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 Greats like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Galileo all called this World Heritage site home, and Florence's many museums and galleries house some of the world's most recognizable works of Renaissance art. Today, modern Florence boasts sophi... read more

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December 17, 2018 A Life Changing 15 Weeks
I learned how to - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo View Entire Review
January 16, 2017 Life Changing
incredibly worht while. you learn not only cultural differences but that you are not the only one in the world and that there are those that are different and like you - University of Wisconsin - Stout View Entire Review
I learned that I need to travel a lot more - Indiana University of Pennsylvania / IUP View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing.
I learned the local language, gained confidence and learned organizational skills. - Cardinal Stritch University View Entire Review
My experience was so worthwhile! I absolutely loved my time in Florence, and CEA only made it better. - Cedarville University View Entire Review
I learned to be more responsible. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Florence, Italy
I learned so many different things from my time abroad. From gaining insight into different cultures all around the World to truly becoming a local Italian for four months, I had the time of my life. I gained new friends, new experiences, new knowledge, and a new view of the World. I would recommend studying abroad to anyone who... - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Deciding to study abroad is the best decision I have ever made. I have learned so much and am so thankful for this experience. I have made friends that I will keep for a lifetime, gained new perspectives on myself and the world, and have had the opportunities to travel to many different places and meet many wonderful people. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
I discovered the Italians’ secret spice to life. Being way out of my comfort zone has taught me to adapt the Italian lifestyle of going with the flow and being happy no matter what. - Santa Reparata International School of Art View Entire Review
Past Review Cea Is Horrible!
DO NOT GO TO FLORENCE THROUGH CEA!! HORRIBLE LIVING CONDITIONS AND TERRIBLE EMPLOYEES WITH NO RESPECT. - Vanderbilt University View Entire Review
I think I'm more outgoing and more adventurous. More confident. It takes a certain something to fly across the Atlantic Ocean by yourself and to submerge yourself into a country where you don't even know the language. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
Past Review Florence Abroad
It was worthwhile, you learn how to get alone with people you normally wouldn't, because of the constant proximity with them. - Indiana University - Bloomington View Entire Review
i had fun, it was like nothing i had experienced before. Will definitely always remember it. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
I learned a lot about Italian art and culture, and was able to travel to so many places I had always dreamed of seeing. My experience living in Florence and traveling Europe was phenomenal and worthwhile, but by the end of the program I was actually afraid to go to school because of the disrespectful and condescending faculty. - University of Michigan - Ann Arbor View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I gained knowledge about the italian culture as well as others around europe. - Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State View Entire Review
everything, and yes extremely worth while - Santa Reparata International School of Art View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Florence, Italy
Past Review La Bella Italia
I gained everything. I learned about myself, about people, about the world. I would not have changed this experience for anything in the world. - University of California - Davis View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Florence, Italy
I learned so much through my study abroad with CEA. The classes were academically stimulating on both a local and global scale, and the program offered great excursions and activities that allowed us to interact with the culture. From the language to the culture to the history, every aspect of living in Florence was so enriching... - Cedarville University View Entire Review
I am less judgmental and I appreciate where I came from so much more. I see the world and different cultures in such a different light. I appreciate meeting new people and I love getting to know locals because you can learn the most from them. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
Past Review Yolo
I gained cultural knowledge and enjoyed being in places with locals compared to places with Americans. It was worthwhile but you have to make an effort to get away from what you are comfortable with. - West Chester University of Pennsylvania View Entire Review
Lifetime memories, friendships and just the best four months of my life - University of California - Davis View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA: Florence, Italy
I learned that I can do anything outside of my comfort zone including leaving home, learning a new language and living in a forgein country. To this day, a year later, it is all that i talk about. - Santa Reparata International School of Art View Entire Review
More independence. It was definitely worthwhile. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with CEA Global Education: Florence, Italy
I gained a best friend, discovered my Italian roots, fell in love, explored the culture and its people, and developed a better understanding of our world as a whole. This study abroad experience and CEA determined my career choice of International Education and tremendously contributed to my character. - University of Arizona View Entire Review
Absolutely. - University of Arizona View Entire Review

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 Greats like Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Galileo all called this World Heritage site home, and Florence's many museums and galleries house some of the world's most recognizable works of Renaissance art. Today, modern Florence boasts sophisticated fashion houses as well as major European engineering firms, making it a center of both creative and technological innovation. Study abroad with CEA and explore Florence's rich heritage, whether you focus on studio art and fashion design at Santa Reparata International School of Art or immerse yourself in local culture (and hone your Italian language skills) at the CEA Florence Center, or study marketing, sustainable business, or global studies... Whichever program you choose, your classes will turn the city into your living classroom. You can even gain hands-on work experience while studying abroad through CEA's volunteering opportunities and our career-boosting Global Career Development Certificate program!

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Volunteer
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Business
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • History
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Social Sciences
Minimum GPA:
2.5
Year Founded:
1997
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CEA Scholarships

For CEA students who seek a global learning experience.

$400-$3000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing why it is important to gain “a new way of seeing things” and how you will achieve this while studying abroad: "One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things." – Henry Miller

For CEA students who are interested in pursuing a career with global ties.

$400-$2000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.0; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; An original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing your career goals and how the skills and attributes you hope to gain while studying abroad will support your professional endeavors: "All major hiring companies need global citizens. Global sensitivities, global perspective, global insight, along with maturity and a capacity for risk-taking, are exactly the skills every major organization is looking for – in every industry." – Kevin Gill, Global Director of Staffing for Honeywell

For CEA students who demonstrate a high need for additional funding.

$500-$1000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and Financial Need Scholarship Form (Found on CEA website -- work with the financial aid office at your home institution to complete the form)

For CEA students who excel academically.

$750-$3,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 3.7; Scholarship Application and Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how you look forward to ‘learning, unlearning, and relearning’ and how you will accomplish your learning/unlearning goals during your study abroad experience: "The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." – Alvin Toffler

For CEA students from diverse backgrounds or students who have had a personal experience with diversity

$400-$2,000

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on the CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on the following quote and describing how your experience with diversity has prepared you for your study abroad experience: "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all people cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." – Maya Angelou

CEA has partnered with the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad, a five-year initiative that strives to double the number of U.S. college students who study abroad, to offer this scholarship to CEA students

$400-$750

Deadlines:
April 10 (Summer), May 10 (Fall), November 15 (Spring)

Guidelines/Requirements:
GPA: 2.5; Scholarship Application & Recommendation Form (both found on CEA website); Letter of Recommendation; and an original 400-500 word essay reflecting on how you plan to utilize your international experience to connect your home community and other international communities before, during, and after your time abroad.

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