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Study Abroad | Florence

Italy | AIFS Global Education Center | Spring 2023
Florence, Italy.
Two boys smiling in Italy.
  • Spring 2023


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.

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 16 semester credits

  • Courses

    Wide variety of courses available; taught in English and Italian

  • Housing

    Student apartment

  • Meals

    Meal vouchers for five breakfasts and five lunches or dinners a week in specified local restaurants, valued at $1,700

  • Excursions & Day Trips

    Trips to Rome, Venice and Siena

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience

  • On-Site Resident Director

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

  • Health & Safety

    24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
  • Personal/Professional Development

    Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
  • Green Initiative

Additional Options & Opportunities

  • AIFS Flight Package

    Round-trip flights from 25 U.S. gateways

    Airport transfers to and from campus

Program Details: Study Abroad | Florence Multi Discipline


January 27, 2023April 28, 2023



Application Deadlines

October 15, 2022

Inclusive Fees


Stay for a year to save on cost


Open to First Year, Sophomore, Junior, Senior College Students

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
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Sociology

Global Themes

  • Arts, Culture & Creative Industries
  • Business, Innovation & Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education & Social Services
  • Global Peace, International Security & Human Rights
  • Global Public Health & Psychology
  • Social & Criminal Justice
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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 Resident 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
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Studies
  • Fashion
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Film Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language
  • Literature
  • Marketing
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Service Learning & Community Service
  • Sociology

Italian Language is offered at all levels from Elementary to Advanced. 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. 

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.

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Three students in Florence, Italy.

Living Abroad

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


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.

AIFS in Florence Resident Director, Academic Year and Semester Programs

Simona Michelotti headshot.

Simona Michelotti

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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • AIFS Soccer team
  • 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.

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 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:

Two students taking a selfie in front of the Colosseum in Italy.


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).

  • Italy
  • 3 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
A person rowing a gondola in Venice.


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.

  • Italy
  • 2 Days
  • Included in Program Fee
A group of students in Siena.


Explore medieval Siena for a day. Visit will include round-trip transportation. We will explore the Piazza del Campo, renowned worldwide for its beauty.

  • Italy
  • Day Trip
  • Included in Program Fee
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, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline
    November 5, 2022
  • Scholarship Deadline
    October 1, 2022
  • Optional Departure Flight from US***
    January 26, 2023
  • Program Begins
    January 27, 2023
  • Program Ends
    April 28, 2023
  • Optional Return Flight to US***
    April 29, 2023
  • *** Included for students on AIFS flight package.

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