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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: AIFS 
  • Restrictions: MSU applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct, Internship, Program Provider Areas of Study: Anthropology, Art, Art History, Arts, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Food Communications, Food Technology and Management, Hospitality Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Tourism
Minimum Class Standing: Junior, Senior GPA Requirement: 2.75
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Apartment, Home Stay
Program Description:

Florence: Global Education Center

Spend a summer in the artistic and cultured city of Florence, Italy with AIFS Abroad! Study a variety of academic program options with credit awarded through Fairfield University. The AIFS Abroad Florence Global Education Center is centrally located with the Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Piazza della Signoria, Accademia and San Marco creating a wonderful backdrop to your experience in Florence.

Stay Longer in Florence!

These summer sessions in Florence can be combined with the new Liberal Arts and Business, Wine Marketing, or Soccer May Term programs for a longer study abroad experience:

  • Soccer Program with Liberal Arts and Business
  • Liberal Arts and Business — May Term + Session 1
  • Wine Marketing with Liberal Arts and Business
 Semester/Term Eligibility Requirements Rec. Semester Credits
  Summer Open to Junior, Senior Minimum of 2.75 GPA Up to 10 semester credits (subject to program, course and optional trip selection)

How it works:

The Study + Internship program combines practical work experience in a foreign country with structured preparation and reflection opportunities. The course consists of 15 contact hours of seminars and workshops plus 120 hours of supervised unpaid work placement (3 credits). Alongside the internship seminars and work placements, students are required to enroll in the hybrid course SOCI 360 – Italian Culture and Traditions (3 credits) to complement their preparation.

Credit for the internship placement is awarded by Fairfield University.

Students taking both the Rome and Venice excursions can earn an additional credit when they register for Italian Art: Selected Topics.

In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. The internship provides vital insight into a career field, experience in the global workplace, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and development of professional and personal skills. International work experience helps students test a potential career path while exploring interests and abilities in new ways.

Placements are available in the following fields:

Art history, drawing, fashion, history, Italian language, marketing, painting, photography, sociology and many more.


Where You'll Study

The AIFS Global Education Center in Florence is in the heart of the historic center. It is within walking distance of the Duomo, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio and Accademia as well as numerous stores, restaurants and trattoria.

Located in the AIFS Abroad Center is a Resident Director and Student Advisors to help scholars adjust to life in Italy. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the building and there are a small number of computers for student use/printing.

What Makes AIFS Abroad different?

Career Readiness

Professional development is at the foundation of our preparation for participants’ time abroad. We utilize the CliftonStrengths assessment as a tool to help all participants understand themselves better, provide a vocabulary around their natural talents, and deepen the impact of their experience abroad.

Access, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (AIDE)

As an organization we are committed to ensuring all identities are able to thrive in an inclusive global educational environment. Everyone has a complex identity, and the different aspects of your identity are important when deciding on a program and location. Review our Social Identity Pages to assist you when selecting a program that best fits your interests and needs.
AIDE General Social Identity Resources


We are the first education abroad provider to sign on with the
Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE).
Focused on making education abroad carbon neutral, we include
carbon offsets for all participants' return flights, environmental
education connecting students on the ground to environmental
projects, and make our own business practices more

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  • Tuition
  • Pre-departure advising
  • Housing
  • Onsite Resident Director
  • Cultural & Social
  • Excursions & day trips
  • 24/7 Emergency
  • Comprehensive
  • Carbon offsets


  • Pisa
  • Siena
  • Rome
  • Venice
  • and more.


  • Group flight package
  • Airport transfer
  • Additional excursions


AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make international education goals attainable. Find out more about what we have to offer.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.