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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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Completely worthwhile. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Fun In Florence
I learned so much about myself through this experience. I gained so much more knowledge about other countries and felt less ignorant upon my return home. I learned how to be independent and I think it will really help me upon graduation. In terms of cultural awareness, I think this experience will be forever valuable to my futur... - Providence College View Entire Review
Would not trade my four months abroad for anything. I became more independent and confident in myself. It was an opportunity to travel the world and get to study and create in a completely different environment than you would find in the States - Providence College View Entire Review
This was the most worthwhile experience I have ever taken part in. I have gained a deeper understanding about myself and the world around me. Through study abroad, I have realized that there is so much to see and do in the world beyond Providence College. I will definitely incorporate everything I have learned here into my futur... - Providence College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile. I was immersed in the Italian culture and saw past the typical stereotypes of Italians. I gained the confidence in myself and was able to become a more outgoing and assertive person. This experience truly changed my life. Being in Italy makes me want to travel all the tim... - Providence College View Entire Review
My study abroad experience has changed my life. I will never forget these four months, and I'm actually depressed thinking about leaving next week. I can't believe how many countries I've visited, how much I've seen, and how fortunate I am for being able to do so. Studying abroad is a privilege, and I have grown so much from thi... - Providence College View Entire Review
So worthwhile!!! Changes your whole outlook on life, amazing experience. - Providence College View Entire Review
YES! - Providence College View Entire Review
Studying abroad connected me with many students my age that have similar experiences even though they are from different cultures in the USA. Once you have a group of friends that you can click with, the next step is to experience all of the city and travel together. Amongst your relationships and travels you will learn new th... - Providence College View Entire Review
absolutely! was an amazing experience - Fairfield University View Entire Review
Studying abroad changed my life, my perspective of my self, and reinforced how much I love my major: history. - Providence College View Entire Review
I am more fully aware of the world and different cultures. I have more of a respect for other cultures, languages, and ways of living. - Providence College View Entire Review
Absolutely - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile, I think I learned a lot about myself and a lot about how I interact with people. I also realized how much I value my own country (not in the overzealous patriot way, but in an appreciative manner). - Providence College View Entire Review
Studying abroad has helped me learn more about the world as well as myself. Being able to see and experience so many cities and countries was truly amazing, and I have realized who I am and what I want out of life. - Providence College View Entire Review
The experience was way more than worthwhile. I met some amazing people and got to really see and know Italy as well as a few other places in Europe. I learned a lot about myself and came back home with new outlooks and perspectives. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned that I can meet friends a lot easier than I thought I could. I was given a sense of independence that I've never experienced before, which made me realize that I can handle to the real world when I'm thrown into it after college. I learned a lot more Italian and realized that my time here was what I made of it-that my ... - Providence College View Entire Review
Independance & confidence language skills - Providence College View Entire Review
yes. studying abroad was the best experience of my life. no complaints. - Providence College View Entire Review
The experience was absolutely worthwhile. I learned so much from my semester abroad and I have so many memories from my time in Europe. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, it was very worthwhile. I gained a lot of insight into myself and enjoyed living in a foreign country thoroughly. If I could study abroad again, I would probably choose a different country to learn more about another location, but I definitely want to return to Italy in the future. - Providence College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence an cultural awareness. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes it was so worthwhile. I would do it over 100 times. When I get a job I would love to have the opportunity to travel to Europe as many times a year as I can. I will try to focus more on international business. Studying abroad has changed my life for the better. - Providence College View Entire Review
I am far more cultured with a more worldly outlook. I plan to return to Europe whenever I can! - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Italy Is Life
yes - 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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