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 Florence 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.
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.
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.
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
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