Join Us in Florence, Italy

Benvenuto in Italia! Start your education abroad under the Tuscan Sun this summer! Our high school summer program in Florence is the educational adventure you have been looking for. There are historical and cultural treasures around every corner in Florence. The city of Florence has always been a cultural capital of Italy, and is the birthplace of the Renaissance era in Europe. As a result, there are few other European cities that can rival Florence as a “city of eternal learning.” Come join us this summer and experience this breathtaking city of elegance, history and art.

All of the World Class Programs students will live together in upscale, comfortable student apartments, in the very center of the city. “Homestays” are not a part of our programs because all of our trips are designed to give students a “pre-college” dorm life experience. Our students will be just a short walk from the Piazza del Duomo, the heart and soul of Florence. The apartments have living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and 2-3 bedrooms. Each bedroom is shared by two students. Our staff members are housed in a separate apartment down the hall. Each program will also have a dedicated World Class Programs Security Officer staying in the building, who will be on-call to the needs of the students 24/7.

Every student on the program chooses two classes as their academic focus in Florence: a major and an elective. Major classes meet every morning, Monday through Friday, while electives meet three afternoons a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Electives and Workshops

Fine Art & Drawing Philosophy Photography Fashion Design Italian language Tuscan Cuisine Art History & Architecture

Fine Art & Drawing

Introduces basic drawing, and painting skills, as well as continues advanced techniques based on student skill level. This course emphasizes direct observation. A variety of museum tours are included so the student can engage in studio drawing, critical evaluation of aesthetics, critique sessions and side lectures based on our Experiential Learning Method.


Join us as we explore the intellectual giants of the Greek golden age of philosophy, covering broad philosophical questions which have resounded throughout time, and influenced many Italian writers and philosophers of the renaissance. Through this necessary grounding, our students will begin to explore philosophical dilemmas posed in works of Dante, Machiavelli, and many other Italian artists of the time.


Introduces and expands on the exploration of digital camera function, digital image editing software and digital printing technology. This course will emphasize student's development of individual artistic voice while engaging with technological, aesthetic, and conceptual issues in their work while abroad. Students are required to supply their own Digital SLR camera for this course.

Italian Language

Introduces basic language skills. Development of listening comprehension, reading, speaking, and writing skills to become proficient at the appropriate level. Italian culture will be learned through guided speaking with natives that are introduced to develop cultural understanding and sensitivity. This class will have an emphasis on interpersonal communication with native Italian speakers throughout the trip to fully immerse students into the language.

Tuscan Cuisine

In this hands-on class, our instructor will show you how to transform seasonal ingredients into a scrumptious Italian dinner. We’ll walk you through the steps for making everything from a hearty Tuscan soup to homemade vinaigrette. Students will visit local Italian markets like Mercato Centrale to learn how to buy fresh and cook even fresher.

Art History & Architecture

Introduces students to the rich and diverse art venues throughout Italy, various museum display practices, and the complicated politics of exhibiting cultures. Explores the visual arts of a wide range of peoples, cultures, styles, movements, and media, as well as the various cultural, religious, economic, and political factors related to their creation. Major works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts from prehistory to the present will be studied with a focus on the Renaissance Art that Florence is known for.

Fashion Design

supplemental class
This class is a workshop and will be taught based on availability while on the trip. Note: This does not count as a World Class Programs Major or Minor class.

One of the most valuable (and fun!) parts of our Florence Summer Program is the weekend day-trips to all of the most celebrated and “lesser known” cultural sites around Tuscany! While we extensively explore Florence throughout the weekdays through our classes and activities, the program allows you to explore cities outside Florence and throughout Tuscany each week. From trekking the coastal mountain trails near Cinque Terre, to riding in one of the world-famous gondolas of Venice, our students and their new friends will be able to explore the truly remarkable sites that make Italy one of the most visited countries in all of Europe.


  • Enjoy fresh authentic food prepared by our culinary staff and local chefs
  • Live in upscale, spacious student apartments in the historical center of Florence
  • Learn in a fun, interactive way, outside of the classroom
  • Go above and beyond the standard tourist checklist and truly live in another culture
  • Meet local Italian youth and make friends from all over the world
  • Included trips to Venice, Verona, Milan, Siena, Cinque Terre, Pisa, Lucca, San Gimignano, Viareggio and more
  • All-inclusive 2, 3 or 4 week sessions

Student Favorites

  • Night-photography throughout the city with our photography instructor
  • Playing Soccer with local Italian students in our annual “USA vs Italy” summer match
  • Admiring the legendary Renaissance masterpieces at the Uffizi, Galleria de la Academia and countless other Florentine museums
  • Traveling throughout Italy each weekend on “mini-adventures” to other Italian cities
  • Sketching Michelangelo’s “David” as part of the art class taught by our faculty
  • Fashion workshop at the Ferragamo museum with Italian fashion designers
  • Studying and discussing philosophy in the Piazza del Duomo while enjoying Gelato