Why Pre-College in
center of Florence
Take on the rich culture of Italy through three facets—food, art, and society. You study local art, architecture, and politics, dabble in Italian cuisine, and even travel to learn how the Palio horse race has influenced Sienese society and culture. After three in-depth modules, you choose a topic that piques your curiosity and design a project to present to your peers—an experience that will prime you for college-level studies.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your core course focuses on studying Italian culture through art, food, and society, while your conversational Italian class gives you a crash course in the language you need for daily life in Florence.
In this course, you examine Italian culture through dedicated modules on food, art, and society, each of which is central to the national identity. Classroom study is enhanced by excursions and site visits. Then, you choose a topic and design a project to present to the rest of the class.
- GLBS 131 Introduction to Contemporary Italy: Food, Art, Society
3 credits | 45 hours
This course provides a basic introduction to the Italian language and is more of a “Survival Italian” course. It is not expected to replace any level of college-level Italian—rather it is meant to give you a taste of the language and support you in your daily life in Florence. Class sessions stick to the basics, but also include some vocabulary words that are relevant to your core course.
- LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Italian
1 credit | 15 hours
- LANG 205 Intermediate Conversational Italian
1 credit | 15 hours
Immerse in Italian Culture
Florence is called the cradle of the Renaissance, and has been a source of inspiration for creative minds throughout history. It is the perfect access point to explore Italian food, art, and society. Expert instructors help you study local art, from Michelangelo’s David to Giotto’s Grotto, see incredible architecture, dabble in Italian cuisine, and even travel to learn how the Palio horse race has influenced Sienese society and culture.
Experience the Palio in Siena
On the surface, the Palio is a world-famous horse race where the Siena’s 17 contrade (neighborhoods) compete to take home first prize. But it’s so much more than that: it’s the culmination of centuries of Sienese pride in their contrada, their city, and their traditions. As a CET student, you spend four days steeped in Sienese culture with your cohort. Go on a walking tour to learn about the race’s influence on the city. Attend a pre-Palio dinner in a local contrada. See the parade, then watch the race in Piazza del Campo. You can’t dive into Tuscan society and culture without experiencing the Palio.
Learning in the City
Learn by doing when you head out into the city with your group. Each term is different, but you might:
You share a room with one or two other CET students in a building located in a vibrant area of central Florence. Residential staff live on each floor of the building with you for round-the-clock support. Your commute to the CET center—where your classes are held—is short and scenic. Then after class, study with your classmates or relax in the library. Enjoy the beautiful Arno river located nearby. Or head back to your housing and catch up your homework assignments.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language… you’re in for a summer of learning. But with support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Florence
Most meals are with the group in local cafés and restaurants. And with a country famous for its cuisine, it’s all but guaranteed that you’re going to love the food. Make sure to try schiacciata (baked flat bread seasoned with olive oil and salt) and pappa al pomodoro (a summer soup with bread, tomatoes, basil, and garlic).
Florence, or Firenze, frequently tops lists of the world’s most beautiful cities, and past CET students would agree with that. Whether you’re strolling alongside the Arno River with a cup of gelato in hand, or simply commuting to the CET center from your apartment, practically everything is worthy of a photo. Get ready to fall in love with Italy.
YOUR Florence Itinerary
Summers with CET are packed with classes, activities around the city, and even regional travel. These are a few highlights to give you a better idea of what your summer might look like.
Out and About
Visit museums like the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia, or Boboli Garden to take in art from some of the greatest minds of all time. See a movie at an outdoor cinema. Explore the medieval city of Siena. Meet up with Italian students for a pickup soccer game. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you explore Florence, the local culture, and learn outside the classroom.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $6,990
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live with other CET students in an apartment or dorm. On-site staff live in the same building for round-the-clock support.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You’ll receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
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.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
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.