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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

    15 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Shared Apartment

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits from Academic Providers

  • Campus Host

    Study Center

  • Cost

    Spring 2023: $20,000 USD
    Fall 2023: $23,000 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    January 23 – May 6, Spring 2023
    Late August – Mid December, 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.

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 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 Providers.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.

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.

Spring 2023 Course Selection

 

*All courses and programming are subject to change.

Course offerings are based on faculty availability, student interest, and eligibility. Final course lists are updated prior to the start of the semester.

Courses with † in title require the successful completion of a placement test or other pre-requisite before students can enroll.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing†

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing w/ Lab

This course introduces students to the conventions of academic writing and the habits of critical inquiry they will need in university courses and beyond.  Students read and annotate texts on a topic (or topics) selected by the instructor, develop original avenues of inquiry through classroom discussion, and transform their questions into well-supported academic arguments.  Assignment sequences incorporate opportunities for research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection to help students find writing processes that can be replicated in future courses and workplace projects that require only polished work.  Because different disciplines and career paths present different scenarios for critical thinking and writing, this course also teaches students how to adapt the conventions of academic inquiry to a variety of contexts.

Principles of Communication

The ability to communicate is the most fundamental skill needed to thrive in our society. It is essential to expressing joy and sorrow, to voicing thoughts and ideas, imparting knowledge, advocating, persuading, participating in our democracy and connecting with the larger community around us.  This course will address verbal and nonverbal communication, identity, culture, and listening.  Students will have the chance to structure, organize, develop, and present information in multiple settings, including interviews, group discussions, elevator pitches, and social media.

Elementary Italian I

Italian 1101 is an elementary course designed for students with no previous knowledge of Italian. The course promotes the acquisition of Italian language and culture and addresses all four language skills (speaking, reading, writing and listening), although emphasis is placed on language comprehension, communication, and oral proficiency. From the start, structured communicative activities (including role- plays, pair and group work) provide students with numerous opportunities to interact in Italian with other learners and encourage them to use Italian in everyday situations. In addition, Italian 1101 introduces students to the geography of Italy and to various aspects of everyday life and culture of Italians. 

 

Students are encouraged to analyze and compare aspects of Italian culture while making connection to their own culture and experience. The class is conducted entirely in Italian. Italian will be used in class at all times by both students and the instructor.

Drawing I

This course will introduce drawing through the concepts of line, space, form, and value.  An investigation of the historical and contemporary methods of drawing will align with the practice of observational study and rendering. Through this study students will critically analyze the form and content of drawing and examine their own work in relation to current and historical contexts.

History of Art II

This course introduces students to works of art from the Renaissance period to the mid-20th century. The course explores the expressive, social, cultural, political, economic, and technological aspects of societies as reflected in their art.

Early Societies and Civilizations

The aim of this course is for you to come to understand what it means to “think historically” – to be able to see how thinking carefully about past human experience is crucial to understanding who we are as human beings and how we as individuals can be better, more thoughtful citizens of our local communities, our countries, and of the world.

 

In this course we will explore selected societies and civilizations from the earliest recorded histories down to the sixteenth century. This will include major cultural trends, interactions between society and economy, and analysis of cooperation and competition within and between various communities. You will develop an understanding and appreciation of various cultures that shaped past societies as parts of our shared human story. Examination of what it has meant to be human in diverse circumstances will provide you with powerful tools for better engaging their world today, and planning for our future.

Politics of Globalization

This course will provide students a clear understanding of the emerging trends of globalization with a special focus on what led to the beginning of these trends and what are its current patterns. The course will also focus on the most recent “global flows” and their impact including global economic flows as reflected in the growing international trade, global political flows as observed in the internationalization of political issues, global cultural flows as discerned through cultural convergences, and global technological flows as witnessed by the internet revolution. In addition, the course will study the politics of globalization with an analysis of the differential impact of globalization on the developing and the developed world.

Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship†

This course provides a framework for students to understand the decision-making process, and related strategies, followed by an entrepreneur or business start-up. The course will introduce students to business fundamentals while they synthesize information from multiple sources to solve a business problem or opportunity. Students will: Use elements of design thinking and a form of the Lean Canvas, and work in teams to design a business plan based upon one or any combination of the following primary themes –Water – Energy – Food; and learn the language of business, while they build business communication skills.

Biology I: Molecular Basis of Life w/Lab†

Co-requisite: BIOL 2255 – you must enroll in a section of BIOL 2255 before you can enroll in  BIOL 2253. Prerequisite or co-requisite: MATH 1110. Part of a year-long foundation course for  science majors. The course explores the principles of biological organization with an emphasis on  cell structure and function. Topics covered include molecular cellular organization and function,  gene expression, cellular division, genetic inheritance, and processes involved in the synthesis and  metabolism of carbohydrates.

College Algebra†

A review of the fundamental operations and an extensive study of functions, exponents, radicals, linear and quadratic equations. Additional topics include ratio, proportion, variation, progression and the binomial theorem. This course is intended primarily for students whose program of study requires calculus or business math.

Quantitative Reasoning†

Placement into MATH 1104 or higher, or having completed MATH 1103 or equivalent with a C or higher. Topics include: sets, logic, elementary functions, number systems, functions and graphs, enumeration and elementary probability. This course does not serve as a prerequisite for any other course in mathematics. MATH 1104 does not serve as a pre-requisite for any further mathematics course.

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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afternoons of pizza and Da Vinci?!

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 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.

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

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

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. 

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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