Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Cinque Terre, Fiesole
Some flexibility with dates is possible, please ask our staff
Grades 9-12, no language prerequisite
Join us in Florence this summer for an adventure of a lifetime! You will be inspired by the beauty of Tuscany and its cultural capital, a living museum holding the world’s greatest treasures from the Renaissance era, a city of elegance, history and art.
*Air conditioning units are provided by the local residence in accordance with local standards.
Optional Travel Extension
This final portion of the Florence program includes four days of cultural discovery in Italy’s capital. You will have the opportunity to experience every aspect of this city’s incredible history and vibrant life
Jumping Back Into the Real World You’ve just had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Abbey Road Programs. You’ve said your goodbyes to your new friends, host family, classmates, and teachers. You have integrated into a new culture and learned more about yourself than you might have imagined. You have dined, explored, danced, hiked, and lived. So now that your summer has come to an end, and now that you must return home, what do you do now? For many students, coming home can be unexpectedly difficult. You may ...
Our culinary staff will buy daily fresh food for breakfast and lunch from the local markets and shops. Some evenings our staff and students will make delicious meals together, armed with fresh ingredients and our own Tuscan recipe book. These culinary adventures quickly become a favorite bonding and cultural activity among our students and staff. We will also enjoy authentic local cuisine during outings to local restaurants.
Our staff will provide you with daily groceries (bread, pasta, cereal, water, olive oil, etc.) and house supplies. If you need more food or house supplies – just tell us. We will get them for you.
Students have the opportunity to create a short film and participate in all aspects of film production, from acting to directing, from photography to post-production. During this innovative hands-on experience students learn from professionals in a picturesque setting, the heart of Florence, Italy. Our curriculum is designed to encourage students to explore their own visions, creativity and passion.
You will live in comfortable, air conditioned*, centrally located apartments in the historical center of Florence, a ten minute walk from the Duomo and Piazza Santa Croce. The apartments have private bathrooms and two or three bedrooms. Each bedroom will house two or three students. Some apartments have living rooms and kitchens. The staff members will live in an apartment of their own in the same building.
*Air conditioning units are provided by the local residence in accordance with local standards. Increasing temperatures and summer heat waves in Europe have become a common occurrence. We thank you for your understanding as we will make every effort to make our students as comfortable as possible given the changing climate patterns.
You will be part of our Abbey Road family, making new friends, learning to be independent and self-reliant, to share responsibilities with your peers, manage your time, and getting ready for college years!
Every student on the program chooses two classes as their academic focus in Florence: a major and an elective. Major classes meet every morning Monday to Friday, while electives meet three afternoons a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Students interested in earning college credit will have the option of doing so via our local partner school, Lorenzo de Medici Institute.
Majors: Art History, Studio Art (Drawing, Oil Painting), Italian Language, Cinema & Filmmaking, Fashion Design
Electives and Workshops: Photography, Fashion Design, SAT Prep, Italian Conversation, Italian Cinema, Tuscan Cuisine, Drawing, Oil Painting, Art History & Architecture, Community Service/Art Restoration, Theater & Acting
Important note: Curfew and Free Time
The students will have approximately 2 – 3 hours of free time per day, subject to our safety rules and guidelines. The curfew is at 11 pm on weekdays and 11.30 – 12 midnight on weekends, subject to change at program director’s discretion.
Some of our students’ favorites are:
In addition to showing you all of the most celebrated and “lesser known” cultural sites in Florence, the program allows you to explore cities outside Florence and even Tuscany each week. From hiking along the cliffs on the Italian Riviera to following in the footsteps (and postures) of millions as you “lean” in front of the tower in Pisa, you and your new friends will be able to explore some of the legendary sites that make Italy one of the most visited countries in all of Europe.
When In Rome... While studying abroad in Rome, I not only experienced the super touristy spots, but I also had the opportunity to live like a local and explore the hidden gems of Rome. Here are my top five things to do in Rome (although there are a lot more!). Source: https://tinyurl.com/y7837cce Explore The Monuments A trip ...
Jumping Back Into the Real World You’ve just had the most incredible experience studying abroad with Abbey Road Programs. You’ve said your goodbyes to your new friends, host family, classmates, and teachers. You have integrated into a new culture and learned more about yourself than you might have imagined. You have dined, explored, ...
Every time I'll be studying abroad to learn a new language, or before I visit a new place, I make it a point to watch some of the popular, and not so well known, films from the country and in that particular language. When studying abroad it's helpful to immerse yourself within a different country’s arts – including music, theater, and ...
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