Why Pre-College in
This summer, explore Italy and its culture through four weeks of intensive Italian classes. Get to know Italy on another level as you head out into the city and connect in-class lessons with the real world. You’ll go home with more than just language gains—you’ll also have college credits, lifelong friendships, and be primed for life after graduation.
Coursework & Syllabi
You take one 4-credit comprehensive course that offers an intensive exploration of the Italian language.
You are placed into a language course based on your previous experience and an on-site placement test. Each course is equivalent to one semester of college-level Italian. Classes study grammar and vocabulary, and your professors make sure you get plenty of out-of-class experience to maximize language gains.
- LANG 115: Elementary Italian
4 credits | 60 hours
- LANG 215: Intermediate Italian
4 credits | 60 hours
Intensive Italian Learning
There are few places better to learn Italian than Florence—the cradle of the Renaissance and a source of inspiration for creative minds throughout history. Passionate instructors and small classes provide your language skills with plenty of personal attention, while the city provides endless opportunities for active practice. And no matter how much Italian experience you have, you go home with impressive language gains and the study habits to set you up for long-term language success.
Experience the Palio in Siena
On the surface, the Palio is a world-famous horse race where the Siena’s seventeen 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 six 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. In a smaller city like Siena, you have plenty of opportunities to chat with locals and get to know the city.
Learning in the City
Improve your language gains by taking class off campus. Practice new vocabulary in real time, hold conversations with locals, and connect Italian class lessons to the world around you. Each term is different, but you might:
You share a room with one other CET student in a building located in the heart of the city. Residential staff live on each floor of the building with you for round-the-clock support. Your commute is a short bus ride to the CET center, where your classes are held. After class, study in the student lounge or relax in the library. Enjoy the beautiful Arno river located nearby. And at the end of the day, use the kitchen skills you learned from last week’s cooking class for a delicious at-home dinner with your roommates.
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 round-the-clock 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, or put your culinary skills to the test and cook in the apartment. 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 weekly highlights to give you a better idea of what your summer might look like.
Out and About
Practice your Italian while you and your class stop for a morning cappuccino. See how your listening comprehension is coming along as your group takes in an Italian movie at an outdoor cinema. Test out your conversation skills by playing a soccer game in the local park, your class friends versus local Italian students. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you explore Florence, the local culture, and practice your language outside the classroom.
2019 Summer Fees
2019 Summer Fees: $6,390
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 sharehouse. 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, but 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.
Questions? Get in touch!
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.