Florence is the embodiment of the Renaissance, which began in Tuscany during the fourteenth century and continued to influence the region and ultimately the world for four hundred years. Now a bustling city filled with piazze, cafes, and museums, the culture of Florence is ideally suited for studying abroad.  And while Florence welcomes large numbers of international students each year, students at the School in Italy are noteworthy for their linguistic proficiency and their commitment to cultural immersion.

Studies in Florence

In Florence, the city is your campus. You will study at the Università degli Studi di Firenze and Middlebury’s Sede Capponi, as well as the numerous libraries, archives and academies that offer students all the resources necessary to deepen their knowledge in their fields of study. 

Middlebury’s Sede is situated in the academic heart of the old city, an area bustling with coffee shops, bookstores, cultural clubs, and academic buildings. The Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, and Florence’s other main monuments are all within easy walking distance. Students at all levels of linguistic ability are able to enroll at School in Italy's Florence site through one of three tracks: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

Students in the Beginner Track will enroll in courses at the Middlebury Sede. The Language and Culture course will be taught in Italian so as to allow students not only to study the language but offer them an opportunity to use it in an environment that focuses on its acquisition. Area Studies courses will begin in English and increase toward more content in Italian as the semester progresses. Students will also be able to take advantage of the Middlebury Language Pledge® to help jump-start their Italian language proficiency. In consultation with the Director of the program, students may also be given the option of choosing from courses taught in English at the Università degli Studi di Firenze.

Students in the Intermediate Track will enroll in courses at the Middlebury Sede. The language of instruction will be in Italian and along with a Language and Culture course, students will take courses in areas studies allowing them to gain a wider breadth of knowledge in disciplines such as Italian History, Literature and Art. The Middlebury Language Pledge® will be an integral part of the learning process and an invaluable tool that will help students strengthen their linguistic ability. In consultation with the Director, students may be given the option of substituting one of their sede courses for a course at the Università degli Studi di Firenze or the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze.

Students in the Advanced Track enroll in one course offered at the Middlebruy Sede and take the rest of their courses directly at the Università degli Studi di Firenze, a modern research institution that has been central to Florentine academic life for centuries, or the prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze (spring-semester only), where they are able to walk in the footsteps of great artists such as Giambologna, Cellini and Michelangelo.