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 gained everything! Travel experience and independence. An appreciation of all the beautiful things in the world - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
Independence, more responsible yes! - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
Past Review Food And Wine
completely worthwhile. learned about myself and my culture by studying another culture independently. - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worth while. I learned a lot about not only other cultures but also a lot about myself. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent. It was definitely worthwhile. - Providence College View Entire Review
It was extremely worthwhile. It makes me wonder why every student offered the chance does not decide to study abroad. In Florence, but really anywhere you choose to study abroad you gain a whole new perspective and appreciation of where you come from. You live in another culture and experience new things every day. You are pushe... - Muhlenberg College View Entire Review
I learned so much I know I can live in a city and travel alone and of course I speak italian now! it was so worthwhile! best experience! - Fairfield University View Entire Review
The culture of Italy was amazing and I brought some back with me. It was definitely worth while to see how others live. - Saint Josephs University View Entire Review
I learned the differences between America and Italy- differences that make me appreciate where I live a lot. I gained somewhat of a new outlook on life as well as learned more about Italian culture than I ever thought I could. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned more about my own capacity for learning and self-reliance. I gained a lot of culinary knowledge. Also, my level of taste and style was elevated significantly. - Syracuse University View Entire Review
Learned how to appreciate the world around us and that the US is not the only country, nor the best. I learned to appreciate the opportunity I had because it changed who I am as a person for the better. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Ciao Bella
My study abroad experience has been an amazing experience and one that I will never forget. I took advantage of every opportunity to travel to as many countries and experience as many different cultures as I could over these past four months. For most of us, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we will never have the tim... - Providence College View Entire Review
My experience abroad was 100% worth it. I learned that in life you just have to go with the flow and you never know what is going to happen. Unpredictability is a good thing, and you will learn how to deal with things in the blink of an eye. Going abroad makes you gain independence and patience. You also get to see so much of th... - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained a once in a lifetime experience that I will forever cherish. I hope to one day be able to revisit Florence and possibly even stay there for good. - Boston College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy
I learned how to be independent and self-reliant. I learned how to make worthwhile friendships in a short amount of time. Study abroad was my most worthwhile college experience to date. - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I gained a better sense of myself and a sense of independence. I found that traveling suits me and I can't wait to continue. I love the Italian lifestyle. It was more than worthwhile, it meant everything to me. - Saint Josephs University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year in Italy
I gained a more broad perspective of not only the world but also of myself as a person. I learned so much about the person I am while abroad and was able to realize the person that I want to be. - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of experience and life lessons that I would not have gained if I didn't go abroad. Overall, the experience was definitely worthwhile. - Providence College View Entire Review
best experience of my life. feel more mature, and know better what i want in my future job wise - Fairfield University View Entire Review
I learned new things about myself; and how much I can push myself to do. That sleep is important & I can survive off of less than 8 hours, but eventually will burn out after 4 months. I learned to live more freely, knowing that this experience should be taken full advantage of. It was SO worthwhile!!!!!! - University of San Francisco View Entire Review
I think I gained the confidence to know that I can actually live on my own and embrace my opportunity. It was an incredible experience. I am sad not to be in Florence anymore! - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Past Review Fantastico!
I love the Italian lifestyle and I hope to incorporate it in my life forever - Providence College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile, I learned so much about myself and I took so much away from all my different experiences. - Providence College View Entire Review
i grew up a lot, learned a lot about myself and matured - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Unforgettable
I gained so much from my experience abroad. I learned more about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. I learned how to concern many of my fears including heights. Finally, I learned how to adapt to another culture and learn about many various cultures in Europe. - Providence College View Entire Review

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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 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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