2015 Spring Semester in Florence, Italy
Florence is an interesting mix of old and new with its olde world village feel where gothic, medieval and romanesque architecture house renaissance masterpieces alongside contemporary museums and modern boutiques.It is a cultural exchange center on an international scale where art, design, fashion and science come together to create a unique atmosphere where ideas are exchanged and entertained allowing the city to provide the perfect stage for exhibitions, shows and concerts all year long.This breathtakingly beautiful city is perfectly situated in the heart of the stunning region of Tuscany and at the centre of the Italian peninsular, from where there is no better place to discover the rest that Italy has to offer and indeed the rest Europe... if only to confirm that Florence is the best city in Italy, Europe, if not the world!
Join students from all over Northern California and four outstanding faculty for an unforgettable learning adventure in the heart of the Renaissance. Florence puts literature, history, art, fashion, architecture and design at your doorstep - while your take courses and work toward advancing your plans for transfer or career training.
From Florence, students can easily explore on their own Tuscany's rolling hills and valleys, dotted with tall cypress trees, olive groves and Chianti vineyards; venture north to Milan, one of the fashion capitals of the world, and where the operas of Donizetti, Puccini and Verdi are performed; or travel south to Naples to see Mount Vesuvius and explore the ruins at Pompeii and Herculaneum.The AIFS study center is in a great location in the heart of the city, in particular in a 13th century palazzo in the Santa Croce district. It houses the student services office and classrooms and is within walking distance of all the main sights, museums, markets and shops.
To apply for the Florence Study Abroad Program, you must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25 and have completed at least 12 transferable college units at the time the student applies. In addition, the student must be 18 years of age at the time of boarding the airplane. Students who do not meet these minimum qualifications should refer to the information about Provisional Student Enrollment below.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis, and because classes have limited enrollment, students are encouraged to apply early in order to reserve a spot in the classes of their choice.