Middlebury Schools Abroad: Middlebury in Florence

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Florence is the embodiment of the Renaissance, which began in Tuscany during the fourteenth century and continued to influence the region and ultimately the world for four hundred years. Now a bustling city filled with piazze, cafes, and museums, ... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.4
Based on 21 Reviews
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I gained a much greater sense of independence as well as many memories I will hold onto forever. I also gained a much greater skill in the Italian language. - Wheaton College, MA View Entire Review
January 31, 2024 A Semester In Florence!
It was definitely worthwhile. I love the Middlebury friends that I made, and I love the connections I made with my host family. I definitely grew linguistically. - Wellesley College View Entire Review
September 11, 2023 Beautiful And Rewarding
yes! - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned so much about myself and I was able to grow mentally and emotionally. Living in another country and immersing myself in their lifestyle was very worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 02, 2023 A Year In Florence
My Italian is vastly improved, and I learned how to travel alone internationally. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I gained many new experiences and a better understanding of the language. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Italian skills, travel skills, cultural experience and understanding - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The ability to use my second language calmly and confidently, all day long. How to navigate new situations. How to be alone. How I value spending my time. How to efficiently learn a language. What I missed about America. What I didn't. What I was ignorant about regarding life abroad. Lots of personal growth. Absolutely worthwhil... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 30, 2023 Challenging But Fun
It was worthwhile and I gained a lot of confidence in my knowledge of Italy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The experience was more than worthwhile, it was one of the best years of my life. I gained lifelong friends, a much better grasp of the Italian language, and to a large extent, the notion that I want and would be capable to live a portion of my life in Italy. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile and experienced a worldly perspective on my racial identity. Loved witnessing a European approach to life and worldly problems, and the Italian approach to education. Could not fancy one as better or worse than the US but I am grateful for the overall experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Unsatisfactory
I learned more about myself which was worthwhile, but unfortunately I studied abroad in high-school which already acclimated myself to this modus operandi. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worthwhile. More than an academic challenge, it was a personal challenge. I learned a lot about myself. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned a lot about the language / culture - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Logistical planning was my best new skill - Middlebury College View Entire Review
September 08, 2023 Italy Saved My Soul
I learned a lot of practical things about living abroad and about Italian culture, but on a deeper level, I feel like I discovered a lot about myself and kind of found myself anew. It was more than worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned not to judge a book by its cover and to be open-minded about everything. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 02, 2023 Mostly Amazing!
It was the first time I truly did a lot of things by myself and I enjoyed the independence. I also loved being in Italy and experiencing another culture. I do not feel I learned as much academically as I do in a typical semester, but I learned in other aspects. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
August 01, 2023 Florence Study Abroad
It was worthwhile, my language skills improved over the semester and the semester was difficult in ways that other semesters were not. I feel more prepared for life after college after studying abroad. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
How to be independent in a new city and navigating being and traveling alone. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile, you just have to be willing to make it good on your own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
January 13, 2023 Good Food And Great Art
I think it was worthwhile for me. I really enjoyed my classes, even when I couldn't understand most of it in the beginning - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I certainly learned a lot in my courses, though the most valuable takeaway was probably fluency in Italian, not so much the course material. That being said, I think the most valuable gain from the experience were the things I learned about myself, outside of the classroom. Perhaps its a cliche to say you "found yourself" while ... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to be comfortable being alone. I ate a lot of meals alone, went on lots of walks by myself, and generally spent most of my time solo. I honestly didn't mind it, but I learned that if people aren't around and aren't constantly reaching out to me then I'm the kind of person who will retreat into myself and stop seeki... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Past Review Life In Florence
So much love for the city and region I lived in. Very worthwhile - Middlebury College View Entire Review

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Florence is the embodiment of the Renaissance, which began in Tuscany during the fourteenth century and continued to influence the region and ultimately the world for four hundred years. Now a bustling city filled with piazze, cafes, and museums, the culture of Florence is ideally suited for student life. And while Florence welcomes large numbers of international students each year, students at the School in Italy are noteworthy for their commitment to cultural immersion.

The program in Florence has three tracks of study, a Beginner level, an Intermediate Level, and an Advanced level. Outside of the classroom, the Language Pledge is in effect for maximum Italian exposure. 

Depending on language proficiency and track level, students may take courses at the Middlebury Sede in the heart of the city and may take courses at one of our partner institutions: the Università degli Studi di Firenze or the Accademia di Belle Arti, where they have the opportunity to experience firsthand the life of Italian students. They also live in a homestay or in an apartment with Italian roommates, which allows them access into the life of local families or peers.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Intensive Language
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture and Related Services
  • European Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • History
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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