Students in the World Endeavors summer program in Florence spend four weeks immersing themselves in the Italian language. Students spend weekdays in intensive language study with Italian professors and among students from around the world. On the weekends, students can choose to participate in school-sponsored trips outside the city or explore on their own. This program gives students the chance to get their study of Italian off to a great start or improve their level of mastery while making new friends and living in one of the most famous and beautiful cities in Italy.
WHO CHOOSES THIS PROGRAM?
The World Endeavors summer program at the Istituto Europeo is a good fit for students who want to be immersed in the Italian language and culture and live like the local people. It’s the ideal program for students interested in Italian art since the art history in Florence is perhaps richer than anywhere else in the world. Florence’s central location makes it a perfect starting place for travel around Italy.
It’s hard to imagine a better place to study Italian than in Florence. This was the birthplace of Dante, and, since the country now speaks Dante’s Italian, in a way, Florence is the birthplace of the modern Italian language. It’s also an artistic jewel box, boasting Michelangelo’s David, magnificent paintings by Botticelli and Raphael, and an abundance of gorgeous Renaissance architecture. That artistic tradition continues to this day: it’s common to see painters on street corners and hear live music floating from one of the city’s many beautiful churches. Students find Florence a fascinating and rewarding place to study with a city center easy to navigate on foot, the sun-drenched Tuscan countryside surrounding the city on all sides, and the rest of Italy just beyond, ready to be explored.
“Anytime I got frustrated, I just reminded myself where I was and how I would always look back on this summer as one of the highlights of my life.”
- Marguerite, Intern in Italy
Students take intensive language classes under Italian professors. The classes are small, from 8 to 25 students, allowing the teachers to give each student individual attention. Courses take place Monday through Friday for four hours each day. In addition to class time, the program includes 20 hours outside the classroom, including optional weekly field trips to local sights, seminars on various subjects, and Italian language labs.
This option is for students interested in an in-depth, full-immersion study of the Italian language. Intensive Italian lessons are Monday-Friday from 9am-12.30pm. The lessons are divided into two parts: the first two hours concentrate on the grammatical and syntactical study of the language, while the last two hours are dedicated to its practical use: oral expression, reading, writing and comprehension. The remaining 20 contact hours will be completed by means of a mandatory weekly tour or seminar (in Italian). (90 hours, 6 credits)
This course, offered only in the summer is for students who wish to learn the language as well as attend another elective. The lessons are held Monday-Thursday from 9am-12.30pm. The remaining contact hours will be completed by the mandatory participation in at least one of the weekly tours or seminars (in Italian) per week. (45 hours, 3 credits)
Participants who successfully complete the four-week course will receive 6 US academic credits. Students receive transcripts and credits from a US University.
The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.
Students live in shared student apartment housing. All apartments are furnished and have fully equipped kitchens. The cost of utilities is not included. Students share apartments with other study abroad participants, language study students, and local Italian students. The experience of living in an apartment in Italy is part of students’ immersion in local culture and helps them get to know the city of Florence on a day-to-day basis. Single rooms are available upon request for an additional fee.
SESSION I: May 28 – June 22, 2018
– Application deadline: February 1, 2018
SESSION II: June 25 – July 20, 2018
– Application deadline: March 1, 2018
SESSION III: July 23 – August 17, 2018
– Application deadline: April 1, 2018
Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.
|Summer Study In Italy (Istituto Europeo)||$4,990|
- Tuition: 6 credits
- Onsite English-speaking coordinator
- Academic transcript from a US University
- Shared apartment accommodations
- Onsite orientation
- Travel medical insurance
- Visa support
- Student services and learning support
- Airport pick-up and welcome
- Pre-departure guidance and handbook
- Advice on how to get a local phone number
- 24/7 emergency phone support
- Re-entry support and alumni services
OTHER BUDGET CONSIDERATIONS
- Round-trip transportation to Florence
- Refundable housing deposit
- Visa expenses
- Optional trips and excursions
- Textbooks and other course materials
- Daily transportation
- Personal expenses
Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.
For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.
Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. We recommend that applications be submitted prior to the program application deadline. If your intended program's deadline has passed, contact World Endeavors for more information.