Florence

The Florence Experience

As the composer of the Renaissance, Florence steered the world out of the Middle Ages and into the Modern Era, securing its position as a globally impactful city. This juxtaposition is strongly apparent in the smallest details of everyday life, be it a mini car parked next to the iconic Duomo, or grabbing sushi or a kebab with friends before attending a calcio match (an early form of football). Yet Florence is still quintessentially Italian, as you feel while you sip espresso and eat a pastry at a café, or dine al fresco on pizza in a sunlit piazza. The CAPA Florence Program provides you with a unique opportunity to understand modern Italy via academic pathways that lead you through Florence’s influential past. It isn’t just the Gallery Accademia (home to Michelangelo’s David) or the Uffizi Gallery (home to Boticelli’s Birth of Venus) that connect you with history; walking through Florence feels like being in a living museum! Weekly MyEducation activities, as well as an extensive curriculum, engage you with the city and help you understand how Florence has been able to retain its rich history while adapting to modernity and an increasingly global, fluid culture.


The CAPA Florence Program offers the opportunity of a lifetime to immerse yourself academically and socially in the local culture through a fourteen-week fall
and spring semester option or a six-week summer program.
Regardless of your major, our academic courses keep you on track while you soak up regional history and culture. Study abroad options include local visits, fine arts courses that take advantage of the visually stunning streets and buildings, and special lectures. Everything is designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you to comprehensively pursue subjects through academic and field research.

CFP pictureCAPA also offers qualified students the option of doing an internship in Italian, or participating in the Advanced Italian Track (AIT) with an internship. With an extensive network of internship sites, we feature opportunities in many businesses, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. Work with local people while speaking Italian! Enhance your resume! CAPA's internship program will help you build professional skills and gain perspective as you engage a network of international contacts in your field. of your major, our academic courses keep you on track while you soak up regional history and culture.
 
Common Questions About the Florence Experience
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Why Florence?

A message from Lorenzo Ciccarelli, Florence Resident Director

Dear Students,

The fact that you are looking into Florence as your probable destination means that you already know more than you think about this city! I am sure that at least one member of your family or a close friend of yours has already been to Florence, or Firenze as we call it in Italian. Have you ever thought of the Italian words that you already know such as spaghetti, ciao and gelato? Or how many times during your studies you have come across the name of the beautiful city of Florence?

The town of Florentia – “the flower” - founded by the Romans in the first century is now Florence, the capital city of the region of Tuscany. Located nearby are the city of Pisa with its leaning tower, the Chianti hillside with its abundant vineyards, the city of Siena which boasts a world renowned reputation for its historical horseraces, the beautiful island of Elba, and many other cities and towns, each with its own inviting and unique story.  Many writers, inventors, explorers and artists had Florence as their home and have left behind a memorable legacy that is remembered by the local Italians and the world community alike. Films such as The New Moon in the Twilight Saga, Under the Tuscan Sun, Hannibal, and Life is Beautiful were shot in Florence or nearby in the Tuscan region.

Behind the 8,000,000 tourists that visit this city yearly, and the 10,000 US students who decide to learn about our culture and history every year, there is local population of 400,000 people who which on one hand is very attached to its roots and on the other hand, looks eagerly toward the future.

You can be part of this Florentine story and learn about the essence of Italy through our CAPA Florence Program. You will have the opportunity to choose from a wide spectrum of courses such as Art History, Political and Economical History of Europe, Italian Cinema and Cross Cultural Psychology. You can reveal the hidden artist in you by taking a Fine Art class or you can learn the melodious Italian language through the Italian courses offered at different levels. If you already have a good grasp of the Italian language you might like to take advantage of our Advanced Italian Program, which offers the opportunity to take courses at the University of Florence and do an academic internship. This will help you to get immersed in the Italian culture and discover day after day how much in common you have with this city.

We strongly believe that you will learn important notions that will help your personal growth and knowledge, not only in the classroom but also through your engagement in activities and ”real life” experiences. CAPA offers a program of activities called My Education which allows you to choose and decide how, where and why you want to be engaged in the local culture. Shopping at the local market, volunteering in the community, varied excursions around the area, language exchanges and guest lectures are all tools help you to get to know and embrace the culture of your new host country during your study abroad experience.

The CAPA Florence team will be more than happy to accompany you in this life changing experience and help you become not only a visitor or tourist in Florence but ONE of us!

Lorenzo Ciccarelli

Florence Resident Director
CAPA International Education

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Florence Program Location

The CAPA Florence Study Center is a lively place with a strong sense of community, housed in the Palazzo Galli-Tassi.

The Palazzo, formerly the Palazzo Valori, dates from 1400 and was once owned by Filippo Valori, rector of the University of Pisa and close friend of Lorenzo de Medici. Between 1865 and 1871, when Florence was the capital of Italy, the head office of the Agriculture and Commerce Ministry was housed here. The Palazzo is located in the Santa Croce area in the center of the traditional artisans' quarter. The church of Santa Croce contains the tombs and monuments of many great Florentines and the surrounding streets have a lively and attractive sense of community. It is here that you will find distinctive neighborhood shops and restoration workshops where specialists continue to repair the many books and works of art damaged in the 1966 floods.

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CAPA Florence CenterRegular activities through the MyEducation, program encourage interaction between students from the many institutions represented. These include outings to museums, local markets, and lectures, as well as special events such as social dinners with other international students, hikes in Tuscany, sports activities and walking tours covering lesser-known parts of the city, as well as other Italian destinations.

The Florence Center has fully equipped classrooms, fine arts facilities, a faculty office, a multifunctional media room, wireless Internet access, and a computer laboratory. Students live within commuting distance of the Center either in homestays with local families or in shared apartments.
Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Academics in Florence

The courses at the CAPA Florence Study Center will help you discover the city as Florence becomes your classroom. Further immerse yourself with an academic internship!

 

Click here to see Florence courses. Course offerings are subject to change. Click here to download a PDF of all Florence course descriptions.

No matter your major, CAPA has the courses and internships to keep you on track while studying in Florence.
Italian LanguageEconomicsArt HistoryInternational Relations
LiteratureStudio ArtsEnglishFilm
Poltical ScienceAnthropologyHistory 
PsychologyPhotographySociology 

Academic and Internship Credits
CAPA Florence Center classroomAll CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. The Florence language courses earn 4 semester credits during the fall and spring and 3 semester credits during the summer. Students participating in the Advanced Italian Track receive 6 semester credits for Italian language. All other content courses earn 3 semester credits, and content courses in the Advanced Italian Track will be taught in Italian. Students receive credit from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.

CAPA strongly recommends that students take Italian language courses to enhance their cultural experience of Italy. Students should consult with their home institutions to confirm whether or not it is a requirement.

 

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
FLOR 3344 Italian Language, Literature
FLOR 3340 Italian Language
FLOR ANTH 3321 History, Italian Language, Sociology
FLOR URBS 3345 / IESO 3345 History, Sociology, Global Studies, Italian Studies
FLOR ITAL 1101 / IELG 1001 Italian Language
FLOR ITAL 1102 / IELG 1002 Italian Language
FLOR ARTS 1103 / IEAR 1101 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1105 / IEAR 1301 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1106 / IEAR 1302 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1104 / IEAR 1102 Studio Arts
FLOR FILM 3316 / IESO 3215 History, Sociology, Film
FLOR LITR 3314 / IEHM 3212 Literature
FLOR PSYC 3320 / IESC 3335 Psychology
FLOR BUSN 3378/IEBN3378 Business, Management
FLOR ARTH 3312 / IEAR 3214 Art History
FLOR ITAL 2201 / IELG 1003 Italian Language
FLOR ITAL 2202 / IELG 1004 Italian Language
FLOR BUSN 3376/IEBN3376 Business
FLOR BUSN 3374/IEBN3375 Business, Economics
FLOR BUSN 3373/IEBN3374 Business, Finance, Economics
FLOR BUSN 3372/IEBN 3373 Business, Marketing
FLOR ARTS 1107 / IEAR 1401 Studio Arts, Journalism, Photography
FLOR LTIP 3347 / IESO 3336 Internship Course
FLOR BUSN 3380/IEBN 3380 Business, Management
FLOR LITR 3315 / IEHM 3211 Literature
FLOR ARTH 3313 Art History, Arts Management
FLOR HIST 3319 / IESO 3333 Political Science, Economics
FLOR ARTH 3311 / IEAR 3210 Art History
FLOR ECON 3370 / IESO 3040 Business, Economics
FLOR ANTH 3318 / IESO 3332 Sociology, Anthropology
FLOR CWRT 3317 / IEHM 3366 Literature

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus. Course offerings are subject to change up until the start of the program.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
FLOR HIST 3326/IESO 3326 History
FLOR URBS 3345 / IESO 3345 History, Sociology, Global Studies, Italian Studies
FLOR ITAL 1101 / IELG 1001 Italian Language
FLOR ITAL 1102 / IELG 1002 Italian Language
FLOR ARTS 1103 / IEAR 1101 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1105 / IEAR 1301 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1106 / IEAR 1302 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTS 1104 / IEAR 1102 Studio Arts
FLOR ARTH 3324/IEAR 3314 Art History, Architecture
FLOR FILM 3316 / IESO 3215 History, Sociology, Film
FLOR PSYC 3320 / IESC 3335 Psychology
FLOR HIST 3325/IESO 3325 History
FLOR BUSN 3378/IEBN3378 Business, Management
FLOR ARTH 3310 / IEAR 3213 Art History
FLOR ITAL 2201 / IELG 1003 Italian Language
FLOR ITAL 2202 / IELG 1004 Italian Language
FLOR BUSN 3376/IEBN3376 Business
FLOR BUSN 3374/IEBN3375 Business, Economics
FLOR BUSN 3373/IEBN3374 Business, Finance, Economics
FLOR BUSN 3372/IEBN 3373 Business, Marketing
FLOR ARTS 1107 / IEAR 1401 Studio Arts, Journalism, Photography
FLOR LTIP 3347 / IESO 3336 Internship Course
FLOR BUSN 3380/IEBN 3380 Business, Management
FLOR LITR 3315 / IEHM 3211 Literature
FLOR ARTH 3313 Art History, Arts Management
FLOR HIST 3319 / IESO 3333 Political Science, Economics
FLOR ARTH 3311 / IEAR 3210 Art History
FLOR ECON 3370 / IESO 3040 Business, Economics
FLOR ANTH 3318 / IESO 3332 Sociology, Anthropology
FLOR CWRT 3317 / IEHM 3366 Literature

Click on a course name below for a brief description and example syllabus.

Course Name Course Number Major(s)
FLOR ARTS 1103 / IEAR 1101 Studio Arts
FLOR PSYC 3320 / IESC 3335 Psychology
FLOR ARTH 3311 / IEAR 3210 Art History
FLOR 1101 Italian Language
FLOR 1102 Italian Language
FLOR ECON 3370 / IESO 3040 Business, Economics
FLOR ANTH 3318 / IESO 3332 Sociology, Anthropology
FLOR CWRT 3317 / IEHM 3366 Literature
Common Questions about Florence Academics
Meet the Florence Faculty
Academic Management
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Advanced Italian Track

CAPA’s Advanced Italian Track (AIT) is in partnership with the University of Florence’s Cultural Centre for Foreigners (CCF). This option is available during the fall semester only and will offer students a greater range of courses taught in Italian.

CAPA’s Advanced Italian Track has been designed for Italian language majors or students who have a high level of competency in Italian with at least 4 semesters of Italian language completed. This program offers a blend of academic courses in Italian, advanced Italian language courses, fine arts courses, and an internship in your chosen field.

The mission of this program is to enable participants to achieve a high level of intercultural and language competency and to create a transformative experience for students working and studying in Italy. Florence has been a magnet to visitors for centuries, but those drawn to its beauty and inspiration seldom acclimate into Italian life, society, and culture. The CAPA program provides students with the tools to achieve genuine cultural integration.


CCF offers Italian Language courses and contextual lecture courses taught in Italian. By taking lectures at CCF, students will have access to other international students studying in Florence, highlighting Florence’s role in global education.

Program Inclusions and Schedule

In addition to all the normal CAPA Florence inclusions, the AIT includes housing with a local family with two meals per day (homestay required for this program) and an optional internship placement with professional supervision.

The dates of the AIT match the dates of the CAPA Florence Program. Students will arrive in Florence the beginning of September and depart the middle of December. However, courses at CCF will run from the beginning of October through the middle of December. Classes will be held at CCF Monday to Friday from 8:45am to 1:15pm; CAPA classes will be offered on a flexible schedule.

Requirements for Program Participation

Students applying must be competent in Italian and have a minimum of four semesters of Italian instruction at the university level; they will be expected to put language theory into practice at every level. CAPA will administer pre-departure and onsite language assessment for all students for internship placements. In addition, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 and live in a homestay with an Italian family.


Advanced Italian Track Model

The Advanced Italian Track model includes:

  • 6 credits Advanced Italian Language at CCF (120 hours)
  • 3 credits Understanding Modern Italy at CAPA (51 hours)
  • Optional 3 credit Internship plus Learning through Internships course
  • 3 credits contextual course options taught by Italian lecturers at CCF. This can be a combination of Italian Literature I and II and Italian History for a total of 54 hours or a combination of History of Art I and II for a total of 51 hours
  • In addition, students may choose to take optional lectures as MyEducation/cultural enrichment options for no additional cost, but they will not be granted academic credit.

Advanced Italian Language

All students will take the Advanced Italian Language Course at CCF for a total of 120 contact hours. This course will meet for 2.5 hours per day per week from 8:45am to 11:30am.

Understanding Modern Italy

All Advanced Italian students will take an obligatory CAPA capstone class, Understanding Modern Italy, in September before CCF classes begin.  Understanding Modern Italy will be taught in Italian and will provide conversational Italian in discussion and in small groups to prepare students for CCF courses. Initially, CAPA will run intensive 3 hour sessions that meet 3 times per week for 4 weeks at CAPA (36 hours total), then continue sessions throughout the semester once CCF classes begin. Weekly sessions will function as tutorials for students attending CCF, assess their experiences at the University, and evaluate the key cultural differences of studying in an Italian institution versus the home campus. The 10 weekly sessions will meet for 1.5 hours each week for a total of 15 hours.

Learning through Internships

Students may elect to participate in an internship for 3 credits as part of the Advanced Italian Track.  Students will have the opportunity to work in internship placements specially tailored to their needs and strengths. Students work with local Italian people, enhancing their resume; they will build professional skills and gain new ones, as well as develop Italian language skills.

Students will begin to intern during the second or third week of the program for a total of 135 contact hours. They will also enroll in Learning through Internships: Florence, the CAPA internship course for 26 hours. There will be pre-departure and onsite language assessment for all students with internship placements.

CAPA is one of the only internship providers in Florence with an extensive network of internship sites available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Click here to see sample internship placements in Florence or call 1-800-793-0334 to receive a list of placements specific to your major.

Students can opt out of the internship option, and take an extra course at CAPA or CCF.

Courses at CCF

The following contextual options are offered for academic credit. They are all taught in Italian by professors from the University of Florence. Each course consists of 12 lectures (1.5 hours each):

  1. Italian Literature I, 12 lectures
  2. Italian Literature II, 12 lectures
  3. Italian History, 12 lectures
  4. History of Art I, 12 lectures
  5. History of Art II, 12 lectures plus 8 lectures in Florentine museums (2 hours each)
  6. Students may take options 1, 2 and 3 for a total of 54 contact hours or options 4 and 5 for 51 contact hours (including the museum visits). Both options earn 3 credits each. Students not taking an internship can do both combinations for a total of 6 credits.

The following options are for cultural enrichment, not academic credit. They consist of 4, 6, or 10 lectures depending on the topic and can be used as MyEducation or cultural enrichment options.

  1. Etruscan Civilization  
  2. History of Music
  3. Italian Film
  4. History of Italian Theater
  5. Italian Eating Habits and Food Culture
  6. Art and Culture in Florence from Renaissance to Illuminism

Transfer Credit and Tuition

Northeastern University provides transfer credit for both the courses and the internship. Tuition is included in the program fees.

Enhanced Learning and Co-curricular Activities

Students will participate in CAPA’s signature MyEducation events and lectures, which engage students with the complex and fascinating ways the Italian people live and think. They will also have opportunities to volunteer in the community and to learn about and debate contemporary issues in Italy such as immigration, politics, and religion. These co-curricular activities form an integral part of the academic work, assessment, and research in the internship course.

About the University of Florence's Cultural Center for Foreigners

The Cultural Centre for Foreigners of the University of Florence was founded in 1907 by professors Guido Biagi and Piero Barbera. Initially, the activity of the Centre was limited to the summer courses of Italian language with lectures in "Italian Literature", "History of Art", and "Florentine History". Spring courses were added in 1913 and grammar classes were increased, with practical exercise of translation.

The current venue of the Centre is a building in Via Francesco Valori, close to Piazza Savonarola, not far away from the city center.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Internships in Florence


CAPA has an extensive network of internship sites available in Florence. Internships are an excellent experience for students who have already studied Italian for 4 semesters.

Internships are available in businesses of every kind, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Our local staff visits each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns. Students are placed in sites within commuting distance of the center that best meet their individual interests, abilities, and academic background.

Starting an internship abroad with CAPA

Students participate in an interactive seminar to prepare them for their internship experience. Group orientation exercises are used to examine issues of culture and integration, and focused individual sessions examine site-specific information. All internships are contingent upon a successful interview with the internship-host organization, which will take place right after the student’s arrival and orientation. A seminar on interview techniques is presented prior to the interview.

Internship students are required to participate in a seminar series entitled “Learning through Internships.” Faculty act as internship mentors to ensure that participants have academic guidance during their internships. Students produce papers, write reflective journals, and make oral presentations examining the real learning that occurs during their programs. Students produce a portfolio at the end of the internship that must meet clear academic criteria in order for the student to attain credit for the internship.

CAPA internships provide lasting results

Students are monitored throughout their internships to ensure that they are receiving appropriate training and guidance. At the end of each session, students evaluate their experience. These evaluations are shared with their home campus.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
MyEducation in Florence

What is MyEducation?

MyEducation offers intentionally defined pathways through the city: means of engaging with the urban environment in ways that are relevant to your studies and interests. The intention is to empower you to make specific connections between classroom theory and the outside world.

CAPA developed our MyEducation program to help you select cultural experiences that are relevant to your academic courses and personal learning goals abroad. Events, activities, and reflective sessions are identified and designed around significant themes such as Community and People, Government and Power, Landscape and Time, Diversity and Identity, and Arts and Culture. Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well-rounded, and in-depth perspective on the global city where you are studying.

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

Some examples of MyEducation sessions offered in the past few months include:

  • Cooking classes
  • Tour of the Secret Passages of the Palazzo Vecchio
  • Boat trip on the Arno River
  • Hiking in the hills outside Florence
  • Playing soccer with Italian students

This style of learning is a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

How does it work?

CAPA presents a MyEducation Calendar to all students and faculty. The MyEducation calendar is designed for you by local staff and faculty as a way of helping you get the most out of your time in your study abroad destination. MyEducation brings theory to life and offers a unique and valuable opportunity to make the most out of your time studying in another country.

MyEducation activities are either staff-led or self-directed. Every week, one item will be selected as the MyEducation Event of the Week, and further information will be given on this highlighted event in hand-outs and in a weekly email, delivered directly to your inbox!


Some CAPA professors integrate MyEducation activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about, and present your experiences. MyEducation is also an excellent mechanism to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.

What MyEducation events are currently being offered in Florence?

Check out this semester's Florence MyEducation calendar!

What do students say about MyEducation?

“MyEducation provided me with opportunities to take advantage of my experience abroad. I was able to do things that were exciting, cheap, and fun. This program is an excellent resource that helps you really discover yourself and the city you're studying in.” -Lindsey Forte, SUNY Oswego, Florence Spring 2011

When you go abroad with CAPA, you will learn about real people and real issues in the location where you live, work, and study.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Florence Dates, Prices, & Inclusions

Florence is your Classroom! CAPA delivers academic excellence along with a complete cultural experience at an affordable price. The CAPA Florence Program includes the following:

Tuition
Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits (maximum 3 credits for internships). Summer sessions earn 6 academic credits. Internships are not available on the summer program. Credit will be issued by Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Students participating in the Advanced Italian Track will pay a higher fee for the internship and required homestay.

Housing and Meals
Students live within commuting distance of the CAPA Florence site in homestays or shared apartments. Apartments have cooking facilities and are included in the price of the CAPA Florence Program. Homestays are are available year-round; an additional homestay supplement of $2,500 will be applied to the program fee for semester programs and $900 for the summer. Homestays include breakfast and dinner. The Advanced Italian Track requires a homestay and carries a higher program fee.

Local Transportation
A Florence bus pass for the dates of the program.

Excursions
Full day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano

Museum Pass
Florence State Museum Pass which provides unlimited access to all State Museums in Florence, including the Uffizi and Accademia.

British Institute's Library and Cultural Center
A pass and library privileges for the British Institute's 50,000 English-volume library.

Student Events
Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

MyEducation Florence
MyEducation is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program, which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Florence into your classroom.

Insurance
All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support
The CAPA Florence team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24-hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Additional Options in Florence:

Internship Placement: 3-credit internships are available for all semester only students who qualify. Internship applicants must have completed four semesters of Italian or the equivalent. Visit the experiential learning section for a sample list of CAPA placements in Florence. There is an additional fee of $1,000 for internship placements. Housing in a homestay is not required.

Homestays are available on semester programs only; an additional homestay supplement of $2,500 will be applied to the program fee. Homestays include breakfast and dinner.

Common Questions about Florence Dates & Pricing
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Next Steps

Whether you have questions or are ready to start an application, the CAPA Admissions Team is ready to help! 

Submit your inquiry online or give us a call at 1-800-793-0334. One of CAPA's Admissions Advisors can help answer any questions you have on our programs, explain the application process, and help you start preparing for an exciting study abroad experience. 

Admissions Advisors:

 Julia Campana     Nicole Couturiaux 

Once you start an application, your designated Admissions Advisor  will work with you throughout this process by tracking your application and ensuring you meet all deadlines. 

CAPA’s online enrollment is easy-to-use and available to students applying directly through CAPA. However, if your home institution has a customized CAPA program, please enroll through your study abroad office.

Here are the steps for submitting your application:

  1. Fill out your online application 
  2. Send CAPA the additional paper work to complete your application (see the application instructions) 
  3. Once CAPA has received your full application, you will hear about your acceptance within 48 hours
  4. If you are accepted, you will receive instructions about how to secure your space on the program

If you intend to do an internship abroad, check out these resources on writing a resume (CV) and cover letter or visit your school's Career Services Office.

The CAPA Admissions Team will walk you through how to personalize your CAPA program starting from the initial stages of filling out your application, advise you on how to apply for scholarships to help fund your experience, and provide information to help you budget for your program fees and personal expenses while abroad. CAPA is here to help every step of the way!

To learn more from students who have attended a CAPA program, visit the CAPA Ambassador and testimonials sections.

Our enrollment system is easy to use, safe, and secure. If you have questions, please contact a Student Admissions Counselor at 800-793-0334.
Meet the Florence Staff
 

Dr. Guido Reverdito
Director of Academic Affairs
As Director of Academic Affairs, I oversee the CAPA Florence curriculum, and I am responsible for the local management of all CAPA Florence faculty. I was born and raised in Genova, where I completed a B.A. in Classics. I received a Master’s Degree in Teaching Italian as a Second Language, and a Ph.D. in Italian Studies. I have been teaching Italian at the university level in 7 different countries for the past 16 years. I understand what it's like to be out of your comfort zone and the need to adjust to a new cultural and social reality. I endeavour to use my own experiences to help students to make the best of the months they spend in Florence. I also provide guidance, advice and academic support.  As the only non-Florentine staff member at the CAPA Florence Center, I feel I can offer students a different perspective on this city. I can show them its beauty and treasures from the point of view of one who was a stranger to Florence at one point, but is no longer.

   
  

Lorenzo Ciccarelli
Resident Director
I have been working  for the CAPA Florence Program for more than a decade, and as the Resident Director, the well-being of all CAPA students is my first priority. I am also responsible for all the operational aspects of the CAPA Florence Center, ensuring students are happy and safe while in Florence. I am a native Florentine and grew up in Florence, where I lived until I finished high school. I started travelling when I was young, and this made me always very eager  to visit and know more about other countries and people. After finishing my Hotel Management degree in Switzerland, I remained in the Hotel industry for many years and worked in different countries, getting to know many people of different backgrounds and nationalities. After years of travelling and working abroad I came back to Florence.  Whenever possible, I like sharing outdoor activities in Florence and its suburbs with the students.

   
  Vittoria Chesi
Senior Academic Coordinator
I have been working for the CAPA Florence Program since September 2004. My specific role is that of Senior Academic Coordinator; however I am involved with many other aspects of the students’ life including the coordination of internships. I hold a MA in Foreign Languages and Literatures from the University of Florence. Thanks to a scholarship I studied abroad at the University of Arizona in Tucson (AZ). I value the opportunity of travelling and studying abroad as one of the most important experiences in a person’s life. Witnessing the changes and challenges of young university students during their study abroad time is one of the things I love most of my job. I had the same experience, and I think that every student should be given this opportunity. Florence is where I was born and raised, and I would like to be able to share with others the beauty of this city, and make them understand that this is not only an “open-air museum,” but a real place where people live!
   
 Laura Ceccherini Florence   Laura Ceccherini
Senior Program Affairs Coordinator
As Senior Program Affairs Coordinator, I provide on-site support for all CAPA students, including arrival orientation, logistics, student and faculty accommodation services, and I regularly meet with the CAPA Student Council. My role involves organizing MyEducation events, coordinating volunteer activities, facilities management and health and safety within the CAPA Center, and classroom and residential accommodations in Florence. I have a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from the University of Florence, and I have experience working for a social and cultural organization promoting an important International Theatre in Rome. While in high school, I studied abroad in the United Kingdom for a summer, and I lived with a host family. I have many cultural interests, which includes acting and theater. My passion for foreign cultures, combined with my love for Florence, Tuscany and local food, brought me to work at CAPA in 2005. I enjoy sharing with students an educational approach to the travel experience, and I always encourage students to get involved with the Florence community.

   
 Valentina Lazzerini Florence Valentina Lazzerini
Program Services Coordinator
I joined CAPA in August 2007 as the Program Services Coordinator. I assist Laura and Vittoria with CAPA program services, and I am a primary contact for visiting students and faculty, answering questions and providing support. I studied foreign languages at the University of Pisa, and I hold a Master’s Degree in Social and Cultural Mediation. I lived abroad for a few semesters in London and Rabat, and whenever I travel I really enjoy immersing myself in the local culture as much as possible. I like to help students to do the same when they are here. I like the more local and less touristy part of Florence such as the Cascine market, typical festivals, artisan’s workshops, and of course, the impressive amount of art that you find in every corner of this city.

   
 

Stefano Lopez
Student Services Assistant
I joined CAPA in January 2013 as the Student Services Assistant, and I am primarily a support resource for students. I can provide answers to a variety of questions, from life and attractions in Florence, to travel and cultural questions. I also know where the best gelato is in the entire city! I studied languages in high school and Poiltical Science at the university. I worked abroad in London for a few months and have traveled extensively. I love to learn about different cultures, and share Florentine culture with students. My passions are surfing, fishing and exploring Florence at night.

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What Students say about CAPA
“MyEducation provided me with opportunities to take advantage of my experience abroad. I was able to do things that were exciting, cheap, and fun. This program is an excellent resource that helps you really discover yourself and the city you're studying in.”
Lindsey Forte, SUNY Oswego Florence Student, Spring 2011
“Florence is such a great city to study in! It is a big enough city that there is never a shortage of places to go or things to do, but it still has a small town feel. The CAPA program offers excellent courses that teach you the history of the city and of the art, which are heavily intertwined and still visible everywhere. I also would recommend a homestay to fully get a chance to interact with the host culture. You will get many more opportunities to meet locals and to participate in the culture (not to mention a chance to eat the food!). Florence is centrally located in Italy, with a major train station making it an easy place to explore the vastly different regions of Italy from. Everyone I studied with loved the experience and the program, and we all wish we never left!”
Joel Ruffini, University of Minnesota Florence Student, Spring 2011
“My experience at CAPA in Florence was the most amazing thing ever! I've learned so much about the Italian culture just by learning the language and going on excursions throughout the city. CAPA is a great program that makes you feel comfortable experiencing an entirely new culture and environment.”
Diana Ching, Northeastern University, Summer 2012
“I had an amazing time. The CAPA program enriched my college experience and opened my eyes to a new culture. I had the opportunity to grow as a person and become more independent while meeting amazing people and learning from teachers with such knowledge. I will remember these 6 weeks for the rest of my life and always look back on the great memories!”
Erin Diner, University of Colorado at Boulder, Summer 2012
“CAPA gave me the resources to get more out of my study abroad experience than just what was in the classroom. I learned more about my city, country, and myself through their guidance and expertise both inside and outside of class. I would recommend CAPA to anyone who wants the freedom to have their own experiences abroad while still having a helping hand.”
Alexandra Rodriguez, Purdue University, Summer 2012