Florence is located in the heart 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. The city is also home to wonderful markets, featuring Italian leather, and delicious Italian cuisine.
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 Rome, Venice, Cinque Terre, and Chianti country. All excursions include transportation, lodging on overnight excursions, and some meals.
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 2017 course options are:
ITAL 200/300: Italian Language & Literature (4 credits)
ITAL 300/ATH 360: Florentine Renaissance Art (3 credits)
TBA: Mediterranean Food & Culture: A Taste of Tuscany (3 credits; COLL 200)
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.