Spend a semester or academic year in the artistically and culturally rich city of Florence, Italy, with AIFS! Choose from a wide variety of courses at the AIFS Global Education Center with credit awarded by Fairfield University.
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.Review Our Policies
Up to 16 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Italian
Meal vouchers for five breakfasts and five lunches or dinners a week in specified local restaurants, valued at $1,700
Trips to Rome, Venice and Siena
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
to help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways
Airport transfers to and from campus
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.
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.
Laurea cum laude in Pedagogy at the University of Florence
Simona was born in Malta, but very soon moved to Italy.
She is used to say that her heart is divided between her love for Florence and the one for South Tyrol. She loves to every day walk through the Ponte Vecchio admiring the beauty of Florence, but she cannot stay too much far away from the breathtaking Dolomites mountains, where she hikes or snowshoeing according to the season.
She is also a wine lover and loves to cook for her friends and family, as a typical Italian!
Very soon she understood the importance of Study Abroad, when during High School, she spent a Summer in a College in Florida: a meaningful experience that somehow directed all her future choices.
Simona has been working full time for AIFS since 1998, covering different roles, such as Director of the Internship and Service Learning Program, Director of the Summer School and she also run a J-Term on the Dolomites. She is now the Dean of the Florence Program, although she refers to herself as an Educator who has the honor to prepare the ground field for unforgettable learning experiences and change the students’ lives forever, exactly like it happened to her.
The Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
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:
Information on other attractive locations in Italy is made available to students.
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.
This trip is part of the coursework for the course AHST 210 Italian Art: Selected Topics. Includes accommodations, round-trip transportation, and breakfast. Guided sightseeing and visits to famous sights such as the Colosseum, Campidoglio, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona (and more). Opportunity to visit the Vatican museums, Sistine Chapel, and St. Peter’s Basilica. Free time on Sunday morning to explore or attend mass in St. Peter’s Square (if the Pope is in Rome).
This trip is part of the coursework for the course AHST 210 Italian Art: Selected Topics. Students have the opportunity to explore the underground city of Venice guided by professionals at historians. Includes qccommodations, round-trip transportation, and breakfast. Guided walking tour to places of interest including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Cathedral, the Doge’s Palace and the Guggenheim Museum. There will also be free time to explore.
Explore medieval Siena for a day. Visit will include round-trip transportation. We will explore the Piazza del Campo, renowned worldwide for its beauty.