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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: AIFS 
  • Restrictions: BU applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: No Housing Options: Apartment (shared), Homestay
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Program Type: External Providers' Program
Program Meets Bethel Residency Requirement: No Minimum GPA: 2.5
Eligibility by Grade Level: 2-sophomore, 3-junior Areas of Study: Art, Art - Painting, Art - Photography, Biblical and Theological Studies, Business, Classical Studies, Communication Studies, Economics, English Literature, Filmmaking, Gender Studies, History, Human Resources Management, International Business, International Relations, International Studies, Journalism, Management, Marketing, Media Studies, Missional Ministries, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociocultural Studies, Sociology
Program Name: AIFS Open to all majors: Yes
Gen Ed Tags: Z-tag Cross-Cultural Experience
Program Description:

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Florence, Italy
Spend a semester or academic year in Florence with AIFS. Earn up to 16 credits studying at Richmond University in Florence. No previous Italian language study is required.

Select the Traditional Academic Program to begin or advance your Italian language and select courses from a variety of subjects. During Spring semester, a Fashion Management and Marketing Program is also available.

The program includes a one-week orientation. Fall semester orientation is on the coast of Tuscany, while orientation for spring semester is in Rome.

Live in an Italian homestay or a shared student apartment. Both housing options include a meal plan.

You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities including:
  • Guided city walks
  • Visits to museums
  • Italian cooking classes
  • Opera and ballet performances
  • Day trips to Pisa, Lucca and the Vespa Factory.
Fall students take a 3-day trip to Rome. Spring students take a 5-day trip to Rome. All students enjoy 2-days in Venice and a day trip to Siena.
 
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Offering more than $800,000 in scholarships, grants & financial support each year!  
   
AIFS is recognized as a premier provider of study abroad programs. All-inclusive program fees cover tuition, housing, a meal plan, tours and excursions, insurance and 24-hour emergency service. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS.
 
     
 

 




Application Process for non-Bethel Approved Programs - 2 steps
In order to participate, you must apply and be approved by both Bethel and the program itself.
1. Bethel approval - Click "Apply Now" on this page to complete the Bethel approval process, which requires a minimum grade point average of 2.5 (individual programs may have a higher minimum requirement) and approval from the Student Life office in regard to disciplinary records
2. Program application - You will apply directly through the program provider's website. This typically requires an application fee, essay/personal statement, approval from our study abroad office and an official Bethel transcript, plus other various application pieces
 
Billing policy for third party programs
Bethel students are billed a combination of Bethel's tuition rate PLUS the room/board rate of the chosen program.  We will contact the program to determine what portion of their comprehensive fee is their room/board rate.  If your program's tuition rate is higher than Bethel's tuition rate, you will be charged the program's tuition rate and room/board costs plus an additional $750 administrative fee.  

Billing is based on Bethel's tuition rate instead of the program's tuition rate so that you can remain enrolled at Bethel and utilize your Bethel gift aid and state/federal aid during the semester you are gone.  Bethel institutional gift aid can be used toward one semester of off-campus study. 

Financial Aid/Scholarships
Financial Aid awards (institutional grants, loans and scholarships) will typically travel with you for one semester.  Students receiving the Minnesota State Grant will want to make sure they are enrolled in the equivalent of 15 credits while they are gone to receive the full grant.

Please check your program's website for additional scholarship opportunities. 

A list of general scholarship opportunities is located here:  https://www.bethel.edu/international-studies/financial-aid 

Program Administration
This program is run through an approved third party provider which has its own office and staff to organize cultural activities, academics, and housing and provide onsite student support.

Visit the program provider's page for program information, including: academics, course dates, housing options and excursions.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 08/01/2020 08/01/2020 08/26/2020 12/04/2020
Fall 2021 10/01/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA
Spring 2021 12/20/2020 12/20/2020 01/14/2021 04/30/2021