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*Florence, Italy - Non-Fairfield Students
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Summer I,
Summer II,
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Restrictions: Non-Fairfield applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Summer I,
Summer II
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Minimum GPA: 2.80 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Credit Type: Fairfield Credit External Students: Yes
Internships: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Academic Area: Anthropology, Art History, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Environmental Studies, Finance, History, International Studies, Internship, Italian Language & Literature, Management, Marketing, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Visual Arts Language Requirement: Any
Program Description:

Florence Brochure


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.


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 historic city center. Students take at least one three-credit course in Italian language and four additional courses (presented in English). Summer students may take any two course from the summer course list.

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.


  • 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


The cost of each of the summer sessions is $6,884 (with the $200 refundable housing deposit).
The package includes:

  • Tuition for six undergraduate credits; grades will be reported on a Fairfield University transcript.
  • Student support services with 24-hour emergency coverage
  • Housing in shared apartments in the historic center of Florence. Apartments are all different, have one to four double-occupancy bedrooms, are simply furnished and provided with bedding, towels, cooking utensils, stove, and refrigerator. Walking distance to school varies, but 15 to 25 minutes
  • Meal plan, which includes vouchers for sandwiches and for the restaurants Da Pennello and Ganzo
  • Welcome and farewell banquets
  • Weekly activities (examples from past summers include soccer, opera, ballet, and local events)
  • Day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Assisi and to Perugia
  • Health insurance

You can find a tentative list of course offerings here: Tentative Summer Florence course schedule.pdf.

The trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Arrival Date Departure Date
Year 2014-2015 02/01/2014
02/24/2014 TBA TBA
Summer II 2014 03/14/2014
03/17/2014 06/27/2014 07/25/2014
Summer I 2014 03/14/2014
03/17/2014 05/23/2014 06/20/2014
Fall 2014 04/15/2014
Rolling Admission 08/25/2014 12/13/2014
Spring 2015 10/31/2014
Rolling Admission 01/26/2015 05/16/2015
Year 2015-2016 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2015 04/01/2015 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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