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 one-on-one support, cultural immersion opportunities, and inspiring courses delivered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
12-16 Credits from Academic Provider, the University of New Haven
Spring 2023: $20,000 USD
Fall 2023: $23,000 USD
before scholarships & institutional aid
January 23 – May 6, Spring 2023
August 28 – December 9, Fall 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.
The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Florence become your classroom as you dive into experiential learning courses offered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven. Study Art History while exploring the Uffizi or learn about the Italian art of non-verbal communication while studying Communication!
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 professors, and hands-on learning delivered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.
Earn College Credit
Earn college credit through a selection of courses offered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
Participants walk away from their time in Florence with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits via our Academic Provider; 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.
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. Participants may be eligible for some Verto scholarships. You can also apply for external grants and scholarships to further reduce your abroad experience cost.
Details About Verto Florence Experience
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
- Wireless internet
- All utilities- Note that air conditioning is not common.
- Biweekly cleaning service
- Washing machine & drying racks
- Bed Linens—participants should bring or buy a towel upon arrival
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.
Participants are responsible for airfare to/from Florence and any internal airfare.
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.
Examples of Possible Verto 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.
Sample Verto Sponsored Excursions may include:
- Day Trip to Tuscan Countryside
- Day Trip to Rome
- Day Trip to Venice
- Overnight trips to locations like the Amalfi Coast
*Excursions are subject to change based on each abroad experience based on availability.
Spending a Full Year with Verto
Why choose just one location? Sharpen your comparative lens by learning in two amazing Verto abroad locations. Spend your first semester in Italy and your second semester elsewhere in the world! If your heart is set on spending two semesters in the same city, we won’t blame you! Let us know and we’ll advise you to ensure this is the best option for you. Participants are limited to earning 30 credits in one location.
Spring 2023 Key Dates
FOR LONDON, FLORENCE, BUENOS AIRES, & TURRIALBA
Arrival Date: January 23
Orientation: January 23 – 27
First Day of Classes: January 30
Add/Drop Period: January 30 – February 3
Mid-term Week: March 13 – 17
Course Withdrawal Deadline: March 21
Finals Week (Last Week of Class): May 1 – 5
Final Day of Class: May 5
Departure Date: May 6
Fall 2023 Key Dates
Arrival Date: August 28
Discovery Week (Student Orientation): August 29 – September 3
First Day of Classes: September 4
Add/Drop Period: September 4 – 8
Midterm Course Evaluations: October 16 – 20
Midterm Grades Due: October 20
Last Day of Classes: December 8
Program End Date / Student Departure: December 9
Final Grades Due: December 13
Unofficial Transcripts to Partners: December 18 – 19
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
Participants must be 18 years old by June 1st for fall semesters and by October 1st for spring semesters.
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. If this is not the case, individuals should renew their passport as soon as possible.
Participants will need a visa to study in Italy.
Participants will be responsible for obtaining their Italian student visa through their local Italian consulate. Explicit instructions on how to obtain the Italian student 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.
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.
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.
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 a counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about Verto’s decision process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions
P.S. Did you know that Verto participants can use their Verto app to apply to many of our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.