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The Sarah Lawrence study abroad program in Florence is based on the idea of immersion: academic, linguistic, social and cultural. The program motivates students to extend themselves by living and studying in the midst of Italians at work and play—... read more

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I got amazing exposure to the language, art conservation, art, and I believe this program really helped me mature and further develop my independence l. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I made a calculated decision to experience "abroad" as fully as I could. I gave Florence my heart and soul and it was absolutely worth it. The entire experience was a dream and I can only sing praises for it, from exciting beginning to tragic end. I can't easily put into words what I learned, but everyone who knew me before and ... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Moving to a city where you don't speak the language and don't know anyone is an exciting adventure everyday. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
This program was worth every second. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I gained a family, another language, new friends, and a better cultural understanding of the world. It was absolutely worthwhile. Parts were challenging and tiring but it was an incredible experience that taught me to be a citizen of the world - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Past Review Incredibile!
It was an amazing experience, I would never have gotten to see so much of Italy otherwise and I definitely want to go back there and live there again someday. I also made some new friends that I wouldn't have met otherwise. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Totally worthwhile. Gained a lot of proficiency in the language - enough to want to travel to Sicily next semester and take all of my courses at an Italian university, in Italian!! Also gained some interests that I had never experienced before (I'm obsessed with linguistics now), and honed in on a lot of things that I had been d... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Past Review Raggio Di Sole
I had no idea that love could be oozing out of culture and its people. I really had no idea. I still (admittedly) choke up about the love I felt in every single moment in and out of school. It's really indescribable what this experience meant to me. I was never happier in my life. The culmination of everyone behind the Sara... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I definitely learned what I took for granted in my own country, but also greatly appreciated what was in Italy that was not back home. I acquired a new perspective being a part of an entirely different lifestyle, and I felt relatively integrated by the end of the study abroad experience. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Sarah Lawrence in Florence
This question is hard to answer because there is no way I can truly verbalize what I have gained from my experience abroad. But I will try. Because of my semester at Sarah Florence, I have a different outlook on life and a nostalgia for a place that seems like a dream. I have learned so much about myself and others and the world... - Brandeis University View Entire Review
This trip was more than worthwhile. It truly changed my life and the way I view the world. I highly recommend studying for the entire year. Florence is so complex that it cannot even be partially grasped in a year abroad, but a year is far better than a semester. I met so many wonderful people here. I grew as both a young adult ... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I've always wanted to go to Italy, and I got to go to Italy! Seeing iconic pieces of art (like the David) or architecture (the Leaning Tower of Pisa), experiencing Italian culture, and living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world (while having such easy access to other parts of Italy and Europe) made the experience wo... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I really learned about myself this year. I learned how I deal with both exciting and stressful situations without easy access to my home. I feel that I was really able to get comfortable asking the program directors, my host mother, and other students for help when I needed it. I also feel that learning about the world and other... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I don't exaggerate when I say that this has been the best year of my life. I had never learned so much in so little a time. What pointed me to Florence was that it offered a new language, it seemed the right place to study Italian bel canto – I am a singer – , and it was the cradle of the Italian Renaissance – I am a visual ar... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Sarah Lawrence in Florence
I learned so much every single day. Even though Florence has so many tourists/american students that it may seem like it could get boring or annoying, I was never bored or annoyed. I saw something new every day. I learned to truly savor each moment of life, and to trust in myself. I gained the confidence to go wherever I wanted ... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Sarah Lawrence in Florence
It was absolutely worthwhile. I gained confidence in my own independence and language-learning skills. I gained friends and a new perspective of my own country. - Hamilton College View Entire Review
I learned another language and the ability to interact with another culture. I met new people and learned how to be independent and provide for myself on an emotional level. It was worthwhile because it was a surge of growth and access to knowledge. - Barnard College View Entire Review
This experience was very worthwhile, but I'm also grateful for the opportunity to move on to Catania. I learned how to conduct myself respectfully in a city. I learned that going to a new place reveals much about the place from whence you have come. I learned that there are a lot of great kids at my school I never even knew a... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about how I identify as an American. It was a great exercise in social learning-- within the group of american students and with Italians. Too much and too nuanced maybe to summarize here, but definitely worthwhile. I think everyone's experience is so personal. I know that most people i talked to were having thei... - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Past Review Fantastic
I learned to live on my own. I learn how to speak the language daily without the fear of messing up. It was one of the best experiences in my life. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
I learned the most about myself and what I want out of life. I learned that I love the Italian people, the food, the language, everything. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
Nonetheless, I still had a good experience. My Italian improved, and I had a great experience with my homestay family. It was worthwhile, however, in retrospect, I would have chosen a different Italian city. - Barnard College View Entire Review
Past Review Pretty Good.
Yes, it was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about the Italian culture, although I did feel very alien to it. - Sarah Lawrence College View Entire Review
Yes, it was worth everything. I learned that I can decide to do something that I really WANT to do and then DO it. I can show up and end up having the experience of a lifetime. It was effortless- because even the moments that sucked, the times when I felt down and depressed were actually GOOD moments. It was all part of the expe... - Barnard College View Entire Review

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The Sarah Lawrence study abroad program in Florence is based on the idea of immersion: academic, linguistic, social and cultural. The program motivates students to extend themselves by living and studying in the midst of Italians at work and play—not in isolation with other English-speaking students. Courses are taught by Italian faculty, either at the Sarah Lawrence center or in local artists’ ateliers, music studios, laboratories. Florence and Italy become your “texts,” as courses send you to museums to look at world-renowned art in the original, or into the streets to sketch or study the urban fabric, or to concerts, theatre, screenings and lectures offered in the city. The homestay offers an important human connection to Florentines and the opportunity to become proficient in Italian.

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Study Abroad
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  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • European Studies
  • Western European Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • Liberal Arts, General Studies
  • Historic Preservation
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Music
  • History
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