With sites in Ferrara, Florence, and Rome, the Middlebury School in Italy offers a wide range of environments for academic and cultural immersion. Students have the opportunity to enroll directly into an Italian university, taking courses in disciplines ranging from Renaissance literature to biology.
The Middlebury School in Italy site in Florence offers multiple linguistic points of entry for students interested in studying abroad in Italy through a curriculum offering three tracks at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Available at the Middlebury School in Italy's Sede in Florence, The Beginner track offers a unique opportunity to students who are new to the Italian language to approach its study in a more immersive context. Course instruction at the Sede will begin with a mix of English and Italian and will increase toward more content in Italian as the semester progresses. Classes at the Sede, together with the Middlebury Language Pledge® will provide students with the foundation to help them jump-start their Italian language proficiency. The Beginner track is designed for students with 0-1 years of college-level Italian (or the equivalent).
The Intermediate track allows students to learn Italian by taking language and area studies courses at the Middlebury Sede while also offering the opportunity to enroll at the nearby Università degli Studi di Firenze. Students will also take part in the Middlebury Language Pledge®, an important part of the Middlebury method which allows students to strengthen their Italian language proficiency. The Intermediate track is designed for students who have completed 1-1.5 years of college-level Italian (or the equivalent).
Students in the Advanced Track may choose to study at any one of the three sites that the Middlebury School in Italy offers. Students in this track come in at the intermediate-advanced level of Italian and are commited to developing their language skills. By adhering to the Middlebury Language Pledge®, they reap the benefits of linguistic immersion for the duration of their time studying abroad. By living and studying with Italians and involving themselves in the community through volunteer work, internships, and extracurricular activities, they have the chance to build authentic relationships and integrate fully into life in their host city.
In Florence, the flagship site of the School in Italy and home of the Middlebury Sede, students take courses at one of our partner institutions: the Università degli Studi di Firenze or the Accademia di Belle Arti. In Ferrara and Rome, students take courses at our partner universities, the Università degli Studi di Ferrara and La Sapienza- Università di Roma. While the School in Italy staff is located in Florence, they make regular visits to Ferrara and Rome throughout the semester. At all sites, students in the Advanced Track will attend one Middlebury organized class and also have the option of completing an internship for credit.
In all three tracks, students are exposed to Italian in their daily life by living in an Italian homestay or in apartments with Italian roommates.