High School Abroad

Live Like a Local, Learn Like a College Student: Pre-College Summer 2020, Italy

Immerse yourself in the art, culture, and history of one of Europe’s most iconic destinations; Italy. Earn 6-9 college credits during your next summer adventure. Applications now open.

To Begin Your Journey

Submit the following:

Complete application
– Personal Statement
– Official High School Transcript
Two academic letters of recommendation

*Feel free to contact LAI with questions regarding these materials

Program Options

3-week program

June 28, 2020 – July 17, 2020
-or-
July 19, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Coursework and activities in Florence

4-week program

June 21, 2020 – July 17, 2020
-or-
July 12, 2020 – August 7, 2020

Begins with a field learning travel week of Cultural Introduction to Italy and continues with three weeks of classes in Florence

Program Highlights

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Live-in Resident Assistant for 24-hr counseling and assistance
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Field Learning Excursions
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Meal plan (partial / 2 meals per day)
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Daily extracurricular activities such as sports, discovering Florence, and culinary explorations designed to assist students in discovering Florence and experiencing Italy through a natives perspective
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Educational field trips
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Comprehensive orientation session and information packet

Eligibility Requirements

– Age: 14 to 18
– Academic Year: Currently enrolled in high school or recent graduate
– High School GPA:* 2.8 (on a 4.0 scale)
– (For Non-Native English Speakers) English Language Proficiency

*contact LAI regarding questions about requirements

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Program Details

Course Load

3-week program: two courses (6 credits)

4-week program: 3-credit Cultural Introduction to Italy field learning week
+ two 3-credit courses in Florence (9 credits)

Coursework

– The curriculum features a broad range of college-level coursework in diverse areas such as food, sports, fashion, art, photography, journalism studies, and more (see course options below).

Accommodation

– Student accommodation is located in the historic city center, just a few steps from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio and school facilities, allowing students immediate access to the various museums, squares, restaurants, cafes and markets that Florence has to offer.
Students enrolled in the program are offered safe and relaxing accommodation, fully equipped and monitored 24/7 by their live-in RAs. In some cases, depending on enrollment numbers, housing in a hotel may be an option.

Meals

– The program includes two meals per day. Students will dine at GANZO Restaurant – FUA’s culinary learning lab, as well as sampling some of Florence and Italy’s best eateries. The city is full of food markets, cafes, trattorias, and restaurants, ensuring that students will have plenty of opportunity to explore the culinary culture of Tuscany.

Courses

Course availability depends on session of enrollment. All course descriptions or syllabi can be requested to view before registering, please contact info@learnabroaditaly.com and include your preferred courses.

All students are required to select two courses from the following curriculum. Classes are held Monday through Thursday. Each course includes one mandatory field learning excursion as described in the Activities, Events, and Excursions section.

Introduction To Accessory Design: Shoes, Bags And Belts

Fashion, Media, And Culture

Style And The City: Florentine Fashion Walks

Fashion Design Studio I

Ceramics (Beginner)

Florence Sketchbook

Food, Health, And Wellness In Italy

Food, Culture, And Society In Italy

Florence Food And Culture Experience

Cultural Introduction To The Italian Family

Italian Renaissance Architecture

Introduction To Product Design

Introduction To Marketing

Cultural Introduction To Italy

Intensive Italian For Three Credits (Beginner)

Italian Language Intermediate I

Travel Writing

Introduction to Travel Photography

Introduction to Film Photography

Visual Communication Design Fundamentals Studio I

Sketching and Rendering Accessories

Sewing and Construction Techniques I

Introduction to Fashion Marketing

Introduction to Film Photography

Florence Sketchbook

Food, Health, and Wellness in Italy

Introduction to Nutrition

The Florence Food and Culture Experience

Cultural Introduction to Italy

Introduction to Event Management

Intensive Italian for Three Credits (Beginner)

Italian Language Intermediate I

Magazine Editing and Publishing I

Introduction to Art History

Calendar, Details, & Important Dates: 4 Week

Pre-Arrival Calendar

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Application Deadline

– Online application due, personal statement, high school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation

– Applications received after deadline will be open depending on availability of spots in program

Once Accepted by LAI

LAI Deposits Due Within A Week

Security Deposit – $300 (Refunded within 45 days after program completion)
50% of Program Fee due upon Invoice of Acceptance

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

LAI Entire Program Fee Due

Calendar, Details, & Important Dates: 3 Week

Pre-Arrival Calendar

Friday, April 17th, 2020

Application Deadline

– Online application due, personal statement, high school transcripts, and two letters of recommendation

– Applications received after deadline will be open depending on availability of spots in program

Once Accepted by LAI

LAI Deposits Due Within A Week

Security Deposit – $300 (Refunded within 45 days after program completion)
50% of Program Fee due upon Invoice of Acceptance

Thursday, May 28th, 2020

LAI Entire Program Fee Due

Fees, Expenditures, & Budget

LAI High School Program Fees*

USD

Application Fee

$200

Security Deposit

*Refunded within 45 days of the program completion

$300

3 Week Program Fee (6 credits)

$4800

4 Week Program Fee (9 credits)

$5600

Additional Fees

US School of Record Transcript

This is specifically for students who are looking to receive US college credit for courses taken

$150 per course

*Prices may change at any time for any reason

Student Budget to Plan For

Low / High Estimate

Flight To and From

$800 / $1200

Meals, Snacks, Eating Out, Groceries (Duration of Program)

$400 / $600

Personal Expenses (Duration of Program)

$200 / $400

Included In Your Program

LAI dedicates time to support students and parents before, during and after their study abroad program to assist with any questions or concerns.

Below is a list of the services included in your program:
● Program tuition
● International Student Health Insurance
● Student Housing Accommodations
● 24-hour emergency support on-site
● Live-in Resident Assistant for counseling and assistance
● Transportation to and from airport to housing accommodation on arrival / departure day
● Field Learning Excursions
● Meal plan (partial / 2 meals per day)
● Daily extracurricular activities such as sports, discovering Florence, and culinary explorations designed to assist students in discovering Florence and experiencing Italy through a native perspective
● Educational field trips
● Comprehensive orientation session and information folder
● Access to gym and fitness classes (within operating hours)
● Library access with study areas, scanning services and book / dvd rentals
● Computer lab access and printing services (printing may incur additional fees)
● Campus wide wifi usage
● Admissions and enrollment assistance throughout your study abroad experience
● Helpful pre-departure tools and resources

Activities, Events, & Excursions

Activities

The Student Life Department at FUA offers a rich and varied calendar of afternoon activities in order to offer an array of experiences that will suit the diverse needs and interests of our student body.
Activities will include, but are not limited to:

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Connecting Cultures City Walks

Through guided walks through the most significant neighborhoods of Florence, students gain an understanding between the past and contemporary Florence, maximizing their experience by venturing into areas they might not explore on their own and connecting with the community

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Sports Night

This activity is a great way to keep in shape while expanding your knowledge of Italian fitness culture. Soccer is the mainstay of Italian athletics and the focus of our sports night. Even if you are not an athlete, everyone is welcome to both have fun on the field or just cheer on your classmates from the stands.

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Musing Club

This activity offers an opportunity for students to explore the world of music and performing arts in Florence. Opera events, visits and performances are all part of this special club. Interested in expanding your knowledge of music or just seeing an exciting performance? This activity is for you!

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Aperiganzo/Aperiart

This weekly appointment is dedicated to culture through AperiGanzo, with Art openings and book presentations an important part of the events. This is a great opportunity to meet artists, authors and mingle with fellow classmates, FUA professors and members of the Italian community.

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Mind & Body

“Mens sana in corpore sano” is the philosophy behind the Mind & Body series of activities. This series includes fitness and wellness opportunities meant to inspire and empower students. Activities include guided runs/power walks through new neighborhoods, motivational workshops and self-defense training.

Field learning excursions

Students will participate in academic field learning excursions, which are integrated to the academic courses that they take in Florence (images reflect example destinations, excursions correspond to related courses).

Metropolitan Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta e San Geminiano and the Palazzo Comunale, city hall, in Piazza Grande of Modena at sunset. Emilia-Romagna. Italy.

MODENA

This Field Learning activity will allow students to discover Modena’s gastronomical traditions, as they will have the chance to experience firsthand the entire production process of two typical Italian products: Lambrusco wine and Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena. This is a great opportunity to learn the secrets that make these high-quality products unique and set them apart from their imitations. Emphasis will be placed not only to the methods of production, but also to the international marketing and trade of quality food products, and in particular of protected designation of origin products. The Consortiums for the protection of traditional food products, which run promotions in Italy and throughout the world, are also an excellent example of Territorial Marketing.

Orvieto is a city and comune in Province of Terni, southwestern Umbria, Italy situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff

ORVIETO

Orvieto is located in central Italy between Tuscany and Lazio in the region of Umbria, which is also known as the green heart of Italy. Walking through Orvieto, students will encounter traces of three-thousand years of history layered throughout the town. There are spectacular views from the city, but below Orvieto lies a labyrinth of caves, tunnels, stairs, cellars, and hidden passageways carved into the tuff rock foundation.

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FIESOLE

The long history of Fiesole is constantly visible to tourists walking around the town, with a number of fascinating archaeological sites dating back over 2000 years: the Etruscan walls (which still partly encircle the town), Etruscan tombs on Via del Bargellino, and the astonishing Fonte Sotterra are some of the most noteworthy examples of local historical importance. Situated in a position of extraordinary interest for both its history and landscape, the Archaeological Museum conserves Fiesole’s historical treasures from members of various cultures that have lived in the region, from the Villanovan and Etruscan periods, to the Romans and the Longobards. Although Fiesole is small, it is still the seat of a number of churches, with an ancient diocese: its importance is clear to visitors of Saint Jacopo’s Chapel. In fact, inside this small building decorated with frescos a multitude of antique liturgical gold works are gathered.

SAN FILIPPO

This Field Learning activity explores one of the most spectacular thermal baths in Tuscany: Bagni San Filippo, near Monte Amiata and the town of Castiglione d’Orcia. From above the town, a footpath leads through thick vegetation into what can only be described as a dreamlike landscape. Here, everywhere and everything is sprinkled with a thin coat of white dust. Amidst the trees and rocks, solidified waterfalls, and strange limestone formations appear. This bleached white moonscape is created by the high quantity of calcium deposits in the water, which settle on everything they come into contact with, bathers included. The symbol of the baths is the Balena Bianca, an enormous block of white sediment that resembles the shape of a whale. The contrast with the green of the surrounding countryside is unique, as are the colors of the thermal water which blend with those of the stream. Continuing down the valley, the stream flows into the Fosse Bianco, close to the thermal station. On route, there are numerous little pools, both natural and manmade.

MEDICI VILLAS

During the centuries in which members of the Medici family exerted power over Tuscany, they constantly conquered, built, and enforced their influence throughout the region. This Field Learning activity gives students the opportunity to visit two Medici Villas, namely the Medici Villa in Poggio a Caiano and in Artimino, and immerse themselves in the cultural atmosphere of the family’s countryside lifestyle.

PRUNETI

Gionni and Paolo Pruneti’s family business has produced top-quality olive oil for over a century. Their 28,000 olive trees are hand- harvested between mid-October and mid-December each year before being pressed and bottled in their modern factory 16km northeast of Greve in Chianti. Visiting Pruneti’s frantoio (olive oil mill) will allow students to gain in-depth knowledge of the production and culture of olive oil in Tuscany. A guided tasting of different kinds of olive oil will allow students to learn the techniques of oil tasting, but also to understand the differences between different varieties of olives and between a high quality extra-virgin olive oil and an industrial one.

VERONA

Although Shakespeare himself never made it to Verona, he made the city the literary home of the most famous lovers in the world: Romeo and Juliet. But besides the famous love story, Verona has plenty more to offer. The city – with its medieval center and huge Roman open- air arena – was awarded the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Verona is rarely mentioned in relation to Dante yet the poet was exiled in Verona and remained there for seven years. Dante wrote parts of the Divine Comedy in Verona and many references to the city can be found in the poem. In this Field Learning activity, students will explore the city, its main sites such as the arena and the world- renowned balcony of Juliet, and retrace the Dantesque places of Verona as they emerge from the biography and work of the great poet.

GUBBIO AND FABRIANO

This Field Learning itinerary will guide students through the discovery of the Umbria and Marche regions. Both towns are located in the scenic Apennine mountains; Gubbio is renowned for the role it played in the life of St. Francis from Assisi while Fabriano, nominated as the 2019 UNESCO Creative City, is well-known worldwide for its production of high-quality paper.

SAN GIMIGNANO

Beautiful and enchanting with many medieval towers that form a scenic skyline, San Gimignano is a hilltop town in the Tuscan region, southwest of Florence, that is rich in history, ancient traditions, quality wine, and food. Through this Field Learning activity, the confines of the classroom will expand to incorporate one of the most fascinating corners of Tuscany.

VOLTERRA AND BOLGHERI

This activity gives students the chance to visit various historical sites and understand the crucial role played by wine in Italian culture from antiquity to present day. Students will be guided through a visit to a local winery uncovering the history and development of wine production. Attention will be given not only to the methods of production, but also to the international marketing and trade of quality wine, and in particular of protected designation of origin products. The Consortiums for the protection of traditional food products, which run promotions in Italy and throughout the world, are also an excellent example of Territorial Marketing.

AREZZO

This Field Learning activity will introduce students to a hidden corner of Tuscany. Founded by the Etruscans, Arezzo is a main point of reference for industry, history, culture and fashion. Attention will be given to major sites and visits in the city, as well as to the international marketing and trade that has helped drive the city’s success.

Passport & Visa

Passports

U.S. passports cannot expire within 90 days after planned departure from Italy

 

Student Visas

The high school program is less than 90 days so there is no need for a student visa. If the student plans on staying after the program for longer than 90 days from the day they arrived in Italy / Europe a visa will be required. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempt.

*LAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About the Institution

FLORENCE UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS (FUA)

Located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, “FUA is a multidisciplinary institution that seeks to offer dynamic possibilities of study through a rich selection of academic institutions and departments. FUA provides a rich, stimulating course offering taught by an international faculty with an academic structure based on lectures, workshops, seminars, and laboratories that promote student learning and creation in its quality, state of the art facilities. Florence University of the Arts (FUA) is accredited by the Region of Tuscany (Accreditation Number FI 02219) delegated by the Italian Ministry of Education. US credit can be issued through FUA’s School of Record. Adhering to the Guidelines of the Forum on Education Abroad, the University of South Florida (“USF”) serves as the School of Record for FUA.”