Fairfield’s popular Fairfield in Florence program was listed in Abroad101′s first annual Top Study Abroad Cities Guide. Editors scoured more than 6,000 student reviews at the website Abroad101 (www.studyabroad101.com) to come up with the top cities and the top programs in those cities.
In 2010-11, the University had a total of 232 students, from Fairfield and elsewhere, in the Florence program, with another 100 planned for summer, said Alejandro Martinez, assistant director of international programs. “Florence is the perfect city in which to study abroad, including a great deal of cultural heritage, and a vibrant metropolitan environment,” he said. “Our program’s high quality academic components, commitment to service and community partnerships, and cura personalis, makes it a preferred study abroad option for Fairfield University students and students from all over the United States.”
Students praised Fairfield’s fun and informative orientation and the little extras that made Florence come alive. “To ease the stress at midterm time, finals time, holidays away from home, and down time during the semester, the program arranged dinners at nice restaurants in the city,” said one student.
The average rating for the program was 4.7 out of 5 stars.