Location
  • Italy
    • Florence
    • Siena
Term
Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Subject Areas
Anthropology Archaeology Art History Arts Business Classical Studies Communications Economics Education English Environmental Studies European Studies Finance Food Science and Nutrition Gender Studies Global Studies History Humanities International Business International Relations Journalism Language Studies Liberal Arts Linguistics Literature Marketing Mathematics Medieval Studies Philosophy Political Science Psychology Public Relations Social Sciences Sociology Visual Arts +25
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
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Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Apartment Host Family
Language
Italian

Pricing

Price Details
The CET program fee covers tuition, housing in the city center, activities and excursions (day trips), medical insurance, and course materials/textbooks.

The program fee does not include transportation to/from Florence or Siena, visa fees, meals, homestay fees and a refundable housing deposit.

Still wondering how to budget for your time abroad? CET offers scholarships, and CET staff is happy to provide advice on keeping discretionary purchases to a minimum (i.e., they can tell you where to get cheap eats).
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare
Mar 27, 2024
Apr 30, 2024
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About Program

CET Italy programs offer a culturally immersive experience with individual attention from professors and staff, first-rate academics, and the chance to embrace local culture. Choose from a wide variety of electives ranging from Marketing to Economics, Art History to Psychology. CET Florence and CET Siena both offer homestay options with local families, or the choice to live in an apartment with other CET students. Both of these programs offer wonderful cultural experiences such as cooking classes, museum visits, local engagement, and more!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

CET believes in making study abroad accessible to students of all races, religions, origins, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientations. We’ve gathered experiences from BIPOC students to share as resources such as the Identity Abroad pages, Perspective Pieces, and Identity Abroad Support Networks. We are also dedicated to becoming a more anti-racist organization by transforming our workplace, programs, and industry with our Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI) Action Plan.

LGBTQIA+ Support

CET supports and welcomes students of all identities on our programs. We provide program-specific information under the cultural climate section of our Identity Abroad webpages for LGBTQ individuals in each of our program locations.

Neurodivergent Support

CET makes every effort to offer accommodations comparable to that of the students’ home institution. Disclosing early helps us to make proper preparations. The accommodations offered at each program can be found on each program location's Identity Abroad page. These pages can provide a good idea about what classes are like in terms of workload and class time. Initiating one-on-one conversations with Student Service Coordinators can also help inform students' decisions and determine if a program will be a good fit.

Accessibility Support

CET makes every effort to offer accommodations comparable to that of the students’ home institution. The levels of accessibility, from wheelchair accessibility to extra time on exams, are under each program location’s Identity Abroad page. Initiating one-on-one conversations with Student Service Coordinators can help inform students' decisions and determine if a program will be a good fit.

Impact

Sustainability

CET is an environmentally conscientious organization at our headquarters in DC and programs all around the world. In each of our centers, we adopt local measures to reduce our carbon footprint and contribute to sustainable practices. As part of our ongoing efforts towards sustainability, we’ve partnered with Cool Effect, a nonprofit focused on reducing carbon emissions through scientifically-proven, hand-selected carbon projects worldwide. For each trip taken by one of our staff members, travelers, or students, we donate to support three carbon projects chosen by staff volunteers every year.

Ethical Impact

When we set up a program overseas, we become a part of that local community. And as a community member, we are responsible for contributing to local initiatives in meaningful ways. Our website lists some local philanthropic organizations that help us fulfill this responsibility—they host our students, and we support their missions.

Program Highlights

  • Academically engaging courses that suit a variety of majors
  • Group excursions around Italy
  • Out-of-classroom learning & assignments
  • Italian language classes
  • Live in the beautiful downtown areas of Florence or Siena: apartment or homestay options available

Popular Programs

View of Florence

Want to study in one of Italy's most beautiful and cosmopolitan cities? Looking to travel to a different European destination every weekend? The CET Florence program offers the chance to embrace Italian culture—you can visit the Gucci factory or learn from a Tuscan chef. Check off major requirements with classes like Cross-Cultural Psychology or International Marketing. Try something new with Renaissance Art and Architecture. The class meets at least half the time in a museum, church, or piazza!

Students in Siena

CET Siena is for those who want to dive in to the Italian lifestyle. Study Italian language and choose from a wide variety of electives. Visit a contrada to learn about the Palio horserace one day. Choose to live with local roommates or homestay. Students from all colleges and universities are welcome!

Program Reviews

4.76 Rating
based on 68 reviews
  • 5 rating 80.88%
  • 4 rating 14.71%
  • 3 rating 4.41%
  • 2 rating 0%
  • 1 rating 0%
  • Academics 3.8
  • Support 4.65
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.4
  • Safety 4.85
  • Growth 5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
Showing 1 - 8 of 68 reviews
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Brooke
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Florence - Study Abroad Spring 24

I highly recommend this program! This was such a fun semester and I can't believe it's over. The apartments are all in the center of Florence, walking distance to everything - classes, restaurants, bars, and even the train station was only 15-20 minute walk away. The quality of your apartment really depends on luck.

The classes were engaging and the perfect difficulty level for a semester abroad. We had lots of fun site visits for each class, and the program sponsored many activities (chocolate tasting, hiking, etc) around Florence/Tuscany that we could sign up for. It was great having no classes on Friday to let us travel on weekends, plus we had two four-day weekends and a week-long spring break in March. Florence is also just such a wonderful city - it's small, walkable, and friendly. It was a great place to call home these last 4 months.

9 people found this review helpful.
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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CET Siena Spring '24: Had An Amazing Time!!

I loved my experience in Siena with CET. I think that Siena is the perfect city/program for people who are looking to really connect with the local community and experience Italian culture. My classes were all really enjoyable, not as difficult as my classes at my school, but I also am not a CS major. My favorite class was Sienese art history where we did tours around the city or went to museums almost every class. The staff are all lovely and were very supportive. Siena is a small but gorgeous city and there always seem to be new things to explore despite its size- you really start to feel like you are more than just a tourist here.

My homestay was one of the highlights of my time here, I was able to really feel immersed in the local culture, improve my Italian a ton (I did already speak some Italian though), and have the support of a family. I will say that it seems like not every homestay family made people feel like a real member of their family as much as mine did, but overall my friends' homestay experiences seem to have been positive. Would definitely recommend for those who want to practice their Italian. I also got to go to events at my host family's contrada which was a super cool experience most visitors don't have access to.

I genuinely do not have anything bad to say about my own experience in Siena- I met lots of wonderful people, learned a lot, and overall had a really incredible time abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Put effort into learning your Italian and using it in the community, it will pay off and people appreciate it immensely. The more you know of the language, the easier it is to put yourself out there in new situations, which is my real advice- keep putting yourself out there even after you've gotten comfortable in your routine.
Pros
  • Excellent program staff and wonderful professors
  • Experience Italian culture on deeper level in smaller city
Cons
  • Not as well connected for travel as bigger cities (but well enough)
9 people found this review helpful.
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Samantha
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of CET Florence

CET Florence has hands down been one of the best experiences of my life. When envisioning my study abroad experience, I expected that the best moments would be traveling during the weekends. However, I found that the weekdays with the CET staff and professors has made my overall study abroad experience all the better. The staff members were so accessible and friendly; I felt like I can go to them with any problem or concern comfortably and I knew that I would get help immediately. Moreover, every single professor I had were all so wonderful. Not only did they try their best to make the classes engaging and exciting, but they also were so personable. I felt like I knew my professors very well by the end of the program, and that they now know me very well as well. All my classes were also very thought provoking, challenging, yet interesting. Two classes, Food and Culture and Wine Studies, were both so amazing that I felt excited to go to class every day! The enoteca visits and the food tastings for the classes are so unique to CET and Italy as a whole, and this was an experience I know I will not be able to get back at my university in America. Although the housing was not as amazing as the rest of the program, I know that this is because Florence is an older city. Living in city center was perfect as well, and CET did a great job with the location because everything is walkable from our classrooms and our apartments. This entire semester I felt so supported and cared for, making this study abroad experience so personal and unique. I will miss all my friends that I made here who come from different universities, and I will cherish my new friends that I would not have known if it weren't for CET Florence. Moreover, I will wholeheartedly miss the wonderful CET staff and professors who made learning so enjoyable and exciting. I would without a doubt recommend CET Italy / Florence to anyone who is considering studying abroad. I would not have wanted my study abroad experience to go or be with any other program!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment of this program was the rafting on the Arno River experience that was provided by CET Florence. We were given the opportunity to raft in the Arno River with our friends and go down a waterslide and race against the other rafts. This was an amazing way to explore the city, especially since it has gotten warmer towards the end of our program. It was so funny when we were racing against the other boats because we were all splashing each other and having a very joyful time and experience.
Pros
  • No class on Friday's
  • Incredibly friendly and helpful professors / staff members who I felt very comfortable around. I will miss them a lot when the program ends!
  • Amazing activities that they offer for free (gelato tour, hiking and apertivo, rafting in the Arno)
Cons
  • Old apartment with a broken washing machine for the first 2 weeks
  • Poor air circulation in the apartment
  • Long class times with short breaks, making it difficult to plan meals
9 people found this review helpful.
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Tyler
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CET Florence Study Abroad Spring 2024

My study abroad experience on CET in Florence was something I will never forget. I went into this experience leaving a lot of my close friends behind, whether they were studying in other European countries, cities, or back at Cornell. I worried about being able to make friends and have people to travel with, but I quickly made so many new friends and was traveling the world with them. Choosing Florence as a home city was an amazing decision. Over the course of my time abroad, I really immersed myself in the culture and can call this place my home. I knew how to get around without Google Maps by the end and have tried many incredible restaurants. The food is seriously to die for in Florence. I also loved how walkable the city was making it so easy to get around. I would highly suggest anyone considering studying abroad in the future to go to Florence. I am going to miss it so much!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take risks! You are only abroad once so definitely do things you wouldn't normally do because it will make for the best memories and stories. I went ziplining in Croatia and I was so nervous, but it was so worth it.
Pros
  • Made a ton of friends
  • Flexibility to travel on weekends
  • Cool teachers
Cons
  • Short times in between classes
  • Absence policy is strict
  • Lots of problems with the apartment
9 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program, Difficult Academics

Being in Florence was great and the apartments were in wonderful locations in the city. Sometimes a bit noisy because of how close they were to the city center, but certainly well worth it. The teachers were all great, though some were difficult to understand.

I will also say that the attendance policy was very harsh. There were only three absences allowed per class, otherwise, your grade would drop a whole letter grade (at 5 absences) and and failure after 8 absences. There were no exceptions for illness, death in the family, personal circumstances, etc. even if you could document these incidences.

14 people found this review helpful.
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Maryana
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Semester in Florence with CET!

Studying in Florence was an excellent experience that allowed me to expand my perspectives and learn more about the city and its people. Florence is a beautiful city that offers plenty of things to do and to see. The CET program did a great job organizing events that allowed students to meet, interact, and explore the city. They organized programs and activities that allowed us to see different landmarks, and the classes often included trips around the city that allowed students to understand more about and experience the culture of Florence. While the quantity of students studying abroad in Florence makes it easy to make friends, it can also be a downside when it comes to cultural emersion which is something to consider depending on what you are looking to get out of a study abroad experience.

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the language courses in this program. I think that it would be very helpful to students to have a week or two before classes start when they take an intensive Italian course to introduce them to the basics of the language and the phrases that they will need to interact with people in the city. This can make interactions easier and less stressful for students while allowing them to learn more without the stress of other classes.
Pros
  • Supportive staff
  • Location
  • Well-educated professors
28 people found this review helpful.
Response from CET Academic Programs

Hi Maryana,

Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your semester in Florence!

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Daphne
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A once in a life time experience!

CET Florence was an unforgettable experience! Before coming to the program, I was nervous about going abroad and meeting new people. Yet, when I arrived in Florence, all that anxiety melted when I met my roommates and had a weekend filled with group activities to meet people! CET did a great job getting people to meet and become friends quickly! Additionally, CET was extremely accommodating with housing! Whenever I had an issue with my housing, they were immediately attentive to the problem. I also was able to travel every weekend and CET helped me figure out which hostels were safe and gave recommendations for what to do and see. Their suggestions were super helpful since I never been to Italy!

Pros
  • Accomodating
  • Helpful
  • Attentive
Cons
  • Could be slightly more communicative
  • Canvas could be more organized
  • Housing could be shared earlier to state date
40 people found this review helpful.
Response from CET Academic Programs

Thank you so much for your review about your study abroad experience with us. We're thrilled to have been a part of your study abroad journey!

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Hailey
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CET Florence Summer Program

I studied with the CET in Florence, Italy this summer (2023) and had an amazing experience. The CET staff were super helpful and kind, and did a great job making everyone feel safe and included. They also hosted several events throughout the program so we were able to experience as much of Florence as possible. Florence is a beautiful destination to study in full of art, history, and plenty of gorgeous views. Taking weekend trips was also super easy and the CET staff were more than happy to assist with travel plans and give recommendations.

Pros
  • Great staff
  • Beautiful Views
38 people found this review helpful.
Response from CET Academic Programs

Hi Hailey,

We couldn't do what we do without our on-site staff! Thanks for leaving a review!

Questions & Answers

Hi Kimberly, After you're accepted to CET Florence, we provide a packing guide resource on what to bring and what not to bring. Generally, you just need a laptop for coursework, clothes, and personal items. Your apartments are fully equipped with linens, blankets, pillows, towels, and kitchen equipment, so there's no need to bring any of these supplies from the US. Get in touch with us if you have...

The program had no classes that were specifically geared toward education, but the year I went (2014) we were all given the opportunity to teach English to Italian elementary school students. This would be great experience for a teaching major. Otherwise, the program was focused on Italian language, history, politics, art, and architecture. So humanities-based in general, which of course is great...