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Study Abroad | Florence

Italy | AIFS Global Education Center | January Term 2025


Spend January Term in the historical and stunning city of Florence, Italy, with AIFS! Choose from a variety of course options. Credit is awarded by Fairfield University.

What’s Included

The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.

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  • Tuition

    Up to 3 semester credits

  • Courses

    Courses in art history, anthropology, painting, photography, marketing

  • Housing

    in centrally-located apartments

  • Meals

    Meal vouchers to use in a choice of selected local restaurants, cafes and grocery stores

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Siena and the Chianti area (day trip)

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Visits to the Uffizi Gallery, the David at the Accademia, art exhibits, workshops, cooking classes, wine tastings and more

  • Welcome Event

    To help you get to know your classmates better, familiarize you with the local area and advise you about your stay

  • On-Site Support

    to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

Program Details: Study Abroad | Florence Italian Perspectives: Liberal Arts, Language and Marketing


January 4, 2025January 24, 2025


January Term


AIFS Global Education Center

Application Deadline

October 15, 2024

Inclusive Fees



Open to High School Graduate, First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Minimum of 2.5 GPA

Additional requirements may vary by course selection. See Academic section below.

Visa Requirements

A visa may be required for this program. Please contact your advisor or log into your portal for more information.

Areas of Interest

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • Fashion
  • Italian Language
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture and Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Language, History and Culture
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AIFS Abroad offers a unique global educational experience for students on this program, with the following academic options available:

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. 

Located in the AIFS Center is a Program Director and Student Advisors to help scholars adjust to life in Italy. 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.  

  • Art
  • Art History
  • Communications
  • Fashion
  • Italian Language
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Sociology

Earn 3 credits studying either Art History, Painting, Photography, Food Culture and Fashion Communication, all taught in English. Italian Language is also available. Florence itself plays a vital role in your study and becomes your open-air classroom with fascinating hands-on experiences. Learn more about Italian fashion with visits to the Gucci Museum, a leather factory and artisans’ workshops or enhance your understanding of Italy’s Renaissance art by viewing Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia gallery, touring the Uffizi Museum or visiting the Pitti Palace. The art classes will make great use of Florence’s beautiful scenery with classes on location around the city and unforgettable walking tours to capture all the hidden treasures.

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Michael in JTearm in Florence, Italy


Meet Michael, a Finance major from Salisbury University, shares a day in his life as an AIFS Abroad student in Florence, Italy during January Term.

A student walking near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy.

Living Abroad


Each apartment is privately owned and is unique in atmosphere, size, design, facilities, floor plan, and number of bedrooms.

  • Double rooms (some single rooms may be available)
  • Kitchen supplies and furnishings
  • Washing machine

Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Florence

All program-arranged accommodations are carefully selected in central, safe and agreeable areas of the city.


10 breakfast (or lunch) vouchers and 10 dinner vouchers to use in selected local restaurants, trattorias, coffee shops and grocery stores.


Florence was one of the wealthiest cities in medieval Europe and became the epicenter of trade and finance. The city is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and has been called “the Athens of the Middle Ages.”


Florence’s incredible artwork and architecture caused Forbes to label the city as one of the most beautiful on earth and the reason millions of tourists a year flock to see the historic center of Florence which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

AIFS in Florence Director, January Term Program

Simona Michelotti headshot.

Simona Michelotti

Ciao! I have been working with AIFS since 1998. I was born in Malta, but I moved to Italy very soon afterwards. Before starting my university degree (an M.A. in Education from the University of Florence), I studied abroad, spending a memorable summer in the U.S. I love traveling and continue to enjoy comparing different cultures. Working with young people gives me energy and since I love Italy so much, my goal is to help you to learn about our culture through the courses and activities we offer.

It is important to me to share my time with you during your program in Florence and to get to know you better. I am very much looking forward to welcoming you and discovering together all aspects of this wonderful country!

The Program Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.

Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, various activities will be organized such as:

  • Italian cooking classes
  • Visit to food markets
  • Artisans’ workshops
  • Events with the local community
  • Wine tastings
  • Visit to the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia (Michelangelo’s David) and the Duomo
  • Concerts
  • Walking tours
  • Gelato tour
  • Temporary exhibition visits
  • Italian soccer matches
  • Welcome dinner and farewell reception
  • Studio art exhibition


This program offers a range of day trips and excursions that will take you outside Florence and deepen your social, historical and cultural understanding of Italy. Previous excursions have included:

A group of students in Siena.

Siena and the Chianti Area

Discover the beauty of the world-known Chianti region, with its hills and breathtaking view of the vineyards and continue on to Siena to visit one of the best preserved medieval towns in the world. Trip includes round-trip transportation, sightseeing with an art professor and wine tasting.
  • Italy
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
Milan Cathedral in Italy.


Experience the modern and dynamic life of Milan. Trip includes accommodation, breakfast, round-trip transportation, guided sightseeing tour of the city center, entrance fees, guided visits to the Castello Sforzesco and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Michelangelo’s masterpieces), and a walking tour in the Quadrilatero della moda – the Fashion District.
  • Italy
  • 2 Days
  • $450
A group of happy students at a carnival.
A view of Prague.

Social identity & access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the journey knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community, and support available to you when abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Dates & Deadlines


  • Early Application Deadline*
  • Application Deadline
    October 15, 2024
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 5, 2024
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2024
  • Visa Deadline****
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 3, 2025
  • Program Begins
    January 4, 2025
  • Program Ends
    January 24, 2025
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    January 24, 2025
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.
  • **** AIFS Abroad offers visa processing services to applicants who enroll into the program by this date. All other applicants who enroll after this date will be responsible for securing their own visa with guidance from AIFS Abroad.

Optional Flight Package

Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.

Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)

Depature City


  • Atlanta
  • Boston
  • Buffalo
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Houston
  • Los Angeles
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York
  • Newark
  • Orlando
  • Philadelphia
  • Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh
  • Raleigh/Durham
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • St. Louis
  • Washington/Dulles
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Ready to Study Abroad in Florence?

For more dates or questions, contact your program consultant:
(203) 399-5163 or email: