Study in Florence, Italy
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- February 3, 2024 through May 3, 2024
- Florence, Italy
- $8,145: shared apartment and AIFS administrative fee
- $552 to $690: Tuition ($0 if California College Promise Grant eligible)
- Varies: Textbooks
- $700 to $1,000 per month: Estimated meals and personal expenses
- $550: Optional meal plan of 30 vouchers to use in a selection of restaurants and trattorias
- $65: Optional medical insurance upgrade
- $1,290: Group flight (or purchase your own)
- Varies: Personal excursions and adventures
About the Program
Spend 13-weeks in birthplace of the Renaissance, studying courses in Anthropology, Biology, English, and/or History. The city will become your classroom when on a given afternoon you may stroll with faculty and classmates through the streets of Florence to admire the architecture of Giotto and the Baroque sculptures adorning the fountains of the city, linger at the Uffizi Gallery with its vast collection of painting and sculpture, view the magnificent Santa Croce where Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli are buried, discuss art with Florentine painters in their studios, explore the book shops near Via Cavour, and visit one of the most traditional spots in Florence -- the Ponte Vecchio, a 14th century bridge spanning the River Arno.
The Florence program is administered in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).
Minimum participation requirements and general Los Rios study abroad information can be found on the Los Rios study abroad website.
Q&A with Previous Florence Students
- $450 Deposit Due: at the time of application
- Application Priority Deadline: September 22, 2023
- Application Deadline: November 3, 2023
- All Program Fees Due: December 8, 2023
- Depart U.S.: February 3, 2024
- Arrive in Italy: February 4, 2024
- Classes Begin: February 7, 2024
- Mid-Semester Break: March 16 - March 24, 2024
- Easter Holiday: April 1, 2024
- Classes End: May 2, 2024
- Depart Italy: May 3, 2024
Accommodation in furnished, shared 2 or 3 bedroom apartments in the historical center of Florence.
- Orientation program in Florence consisting of an orientation meeting with AIFS staff covering topics on acclimation to life in Florence, health and safety, travel, cultural differences, half-day guided walking tour of Florence, and a welcome reception.
- Access to the AIFS Study Center including classrooms and a team of experienced AIFS Student Services staff to provide information, personal advising and counseling, and 24-hour emergency contact service. The AIFS staff is there to make sure students get the most out of their time in Florence.
- Weekly program of subsidized cultural activities. The program allows students to experience typical Italian pastimes and explore the city in depth. Each semester we offer walking tours, traditional cooking classes, wine lectures, soccer matches, day trip to Pisa and other nearby locations.
- Full-day excursion to the Chianti wine region including transportation by private bus, a visit to a winery and a typical Tuscan lunch.
- Guided day trip to nearby scenic Tuscan towns of Siena and San Gimignano, including round-trip transportation; a professional, English-speaking guide; and an AIFS representative throughout.
- Free wireless Internet access in the Study Center during class hours Monday through Friday. Wireless access will also be available in the apartments.
- Italian Life and Culture course taught by local professors. The course will consist of weekly lectures focusing on historical, political, economic, and cultural aspects of Italy and Florence and will include related activities in addition to lectures.
- Mandatory police registration.
- Student medical insurance policy.