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

Program Information | Course Information | W&M Faculty | Dates | Deadlines | Program Fees | Eligibility | Handbooks


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 (

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 (summer), 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 course options are:

  • ITAL 105/205/305: Italian Language & Literature (4 credits)
  • ARTH 222: Art in Florence (3 credits)
  • GOV 391:  Rise of the Far Right in Italy & Beyond (3 credits)
There is a required 1-credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Florence and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

The pre-course will meet in Wren 2 (unless notified of a classroom change) on Wednesdays from 6-8:30pm on the following days:

March 20
March 27
April 3
April 10
April 17
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:
A. Maurits van der Veen

Arrival date: May 24, 2024
Departure date: June 28, 2024

Application Deadline:               December 4 -- extended until February 1 
Deposit ($700) due deadline:   March 8  
Balance due deadline:              April 1

Application fee information:
The application fee is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees:
2024 Program fee:  $6750

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

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here. 

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
  • 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 may be available for this program.

If applying for a Reves Summer Scholarship, please apply to the W&M faculty-led application BEFORE applying to the Reves Summer Scholarship. 


  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Summer Handbook:
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2024

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.