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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: W&M applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Florence Collage

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Florence is the capital city of Tuscany and is known for its natural beauty, abundance of art and architecture, and for being the home of Dante and Michelangelo. Considered the birth place of the Renaissance, Florence boasts a rich history and allows visitors access to numerous art galleries, cathedrals, and palaces. It is also one of the best preserved Renaissance centers of art and architecture in the world, and the historic center of Florence was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. The city is also home to wonderful markets, featuring Italian leather, and delicious Italian cuisine.

Things to Do and See:
The Uffizi Gallery, where tickets are regularly sold out, so be sure to get them early (; The Accademia Gallery, which features Michelangelo's David, is another popular museum, so it is highly recommended that you pre-book tickets (; Historic Center of Florence (

"Ten places to visit in Florence:" http://Ten places to visit in Florence:

Program Description:
Students in the Florence program study under the direction and instruction of College of William & Mary and local faculty in this one-month intensive Italian program. All courses are held at LinguaViva Language Institute, which is minutes away from the historic center of Florence. 
Students will experience the city as locals by participating in homestays during this program. Homestays host students in double rooms and provide breakfast and dinner.

Throughout the program students will have the opportunity to explore local sites in Florence as well as other Italian cities. In the past, excursions have included Venice, Cinque Terre, and Chianti country. All excursions include transportation, lodging on overnight excursions, and some meals.

Course Information:
Students earn a total of 7 credits, including 4 credits of Italian language and a choice of two other 3 credit courses (taught in English). 
Enrollment in the Italian language course is dependent on prior knowledge. Summer 2019 course options are:

  • ITAL 200/300: Italian Language & Literature (4 credits)
  • ARTH 222: Art in Florence (3 credits)
  • ITAL 313: Made in Italy: A Journey Through Italian Design & Culture (3 credits)
Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty fom LinguaViva. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

W&M Faculty:
Sara Mattavelli 

Lecturer of Italian Studies, Italian Language House Advisor

Arrival date: Late May
Departure date: Late June 

Application ($75*):  February 3
Deposit ($600):  March 6
Final payment:  April 1

A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.

Program Fees:
2019 program fee:  $5,375

Students are responsible for lunches, visa fees if applicable and airfare.

Program Features: 

  • Welcome dinner
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Ground transportation
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Round trip airport transfer 
  • Farewell dinner
  • Re-entry Programming
  • Some excursion admissions tickets
  • Some day and weekend excursions
  • CISI Insurance
  • Housing-Homestay 
  • Wifi
  • On-site support services
  • Fulfills COLL 300 
  • W&M credits
  • Partnership with LinguaViva to offer reputable and rigorous academic coursework 
  • Breakfast and Dinner is included Monday to Friday and as well as some meals on excursions 
  • Periodic check-in meals with Program Director 

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
Holmes Scholarship is available for this program.


All College students in good academic standing.

Click to view the 
Florence Handbook
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2019

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.