Florence Spring 2018 Information

 Florence Italy SRJC 2018

 

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 visit Il Duomo, with its magnificent Renaissance dome that stands tall over the city; 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 Santa Croce where Galileo, Michelangelo, and Machiavelli are buried; discuss art with Florentine painters in their studios; explore the book shops near Via Cavour; and stroll along the popular Ponte Vecchio, a 14th century bridge spanning the River Arno. Sometimes, though, it’s just the simple, day-to-day experiences that also inspire, from taking a walk down the street past red-roofed buildings to enjoying a fresh plate of pasta while people watching at an outdoor café.   
 
 
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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. 

 

DATES AND MEETINGS
PROGRAM DATES

•    Saturday, January 27, 2018 – AIFS flight departs SFO for Italy.
•    Sunday, January 28, 2018 – Arrive in Italy and transfer to hotel for first night.
•    Monday-Tuesday, Jan. 29-30, 2018 – Orientation and workshops for all students and faculty.
•    Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Classes begin.
•    Monday-Friday, March 12-16, 2018 – Mid-semester break.
•    Friday, April 27 – Program ends. AIFS flight departs Italy for the U.S. 

 

IMPORTANT DATES

•    Friday, September 29, 2017 – Priority application deadline
•    Monday, October 30, 2017 – General application deadline 
•    Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 – Mandatory pre-departure meeting, site TBD

 

FALL 2017 INFORMATION SESSIONS (FOR SPRING 2018 DEPARTURE)

Below is the Fall 2017 schedule of information sessions for August and September facilitated by Terry Mulcaire (tmulcaire@santarosa.edu), our instructor to Florence. 
 

Thursday

August 31, 2017

12:00-1:00 pm

Rm. 4244 , Doyle Library

Santa Rosa Campus

Tuesday

September 7, 2017

1:00-2:00 pm

Rm. 4244, Doyle Library

Santa Rosa Campus

Monday

September 11, 2017

1:00-2:00 pm

   PC 602, Call Building

Petaluma Campus

Monday

September 18, 2017

12:00-1:00 pm

Rm. 4244, Doyle Library

Santa Rosa Campus

Thursday

September 21, 2017

4:00-5:00 pm

Rm. 4243, Doyle Library

Santa Rosa Campus

Monday

September 25, 2017

1:00-2:00 pm

Rm. 4244, Doyle Library

Santa Rosa Campus

PROGRAM COSTS/FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIPS

•  Program Fees and What Is Included (PDF)
•  Financial Aid Process Information (PDF)
  Scholarships Information and Application (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 Nov. 3, 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.