Pitt in Florence: Advanced Italian Language

If you have been studying Italian on Pitt's campus but are looking for more, Pitt in Florence's Advanced Italian Track is the program for you!  Designed to give you the language immersion that will help you gain fluency in Italian with the support that you expect from a Panther Program.
With professors across Florence teaching at the CAPA Florence Center and courses at the University of Florence's Cultural Centre for Foreigners, you have the opportunity to take your Italian language skills to the next level! 

Despite its pivotal role in the history of civilization, and its significance as an artistic and cultural center, Florence retains the bustle and charm of a small town in a bygone age. Ancient, medieval, renaissance, cosmopolitan, yet with all modern conveniences, Florence, perhaps more than any other city, is a tapestry displaying Europe's emergence from the Dark Ages through to the 21st century.

Where You'll Live

Learning Italian langauge and culture means living the Italian life, so you will be required to participate in a homestay.
Located in residential neighborhoods around the city, you can expect a 40-60 minute commute to the CAPA on foot, shorter if you take the bus (included in the program fee).  While you may be further away from the city center than other students, living with a host family is an amazing opportunity to truly come to know both language and culture.   Families may vary from a young couple with a baby to a grandmother who is opening her home to you.  Regardless of the type, CAPA carefully screens host families before you arrive to make sure that you have a safe and culturally immersive experience. Homestays include a private bedroom, access to the home’s kitchen, laundry facilities, living areas, and two meals per day.  You should know that most host families do not speak English.

Experiential Learning Description

Interning in Florence is a great way to gain professional experience, practice Italian, and meet locals!  Available in business of every kind, internships are within commuting distance of the CAPA Center and are tailored to your interests, abilities, and academic background.  
Taking part in an internship is an amazing experience, but also a time committment.  You should expect to work 15-20 hours per week in addition to your coursework.

Fall 2018: $16,999 / Out-of-State: $23,928

What's Included

As a part of your Pitt in Florence fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • On-Site Orientation
  • Housing 
  • Some meals (homestays only)
  • Health Insurance
  • One-day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano
  • Access to the British Institute's English-language library
  • MyEducation activities and events

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Study Abroad Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Passport and visa fees (~$200)
  • Travel to Philadelphia for visa appointment (varies)
  • Airfare (~$1,000)
  • Extra Meals and Personal Expenses (~$2,000-$4,000)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

When You'll Go

September 7, 2018 - December 15, 2018