Diversity & Inclusion in Florence, Italy

In the CET Florence program, students attend classes for about 3 hours/day, with a minimum of 1 hour/day and a maximum of 5 hours/day. Class size ranges from 1 student to 15 students, and is typically 8 to 10 students. Classes are usually 90 minutes long, and there is a 10-minute break in between back-to-back classes. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 1 hour of homework for every hour in class. A low-distraction test environment, extra time on exams and assignments, computer-based exams, audio recordings of lectures, audio versions of texts, Braille or large-print texts, note-takers, exam readers, and sighted companions are available for students with documented need.

The entrance to the CET Center—which houses classrooms, program offices, and a restroom—is at street level, with no stairs leading to the entry. There is also a ramp from the sidewalk to the entrance, and an interior elevator connecting the first and second floors. By contrast, many restaurants and stores in Florence are not wheelchair accessible. Student apartments are located within a .5km walk from the CET Center. Many streets are made of brick or cobblestone and are, therefore, highly uneven. Some streets have narrow sidewalks, but typically only major intersections offer curb cuts and visual/audio signals. Traffic is generally orderly.

Students either reside in local homestays or share apartments with 2 to 5 other students of the same gender. Apartments generally include 2 to 3 bedrooms and a minimum of 1 bathroom for every 4 students. Bedrooms are double- or triple-occupancy, though a few single rooms (with private baths) are available for gender non-conforming students or students with other documented need. Apartments offer equipped kitchens, including refrigerators. Food conforming to specific diets—such as Halal, Kosher, vegetarian, vegan—is generally available, though in limited stores that have higher price points than typical grocery stores, and students may need to cook on their own.

After class and on some weekends, there are mandatory academic activities and optional trips and activities at nearby sites and other cities. Excursions may involve extended travel using public transportation, urban walking, rural hiking, and/or going up and down stairs. Excused absences are available for students with documented need.

There are hospitals and clinics, including a Rape Crisis Center, that provide physical and mental health services in English. Students also have access to LGBTQ communities in Tuscany and Florence.

There are gyms and sports clubs in Florence that students may join at their own expense. There are also parks for running within the city and numerous hiking trails in the surrounding region.

There are places of worship for Christian, Jewish, Muslim and other religious faiths. Limited approvals for class absences due to religious holidays are available, but must be requested from program staff in advance.

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