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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

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 1, 2022 (11:59pm)

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, 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)
  • ITAL 313:  Italy, Imagined and Experienced:  Representations of Place in Italian Literature and Film (3 credits)

W&M Course Description for ITAL 313:

This course investigates the relationship between place and narrative representation in today's Italy. It introduces students to important works of Italian literature and film while exploring the potential for place to serve as a key narrative element in a given text. After a brief overview of Italian history from Unification (1861) on, we will utilize close readings and critical analyses to map an abstract geography of connected "Italies," while seeking to trace out a uniquely Italian sense of place.
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:
Monica Seger

Arrival date: May 26, 2023
Departure date: June 24, 2023

Application Deadline:               December 1
Deposit ($700) due deadline:   March 10  
Balance due deadline:              April 3

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:
2023 Program fee:  $6000

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
  • 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.

Summer Handbook:
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2023

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.