Go Beyond!

Experience Florence like the locals do.

If you're an Italian language major or have a high level of competency in Italian, this program is for you! We've partnered up with the University of Florence’s Cultural Centre for Foreigners (CCF) to offer courses in language, history, literature, and art history – all taught in Italian. . You can also opt to do an internship in your chosen field. This program is designed to offer numerous ways to improve your language skills through integration into Florentine culture, including living in a homestay. 

Note: you must have at least 4 semesters of Italian language completed and be competent in the language in order to participate.

September 6, 2019
thru December 14, 2019
Program Fee: $15,995
Application Deadline June 14, 2019

The CAPA Florence Experience



Explore the diversity of cosmopolitan Florence with our My Global City events: walk through secret rooms at Palazzo Vecchio, learn to cook an Italian specialty for dinner or go for a hike in the Tuscan hills.


Live like a Florentine in a homestay located within commuting distance of CCF and the CAPA Center, and with breakfast and dinner included. Plus, CAPA offers students Health & Wellness support.


Required curriculum: Advanced Italian Language, Understanding Modern Italy, plus an optional internship, and one or two additional course in Italian Literature, History, or Art History. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 15 credits to complete the program.


During your internship you'll acquire real-world professional skills. This is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume! Learn More

Learn About Studying with CAPA in Florence


CAPA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, My Global City events and activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more!


Earn 15 credits (internship 3 credits). Credits are issued by State University of New York (SUNY) Oswego.


A homestay is required for this program and includes daily breakfast and dinner.

Local Transit Pass

A Florence bus pass is included.

Excursions & Activities

Full-day excursions to Siena, famous for its art, history, and Palio horse race, and to the walled town of San Gimignano, with its 14 medieval towers.  Social events include an arrival reception, a mid-term dinner and a farewell ceremony.

Internship & Volunteer

Participate in a part-time internship opportunity, earn 3 credits and gain valuable skills. Note: you must have at least 2 semesters of Italian language to participate.

My Global City

CAPA-led events in the first weeks of the program include a walk up to Piazzale Michelangelo for stunning views over the city of Florence and a hike in the nearby hills, followed by dinner in one of the best pizzerias in town. Other activities, often self-guided, reflect what is on in the city at the time and may include a walking tour to the most important markets of Florence, tasting typical Italian snacks, a night at the Opera or attending soccer match at the Florence Stadium.

24/7 Emergency Support

We maintain a comprehensive health and safety plan to ensure you have a safe and productive learning experience.


As a student on our program, you’ll receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.


The CAPA Florence team is available throughout your program to assist and support you 24/7 with any urgent situations.

fall Courses

Advanced Italian Language  

This is a proficiency-based course designed for students who have already taken four semesters of Italian. The course is formed through a grammar in use approach to the Italian language and the development of language competencies (speaking and listening) as well as the expansion of the vocabulary. The lessons will be held in Italian and students will be required to participate actively, expressing their ideas and opinions during in-class activities such as readings and discussions of selected materials (including newspapers, magazines and videos), in-class reports, presentations and role-plays related to increasingly complex situations. Special attention will be paid to the improvement of the language in a socio-economic context. The etiquette of Italian letter writing, emails, workplace jargon, and business terminology will also be focused on. This course is 120 hours, taught at the University of Florence.



Advanced Italian Literature and History  

This combination of literature and history modules is taught in Italian at the University of Florence. It consists of two blocks of 12 lectures on Italian Literature, and one block of 12 lectures on the History of Italy, for a total of 51-54 contact hours. This course is for Advanced Italian Track students only. This course can be taken as 3 or 6 credits.



Global Internship Workshop  

The Global Internship Workshop is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The Global Internship Workshop fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning, whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other Global Internship Workshop themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Masterclasses given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.



Italian Taught Understanding Modern Italy  

This course, designed to increase students' knowledge of Italian life, customs, and society, provides an introduction to the culture and civilization of Italy from a chronological and thematic perspective, including main cultural and historical developments, current political issues, religion, immigration, and the new economy challenges in the labor market. This course is taught in Italian.



The Experience of a Lifetime Awaits

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