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Why to study in Florence?

Situated in the picturesque region of Tuscany, Florence has been ranked by Forbes as one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Considered the “cradle of the Renaissance”, imagine taking classes for academic credit with such a fascinating and inspirational context.

To study abroad in Florence, Italy places you in a vibrant city, filled with many piazze (squares) wit cultural cafes, monuments, parks, and gardens. If you have spent many years in an urban and contemporary North American city, studying abroad in Florence is likely to be a visual treat and exciting place to explore. As a center of medieval trade and finance, Florence is one of the wealthiest cities of all time, home of many museums, and one of the top fashion capitals in the world. With a variety of undergraduate programs to choose from, Florence appeals to students of all academic backgrounds.

Fashionista

Florence is headquarters to fashion greats such as Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Emilio Pucci Walk the Via de’ Tornabuonito take in all the luxury brands; each year awards are given for the most impressive boutique window.

Foodie

Food and wine are staples of Florence’s economy – south of the city lies the Chianti region; tour a local vineyard to check out the Sangiovese grapes. You won’t starve either. Florence is known for ‘peasant eating’ – Antipastipanzanella, fresh olive oil and crusty Tuscan bread…are some regional favorites.

Italiano

One of the great things about a Study Abroad in Florence is that, depending on how long you are there, you get practice your Italian when you purchase tickets to a show at the Teatro della Pergola. Locals speak a Tuscan dialect of Florentine, the parent language to modern Italian.

Museums, Monuments and More

For the art lover, art historian, artist, and week-end museum goer, Florence is a dream. Florence is laden with galleries, art-filled churches, the Archeological Museum, and sculptures and spectacular architecture such as Brunelleschi’s dome. Get to the Galleria degli Uffizi near the Piazza della Signoria to see paintings like Botticelli’s Venus and works by Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, and Michelangelo. Don’t miss the wide arches and allegorical figures in the Loggia della Signoria.

Local Florentine Culture

Florence is a vibrant and high-energy city. Its sidewalks are filled with people, and many of its streets (called Via) are narrow and packed with cars and scooters. Its hustle and bustle, however, is balanced by its stunning beauty, wide-open plazas, and beautiful rooftop views.

 

Florence is the capital of Italy’s region of Tuscany. It is one of the most beautiful cities, the center of Italian Renaissance and the classical Italian of Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio. While learning Italian you can check out some of the oldest streets in the city until you reach the Arno River, cross the Ponte Vecchio, and experience the “newest” area of Florence, the Oltrarno.

Florence’s urban landscape is distinguished by beautiful squares like “Piazza della Repubblica” and “Piazza della Signoria”, by its small streets, various markets, and above all by the marvelous cupola of the Cathedral, visible from almost everywhere in the city. It is a city which bustles with industry and craft, commerce and culture, art and science.

Try Tuscan food and the best Italian wines, visit numerous bars and discos, a traffic-free center, and many inviting shops.

The school is located in a beautiful historical area with a lovely view of the Cathedral, only a few minutes walk from the most famous sights.


Types of courses:

General Course

  • Intensive course, Super intensive course, One-to-One course

Professional Courses

  • Business Italian
  • The Language of Tourism
  • Italian for Banking and Finance
  • Italian for Flight Attendants
  • Italian for Law
  • Italian for Healthcare
  • Italian for the Hotel Industry
  • The Language of Fashion
  • The Language of Wine and Food
  • The Language of the Libretti (Opera)

Tour of Italy

  • 4 cities (Florence, Rome, Siena Milano), the minimum stay in each one is at least one week
  • You will change city every week, according to your choice, between Florence, Milan, Rome and Siena.
  • Intensive course

Preparation courses for studying at University in Italy

  • The preparation course for architectural studies in Italy
  • The preparation course for medical studies in Italy
  • Italian language Preparatory course for Fashion and Design Academies

Academic Year

  • 32 week language and culture course for students who wish to experience living and studying in Italy

History of Art Course

  • Introduction (General and historical lists; The Romanesque period)
  • The XIII century (Architecture; The “Italian” Gothic; The sculpture)
  • The architectural and urban transformation between the XIII and the XIV century
  • Florence and Siena in the XIV century
  • Brunelleschi and the revolution of perspective (Brunelleschi, Donatello, Masaccio)
  • The first Renaissance (Florence in the first half of the XV century)
  • Florence in the second half of the XV century
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Raphael and Michelangelo

Italian cooking course

  • The course is based on one meeting of approx. 3 hours a week.
  • During each lesson the students prepare and cook a different complete menu that consists of typical dishes of Italian cuisine in the tradition of genuine simplicity

Italian wines course

  • An opportunity to visit a renowned wine bar
  • How to read the label of a bottle of Italian wine
  • The classification of Italian wines
  • The traditional techniques of cultivation, fermentation and ageing used in Italy
  • Wine tasting and terminology
  • Wine production in Italy and its consumption
  • New developments and non traditional wines

Art, Fashion and Design courses

Music courses

  • Instrument courses
  • Singing and Diction for Singers
  • The Language of Libretti

 

 

 

 

 

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