SUMMER IN FLORENCE™ Study Abroad 3-Week Program, July 3 - 21, 2017.

Deadline to Apply, May 15, 2017.

Housing Check-in, July 2 - Housing Check-Out, July 21.


Italian language (45 hours, Earn up to 3 college credits)* &

One Elective course, to choose from: Music Course/ Arts & Humanities Course/ Fine Arts Course/ Enrichment Course.

*Only available to currently enrolled college students. Terms and conditions apply.

Italian Language:

Each weekday morning, you’ll attend Italian classes geared to your skill level, learning to master conversational and written communication as you practice linguistic structures and tenses, with a focus on proper pronunciation. Students with more advanced skills can focus on more complex sentence structure and verb tenses. The emphasis is on reading, writing and comprehension.

But most of all, you have the entire city of Florence as your classroom! Whether you’re a total beginner or practically fluent, you’ll be amazed at how much better your Italian becomes and just how much fun learning a language can be when you immerse yourself in the culture.

The program offers four levels of classes to choose from, with placement dependent upon previous Italian language experience as well as your own comfort level.

  • WL101/102 Beginning:
  • The beginning class, covering basic pronunciation, sentence structure, numbers, present-tense verb conjugation and the introduction of past tense.

  • WL201 Intermediate:
  • This class picks up where the elementary class ends, covering more in-depth use of the past tense, along with the imperfect, future and conditional tenses as well as subjunctives.

  • WL202 Advanced:
  • The ideal class for students desiring greater proficiency in Italian conversation as well as composition. The course employs readings and discussions on contemporary subjects.

Music course:

  • Music Theory, Music History & Piano: Musical excellence is part of the very identity of Florence, from the historical influences of Paganini to the hundreds of opera singers, orchestras, and choirs that flourish today. Take small classes in Music History and Theory as well as private lessons, enjoy intensive and fun music courses with European and American Faculty-Led Summer Program in Florence. Through participating in an immersive international music program you will have the opportunity to see first-hand what music means to others. Attend one of the abundant opera and instrumental concerts throughout the city and enjoy the legacy of Italian music. Whether your interest is studying music for fun or studying professionally, will have you covered. Concerts Entrance fee: at the cost.

Arts & Humanities courses:

  • AHR176 Architecture & Art History: This inspiring look at Italian art and architecture will introduce you to world-renowned galleries and take you on tours of legendary buildings. Focusing on the awesome accomplishments of the Renaissance, you’ll enhance your understanding of the Italian influence on painting, sculpture and construction, which still resonates with architects and engineers worldwide. Marvel at the ornate Italian Gothic influence still seen in buildings today and examine the works of legendary masters who defined the beauty and inspiration of great painting. Museum Entrance fee: at the cost.

  • AHR177 Renaissance Culture & Society: History lives, thanks to IE excursions into Italian history! With the city and countryside as your primary text, you’ll immerse yourself in one of history’s most remarkable periods. In short lectures held twice a week, you’ll develop a deep understanding of Florentine art and culture. Three days per week, you’ll make exciting visits to famous galleries and architectural landmarks that represent the finest examples of Roman and Renaissance achievement. It’s an ideal interactive experience. Destinations include the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Michelangelo, the Duomo and more! Museum Entrance fee: at the cost.

Fine Arts courses*:

  • ART176 Florence & Me 2016 A: Photography Diary: Improve your picture-taking ability in a city that demands to be photographed. The city of Florence provides you with centuries of artistic and architectural beauty – remarkable subject matter that will give you plenty of inspiration! This course will help you develop an understanding of how to create unforgettable photos using proper f-stops, lighting and composition. Please note: A darkroom is not featured in this course, and students must supply their own cameras. Museum Entrance fee: at the cost.

  • ART 177 Drawing & Painting & Fresco: If you need to indulge your artistic side, this course is ideal. Select either the drawing or the painting. concentration, then view legendary works of Italian art and use them to inspire your own skills. Pursue painting and watercolor techniques or try your hand at Italian-inspired drawing and sketching. Either way, your inner da Vinci will be awakened! Museum Entrance fee: at the cost.

Enrichment courses*:

  • CULIN5 Italian Cuisine**: Think you can measure up to the incredible kitchen accomplishments of great Italian chefs? Here’s where you find out! Learn from excellent professional Italian chefs who know how to satisfy big Florence appetites. You’ll be learning from some of the world’s best. And don’t worry, you get to eat what you’ve cooked up after the bell rings!

  • CULIN6 Italian Wines: In this course the best typical wines are presented and “tasted”. The teacher explains their characteristics, methods of production and aging, and also provides tips for appreciating the wine and recognizing the quality.

    *A Supplemental supply or lab fee will apply.

    **Please note: This course provides unique opportunities to train with renowned culinary instructors preparing truly gourmet meals. Supplemental fee: $590, learn various ways of depicting the complex life of this great region.

More Information and Fun Stuff:

  • NO KNOWLEDGE OF ITALIAN REQUIRED! All music, academic, and arts courses are taught in English.
  • Courses will be offered in conjunction with the Italian Government -Accredited Istituto Europeo.
  • 2 organized week-end trips to Venice, Chianti region.
  • Possibility of week-end trips to Rome or other major cities upon request.
  • Visits to Florence’s museums and cultural sites.
  • Social and cultural events sponsored by the Istituto Europeo.
  • Accommodation in student apartments; several group meals included.

College Credit for Italian Language

Students requiring credit transfer must first contact their own institution’s advisors or department chairman in order to authorize their course choices prior to beginning your studies. You may download an Advisor Approval form here. Once completed and signed this form should be sent along with your registration or faxed to the school at +39-055-289145. ISTITUTO EUROPEO will gladly provide course syllabi and descriptions to facilitate this authorization. At the end of their study period, IE will send an official IE transcript, complete with grades and credit hours, and a copy of the Approval Form to their home college or university.

Passports and Visas

In order to apply for entry into another country, you must have a passport in your possession which is valid for up to 12 months past your return date. If you do not currently have a passport with this validity, you should apply for a new passport immediately. Regular passport processing times are typically 4-6 weeks. If you are a U.S. citizen, you can find out how to get a passport on the U.S. State Department web site. If you are not a U.S. citizen, then you need to contact the authorities who issue passports on behalf of your home country (usually the agency that has diplomatic or immigration authority).

It is important that you know what visa requirements will apply to you so that you can prepare for this well in advance. Since the visa is granted by the country to which you plan to travel, you must contact them to find out if you need a visa and if so, how to apply for one. If you need a student visa, applying for it can be an involved process that requires your careful attention. Gathering the required documentation for your student visa can take as much or more time than your study abroad application itself. SUMMER IN FLORENCE™ Study Abroad Program and ISTITUTO EUROPEO are not responsible for obtaining student visas and passports, nor are they in any way responsible for visa complications, delays, or visa denials.

International Insurance Card

Insurance is required for students travelling abroad. Cancellation and refund policy available from Summer in Florence.

Internet & Wi-Fi

At ISTITUTO EUROPEO the students have access to the Internet. Every student can use our computers not only to surf the web, or to write email, but also to use any Office application installed.

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SUMMER IN FLORENCE™ tuition package includes Lodging in fully equipped student apartments (double room) A/C, and a meal plan that includes 6 lunch per week plus other meals (check program tuition for more details). Students may be accommodated in single rooms for an extra fee. However, students are not required to use SUMMER IN FLORENCE's housing assistance in order to attend the program. Students may also contact one of the several housing agencies in Florence for assistance (see below).

IN AN INDIVIDUAL APARTMENT: For those who desire complete independence or those who want to come to Florence with family or friends.

IN A STUDENT APARTMENT: For those who want to share their experience with Italians, other students or with the owner, in furnished and well equipped apartments.

IN A FAMILY: For those who want to learn about Italian life style first-hand using the language and adapting to another way of thinking and living. The word ‘family’ should not be taken too literally, because your family could also be a single parent or a childless couple who take in students because they enjoy the company.

OTHER POSSIBILITIES: Furthermore, it is possible to make reservation at pensions, hotels, residence or religious pensions.

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Program fees

(The program costs are calculated in Euro. The prices expressed in US Dollars are subject to change and are also subject to daily exchange rates):

SUMMER IN FLORENCE™ non-refundable application fee, US $300
ISTITUTO EUROPEO refundable security deposit of €350 (euros) = ($370)
SUMMER IN FLORENCE™ Study Abroad 3-Week Program, €4240 (euros) = ($4462)

Program fees include:

Program fees do not include: