Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy

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FLORENCE, ITALY Florence is a city of momentous chance - but also, a city that retains its ancient character and legacy. It is a city of paradox, and it is endlessly fascinating; a perfect place to study, learn and live. Known for its art trea... read more

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I learned so much about myself as a person and as a traveler during my time abroad. I've always wanted to go to Italy so this was the perfect opportunity to. I also became much more independent. Definitely a worthwhile experience! I encourage all students to study abroad, if they can. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
An entirely new way of living, from perspective to speech to food to anything at all. It was very worth it - Providence College View Entire Review
Learned so much about/how to handle myself in different life situations. also learning the italian culture was amazing - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned how to live independently and acclimate to a culture that was very different from my life and Fairfield U. Studying Abroad taught me more about myself than I ever could have imagined. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
The trip abroad was very worthwhile and taught me how to act independently and figure out solutions to problems on my own. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Getting far outside of my comfort zone was a necessary experience for me. Even with the occasional hang ups, my time abroad showed me that I have what it takes to survive in a completely new environment. Not at all what I expected, but definitely worth it. - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy
It was totally worthwhile to see how people in Europe live. Also, I had the opportunities to travel to Ireland, England, Germany, and France as well- which I seized. I feel quite worldly now. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
A different culture. Yes, it was totally worthwhile. - Fairleigh Dickinson University View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
Learned how people in a different culture live. Very worthwhile. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned how to become even more independent than I had to when I left for freshmen year at PC. You don't have your family around you, so you really have to do everything and learn everything by yourself. It was definitely worthwhile and has prepared me for the real world. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing!
Try new things, learn how to rough it while traveling, go with the flow, take lots of pictures, take some risks, and eat EVERYTHING - Providence College View Entire Review
Best experience of my life. I learned that their are other ways to live besides "the American way". Really opened up my eyes to other cultures in the world- We are so sheltered in America. I made great new friends. I am so happy with the program-It was absolutely worth while..I wish I could have stayed longer!! - Providence College View Entire Review
Studying in Florence awakened my senses to the beauty of travel and experiencing foreign cultures. I learned that I am capable of adapting and thriving in new situations. It was absolutely worthwhile, and I hope to continue traveling and learning throughout my life. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Invaluable
Incredible sense of independence. Appreciate current events from a cross-cultural perspective. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned how to be independent. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Best Experience
It was completely worthwhile. It was a great time for myself to explore and learn more about who I am as a person, while experiencing different cultures. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Independence, travel - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I gained a lot of tools and insight about myself and what I want in life. - University of Scranton View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy
Studying abroad in Florence changed me. I'm more confident, more relaxed, and more cultured. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Became more independent; definitely worthwhile - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Too many lessons to count, but mainly nothing ever goes according to plan, so learn to let go and roll with the punches! - Providence College View Entire Review
Gained a high respect for Europeans. I found who I was meant to be. It was worthwhile a millions times over - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Firenze!
I learned a lot about the italian culture and got to enjoy the most amazing food for 4 months! I recommend this program to anyone that wants a combination of culture and experience. In Florence you are able to comfortably feel like home. This small city has so much to offer! - Providence College View Entire Review
I got to know a foreign city as if it was my own home, which was really special. - Providence College View Entire Review
Learning to adjust and accept different cultures. - Providence College View Entire Review

About

FLORENCE, ITALY
Florence is a city of momentous chance - but also, a city that retains its ancient character and legacy. It is a city of paradox, and it is endlessly fascinating; a perfect place to study, learn and live.

Known for its art treasures and history, the city's story goes back to the Roman Empire. The powerful Medici princes led Florence into the Renaissance by their patronage of artists, philosophers, poets, scientists and scholars who changed the face of Western civilization. A center of banking and commerce, the weather of Florence fostered entrepreneurs, economics and politicians who changed the way the world works.

Today's Florence combines centuries-old traditions with modern life- with all its conveniences and challenges. Its cathedrals, bridges and frescoes are world-famous; its Renaissance fame lives on in the works of Dante, Machiavelli and Michelangelo. But Florance continues to evolve. Its government addresses the challenges of environmental issues, immigration and burgeoning tourism. Internet cafes occupy 14th-century buildings. Florence is still famous for its cuisine, but sushi is also popular too.

Florence has attracted students for centuries and with good reason. history makes itself felt in every piazza, street and market; you have the sense of living in the present while surrounded with the greatest achievements of the past. The streets of Florence make even a walk to class an unforgettable cultural experience.

ACADEMICS
Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is a fully accredited university and member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Recognized by the Italian government as an institution of high learning in Italy, Fairfield University is also a member of AACUPI, the Association of American College and University Programs in Italy. Students attending our programs will receiving a Fairfield University transcript.

Most students participating in the Fairfield program will attend classes at the Florence University of the Arts, which is located in the history city center. Students take at least one three-credit course in Italian language and four additional courses (presented in English).

Qualified students with a high degree of proficiency in Italian language may elect to take one course with Italian students at one of Italy's leading universities.

INTERNSHIP OPTION

Internships are available to all students. This opportunity provides hands-on work experience and an immersion into the Italian work-place in a variety of fields including: art, business, education and journalism.

HOUSING

Students live in comfortable, furnished apartments in the center of Florence, within a 20-minute walk to school. Bedrooms are double-occupancy, and each apartment may have from one to four bedrooms (for two to eight students). Students enjoy the experience of immersion into Florentine daily life.

SEMESTER PROGRAM COST INCLUDES
15 Fairfield University undergraduate credits with grades
Housing in shared apartments in the historic center of Florence
Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
Four-day orientation tour Cultural activities Access to Fairfield University library resources online
Internship option
Visa assistance for qualified students depending on Italian consulate regulations
Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical emergency evacuation
One Amici de Museo degli Strumenti Musicali museum pass and a membership to Ganzo, a cultural association where students can purchase meals at their own expense

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
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