other AIFS students
  • Centrally located
  • Cost of utilities is not included. Students pay a €325 fee to the landlord

Homestay

Living with a family gives you an invaluable cultural insight and fast progress with the Italian language.

  • With an Italian family
  • Single or double room depending on availability
  • Residential neighborhood of Florence

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

Transportation

Students on the Internship Program use public transportation to get to work if necessary. Interns should budget approximately 50 euros per month for a bus pass.

Cultural Activities

To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, AIFS-Richmond 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 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
  • Backstage visit to the famous Pitti Immagine Uomo fashion show
  • Oxfam Migrantour
  • Art and craft workshops

Boost your Italian language:

  • Dinners and events with Italians
  • Spaghetti connection program (to give students the opportunity to gather at the table with Italian families)
  • Italian language "help desk" and language exchange with local students

Sports:

  • Richmond soccer team
  • National elite series soccer matches (ACF Fiorentina)
  • Yoga gatherings

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

  • Milan
  • Pisa
  • Lucca
  • Cinque Terre
  • Verona and Lake Garda
  • 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.

Service Learning And 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.

AIFS in Florence Resident Director, Internship Programs

AIFS Resident Director

Dr. Simona Michelotti
Director and Coordinator, International Internship Program

Phone: (+39) 055 213851
Email: s.michelotti@richmond.it

Ciao! I have been working with AIFS since 1998. I was born in Malta and received my Laurea from the University of Florence. I also studied abroad, spending a summer in the U.S. In my spare time I love traveling and continue to enjoy comparing different cultures. My favorite aspect of being Resident Director of the Internship Program is seeing the "different light" that shines in students' eyes when the program is almost at the end. Studying a language in a foreign country is not just learning “one more language”, it is about opening your heart and mind to a new culture and experience of life.

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.