This summer, explore Italy and its culture through four weeks of intensive Italian classes. Get to know Italy on another level as you head out into the city and connect in-class lessons with the real world. You’ll go home with language gains, college credits, and lifelong friendships.
There are few places better to learn Italian than Florence—the cradle of the Renaissance and a source of inspiration for creative minds throughout history. Passionate instructors and small classes provide your language skills with plenty of personal attention, while the city offers endless opportunities for active practice. And no matter how much Italian experience you have, you go home with impressive language gains and the study habits to set you up for long-term language success.
Beginning or Intermediate Italian Language - 60 hours. Taught in Italian.
You are placed into a language course based on your previous experience and an on-site placement test. Each course is equivalent to one semester of college-level Italian. Classes study grammar and vocabulary, and your professors make sure you get plenty of out-of-class experience to maximize language gains.
Day Trips and Overnight Excursions
Improve your language gains by taking class off campus. Practice new vocabulary in real time, hold conversations with locals, and connect Italian class lessons to the world around you. Practice Italian during a cooking class or try out the local cafés with your classmates and practice ordering the perfect macchiato.
Spend hours exploring world-famous art in the Accademia, Uffizi, or Boboli Garden. Head to the coastal town of Viareggio to enjoy a day at the beach with your group. Play volleyball with your local Italian language buddies at La Spiaggetta along the Arno River.
As a CET student, you'll spend four days steeped in Sienese culture with your cohort experiencing the Palio, a world-famous horse race where Siena’s seventeen contrade (neighborhoods) compete to take home first prize. Go on a walking tour to learn about the race’s influence on the city. Attend a pre-Palio dinner in a local contrada. See the parade, then watch the race in Piazza del Campo. In a smaller city like Siena, you have plenty of opportunities to chat with locals and get to know the city.
Housing & Meals
You share a room with one other CET student in an apartment located in the heart of the city. Residential staff live on each floor of the building with you for round-the-clock support. Your commute is a picturesque walk or a short bus ride to the CET center, where your classes are held.
Most meals are had as a group in local cafés and restaurants, or put your culinary skills to the test and cook in the apartment. And with a country famous for its cuisine, it’s all but guaranteed that you’re going to love the food. Make sure to try schiacciata (baked flat bread seasoned with olive oil and salt) and pappa al pomodoro (a summer soup with bread, tomatoes, basil, and garlic).
Cost and Session Information
Summer 2021 program details coming soon.
Program fee includes: Tuition, housing, all meals, excursions & activities, textbooks, transcript, medical & evacuation insurance