CET Florence: Summer Study Abroad

CET Florence: Summer At-a-Glance

Electives for many different majors
Optional Italian language classes
Out-of-classroom learning and assignments
Live in an apartment with peers or a homestay with a local family
Classes as engaging as those of your home university
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CET Florence summer study abroad students are motivated learners looking for engaging summer abroad on their terms. And in a city with plenty of study abroad options to choose from, CET Florence is one of the smallest programs you’ll find. That means more individual attention for you. Have a question about your apartment? Want to volunteer? Need help finding a doctor? Staff go the extra mile for students. You’ll have everything you need for an exceptional summer.

Academics in Florence


Curriculum & Syllabi

Choose between two curriculum options to tailor your summer and meet a total 6 recommended credits.

  • Option One: 2 electives
  • Option Two: 1 elective + 3 credits of Italian
CET Florence study abroad students in class

Choose your adventure in Florence

Electives for everyone. Fulfill requirements for your major with classes that will keep you challenged and inspired. Or try something that’s distinctly Italian. Embrace Florentine culture by taking Renaissance Art & Architecture—it meets at least half the time in a museum, church, or piazza

Make the most of your summer. Florence is known for easy living, but that doesn’t mean easy A’s. CET Florence is known for academics as rigorous as what you’re used to in the US. Your courses challenge you. Your professors push you during in-class discussions. Your assignments ask you to think critically. All of this work ensures you leave Florence with a global perspective that will serve you for a lifetime.

Housing and Meals

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Living Like a Local

Connecting locally. One of the best parts of studying abroad is making friends while exploring a new country. Visit a medieval monastery and then share dinner with the your cohort at orientation. Roll up your sleeves and learn the art of making a new pasta dish. Go hiking in Fiesole. It won’t be long before Florence is your new home away from home. 

Eating in Florence. Have your fill of some of the most famous cuisine in the world. You’ll love the pastas, the sauces, the hors-d’oeuvres. On a budget? Try ribollita soup, made with bread, kale, cannellini beans, and vegetables. Feeling adventurous? Grab a tripe sandwich topped with salsa verde from a street vendor…a Florentine classic. And don’t forget the gelato after dinner. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Italy.

CET Florence study abroad students enjoy pizza made during a cooking class

Life in Florence

View of the Arno River in Florence

There’s so much to see and do in Florence, from climbing the Duomo to chatting with locals over a cappuccino. Pack up your favorite foods for a picnic in the Tuscan countryside. Sketch your favorite sculpture. Enjoy an aperitivo with local Italians. And when Friday comes, explore the rest of Europe from your Florentine home base. The only drawback to living in Florence is that every other place you live will pale in comparison.

Experience Italy with CET

Around the city. The program offers different activities that allow you to explore Florence, experience Italian culture, or just unwind. Take a pizza-making class. Head to the beach at Viareggio on a sunny day. Enjoy opera night at the Teatro el Maggio Musicale Fiorentino… in Italian! And there’s even more to see on your own.

Volunteer in Florence. Give back to the community by opting to volunteer 4 hours each week with a local organization. Become a tour guide at some of Florence’s oldest churches, keep the city beautiful with the Angeli del Bello, or practice English with local high schoolers. 

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Student Resources

"Florence has been more amazing that I could have ever imagined. Being in a city filled with such a rich culture has enabled me to grow in many ways, and CET has definitely been a major factor in this experience."

— Kamaria Wilson
Vanderbilt University | Spring student
"I love how so many of our classes go on trips around the city so that we can apply concepts to various local companies. It’s a great way to both immerse yourself in the culture of Florence, while also increasing your comprehension in your classes."

— Nicole Cox,
Vanderbilt University | Spring student
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On-site Staff

Staff Photo of Emiliana Caldarelli

Emiliana Caldarelli
Director of Italy Programs

Francesca Calamita, PhD
Academic Director of Italy Programs

Elizabeth Johnson
Program Director

Melissa Rossi
Academic Coordinator

Donatella Cerretelli
Housing Coordinator

Lucy Clark
Senior Program Coordinator

Gabriele Marchese
Activities Coordinator

Program Fees



All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

If you choose to live with a local roommate in an apartment, your housing is covered. If you opt for a homestay, there is an additional fee to help cover the costs of an extra member in the household.

From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.

The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.

You’ll receive a transcript at the end of the term. Depending on your home institution, you will either get a CET grade report or a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota.

More on finances

Student group poses outside of the Duomo in Florence

Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $5,990 goes to tuition and fees, and $2,200 goes to housing and other student life fees.

Local Cost of Living. The cost of living in Florence is similar to other major American cities. Some things might be cheaper (e.g. groceries, coffee, bus tickets), but other things can be much more expensive (e.g. utilities, taxi rides). 

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

How to Apply

  • •  Pre-requisites: None
  • •  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation
  • •  Open to students from any US college or university
  • •  GPA: 3.0 or higher is recommended, students with lower GPAs will be asked for a faculty recommendation to supplement their application

Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.

Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.

This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request,  simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.

Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.


March 1

Have a question? Get in touch!

Karen "K" Olivas

Student Services Coordinator
[email protected]

Price Subject to Change:

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in one particular course, please contact us

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Over the years, we’ve built a strong network of locally-based faculty that we’re proud to call our peers. These faculty make up our Academic Consultation Board—a select group of local voices and thought leaders that help advise and shape components of the CET Jordan program. 

Board members support the program in many ways, including but not limited to:

Academic Consultation Board Members

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