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 4.0
Based on 17 Reviews
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cultural experience was amazing. learned so much about other people, the world and myself - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I'm more comfortable being out of my comfort zone - Middlebury College View Entire Review
August 08, 2018 Girl In Florence
definitely language skills! yes it was worthwhile - Mount Holyoke College View Entire Review
I made really good friends in the program and living in Florence gave me the opportunity to travel within Italy as well as Europe. I gain skills in Italian but also life lessons as to how to depend on myself in a foreign country. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I developed my language skills significantly but I would not consider this a worthwhile experience, I did not enjoy my time studying abroad as much as I should have. - Georgetown University View Entire Review
December 08, 2017 I Loved Florence
So worthwile, learned so much about how to live/navigate on my own. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile because now I absolutely feel fluent in Italian and am proud of myself for living in a different country alone and feel more mature after returning. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
My Italian improved and I learned how to adapt to new situations. It was definitely a worthwhile experience. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was worthwhile, although I wish I would have known more before I left. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
it was worth while. i became much more independent. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
August 22, 2018 Worth The Wait
I learned to travel independently throughout the country. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
During my time abroad I learned how to be independent while also learning to make new friends who I wouldn't normally have on campus. My host family was the best part of my experience, and although it was a bit awkward in the beginning I looked forward to eating a meal with them everyday and practicing Italian. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the more realistic aspects of Italian culture (relatively poor living, familial infighting, etc.). It was worthwhile, though would not live with a host family or stay in Florence again. - Georgetown University View Entire Review
yes of course. it was an amazing experience. - Tufts University View Entire Review
September 07, 2017 Both Amazing But Lonely
I gained a lot of experience in terms of navigating an unfamiliar space, specially because the school did not provide a lot of outings and events for us. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned that it is a good thing to push yourself and try new things even if they are really scary, like moving to Italy not knowing any Italian. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I learned to live entirely immersed within another culture, rather than merely floating around the periphery of such. The overall experience was extremely challenging but without that difficulty, I would never have come away with the sense of fulfillment and self-understanding which I now carry with me in my every-day life. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained Italian fluency and by the end was extremely proud of my ability to navigate on my own in and outside the city. I made personal connections that have continued to stay with me, and I had a very rewarding academic experience. - Oberlin 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):
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • History
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Italian Studies
  • Architecture
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • European Studies
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology and Anthropology
Minimum GPA:
2.67
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