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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 (https://www.uffizi.it/en/tickets
); The Accademia Gallery, which features Michelangelo's David, is another popular museum, so it is highly recommended that you pre-book tickets (http://www.accademia.org/buy-tickets/
); Historic Center of Florence (https://www.visittuscany.com/en/ideas/discovering-florence-historic-centre/
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.
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 course options are:
- ITAL 105/205/305: Italian Language & Literature (4 credits)
- ARTH 222: Art in Florence (3 credits)
- INTR 490: Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Taste of Tuscany
W&M Course Description for INTR 490- Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Taste of Tuscany:
Mediterranean Food and Culture: A Taste of Tuscany” will treat the cultural and historical significance of food and foodways in Italy, both ancient and modern, through a broad range of lectures, readings, discussions and field experiences. Tuscany is especially attractive as the focal point for an inquiry of this sort since it has stood at the crossroads of culinary traditions from both East and West for many centuries. This course will fulfill COLL 300 and COLL 200 (CSI) requirements. Students cannot receive both COLL 300 and COLL 200 for the same course.
Extending from earliest to modern times, this course will approach the topic from a multi-disciplinary perspective, drawing upon readings from history, anthropology, sociology, food science and the emerging field of food studies. Furthermore, in order to bring additional perspective and depth to class readings and discussion, we shall focus each week on a single foodstuff from the “Mediterranean triad” (bread/pasta, olive oil, and wine) through field trips designed to combine history with modern tasting experiences.
Through these experiences, students will learn that Mediterranean civilization, both ancient and modern, has much to contribute to contemporary debates about food and sustainability within the larger context of the individual’s place in the community and wider world. As a consequence, an important aim of this course will be to encourage students to come to their own conclusions about what constitutes a healthy and more sustainable diet.
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.
Arrival date: May 27, 2022
Departure date: July 2, 2022
New for Summer 2022, the GEO is announcing an earlier December 1 priority deadline for summer programs and Reves Summer Scholarships.
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.
Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.
Application Deadline: December 1, 2021
With a deposit due deadline: January 28, 2022
And a balance due deadline: February 18, 2022
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
With a deposit due deadline: March 11, 2022 (Friday prior to Spring break)
And a balance due deadline: April 1, 2022
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.
2021 Program fee:$6975
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
Click to view the Florence Handbook 2020.pdf
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021