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Why Study in Florence?

Florence Spring 2019 Classes


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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 THE PROGRAM


WHY CHOOSE THIS PROGRAM? 

ACADEMICS:

This program enables 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: Feb 2, 2019
Arrive Italy:  Feb 3, 2019
Semester Break:  Mar 18 - Mar 22, 2019
Depart Italy: May 3, 2019
Arrive U.S.: May 4, 2019

 


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 (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:

• TBD: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 processing & non-refundable deposit fees.

• After TBD, AIFS will not refund any of the $450 deposit.

• TBD: Total program fee is due.NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.

 

NSAC Florence 
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NCSAC Florence 
Brochure (PDF)
AIFS Student 
Handbook (PDF)
AIFS Pre Departure 
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PROPOSED CLASS OFFERINGS

Florence, Italy

 

Class Schedule
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Course Descriptions &
Bios (PDF)
Transferability of 
Courses (PDF)
Course Preference
Sheet (PDF)

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of  4 classes:  Italian Life & Culture class is required,  and at least one other class offered through the student's home school. The two others can be any of the classes offered. Individual classes can fill, and students are assigned priority based on their application approval date.

CONTRA COSTA COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / Jessica Barksdale

ENGL 126 - Critical Thinking: The Shaping of Meaning in Language  (prerequisite: ENGL 122 or equivalent)
ENGL 150 - Introduction to Literature
ENGL 170 - World Mythology

INTD 100*: Italian Life and Culture

LOS RIOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / Holly Piscopo

HIST 302 - History of Western Civilization
HIST 310 - History of the United States to 1877
HIST 311 - History of the Unites States from 1865-Present

HIST TBA *: Italian Life & Culture 

SAN MATEO COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT / Rebecca Alex

ART 204 - Drawing I
ART 205 - Drawing II
ART 124- Old Masters Aesthetics and Techniques

SCOSC 690SB*: Italian Life and Culture

SANTA ROSA JUNIOR COLLEGE / Danielle King 

BIO 12 - Basic Concepts of Ecology
BIO 13 - Human Biology
BIO 14 - Current Issues in Biology

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 2019 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.

APPLICATION REVIEW APPOINTMENT

Once you have applied online through AIFS and paid your deposit, you will be contacted by Los Rios Study Abroad Office for an appointment to review your application and documents in order to be approved for Study Abroad. 

You will need to complete the forms below and bring them with you to your appointment:

1. Student Emergency Contact Information

2. Los Rios Waiver of Risk Form 

3. Consortium Waiver Form

4. Course Preference Sheet ComingSoon

In addition to the forms above you will need to bring:

A. Current passport (or photo ID if this is in process)

B. A copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable).