AIFS Study Abroad in Florence, Italy: Semester or Academic Year


Spend a semester or academic year in the classic city of Florence, Italy with AIFS! You’ll earn up to 16 credits per semester through a variety of courses studying at Richmond University in Florence. Courses are taught in English or Italian with no previous Italian language study required.

A 3-credit Service Learning and Active Citizenship course is available for students wishing to volunteer in Florence. This course is combined with 9-12 weeks of fieldwork. After completing this course, you will receive a certificate acknowledging your valuable contribution to the city of Florence. Other volunteer placements are also available outside of this course.

While abroad in Florence, you’ll live in a homestay with an Italian family or in a fully furnished Italian apartment with 9 other AIFS students. A meal plan is included and has been deemed a highlight of the Florence program with almost 100% of students rating it as “excellent” or “good.” The plan includes 10 vouchers per week that can be used in local restaurants, coffee shops, delis and supermarkets.

Cultural and social activities can include guided city walks, visits to the many museums, churches and cultural sites of Florence, Italian cooking classes, opera and ballet performances, Italian cheese tastings, a gelato tour, and day trips to Pisa, Lucca, the Vespa Factory and more. A 3 to 5-day field trip to Rome is included in your program fee, as well as a 2-day field trip to Venice.

A 2-night tour of London, England is included for students on the AIFS Flight Package.

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