CSUF’s Largest Semester Study Abroad Program!

Depart Los Angeles: Sept. 14, 2018

Arrive Florence: Sept. 16, 2018

Depart Florence: Dec. 8, 2018

Arrive Los Angeles:  Dec. 8, 2018

Classes will be held ONLINE Aug. 20-Sept. 14, 2018

Application link (cut and paste):


The American Institute for Foreign Study is the contracting agent with California State University, Fullerton.We have been contracting with AIFS for 14 years. The AIFS cost is approximately $3,695. However, costs are likely to drop depending on funding by the CSUF Instructional Related Activities Fund.  This is a reduction in price from last year’s semester program.  CSUF tuition fees (same as fall campus fees) and flight are separate.

AIFS Fees Cover

  • Accommodation in shared self -catering apartments within the historic center of Florence. Apartments will be a maximum 30 minute- walk from the study center, and typically 4 to 6 Fullerton students will share an apartment with 2 students per bedroom;

  • An orientation program in Florence consisting of an orientation meeting with experienced AIFS staff, student information packet, including comprehensive student handbook, essential local area information, a travel workshop, a cultural differences seminar, a welcome dinner and walking tour of Florence with the services of a professional guide;

  • A guided visit to the Uffizi gallery with entrance reservations and the services of a professional English-speaking guide;

  • A guided visit to the Palazzo Pitti with entrance reservations and the services of a professional English-speaking guide;

  • A weekly program of subsidized cultural activities of typical events such as cooking class, wine tasting, soccer match etc.;

  • A full-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano, including round-trip transportation by private bus and the services of a professional English-speaking guide in Siena;

  • A day trip to Chianti with the services of a professional English-speaking guide to a winery and a typical Tuscan lunch;

  • A three-day, two-night excursion to Rome to include: round-trip transportation by train, accommodation in twin rooms in a tourist- class hotel with breakfast included, entrance to the Coliseum and Roman Forum with the services of a professional English-speaking guide, entrance to the Vatican museums with the services of a professional English-speaking guide, metro tickets to the Vatican and the services of an AIFS tour manager for the duration of the trip. Breakfast will be included;

  • A farewell dinner;

  • Official police registration fees;

  • Access to the wireless-enabled AIFS Student Center and the services of an experienced AIFS program coordinator and student advisors for information, advice and 24-hour emergency contact service;

  • $50 non-refundable application fee;

  • Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies, as outlined in the AIFS insurance brochure. Coverage includes $100,000 accidental medical expense and $10,000 accidental death payment plus 24-hour emergency-care assistance during the program and repatriation in cases of verified emergency beyond the students’ control;

  • $51,000,000 liability coverage with Cal  State  Fullerton named as co-insured for the duration of the program;

  • Accounting/billing services in the United States; and

  • Pre-departure information services and a toll-free contact number in the United States.


The following options also are available:

  • On a space-available basis, students may purchase a transportation package consisting of round-trip airfare between LAX and Florence airports, and round-trip transfers overseas between the airport and the housing in Florence for an additional yet-to-be-determined cost, excluding mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees, and fuel surcharges, yet to be determined, for which students will be billed separately. The group airfare rate can only be guaranteed for a minimum enrollment of 12 or more paying participants taking this option. AIFS will reserve spaces at the above prices according to information on the student application form. Once airline tickets have been issued to students, they can only be changed directly with the issuing agent. AIFS cannot arrange airline tickets for students applying after  June 23, 2016.  AIFS is financially committed to any confirmed airlines seats from June 10, 2016. Therefore, an airfare review will take place prior to this date. AIFS requests that Cal State Fullerton provide an indication of how many students intend to purchase the transportation package listed above;

  • Package of 25 meal vouchers for use in selected eateries in Florence for either lunch or dinner for a fee of $445; and

  • Extra Protection Insurance Coverage, including increased medical insurance ($65) and/or personal effects insurance ($90) as outlined in the AIFS insurance brochure.

AIFS Fee Does Not Cover

The above fee does not include the following items:

  • Round-trip airfare for students – see “optional” section;

  • $250 refundable damage deposit;

  • Passport or visa fees if applicable;

  • Meals other than those listed–see “optional” section;

  • Personal expenses;

  • University tuition (financial aid can be applied to this program);

  • Textbooks; and

  • Additional field-trips and excursions to those listed.