What You Get

Expect a lot of perks when you study abroad with CEA. From housing to excursions, our inclusions make studying abroad easy!

Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Florence:

  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising
  • Visa & Immigration Advising
  • Financial Advising
  • Tuition and Registration
  • Airport Pick-up
  • On-site Orientation
  • City Tour
  • On-site Staff Support
  • 24/7 Emergency Assistance
  • Travel Medical Insurance
  • Generali Global Assistance Travel Support
  • Welcome & Farewell Events
  • Centrally Located Housing
  • Wellness Activities
  • Cultural Engagement
  • Language Exchanges
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Excursions
  • Host Institution Services & Amenities
  • Official Transcript(s)

Housing Options

Our carefully chosen housing options enhance your experience abroad by allowing you to live like a local. While we do attempt to match your preferences with our housing options, housing preference requests cannot be guaranteed. Housing and roommate assignments are first-come, first-serve based on availability; apply early to help us organize your housing arrangements.

Apartment

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Generally located in the city’s historic center, shared student apartments are suited to students who want to experience Florence independently. Cook scrumptious Italian meals with your roommates in your kitchen, explore the character of the neighborhood that surrounds you, and make your new apartment into a home.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Florence Center: 15-20 minutes walking
  • Santa Reparata International School of Art: 15-20 minutes walking

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

  • 1-3 students per room
  • 4-6 students per apartment

Unit Amenities

  • Shared full kitchen
  • Shared single-sex bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Internet access
  • Washer only
  • Radiator heating
  • Fans provided

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • N/A
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Homestay

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Living with a local family allows you to learn so much about the Florentine lifestyle —and Italian family life in general —that you wouldn’t otherwise experience. A homestay will likely mean built-in friends, and will definitely mean that you won’t have to worry about what to make for dinner, how much you’re spending on food, or how you’re going to make your next meal both balanced and delicious! A homestay experience enhances your study abroad experience. Homestays are located in apartments either inside or outside Florence’s historical city center. While public transportation may offer a quicker way to school, you will still be within walking distance of the CEA Florence Center and the partner university.

Don’t worry about needing to speak perfect Italian before moving in with an Italian family: our host families are chosen for their interest in learning about you and your culture, and many have a working knowledge of English, too. While some families are empty-nesters, we do privilege younger families: both offer you an important connection with the Florentine community.

The homestay option will not hinder your freedom with a curfew, and you can even choose to live with a friend of your choice!

The additional fee covers the cost of your meals with your host family, and is nearly the equivalent of what students in standard CEA housing will pay separately for groceries and eating out (minus the fuss!).

TYPICAL COMMUTE

  • CEA Florence Center: 20-25 minutes (including public transport, if necessary)
  • Santa Reparata International School of Art: 20-25 minutes (including public transport, if necessary)

MEALS INCLUDED

  • Breakfasts: Monday – Friday
  • Dinners: Sunday – Thursday

ROOMMATES

  • 1-2 students per room
  • 1-2 students per Homestay

Unit Amenities

  • Limited kitchen
  • Shared-co-ed bathroom
  • Bed linens included
  • Towels included
  • Washer only
  • Radiator heating
  • Fans available

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • $1,000-$1,800
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Independent Living

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While CEA highly recommends that you choose one of our Florence housing options provided, you also have the option to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes living in a particular neighborhood, having specific amenities or living with a specific person as your roommate, then independent housing could be just the ticket for you.

Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. If your request is approved, you will receive a rebate for your housing payment, however CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing. Keep in mind, rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or choose to pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date.

TYPICAL COMMUTE

N/A

MEALS INCLUDED

N/A

ROOMMATES

N/A
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Excursions

Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered three excursions and summer study students are typically offered two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past. 

*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.

Rome

A fusion of ancient, baroque, and modern architecture, tradition and the cutting-edge, Rome has been a center of power, culture, and religion for millennia. CEA guides bring you to must-see sites, such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, and the Sistine Chapel. Rome truly has something to offer everyone and more-than lives up to its nickname: “The Eternal City.”

Venice

(Summer only)

In magical Venice, sun reflects off the canals that serve as city streets. A visit to the ethereal Church of San Marco and a working gondolier shop will help you understand that Venice is a crossroads where East meets West and beauty flourishes. Here, it's impossible not to get lost… but simply embrace it, as Venice offers something new and unique at every turn.

Turin

(Semester only)

On this overnight excursion to Turin, you’ll explore royal palaces and the Cinema Museum, wander through Europe’s second largest collection of Egyptian artifacts, and indulge in decadent gianduia chocolate. Located in the Piedmont region, Turin was the first capital of unified Italy in the 1860s. Today, the city is a center of industry and engineering; FIAT (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino), Italy’s proud every-man car manufacturer, was founded here.

Amalfi Coast

(Semester only)

On this three-day tour, you’ll discover two famous coastal towns: Amalfi and Sorrento. Spend a day exploring the ruins of Pompeii, a city preserved under lava since 79 CE, and climbing Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that buried Pompeii. This region of Italy is known for its cuisine, and CEA will take you off the beaten path to a farm to taste the best cheese in the world: fresh buffalo mozzarella.

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre National Park spans 4,300 acres across five picturesque villages (the cinque terre), connected by hiking paths and a train line. The area boasts delicious basil, lemons, and grapes. Spend a day hiking or at the beach, soaking up the sun, and enjoying the breathtaking stretches of beautiful coastline. Your Instagram followers will be green with envy!

Bologna

(Semester only)

Bologna is best known for its medieval towers, porticoed streets, and hearty cuisine. It’s also home to Europe’s oldest university, founded in 1088. We will tour the university’s main historical building and its Anatomical Theater, where autopsies were once performed to train early doctors. We will treat you to a group lunch before you have time to explore Bologna on your own.

Siena

One of Italy’s most picturesque and international medieval cities, Siena is home to well-preserved Gothic architecture and is the birthplace of one of Italy’s patron saints. Siena may be best known for its annual summer horse races, whose origins go back to the 1300s (Think the horseracing scene in James Bond’s Quantum of Solace.)

Cultural Engagement

Italian Cooking Class

Prepare a multi-course meal with your friends with instruction from a professional chef. Your hard work will pay off as you enjoy your culinary creations for dinner! This lesson keeps on giving: you will be able to recreate this meal for years to come, savoring the flavors of Italy no matter where you are in the world. Tutti a tavola!

Opera Night

Italy is known for its opera: the music, the lyrics, the dramatic stories… We’ll attend an opera by a celebrated Italian composer. This is your chance to dress up!

Basket Weaving

Spend a summer afternoon in the rural outskirts of Florence. Surrounded by farm animals and the green hills of Chianti, a master basket weaver and his family will teach you how to craft your own traditional basket, a.k.a. the perfect souvenir of your Italian adventure.

Artisanal Paper Workshop

Florence is world-renowned for its luxury paper products; lucky for you, local artisans are happy to share their techniques and know-how. A master craftswoman will help you create a handmade paper box or journal to remind you of your time in Florence.

Insider’s Florence

It can be easy to skim the surface of Florence… but we want you to dig deeper to discover more of our city’s spaces, stories, and best-kept secrets. Authorized guides take you to places off the beaten path to see and experience the real Florence.

Library Tour

Your academic performance in Florence is of great importance to us. To ensure that you have as many resources available as possible, this tour is designed to familiarize you with Florence’s libraries. Pull out your books and join your local peers at the library!

Other Opportunities

Volunteering Program: CEA C’È

In Italian, CEA C’È is pronounced “chay-ah chay” and means “CEA is there.” Our name for this award-winning volunteer program expresses the goals of this initiative: to be there, to support, and become a part of the local Florentine community that hosts you.

By participating in an individual or group volunteer opportunity, you will enjoy a deeper connection to the local culture and people, profoundly enhancing your experience abroad. Speak to CEA Florence staff while on-site to find the right volunteering “fit” for you.

Past examples include:

  • Serving as English Teaching Assistant
  • Writing articles for a magazine/newspaper for the English-speaking community in Florence
  • Giving guided tours of some of the most important monuments in Florence (training provided)
  • Working for a soup kitchen

Language Exchange

Speaking Italian with locals is a great way to better your language skills and make new friends. We’ll team you up with Italian peers in a structured setting so you can practice your Italian and help them practice their English.

AICAP (Academic-Integrated Cultural Activity Program)

AICAP helps you integrate CEA’s cultural activity offerings with the subjects you study in class. The program places importance on your reflections during and after the activity, which then serve as the basis for a class assignment. AICAP participation counts towards your class grade in selected courses. With this program, CEA motivates you to add a further dimension to your studies by watching, listening, speaking, doing, creating, interacting, feeling, and more. AICAP Examples:

  • Italian Cooking Class

Italy is synonymous with food, and the country is rich with varied regional culinary traditions. Roll up your sleeves and try some simple but fundamental Italian recipes and flavor combinations using fresh and local ingredients.

Counts for: The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy (CUL340); The Business of Food (BUS353/SOC313)

  • Insider’s Florence: Migrant Tour

Florence is a small melting pot, as you will see by walking just beyond the city’s main thoroughfares. With a guide and discussion with immigrants who have settled in Florence, you’ll explore the ease and difficulty with which non-Italians live, do business, and navigate the city and country they now call home.

Counts for: Critical Perspectives on Italy (ANT/SOC320); Communication & Cultural Competence (COM340); Gender as a Social Construct (ANT/GEN321); The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy (CUL340)

  • Wine Tasting

How do you choose wine? What makes wines different? Why are some more valuable than others? A primary lesson in oenology, this activity will start you on your way to wine appreciation; touch on the importance of wine to Italian pride, culture and business; and help you adopt an Italian approach to this national staple.

Counts for: The Culture of Food & Wine in Italy (CUL340); The Business of Food (BUS353/SOC313)

  • Insider’s Florence: Jewish Florence

Starting from our Study Center, the site of Florence’s Ghetto from the 16th to the 18th century, Florentine Jewish history comes alive. Listen to stories and see locations throughout the historic center, gaining insight not found in guidebooks, yet important to our city’s history.

Counts for: Critical Perspectives on Italy (ANT/SOC320)

  • Insider’s Florence: San Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte, an 11th century Romanesque church overlooking the city of Florence, is decorated with symbols from both astrological and Christian traditions. How can that be?! As you ponder the decoration, you’ll be awed by the inlaid zodiac decoration on the church floor.

Counts for: The Great Masters (ARH333); Iconography (ARH230)

  • Insider’s Florence: Torre di San Niccolò

Until the late 1800s, medieval walls enclosed Florence’s historical center. In an effort to modernize the city, the walls were razed, but some of its gatehouses still stand. As you climb the tower that was the city’s main entrance, you’ll understand the importance of city walls before the modern age.

Counts for: The Great Masters (ARH333); Iconography (ARH230)

  • Insider’s Florence: Medieval Towers

This tour allows you to look at the city through a medieval filter. Discover what a tower house is and learn its architectural and cultural importance in the Middle Ages. Find out where the oldest tower in the city is located and what makes it unique. There’s more Medieval Florence above and below ground than you think…

Counts for: The Great Masters (ARH333); Iconography (ARH230)

Career and Re-entry Workshop

Explore the skills and knowledge you’ve gained and learn how to articulate your growth in your future job searches. In this interactive workshop, you’ll reflect and process your study abroad experience, connect study abroad with your career goals, and obtain practical advice to help you transition back to the U.S.

Mobile Journalist Program

Want to build your digital portfolio while you study abroad? Join the Mobile Journalist (MOJO) program! You’ll blog, photograph, and video your experience abroad, then share them on social media.

Alumni Ambassador Program

Your study abroad adventure doesn’t have to end when your program is over. Keep sharing your study abroad love on your home campus…become an Alumni Ambassador! This internship allows you to help other students on their study abroad journeys while gaining work experience and growing your professional network.

What Our Student Said

Living Like a Local
My host family allowed me to experience culture on a new level. It helped my language speaking ability, and I got to experience life as it's lived by the locals. Another perk: my host mom is an amazing cook.

Nathaniel DeRidder
Cardinal Stritch University,
Fall 2015, florence

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