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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 have become extremely independent and now feel that I could travel anywhere! I now have a better understanding of the Italian way of life and would love to go back after college. I am extremely happy that I was able to teach while studying because it reaffirmed my passion for education. However, now I am thinking that I would ... - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Italy Was Great
More than i can explain here - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes. It has been my favorite semester of college. It has definitely led me to consider moving abroad after college. I loved Europe and got to see so many beautiful places and meet great people. I would love to be able to do it again. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review I Love Italy
Yes I loved it and feel like a better person for going. - Providence College View Entire Review
ABSOLUTELY. The way I look at Italy and America is so different than when I first came, for the better. I appreciate things i took for granted in America and I really learned to respect the Italian way of life. - Providence College View Entire Review
I feel far more culturally aware and also loved the opportunity to study and live around pieces of art that I will spend my life writing about and examining. At the same time it was strange to see this historical city filled with clubs and a dedication to less than intellectual activities. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review Life In Firenze
It changed my life. - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile and I really appreciate and love learning about different cultures now. - Providence College View Entire Review
Yes, definitely the best experience of my life! I learned so much about myself and a new culture and I really enjoyed everyday while I was there. - Providence College View Entire Review
My perspective on life and culture was widen immensely. I grew to have a love for travel and seeing new things different from those I know. I am much more accepting of other cultures and more interested in learning from them. Before studying abroad, I do not think I would have considered working abroad in my future career but... - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review
Studying abroad was one of the most incredible experiences in my life so far. I was able to live independently and adapt to a completely different culture than that of America. I believe that I became a stronger person and now have a better ability to focus on the bigger picture in life and not dwell on the small annoyances an... - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review
Definitely. I became more independent and learned to really live on my own. My eyes have opened up to the world. I want to travel more now - both abroad and in the US. I learned more about myself studying abroad, and learned who I truly am and who I truly want to be, more than I've ever learned in my entire life. I've met people... - Providence College View Entire Review
It was beyond worthwhile, words cannot describe how much I loved being in Florence and I tell everyone I know that I wish they could experience everything that I did while abroad. - Providence College View Entire Review
Beyond worthwhile. I gained a worth of knowledge and the ability to be patient and accept and appreciate the small things in life. Life in Europe is lived. Everyone appreciates the smallest experiences such as going on a stroll or having dinner under teh stars. It is a less stressful and fast moving life. Everyone is happy. If w... - Providence College View Entire Review
study abroad was the best thing I have ever done and i am counting down the seconds until i can go back! - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review La Vita Bella
yes it was amazing - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and about Italian culture. Such a valuable experience. Definitely go abroad, but maybe consider another city if you don't want a really Americanized experience. - Providence College View Entire Review
I learned to consider the beliefs and opinions of the Italian people. One must strive to gain a worldly perspective on international relations in order to become a well-rounded individual. - Providence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Fairfield University: Florence - Semester or Year Program
I really loved being abroad! But I definitely miss America and PC a lot. I would recommend the experience to anyone who is interested in learning about a new culture. - Providence College View Entire Review
Amazing! I would do it again in a heartbeat - Providence College View Entire Review
Definitely, the best experience of my life. I was able to see so much of the world and learning so much about myself, that I never would have if I haded studied abroad. - Providence College View Entire Review
Absolutely!! It was the best 4 months of my life and I gained so many new experiences and friends. I can not wait to go back to florence. - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review
It is hard to put into words just how incredible my study abroad experience was. Throughout my four months of living and studying in Europe I experienced situations that were challenging but helped me gain a new sense of confidence and taught me alot about myself. I learned that it is important to keep an open mind about everyth... - Providence College View Entire Review
Past Review
yes it was. gained self confidence and independence. - 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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