Study Abroad

Florence, Italy

Centro FiorenzaIH Florence

UW-L has joined with Centro Fiorenza-IH Florence as an affiliate institution to expand our study abroad opportunities for students.

Founded in 1982, the Centro Fiorenza has its premises right in the center of the historic city, in a prestigious seventeenth century palace. From windows overlooking the River Arno, one can enjoy a delightful view of Florence and the famous Ponte Vecchio. The classrooms are spacious, bright, comfortably furnished and air conditioned. The entire premises offer Wi-Fi connectivity.

The teachers, young, friendly, and motivated, all with a university degree, are trained to teach Italian as a foreign language, using the most up-to-date teaching techniques.

A medium-sized school, 120-130 students during the peak months and classes limited to 12 students, permits teaching staff to have a personalized relationship with each student and offers the possibility, even to beginning students, to reach, in a short time, a necessary mastery of the language to face all the situations of daily life.

During the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Florence became a world cultural center where artists, architects, writers and scholars did things rarely, if ever, equaled. The evidence of these achievements is still present all over Florence in its palaces, squares, churches, monuments and museums. Today, Florence is an active commercial center for business and banking, for the production of leather goods and clothing, as well as for fashion design. The perfect dimension of a "town made to man's measure," Florence counts less than 500,000 inhabitants. At the same time, its innumerable artistic treasures and the natural beauties of the Tuscan countryside attract many people from all over the world to come to Florence as their place for an unforgettable combination of learning and pleasure. After a busy day, the numerous and characteristic restaurants, bars, and discos of Florence offer both residents and visitors a pleasant and animated way to meet people and make new friendships.

Centro’s summer program consists of a Conversational Italian course (1-2 credits; 4-6 weeks) and an Art History course (3-5 credits; 4-6 weeks). The Art History course includes entrance fees to museums.

This year's itinerary is now available!

The course equivalencies spreadsheets have been compiled from past approved Academic Plan forms.  They show when the course was last approved and how it transferred back to La Crosse.  You may notice that some classes satisfied several UWL options.

This list is not comprehensive nor does it take the place of meeting with your advisor for final approval!  They are meant to be a guide of what courses may be appropriate for your studies abroad.

Comfortable shared apartments include a single or double room in an apartment with other students or with the landlady/-lord (usually a young person who studies and/or works). Kitchen and bathroom are shared with the other occupants. Towels and bed linens are provided.

Program does not include a meal plan or stipend, but students will have access to a shared kitchen to prepare meals.

Accommodation is available from the Sunday prior to the beginning of the course till the Saturday after the last day of the course. The rooms/apartments are either located within walking distance to the school or can be easily reached by bus.

Before you travel abroad, you will need to obtain a passport, which will serve as proof of your U.S. citizenship. A passport may allow you to gain entry to (and exit from) other countries. Depending on the country to which you're traveling, a visa may be required as well. Entry requirements vary from one country to another. The U.S. State Department issues travel warnings specific to certain countries, and offers tips and publications relevant to travel abroad generally. Well in advance of your departure, you should also familiarize yourself with international travel health issues, and health recommendations specific to your destination.

For current academic calendar refer to the Program Dates.

The program fee includes the following:

  • Tuition (two courses)
  • Transfer at arrival
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Bus pass (4 weeks or 6 weeks)
  • Housing (excluding meals)
  • Wi-Fi Internet connection
  • Weekend excursion to Venice
  • University and Administrative Fees
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC)
  • Insurance
  • Study Abroad Graduation Sash

Airfare is not included in the program price.
The program fee does not include a meal plan or meal stipend of any kind.

Financial Aid is applicable to program fees.

Refer to Program Fees for the most current program fee.

All program fees subject to change. Valid for undergraduate Wisconsin residents only; out-of-state students pay Minnesota reciprocity or a non-resident surcharge.

All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation. The orientation will help you prepare for international travel in general, and for the experience of visiting Italy.

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