Location
  • Italy
    • Florence
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, Work study, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
High School Diploma Associates Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
English

Pricing

Price Details
Included: Personalized Pre-departure Advising; Tuition & Registration; Travel Medical Insurance; On-site Orientation; Housing; Volunteer Opportunities; On-site Staff Support; Excursions and Cultural Engagement; Host Institution Services & Amenities and more. Scholarships available.
What's Included
Some Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Classes
Jun 20, 2023
Apr 03, 2024
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About Program

Capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and known as “the Cradle of the Renaissance,” Florence has long been a source of inspiration for visionaries such as Galileo Galilei, Leonardo da Vinci, and Niccolò Machiavelli. It is known for the Cathedral on the Pizza del Duomo, a domed edifice engineered by Fillipo Brunelleschi, which includes an iconic bell tower rising high above the city. This once-Roman city, established by Julius Ceasar in 59 BC and steeped in history, is the present home to some the worlds top fashion designers and major wine labels.

The CEA CAPA Florence Center offers a variety of learning opportunities in English and Italian where you get to explore the city with your professors as guides.

In addition to Study Abroad programs, explore CEA CAPA Internships Abroad Florence, our dynamic program that provides hands-on, practical experience to help you rise above the competition.

Interested? Click the “Visit Site” button to learn what’s waiting for you!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CEA CAPA provides, in conjunction with Diversity Abroad, Destination Guides which provide resources and tips for Black/African-American students, Latinx students, Asian American students, and all other students of color.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Through our personalized advising, CEA CAPA takes steps to understand the needs of a diversity of student identities like the LGBTQIA+ community. In addition to diversity and identity training, CEA CAPA leadership engage in continuous department level project work to identify and revise policies and practices using the appropriate Justice, Equity, Diversity or Inclusion lens as a frame to reduce bias and barriers that impact students, faculty, and staff. CEA CAPA is intentional in elevating diverse student voices and providing a platform for a broad array of identities to share their experiences abroad. The CEA CAPA World Blog promotes stories and personal experiences from the perspectives of diverse student bloggers and vloggers.

Neurodivergent Support

CEA CAPA is willing and able to assist students with learning disabilities and physical disabilities. Students are requested to disclose disabilities through the application health forms as part of their application and in discussion with their application advisor or program manager. The earlier CEA CAPA is made aware of learning or physical disabilities the better we can work with the student, institution, and overseas team to tailor an Individualized Education Program if necessary to support the student.

Impact

Sustainability

CEA CAPA makes a conscious effort to create study abroad experiences that leave a positive impact on host communities. Each location implements a variety of strategies to support the local community and promote sustainability. Examples include:

Use of recycling bins in Study Center locations and in CEA CAPA housing

Signage in CEA CAPA housing urging students to limit water and electricity usage

Students are often given reusable bags and water bottles upon arrival to limit single plastic use

Students are provided with instructions for acquiring transportation passes to promote use of public transportation rather than taxis

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Scholarships

CEA CAPA Scholarships and Financial Aid

CEA CAPA is committed to increasing access to study and interning abroad. We offer more than $2 million each year in scholarships, affiliations, and grant programs.

Value
$100 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.88 Rating
based on 89 reviews
  • 5 rating 94.38%
  • 4 rating 3.37%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 2.25%
  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.7
  • Safety 4.7
Showing 1 - 8 of 89 reviews
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Madison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience!

I had the absolute best time studying abroad in Florence! The city is the perfect place to live abroad because it is not too big which makes it feel like home. Florence is so easy to navigate and to learn the ins and outs of living in Italy. CEA CAPA provided so much support both before I left and during the program. The classes are so fun and we were always doing fun activities in them! We got to do wine tastings, take tours of local museums, and present our own food and wine pairing which was so cool!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Travel as much as you can and never say no to an experience! Living abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you don't want to leave after 4 months and regret not doing something!
Pros
  • Support from all staff members at all times
7 people found this review helpful.
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Abbey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Once in a lifetime experience

I cannot say enough good things about this experience. I went overseas not knowing anyone, which can be very scary, but CEA CAPA made me feel so supported throughout my entire trip. The class went so well and I brought all of my knowledge back home. But CEA CAPA went above and beyond what I expected. They have excursions, cooking classes, tours, etc all included in your plan which helps immerse yourself into the culture. No matter what I needed, they were always so supporting. They CEA CAPA office was in a perfect location as well, easy access to it! 100/10 recommend this program!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
One of the friends I met on my trip woke up at 5 am to catch a train to Monterosso which is on the coast and had the most epic beach day, spending most of our time in the water and then caught a train at 11:30 pm back to Florence
Pros
  • Personal Growth
  • Adventure
  • Expanding Horizons
Cons
  • Being away from family/friends
10 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Abbey! Thanks for sharing your 100/10 once in a lifetime experience in Florence, Italy! It sounds like you had the most perfect experience.

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Georgia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Home Away From Home

My first week in Florence was a culture shock. From the open-air city of Los Angeles to a more compact town like Florence, I was initially taken off guard and scared for my new adventure. Quickly, I realized the worlds that sat behind the yellow concrete buildings. The local coffee shop, which looked similar to the ones on most streets, became a home in itself. The barista quickly learned my name and order, and each morning, I was comforted by the familiar face. Between classes, I'd wander off into a random church, only to experience the astonishing sights of Brunelleschi's work. His ability to create illusions of space in otherwise standard construction was incredible. My free time was never boring. I often went with new friends to check out the local markets or thrift shops between classes. Or, we would grab a cappuccino with our professor and hear about her favorite places in Florence. We would sit outside the Duomo just minutes from campus to admire the building and people-watch tourists. The school and city filled my time with learning so much about the city's history and how to experience Italy's culture best. I took quick trains around Italy many weekends to see amazing new places. But, at the end of those trips, I was always excited to return to my new home away from home.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
While there are so many amazing students who join the program from all over the United States, be sure to meet locals. Don't stick to the abroad student bars or cafes. Get out into the city and meet local students! I promise, you won't regret it.
Pros
  • The food
  • My apartments view
  • The amazing Professors
Cons
  • Tiny beds
  • Early classes
  • Nothing else!
14 people found this review helpful.
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Sidnhy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience with CEA CAPA Florence

What I appreciated most about my experience with CEA CAPA Florence was how integrated my program was with the host city and culture. Because the CEA CAPA Florence building is located in such a lively and bustling part of the city (Santa Croce), it really felt like the city was our campus. Each day, we were encouraged by the staff and faculty to take advantage of this. There were numerous excursions to go on and activities to do.

During my semester abroad, I had the opportunity to participate in Ganzo! (an Italian slang word meaning “cool"), a cultural exchange program that matches study abroad students with local families. Being able to create a connection with my Ganzo! family allowed me to practice the language and immerse myself in Italian culture in ways that would’ve been difficult to encounter otherwise. Ganzo! was definitely a highlight of my experience. I appreciate CEA CAPA’s commitment to pushing students to immerse themselves in their host country’s culture by offering volunteer programs such as Ganzo!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
This is a very specific thing, but if I were to have a study abroad experience again, I would pack very different than the way I did. For starters, I brought way too many shoes. I ended up wearing one pair -- my most comfortable and basic looking ones. I wish that I looked more into what the weather/climate would be like in my host country (and of the countries I planned on visiting) prior to arriving instead of solely going off my own assumptions so that I could've been better prepared (especially during the colder months -- the temperatures in Florence dropped so quickly!).
Pros
  • Florence is an extremely walkable city in that everything is super close together.
  • Groceries and street food were relatively affordable and very, very fresh.
Cons
  • Despite it being walkable distance-wise, the streets of Florence were extremely narrow and most were cobblestone, which was a problem sometimes as someone with chronic joint pain.
  • Florence is flooded with tourism, making it difficult to access certain activities sometimes.
18 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hi Sidnhy! So glad you got this opportunity to study abroad in Florence. Thanks for sharing your feedback and recommendations!

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Saylor
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A must do!

I have always wanted to study abroad and heard about CEA CAPA from a friend. Applying to the program was straightforward and easy, they helped with any questions along the way. Once I got to Florence they provided ample resources and help for any needs I had. The classes were great and teachers were excellent. The program also provided multiple day trips around Italy which were a great way to bond with others from the program. The housing was great and right in the middle of the city, I was able to walk to everything. I'd do it again in a heartbeat, highly recommend!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
In Iceland I ate shark, not my favorite thing. The other fish there is much tastier.
15 people found this review helpful.
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Hannah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Abroad Experience

CEA CAPA's Florence program was everything I wanted abroad and more. From the moment we arrived, we were welcomed into our cute apartments in a great location within the city. I immediately became best friends with all my roommates after entering the program knowing no one. Orientation was a great way to provide us with tips, expectations, and reassurance. Throughout the semester, my small class sizes allowed me to become better friends with my classroom peers as well as my teachers. The staff were always friendly and here to help. There were many opportunities offered throughout the course of the semester such as cooking classes, climbing the bell tower, and more. I absolutely loved everyone I met, felt super comfortable talking with the CEA staff about any problems or concerns I had, and I fell in love with Florence!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
One thing I would change is making sure I visit more cities in Italy. I was able to train to many cities throughout Italy. However, being in Florence for 4 months is the perfect excuse to take a random day trip to a small, lesser-known town in Italy. They are all so cute, and I should have taken advantage of this more!
Pros
  • Great group of people
  • Welcoming and great-communicating staff
  • Walkable city
Cons
  • Airport is not the best
  • Pretty tourist-y
15 people found this review helpful.
Response from CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Hey Hannah! Loved reviewing your feedback on studying abroad with CEA CAPA in Florence. Thanks for sharing your recommendations too!

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Hayley
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Florence: A City Full of Art, Music, History, Food, and Joy.

The decision to go abroad was a matter of two decisions. Where do I want to go and which program do I want to go through? For me personally growing up, my Italian heritage was always something that resonated with me. Whether it was making homemade sauce with my grandfather, or memorizing Italian phrases with my cousins, Italy brings nothing but fond memories to mind. Choosing Italy was definite. When looking into all the different programs my school had to offer, CEA CAPA stuck out to me. There was not a single course offered that doesn't pique my interest. When making the decision to go abroad, I had completed most of my major requirements so the fact that this program had so many interesting courses to fill my schedule was a huge benefit for me. Another great opportunity is the option to pursue an internship to expand career experience. There was not a day during my application process and time in Florence where I didn't feel supported by my CAPA advisors. I knew that with CAPA, my experience abroad would change and inspire me in a way that no other program could. With CAPA, Florence felt like a home away from home.

18 people found this review helpful.
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Allison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Florence was everything I needed!

I was very anxious to go abroad, but I should not have been anxious at all. Throughout my four months in Florence, Italy, CEA CAPA provided everything I needed to make sure I was always confident and comfortable. The location was amazing for the topics that I studied - art history, fashion, cinema - there was always so much to pull from and go see. I was also scared having never learned or spoken Italian before, but I never had a problem getting around and many spoke English, and the teachers were always very supportive in helping us be more open and work hard. My Italian teacher was actually my favorite teacher since she was a tour guide and somehow knew everyone in Florence! I also lived in The Social Hub in Florence, and the building had everything I needed and more - it was so beautiful and I will literally dream about going back to that rooftop bar and pool for the rest of my life. I'll also miss all of my favorite haunts that I came across during my time there and just how magical they all felt.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If you're struggling with your mental health while abroad, don't be afraid to reach out to program staff for help. My only regret is not asking for help earlier!
16 people found this review helpful.

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