Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici

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Studying abroad in beautiful Florence, Italy means living in one of the most artistically and culturally rich cities in the world. From the regal Renaissance and Medieval architecture of the buildings that line the city streets, to the pricele... read more

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I learned more than I ever could have imagined. I learned about so many different types of cultures and just how to adapt to so many different situations. I would definitely say it was worthwhile. - Florida Gulf Coast University View Entire Review
I learned a great deal of independence, it was incredibly worthwhile - Capital University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
I gained so much confidence in myself and a strong independence that I didn't know that I had. I learned so much about who I am because I had to depend on myself and learn how to navigate in a foreign country. Studying abroad in Italy was worth while because I experienced another culture and made international relationships. It ... - Central Washington University View Entire Review
Past Review What A Journey
I gained such a perspective other cultures as well as my own. I realized how fortunate I am to have had this opportunity and I hope that many others can share in the Florence study abroad experience or their own journey similar to this. If you have the chance take it and learn something new such as a perspective, skill or someth... - University of Dayton View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
Past Review Unforgettable!!
I gained so much, mainly in experiences. I visited 8 different countries and countless Italian cities, and everything was amazing! - Chapman University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
I learned so many life lessons, but I also learned that life is about experience, and one must travel and experience life rather then just learn about it!! My time abroad was one hundred percent worth it, and I would go back in a heartbeat and repeat every minute if I could!!! - Heidelberg University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
Studying abroad was hands-down the best experience of my life. I learned all about the various cultures in Europe and even about the culture in my own country from my roommates. I learned all about different mediums of art and was able to develop a whole new appreciation for my field. I traveled all throughout Europe during my s... - Capital University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
Past Review Take Me Back!
I gained a different perspective on life, met some incredible people and had many new and unique experiences that I will remember forever. Living in a different country introduced me to a new style of life--one where you live in the moment, appreciating what you have and making the most of it. I learned that can't plan everythin... - University of Oregon View Entire Review
There are so many options and so much knowledge to be discovered. Studying abroad has made such an impact on my life. I am now focused on heading back there as soon as possible and would love to spend the rest of my life there. To experience a culture other than our own is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. - Capital University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
My life has been changed. To have been able to see the world in another place was the greatest experience ever. To be immersed in another culture, was eye broadening. My cultural awareness has intensely grown thus made me into a person who is capable of understanding many more perspectives. - Our Lady of the Lake University View Entire Review
I gain a better overall understanding of life outside my own. - Florida Gulf Coast University View Entire Review
More about the Italian culture, the language and the art of patience! - Grand Valley State University View Entire Review
This experience was one that will be with me forever. During my time in Florence, I was able to have time of self discovery. Florence was the place where I learned I could conquer any goal I set my mind to. - Chapman University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about other cultures, most importantly italians. I felt like I really got to know their country and people much better then I ever would of. I met amazing people, I ate incredible food and traveled a ton. Loved every second of it. - Chapman University View Entire Review
Past Review Time Of My Life!
Language, learned about the Italian culture, got to travel and learned so much from just that - it was amazing! Totally worthwhile! I had the time of my life it was unreal! - Bentley University View Entire Review
I gained a sense of independence. I felt like I could do anything on my own that I wanted to do, I just had to plan out what I wanted to do. I learned so much about the culture of a foreign place and learned to appreciate it. It was completely worth it, when it came time to head back home, I did not want to go. - Worcester State College View Entire Review
I gained perspective of the Italian people both past and present. I gained the enjoyment of traveling. - Florida Atlantic University View Entire Review
Indescribable experience. I would go back in a heartbeat. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
I absolutely loved my time abroad and I wish I could turn back the clock and do it over and over again. I have finally ventured to Europe! The awesome thing about going to Europe is that you can easily travel around to many different countries. This has enticed me to come back and maybe even get a future job that grants intern... - Chapman University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Athena Study Abroad: Florence - Lorenzo de Medici
If I could choose 10 stars instead of five I would. Studying abroad is something that can never be fully described and never be fully replaced. To get outside of yourself and your normal life and open your mind up to that of another culture is an invaluable experience. I learned a new language, learned how to cook, made internat... - Ohio University View Entire Review

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Studying abroad in beautiful Florence, Italy means living in one of the most artistically and culturally rich cities in the world.

From the regal Renaissance and Medieval architecture of the buildings that line the city streets, to the priceless works of art that line the walls of the Uffizi gallery, beauty and culture surround you at every turn in this richly diverse city.

With one of the largest international study abroad student populations in the country, Florence is a perfect blend of old-city tradition with modern-day energy. For further cultural immersion, homestay options are offered in addition to apartment style living. Other opportunities for travel are given to students by Athena's inclusion of field trips with the program cost. Trips can include Venice, the Alps, Verona, Garda Lake, Montecarlo, the French Riviera, Milan, Rome, Cinque Terre, Capri, Pompeii, Switzerland, and the Como Lake. LdM was originally founded as an art school and has expanded to reach other studies as well. Today it continues to be one of the top art schools nationally.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Internship
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • January Term
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics, Statistics
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
  • Culinary Arts
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • International Business
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Environmental Studies
  • Architect
  • Education
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
Minimum GPA:
2.8
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Athena Study Abroad Scholarships

The Benander Academic Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a true "love of learning" in his/her major area of study, and superior academic abilities. The recipient of this scholarship can be from any academic discipline, but must be able to show a strong, demonstrated passion and success in his/her field of interest.

$1,000

Deadlines:
Varies per semester-see website for more details

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that demonstrates a love of learning, academic strengths that extend beyond (but including) the major area of study, a detailed description of the student's future professional endeavors, and a list of extracurricular activities (honor societies, leadership positions, awards, etc.). 3.5 minimum GPA required Junior status or higher In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena semester or year-long study abroad program

The Iavagnilio Charitable Service Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate a commitment to and active participation in charitable service in his or her community. Because we at Athena place a very high value on giving back to the world, this scholarship is aimed at rewarding students that have a history of taking initiative to make the world a better place through charitable service. Michele Iavagnilio was a young man who, through his work at the Cireneo Onlus Foundation, selflessly dedicated his efforts to helping and teaching autistic children everything from the simplest everyday task of tying their shoelaces, to more difficult concepts of expressing emotions or needs. He would even go above and beyond his basic job duties by recycling his old toys to present as gifts to the children to make their lives happier and brighter. Tragically, Michele died at the age of 25 in the devastating earthquake in the Italian city of L'Aquila in April 2009.

$8,000

Deadlines:
Varies per semester-check website for more details

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to apply for this scholarship, each student should submit a reference letter from someone who can attest to the student's roles and contributions to charity work in the community. In addition to the reference letter, the student should submit a resume or essay outlining his/her experience in charitable service. Minimum 2.8 GPA In order to be eligible for the scholarship, the student must be accepted into an Athena spring semester or year-long study abroad program at one of Athena's Italy campuses (Venice, Florence, Rome, or Tuscania) The student will have the opportunity to meet Michele's family during the term abroad.

The McKay Global Citizen Scholarship is designed for the Athena student who can best demonstrate an interest in and intention to promote the concept of social justice at a city, state, national, and/or global level. Because students that study abroad become many of our world's future leaders, it is extremely important that these students consider ways to become globally competent citizens. The recipient of this award must demonstrate an initiative to give back to society, an awareness of global community, and an intent to apply the skills and lessons learned abroad to his/her future endeavors.

$1,000

Deadlines:
Varies per semester-check website for more details

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to apply, each student should construct a 500 word essay that outlines his/her interest in social justice and service programs, any previous experience with similar initiatives, as well as a description of how the skills and lessons learned abroad will be applied to future endeavors that will contribute to the betterment of society. No minimum GPA requirement In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena semester or year-long study abroad program

The Athena Summer Service Scholarship is available to students studying abroad for a summer at any of Athena's campuses overseas. The purpose of this scholarship is to support Athena's mission of creating a service-minded global community.

Up to $400

Deadlines:
Varies per term-see website for more details

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to apply, each student must do the following: Devote a day to a service project of his/her choosing. This can be part of any ongoing service event in which the student might already be involved, or a new endeavor altogether. Athena suggests the following ways for students to find volunteer opportunities: http://www.volunteermatch.org/ http://www.liveunited.org/volunteer/ Ask his/her home school if they have has a service leaning/charity office, which can help find volunteering opportunities. Ask local elderly homes, as many have volunteer opportunities. Ask local pet shelters, as many have volunteer opportunities. Have a picture taken of himself/herself at the event holding the Athena sign that can be printed with the application form. Submit the photo from part (2), along with a the application form and a 200 word essay explaining what the event was, why the event was chosen, and what was gained from the experience. No minimum GPA requirement. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, student must be accepted into an Athena summer study abroad program.

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