Connect to the World
in Florence, Italy

Italy’s artistic treasures, culinary traditions, and centuries-old history make Florence the perfect classroom for foodies, fashionistas, artists, and history buffs.

Enjoy an authentic European lifestyle, plus inspiring courses delivered by our Academic Providers, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities.

  • Duration

    14.5 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Shared Apartment

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits from Academic Providers

  • Campus Host

    Study Center

  • Cost

    $20,000 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    August 29 – December 10, Fall 2022

    Mid January – Mid May, Spring 2023

Start College withCommunity

Live in a shared apartment alongside other Verto participants and amongst Florentines while you befriend the many local and international students in Florence. Our staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative first year abroad experience.

Take CollegeCourses

The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Florence become your classroom as you dive into experiential learning courses offered by our Academic Providers. Study Art History while face-to-face with the world’s most famous artwork, or learn philosophy from a Roman amphitheater!

ExploreFlorence & Greater Italy

Your Student Life Coordinator will set you up with everything you need to confidently explore the city. You can also opt-in to exciting cultural activities and excursions with your Verto cohort—like an evening at the opera or traditional Italian dinners!

Sharpen Your Mind

In the classroom, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring educators, and hands-on learning delivered by our Academic Providers — going to class will become the highlight of your day.

Earn College Credit

Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses offered by our Academic Providers.

Available Courses for Fall 2022

 

Please note that course availability may vary based on partner college requirements and other factors. All courses and experiences are subject to change.

Art History II

A survey of the major visual arts from the Renaissance through the modern world. Course emphasis on understanding of geographically relevant information, art media, techniques, etc., and the development of an historical understanding based on western history as understood through the study of art.

Beginning Drawing

Introduction to principles, elements, and practices of drawing, employing a wide range of subject matter and drawing media. Focus on perceptually based drawing, observational skills, technical abilities, and creative responses to materials and subject matter.

Calculus I

Topics include analytic geometry, limits and continuity of functions, derivatives and applications, anti-derivatives, applications of integration, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, elementary differential equations, improper integrals, sequences and series, power series, Taylor series, parametric equations, and polar coordinates.

Interpersonal Communication

A practical course in the theories and elements involved in interpersonal communication. Study of the factors, which influence our ability to effectively communicate, development of relationships, the role of the self in communication, the resolution of conflict and communication on the job and in daily life.

Introduction to Business

Students will be introduced to the world of business through discussions of marketing, accounting, production and operations management, E-Business, information technology, management, entrepreneurship, finance, human resources, business ethics, the law, risk management and insurance and the global marketplace. Various types of business entities will be examined and analyzed in the context of today’s dynamic business environment.

Introduction to Statistics

A general introduction to random variables, descriptive statistics, sampling theory, estimation theory, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation.

Rhetoric & Research I

The purpose of Rhetoric and Research is to prepare you as a writer for college assignments and for the writing demands in your personal, professional, and civic lives. Students will critically read and write in a variety of rhetorical situations and contexts and incorporate college-level research. Specifically, we’ll learn how writing is:

(i) a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context and with a particular purpose;

(ii) a process (rather than a one-time act) in which reading, feedback and revision helps us realize the full potential of our written works; and

(iii) a communal act, for we always write to engage with an audience.

Students read and discuss a variety of works from different literary genres, focusing on nonfiction and expository texts, reading 30-60 or more pages per week. The course also emphasizes research skills, including evaluating and documenting sources, using MLA style, practicing academic integrity, and job document preparation for employment. Students write several essays in expository and argumentative prose, including at least one research paper, in response to class reading and outside research, for a total of between 6,000-8,000 words.

Social Problems

This compulsory course examines a range of problematic issues facing society. Conflicting perspectives, research findings, theoretical explanations and societal responses will be discussed regarding such issues as: distribution of resources, national security, the environment, race, gender, family, the medical industry and the justice process.

Western Civilizations II

This introductory course focuses on the origins and development of civilization in the western world from the 17th century to the present. Topics include European encounters with the new world, the scientific revolution, the age of enlightenment, the development of the state, the French and Industrial Revolutions, their impact on society, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of modern society, imperialism, World War I and II, the Cold War and contemporary Europe.

Pre-Calculus

Topics include basic concepts of algebra, equations, inequalities, problem solving, and basic polynomial, rational, and exponential functions, with emphasis on graphing techniques, algebraic and numeric properties and applications.

Introduction to Biology I

The course covers the scientific method; basic chemistry; molecular biology; genetics; the structure and function of cells; biodiversity; and evolution.

General Chemistry I

This course discusses atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, and thermo-chemistry.

Introduction to Philosophy

This course is intended to serve as an introduction to Philosophy as an academic field of study, an art of personal reflection, and a tool for dialogue. In this light, it examines a few perennial philosophical questions and the major arguments and positions which fall under these questions such as: Who am I? What is a person? Are we really free? Is there life after death? What sort of meaning is possible in life? Films and literature may be utilized to reveal how the art of philosophical reflection extends beyond canonical philosophical texts. Emphasis will be placed on well reasoned justification and evaluation

International Relations

This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of international relations and the competing approaches in understanding and addressing contemporary issues and crises. The course identifies the various state and non-state actors in global politics and describes and explains their behavior as well as the structure of the international system in which they operate. Included is an examination of not only the traditional subjects of international relations, such as power, nationalism, diplomacy, and war, but also those transnational factors that have come to play a critical role in an increasingly interdependent world, such as immigration, trade and economic/financial activities, the environment, human rights, and terrorism.

Discover Yourself

Participants walk away from their time in Florence with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits via our Academic Providers; through one-on-one counseling and mentorship, you’ll build the confidence, self-awareness and clarity to thrive in college and in life.

Get College Ready

Work with your personal Academic Success Coordinator and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.

Find Your Purpose

Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your leaders will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.

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Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Travel is a vital part of every individual’s education, and Verto is committed to increasing equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in study abroad and higher education—regardless of your financial background.

About half of Verto participants receive scholarships, financial aid, or both. For eligible participants, Verto can reduce the Italy cost by up to 67% through Verto’s Opportunity Grant. You can also apply for institutional aid, external grants, and scholarships to further reduce your abroad experience cost.

Learn About Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Details About Verto Florence Experience

Accommodation

Participants will live in a shared apartment with 2-3 individuals per room and 4-8 individuals per apartment. Apartments are scattered through the city center as Vertoans are living amongst the Florentines. Accommodations are within walking distance to the study center.

  • Shared room (double, triple, or quad)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shared kitchen
  • Living only with other Vertoans in each flat. Other Florentines will live in the building – your neighbors could be young professionals, retired, other students, etc. Be prepared to immerse yourself within the community!
  • Fully furnished
  • Includes:
    • Wireless internet
    • All utilities- note that air conditioning is not common.
    • Biweekly cleaning service
    • Kitchenware
    • Washing machine & drying racks
    • Bed Linens—participants should bring or buy a towel upon arrival

Meals

There is no meal plan in Italy. Participants have the option to cook in their apartment or enjoy the wonderful culinary scene of Italy.

During Orientation, staff will ensure participants know how to operate all cooking equipment in the apartment and will develop opportunities to help Vertoans cook simple, nutritious meals.

Travel

Participants are responsible for airfare to/from Florence and any internal airfare.

Vertoans have the option for independent travel within the country pending permission from the Verto team.

Florence is highly walkable though there are city buses and affordable taxis which can take participants to neighborhoods outside of the city center if they choose to do so.

Excursions

Participants are given all the support they need to explore Florence on their own and will have the opportunity to opt-in to Verto’s extracurricular activities and day trips.

Verto sponsored experiences may include:

  • Day Trip to Tuscan Countryside
  • Day Trip to Rome
  • Day Trip to Venice
  • Overnight trips to locations like the Amalfi Coast

Spending a Full Year with Verto

Choose between spending 2 semesters in Florence, or doing your first semester in Florence and the second in another incredible Verto location!

Budget

Recommend €500-800 Euros/month

Food, travel, & other personal expenses. This could be more or less depending on personal habits and independent travel plans.

Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • All accommodation while overseas
  • All scheduled events
  • Books and other course materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Airport pick up on the designated arrival date

Not Included With the Cost of Your Experience

  • Internal Airfare
  • Meals and snacks
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities and associated equipment
  • Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between programs
  • Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from programs
  • Return transportation to the airport at the end of the program

Visa, Passport & Age Requirements

Individuals must have a valid passport in order to participate in Verto’s abroad experiences. All passports should be valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the abroad experience (12 months for the Spain semester). If this is not the case, individuals should renew their passport as soon as possible.

Participants in Italy will need a visa to study, and must be 18 years old for the abroad experience.

Participants will be responsible to obtain their own visa for study through their local consulate. Instructions on exactly how to obtain this Visa will be sent to participants approximately 3-4 months prior to departure.

Verto Education is not responsible for any individual’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given abroad location, and cancellation fees will apply if an individual is denied the proper visa. Verto Education cannot overturn any decision made by any Consular or Embassy official.

Why the Verto Florence first year abroad experience?

Verto’s Florence abroad experience is a great fit for young adults who are excited by…

City Life with a Small Town Feel 

Florence is a global city that is rich with visible history in every piazza. Whether you’re crossing the Ponte Vecchio or walking past the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as “the Duomo” every day, it is an easily navigable and highly-walkable city. It’s great for individuals who love the pace of city life with the feeling of a small town. In fact, you’ll find that it’s easier to walk than take the bus, and you’ll quickly learn why Italians don’t spend much time in the gym! There are tons of international students studying in Florence, so you will be able to befriend people from all over the world when you run into them in-line at the sandwich shop, or while soaking up the Florence-vibe at a coffee bar. 

Apartment Housing 

You will live in apartment housing, like other local students. Apartments are scattered through the historical center of Florence and Vertoans will live amongst Florentines. To clarify, participants will only ever share an apartment with other Vertoans but they may be in the same building as locals. You can expect to share a bedroom with other participants. 

Free Time and More Independence

You should expect a fairly typical college schedule. There will be out of class experiential learning activities for courses plus weekend excursions, though you will have plenty of free time to explore the city independently. 

Since you will be living in apartments and managing your own schedules outside of class and excursions, Florence is a great fit for individuals who are looking to develop life skills such as grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and independent living. 

Art & Art History 

Florence is one of the most famous destinations in the world for art, architecture, and art history and is absolutely full of artistic treasures to discover. Art lovers will enjoy visiting Florence’s many museums such as the Uffizi and galleries like the Accademia, home to Michaelangelo’s David, both in their Verto abroad experience and in their free time. 

Foodie Experiences 

Meals are not included in the Florence abroad experience. As such, you can cook in your apartment and/or dive into Florence’s epic culinary scene! You’ll get to develop those personal finance skills as you balance grocery shopping with dining at all of the tasty eateries in the city. 

Safety & COVID-19

The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of COVID-19.

Review Verto’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

How to Apply

Verto’s application is quick, free, and non-binding!

Fill out Verto’s 10 minute application: vertoeducation.org/apply

After your application is submitted, you will be matched with an admissions counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about the application and decision process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions

P.S. Did you know that Vertoans can use their Verto app to apply to our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.

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