Florence, Italy

Your own personal renaissance awaits in the center of the Italian Renaissance. The architecture, cuisine, and lively university scene make it ideal for self-discovery as you fall in love with la dolce vita. 

Intensive Italian Language

Details

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When:

Session 1
Sept 3 - 30, 2022

Highlights

  • Excursions to Siena and Tuscan towns

  • One-week community volunteer project

  • Access to Florence University of Arts

  • Stay with an Italian host family

  • College credit available

There is no better way to get to know the people than by learning the language. This course develops basic conversation, reading, and writing skills. Equal focus will be given to grammatical structures, vocabulary, and conversation skills. You will develop a vocabulary that will enable you to engage in simple but useful everyday conversations, thus enhancing and supporting your Italian experience. Upon course conclusion, you will be able to express yourself  in basic sentences, recognize gender and number in both nouns and adjectives, and begin approaching the Passato Prossimo. Emphasis will be given to the oral expression of practical vocabulary and newly acquired grammar structures. This level is for beginner students who have never studied Italian before but are eager to learn. You’ll also earn college credits, which we will help you transfer when you’re ready.

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Include Excursions: Siena & Tuscan Towns

An incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, Siena has a laid-back lifestyle that allows you to leisurely stroll the winding cobblestone streets, explore the Renaissance cathedral, and relax in the beautiful town square, Piazza del Campo. Each neighborhood (contrada) is represented by an animal or mascot. You’ll also tour neighboring Tuscan towns that produce some of the world’s greatest wines, cheeses, and other iconic Italian products.

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Community Engagement Project

During this session, you’ll have the chance to participate in a one-week community volunteer project with your choice of the following organizations:

  • Angeli del Bello, an association protecting Florence’s cultural highlights
  • Mancanti, an intercultural center connecting Italians and immigrants
  • Are et Fides, an association promoting preservation of the Florentine Churches
  • Be an English language teaching assistant in local schools
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Host: Florence Universithy of the Arts

Located between the historic Palazzo Doni and Palazzo Guicciardini-Strozzi, the Florence University of the Arts (FUA) comprises a collection of historic palaces converted to modern academic buildings. With free access to the internet, research labs, recording and art studio spaces, demo kitchens, fashion media labs, and numerous other facilities, you’ll enjoy a fusion of Florentine tradition and modernity.

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Accommodations

For a fully immersive experience, you’ll live with an Italian family. Each host family has been carefully selected by WorldStrides resident staff to best accommodate your needs and to ensure a comfortable living situation. Homestays provide breakfast seven days a week, dinner five days a week, and laundry service once a week. You’ll typically share a room with another GAP student (roommates are of the same gender).

Now that you've explored all the locations and plotted the perfect course for your adventure abroad, all that's left to do is make it a reality by securing your spot for this life changing program.

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