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 the Baroque sculptures adorning the fountains of the city; linger at the Uffizi Gallery with its vast collection of painting and sculpture; view the magnificent Santa Croce where Galileo, Michelangelo and Machiavelli are buried; discuss art with Florentine painters in their studios and explore the book shops near Via Cavour; and visit one of the most popular spots in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, a 14th century bridge spanning the River Arno.
Next Florence meeting on
Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 10 a.m. in CI 159
Click here for the PDF version of our Florence 2019 information meeting PowerPoint.
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Fundraising/Scholarship Workshop: Friday, September 7, 2018 at 9 a.m. in CI 159
Click here for fundraising ideas and scholarship information.
Gilman Scholarship opens mid-August 2018 and closes October 2, 2018
Click here to view the Gilman scholarship guidance video.
Why participate in study abroad?
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AIFS flight departs U.S. for Italy: Friday, January 4, 2019
Arrive in Florence, transfer to accommodations: Saturday, January 5, 2019
AIFS flight departs Italy for the U.S.: Saturday, February 2, 2019
Click on the interest form button, or the photo above, to begin the application process.
Click on the brochure button below for information about the program, courses, faculty, costs, and more.
READ THIS! Click the timeline and fee schedule button for detailed information about the application, dates, fee schedule, program components, and contact information.
Program Costs / What is Included?
The AIFS program fee is $2,795. Click
here for the timeline and fee schedule to see what all is included.
Why Choose This Program?
This program allows you to study in Florence, Italy while enrolled in Citrus College courses; the courses are UC and/or CSU transferable.
Study abroad is a transformative, life-changing experience that will broaden students' understanding of themselves and the world. There are numerous tangible benefits for study abroad alumni including: increased self-confidence, improved GPA, lower unemployment rates, and higher starting salaries. Check out
UC Merced's What Statistics Show about Study Abroad Students page for more information.
Application and Walk-through Video
Watch this seven-minute video about how to complete the application.
• Friday, October 5, 2018: Enrollment deposit and optional components deadline
• Friday, November 9, 2018 : Entire balance is due
• Saturday, December 1, 2018: Mandatory pre-departure meeting in CI 159
More Information or Questions?
AIFS Refund Policy
Study Abroad Specialist, Citrus College
Phone (626) 914-8560
and provide withdrawal intent)
On or before Thursday, October 11, 2018: All fees paid less a $150 processing fee and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.
After Thursday, October 11, 2018, but on or before Friday, November 9, 2018: All fees paid less the $450 deposit and any non-refundable deposits paid by the student or by AIFS on the student's behalf.
- After Friday, November 9, 2018: No refund, and the total program fee is due.
Once the program has begun: No refund, unless AIFS suspends the program.
Because of covered medical reasons: All fees paid less the $150 processing fee and $125 insurance premium.