Florence Spring 2021 Information

Duomo Tower, Florence, Italy



AIFS Florence Student Handbook

AIFS Florence Flyer

AIFS Florence Brochure


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.   


Student Comments


  • 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.


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.

Coming later: Florence brochure and flyer



  • Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021 – AIFS flight departs SFO for Italy.
  • Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021 – Arrive in Italy and transfer to hotel for first night.
  • Monday-Tuesday, Feb. 1-2, 2021 – Orientation and workshops.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021 – Classes begin.
  • Saturday-Sunday, March 13-21, 2021 – Mid-semester break.
  • Monday, April 5, 2021 – Easter Monday (no class).
  • Thursday, April 29, 2021 – Last day of class.
  • Friday, April 30, 2021   – Program ends; depart Italy for the U.S.


  • September 25, 2020 – Priority application deadline

  • November 6, 2020 – General application deadline

  • Saturday in January 2021– Mandatory pre-departure meeting at TBD (venue and date still to be determined)



We hope to offer info meetings during the Fall 2020 semester, but we are still waiting to see if we are working remotely or not. Please check back here later. Also, if you’d like to be put on a contact list for Florence Spring 2021 to receive messages on when more info will be available, please email Patty Warne (pwarne@santarosa.edu), Study Abroad coordinator, and request to be put on the Florence Spring 2021 contact list.

Click here for the PDF printable flyer of Information Meetings Schedule (pending)



Refund requests must be done in writing to AIFS. They accept emails and that is generally the easiest way (customizedfacultyled@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 6, 2020: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit less $150 processing & non-refundable deposit fees. After Nov. 6, AIFS will not refund any of the $450 deposit. Students may also be subject to any nonrefundable canceled reservation fees by AIFS after this date. Details on AIFS Agreement & Release form on your AIFS application.
  • Friday, December 4, 2020: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.

Note that if the program gets canceled by SRJC or AIFS, all those enrolled at the time of cancellation will receive a refund.