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Why Study in Florence?


Florence, Italy

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


WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM? 

ACADEMIC:

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. 

PERSONAL:

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:

      1. Learn more about yourself and become more self-aware
      2. Boost your self-confidence and independence
      3. Learn another language
      4. Learn more about your own country by going to another
      5. Expand your worldview
      6. Strengthen adaptability, communications, and team building skills
      7. Enhance your career opportunities
      8. Experience another culture firsthand and enhance your cross-cultural competency
      9. Make new friends from around the world
      10. Travel
PROGRAM DATES:
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

Program Fees and What Is Included (PDF)

AIFS REFUND DATES

Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way (aifspartnerships@aifs.com). 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.

NSAC Florence
Flyer (PDF)
NCSAC Florence
Brochure (PDF)
AIFS Student
Handbook (PDF)
AIFS Pre Departure
Info (PDF)
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Florence Spring 2018 Classes

Florence Spring 2018 Classes

Chart of Class
Schedules (PDF)
Course Descriptions
and Bios (PDF)
Transferability of
Courses (PDF)
Course Preference
Sheet (PDF)

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

Gelateria in Florence, Italy

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:

1. Student Emergency Contact Information

2. Los Rios Waiver of Risk Form

3. Consortium Waiver Form

4. Course Preference Sheet

In addition, you will need to bring your Passport and a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is fine).