Spend a summer in the artistic and cultured city of Florence, Italy with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options with credit awarded through Fairfield University. The AIFS Florence Global Education Center is centrally located with the Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Accademia and San Marco creating a wonderful backdrop to your experience in Florence.
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 10 semester credits (subject to program, course and optional trip selection)
Courses offered in art history, drawing, fashion, history, Italian language, marketing, painting, photography, sociology
Meal vouchers to use in a choice of selected local restaurants, cafés and grocery stores.
A variety of day trips are offered such as Pisa, Siena, Lucca and Cinque Terre
Museum visits, dinner with Italians, cooking and wine tasting classes, artisan workshops and gelato tours
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 program location
Venice (3 days)
Rome (3 days)
Housing is in the center of the city, not more than 30 minutes on foot or by public transportation from the Global Education Center. Students using public transportation should budget approximately 45 euros for a monthly bus pass to travel from their housing to classes.
The included meal plan is one of the highlights of the Florence program, with almost 100% of students rating it “excellent” every summer. It gives you a unique opportunity to become part of the Florentine culinary culture, dining alongside locals in selected restaurants and trattorias or shopping in neighborhood 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.
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 snowshoes 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 at 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 ran a J-Term program 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.
Learning does not begin or end in the classroom. To help you get a true taste of Italian culture, the Resident Director arranges activities and excursions.
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:
Including some mandatory class-related field trips.
Guided sightseeing of 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. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations and breakfast.
Guided walking tour to places of interest including St. Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Cathedral and the Doge’s Palace. Visits to the Accademia Museum, the Rialto Bridge, the Guggenheim Museum, and more. Tour the famous Murano and Burano islands. Includes round-trip transportation, ferry pass, accommodations and breakfast.
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.)