Why Study in Florence?
Florence is an exciting city in which to live and study. On an afternoon stroll through the streets of Florence, which is set amidst the golden hills of Tuscany, you can admire the architecture of Giotto and Baroque sculptures adorning the fountains of the city. You can linger in at the Uffizi Gallery with its vast collection of paintings and sculptures, and view the magnificent Santa Croce, where Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli are buried. Discuss art with Florentine painters in their studios and explore the bookshops near Via Cavour, and visit one of the most popular spots in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, a 14th-century bridge spanning the River Arno.
HIGHLIGHTS OF FLORENCE
- Open to students age 18 and older who have completed 12 units of college course work with a minimum 2.25 grade point average.
- Optional flight transportation package; accommodations in fully furnished apartments with kitchen in the Historical Center of Florence.
- Take lower division courses that are transferable for Bachelor's degree credit.
- Program includes an orientation program, half-day guided walking tour of Florence, guided day trip to Siena and San Gimignano, and subsidized cultural activities which may include walking tours, cooking classes, wine tasting lectures, ballet, soccer matches, concerts and film nights, and day trips to Pisa and other nearby locations.
- Free wireless Internet access at the Study Center during class hours and in the apartments.
WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM?
This program is offered to enable students to study abroad while making normal progress toward their degree objectives, and earning fully transferable units in courses taught by community college faculty and guest lecturers. This program is offered in cooperation with three other California community college districts and with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which arranges transportation, living accommodations, and a wide range of student and instructional support services. Students need not be currently enrolled at one of the sponsoring colleges in order to participate. Units earned in Florence will appear on transcripts issued by the participating colleges.
Study abroad is a life-changing and transformative experience for many students, affecting their social and cultural awareness of the world. Below are 10 reasons to inspire you to study abroad from the Institute of International Education:
- Learn more about yourself and become more self-aware
- Boost your self-confidence and independence
- Learn another language
- Learn more about your own country by going to another
- Expand your worldview
- Strengthen adaptability, communications, and team building skills
- Enhance your career opportunities
- Experience another culture firsthand and enhance your cross-cultural competency
- Make new friends from around the world
|Depart US:||January 27, 2018|
|Arrive Italy:||January 28, 2018|
|Semester Break:||March 12 - 16, 2018|
|Depart Italy:||April 27, 2018|
|Arrive U.S.:||April 28, 2018|
PROGRAM COSTS/FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS
AIFS REFUND DATES
Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way (firstname.lastname@example.org). See official AIFS refund policy on your Agreement & Release form on AIFS application. Dates to remember regarding AIFS refunds once you are enrolled in the program:
• Friday, November 3, 2017: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 processing & non-refundable deposit fees.
• After November 3rd, 2017: AIFS will not refund any of the $450 deposit.
• Friday, December 1, 2017: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.
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PROPOSED CLASS OFFERINGS
All students will take at least 4 classes. Everyone is required to take the Spanish Life & Culture class and at least one other class offered through their home school, and then any two others:
CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / SCOTT MACDOUGALL
POLS 220: Comparative Politics
POLS 250: Introduction to International Relations
SOCSC 123: American Popular Culture
INTD 100*: Italian Life and Culture
LOS RIOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / MARCIA MCCORMICK
PSYC 305: Psychology Applied to Modern Life
PSYC 356: Human Sexuality
PSYC 361: Psychology of Women in a Multicultural Society
INDIS 353*: Italian Life & Culture
SAN MATEO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / INGRID SCHULZ
FILM 122: Film History
FILM 130: Film Directors
FILM 140: Contemporary World Cinema
SCOSC 690SB*: Italian Life and Culture
SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE / TERRY MULCAIRE
HUMANITIES 7: Introduction to the Humanities
ENGLISH 1B: Literature and Composition (Prerequisite: ENGL 1A)
ENGLISH 9: Contemporary World Literature (Prerequisite: ENGL 1A)
INTDIS 90*: Italian Life and Culture*Student must enroll in the Italian Life, Culture and Language course offered by the campus that processes their program application. This class is the same class for all four schools.
FLORENCE SPRING 2018 APPLICATION PROCESS
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR LOS RIOS'S STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM
To apply for the Florence Study Abroad Program, the student 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.
FORMS TO BRING TO YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH LOS RIOS'S STUDY ABROAD OFFICE
Once you have applied online through AIFS, you will be contacted by Los Rios Study Abroad Office for an appointment. Please fill out the forms below and bring them to your appointment:
In addition, you will need to bring your Passport and a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is fine).