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Study abroad for a summer, semester or academic year in the classic city of Florence with AIFS. Summer students choose from a 3, 4, or 7 week program, including an Internship Program. Maymester also available. You’ll earn up to 16 credits through ... read more

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A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence and Internship Program
My experience abroad was the best decision I made while in college. I gained so much from my 4 months abroad that I will keep with me for the rest of my life. Living in Florence and traveling throughout Europe opened my eyes to what else is out there in the world. I was able to not only explore the world, but also explore myself... - University of Rhode Island View Entire Review
My experience abroad was the first time in my life where I learned more outside of the classroom than in it. Studying abroad is a valuable experience that every student should have. Experiencing life outside of one's "bubble" and into a new culture with new people is a difficult experience, however in the end, will become one of... - University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa View Entire Review
I believe that studying abroad should be a requirement for all American students. I think this would show Americans to be more open-minded and give them a more global perspective, as opposed to the typical narrow-minded bubble that most Americans live in. Studying abroad is a time for a lot of self-growth to occur. - St. Mary's College of Maryland View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
As a Spring 2014 Florence alum, I have no doubt that AIFS was the best program I could’ve chosen for myself to help fulfill my nearly lifelong dream of studying abroad. And even now—half a year removed from my experience—there’s quite literally not a day that goes by that I don’t think back to my time in Florence and the (what s... - College of Charleston View Entire Review
January 26, 2015 Fun Times
It was very worthwhile! I learned a lot about myself and other people. I learned how to travel in other cities - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned to trust myself to evaluate and decide what is best for me, even if the decisions aren't supported by others. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
Learned about myself, other cultures, and how much more I want to travel - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
I was able to complete an amazing internship at Museo Bellini and would do anything to do it again. I had a single project while I was abroad and I "graduated" from Bellini University and the collection will now carry my name. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned how to immerse myself in another culture. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
Past Review Bella Italia!
I learned I am perfectly happy with who I am. I thought I was going to go on this adventure and be "changed" completely. In some ways, yes I grew as a person...but I did not have a personality overhaul. I was comfortable enough with who I was at the start, that I did not have to change completely, but instead, just grow in under... - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Independence. Yes. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
I learned so much about Italy and Italian culture, but I also learned about myself. It was so worthwhile; I wanted to become more independent, and this program definitely helped me achieve that. - Wheelock College View Entire Review
My trip was 100% worthwhile. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence and Internship Program
I gained confidence in myself. I learned to be my own person (I'm a twin and this was our first time apart) and I discovered a new passion of mine, traveling. It was definitely worthwhile and I will definitely be going back to Florence to visit in the next year. - Ohio University View Entire Review
I learned how to be fully independent, how to think critically, and stay calm in stressful situations. I gained cultural competency and learned about a new culture. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
January 02, 2016 When Can I Go Back?!
There are many things I gained from being abroad. I experienced a different culture and learned to appreciate international visitors in the United States more than I had before. I became more aware and empathetic because I knew what it felt like to be treated with patience and kindness but also shortness and rudeness. I also lea... - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
I learned countless items from my experience including more personal independence. It was one hundred percent worthwhile. - University of Maryland - University College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
I learned how to travel alone with confidence, work with people who are different than I am, and experience different cultures. All the hassle of paperwork and financial stress that comes with a study abroad trip was completely worth it. - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
January 10, 2015 Unbelievable
I feel like I grew as an individual from living abroad. I gained friends that I am still close with, and I got to experience another culture other than my own. Studying abroad was worthwhile to me, and is still one of my best decisions to this day. - West Chester University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with AIFS: Florence - Richmond in Florence
I learned more about my self independence. I learned how big and small the world is at the same time. I learned about traveling and languages. Also that the US is not the biggest, best nation in the world. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Absolutely worthwhile. I learned to live outside my comfort zone and explore my independence. I cherish that I learned how to live in the moment. - None View Entire Review
Travel experience, patience, understanding of different cultures. Yes. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
There is a sense of maturity that falls upon someone who studies abroad on their own. Based on where I came from I always believed I could adapt to any culture, and after this experience I was proven to be right. I was on my own, and don't get me wrong, I would have loved to go with friends, but in all honestly I think someone i... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned how to slow down and enjoy the little things, and I realized I want to live abroad after I graduate. - The University of Texas at Austin View Entire Review
Past Review Worth It
I learned how to be on my own, how to be so far from my family, and what "home" really means. Though it was difficult to be away from home, it made the experience all the more rewarding in the end. - Emerson College View Entire Review

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Study abroad for a summer, semester or academic year in the classic city of Florence with AIFS. Summer students choose from a 3, 4, or 7 week program, including an Internship Program. Maymester also available. 

You’ll earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at Richmond, the American International University. Courses are taught in English or Italian, and no previous Italian language study is required.

Live in a homestay or a shared student apartment located in different neighborhoods of the city center. In the apartment, students have a double room, with shared kitchen, bathroom and living area. Or immerse yourself in Italian language and culture with a homestay. An optional meal plan is available and Internet access is included in all housing.

You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as guided city walks, visits to the many museums, churches and cultural sites of Florence, Italian cooking classes, opera and ballet performances, Italian cheese tastings, a gelato tour, and day trips to Pisa, Lucca, the Vespa Factory and more. AIFS in Florence includes a trip to Rome and a day trip to Siena. 

AIFS in Florence includes a one-week orientation before the semester begins so students can acclimate themselves to Italian language and culture. Fall semester students attend orientation in the beach-side town of Pietrasanta, while spring semester students attend orientation in Rome. A for-credit International Internship Program (IIP) is also available, as well as a Fashion Management and Marketing Program (spring only). Volunteer opportunities are available and interested students can enhance their volunteer work with a for-credit Service Learning and Active Citizenship course.

In Florence, artistic, cultural and historic richness is ever present. With the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo creating a wonderful backdrop, it is no surprise that walking along the Arno River you come across artists attempting to capture this beautiful city. Take in the sites in and around Florence on visits to museums, art galleries, churches and theaters. You can learn how to make pasta from scratch or experience a typical trattoria, where you can find some of the best food in Italy. You can shop in the chic stores of Via de‘Tornabuoni or the flea market in Via Petrapiana. Whatever your tastes, Florence is the perfect city to acquire a genuine experience of Italian life and culture.

AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. Comprehensive program fees cover tuition and housing with $800,000 in scholarship and grant funding available each year. A meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service are also included. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Maymester
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Psychology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Music
  • Italian Studies
  • Human Resources Management
  • Cultural Studies
  • Culinary Arts
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Sociology
  • Social Sciences
  • Philosophy
  • Marketing
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • European Studies
  • Economics
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Architecture
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • International Relations
  • International Business
  • History
  • Business
Minimum GPA:
2.0
Year Founded:
1964
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AIFS Scholarships

Each year, AIFS awards more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants and financial support to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs. Additional scholarships and grants are available to students at many schools across the country.

More than $800,00 in scholarships and grants are awarded each year

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Visit our website to learn more about available scholarships and grants. www.aifsabroad.com/scholarships

AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs, with a wide range of unique opportunities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you can have the study abroad experience that best suits you. Their program fee is also all-inclusive, making it simple for you to live, study abroad, and experience all that the world has to offer. Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.

Scholarships to Study Abroad with AIFS

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Ongoing

Guidelines/Requirements:
Each year, more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants is awarded to deserving students & institutions. Funds are available for both summer and semester programs.

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