High School & Pre-College
Discovering Italy through Food, Art, and Sports: Florence, Italy

Epic Summer. College Credit. Lifelong Impact.

Dive into Italian culture. Collaborate on a creative project. Experience magical Florence.

Immerse yourself in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance and a city that has inspired creative minds for centuries. Learn about three focus areas—Italian food, art, and sports—from expert professors. You’ll savor Italian cuisine, appreciate Florentine art and architecture, and watch the World Cup with local buddies. Then you’ll choose one of these topics to explore in depth. Design and develop a group project with classmates based on your area of interest—an experience that will be valuable in your college application process.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Summer 06/30/2018 07/28/2018 4 Weeks 4 $5,850
What’s Included
None March 31

Your transcript will come from the University of Florence, with a CET cover letter.

Classroom Meets City. Hands-On Learning

  • Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Soccer Museum
  • Visit a farmer’s market and interact with the merchants
  • Tour an olive oil farm and production facility
  • Learn the stories behind the frescoes in Florentine churches



Conversational Italian

1 credit/15 hours

Offered at beginning and intermediate levels and includes supporting vocabulary for success in the core course. Classes incorporate activities outside the classroom to practice language skills.

Introduction to Contemporary Italy: Food, Art, and Sports

3 credits/45 hours

This course examines Italian culture through the perspective of food, art, and sports, each of which is central to the national identity. Classroom study is enhanced by excursions and site visits. Students choose one of the topic areas for a group project that they present to the rest of the class.

This course will cover:

  • Italian culture and lifestyle
  • Renaissance art and space
  • Purpose of family meals in Italian culture
  • Calcio storico, a predecessor to football
  • Design of Italian Piazzas
  • Role of soccer in Italian life
  • Regional cuisines of Tuscany, Sicily, and Piedmont

Your Home Base in Florence

Florence offers you the opportunity to study in one of the world’s most stunning cities. You’ll encounter renowned works of art as you walk along the Arno River to class. Take a group hike to Piazzale Michelangelo at sunset to enjoy a breathtaking view of the entire city below. At the Uffizi, the Accademia, or Boboli Garden, experience paintings, sculptures, and frescoes created by some of the greatest artists of all time. Practice your Italian at the local gelateria. Learn the rules of bocce in the local park.

Housing & Meals

You’ll live in a shared apartment with other students and a group leader, a short walk away from the CET center. Most meals will be taken with the group in local cafes and restaurants, or put your culinary skills to the test and cook in the apartment.


Your core courses are held at the CET Center located in the historic city center of Florence. The spacious center features six classrooms, a small library, a student lounge, and computer labs.

Out and About

  • See a movie at an outdoor cinema in a piazza.
  • Climb the Duomo’s cupola or bell tower for a 360-degree view of the city.
  • Meet up with Italian students for a pickup soccer game.
  • Visit nearby Siena with your group for an overnight trip.
  • Tour this beautiful medieval city and learn about the world-famous Palio horse race.


A Typical Day in Florence

8:00 am: Meet with your cohort and group leader to go over the day’s schedule and themes.

8:30 am: Grab a cappuccino and pastry at your favorite café along the Arno river.

9:00 am: Italian! Learn new vocab related to buying vegetables and how to ask for the best olive oil.

10:00 am: Dive deep into the importance of food and meals in Italian family life and culture.

12:30 pm: Pizza and study hall – review your vocab from this morning and practice how to order four different types of pasta.

2:00 pm: Visit a famous farmers market and order all the ingredients you need to cook tonight’s meal – Pasta anyone?

4:00 pm: Make a tough decision: Stop by your favorite piazza to watch an impromptu ballet performance or head to the nearby café to catch the Palio on TV – which contrada (neighborhood) are you rooting for?

6:30 pm: Group dinner at the apartment to catch up on the day and look ahead to tomorrow.

8:00 pm: Grab a late-night gelato before turning in.

Full-Time, Bilingual, On-Site Staff

Emiliana Caldarelli
A native Italian, Emiliana earned a Laurea in Political Science in 1996 and a Post Graduate Master in Mediterranean Studies and Islamic Finance in 2013 from the University of Florence. In 1994, during her graduate studies, she was awarded a scholarship from Rutgers University in New Jersey where she conducted a research study about the financing of political campaigns. After returning to Italy, her work has focused on educating American students in Italy. She served as coordinator for the Rutgers Study Abroad Program in Florence, and from 1997 until 2002, taught classes on Italian culture, politics and history in US university programs in Florence such as Rutgers Junior Year in Florence, Richmond College, Portland Community College and University of San Diego-Law School. Emiliana has been involved with the CET programs in Italy since their inception. She began as the CET Siena Resident Director (2001-2003), continued as the CET Florence Resident Director (2003-2004), and has served as Italy Programs Director since 2004.

Emiliana Caldarelli

Director of Italy Programs

Anna DiBiase
Anna received a BA in Liberal Arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 2006 and an MA in Italian Language and Linguistics from the Middlebury College School in Florence, Italy in 2007. She is an Italian-American dual citizen and has spent many years studying and working in Italy, with Georgetown University where she served as the Resident Coordinator, with The Institute at Palazzo Rucellai where she served as the Housing Coordinator, and with CET, where she has served as Resident Director for the Siena Program and Academic Director for Academic Affairs. Anna adores her adopted country and all of the opportunities that it has afforded her.

Anna DiBiase

Assistant Director for Academic Affairs

Group Flight

CET arranges an accompanied group flight from New York for students. The cost of the group flight is billed separately.


$5,850/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,400 for the group flight plus airfare or other travel costs to the departure city. Students typically spend about $250 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included

Courses & Textbooks

Every course you take on the program is included in your tuition. We even supply the textbooks, too.

Activities & Excursions

The activities & excursions that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is grab your camera.


We arrange your housing in an apartment with other students and plenty of resident staff nearby.

All Meals

All of your meals are covered by tuition. Special dietary needs? We’ll help you accommodate those, too.

Supervision and Staff Support

We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.

Medical Insurance

Comprehensive medical insurance that includes medical evacuation coverage is included in your tuition.


We’ll send you an official transcript at the end of the program…the icing on the cake of your college applications.

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Application Requirements

CET seeks motivated high school students interested in a fun and challenging summer experience. The online admissions process includes submission of an application form including short essays, an official high school transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a teacher. CET advisors are available to help choose the program that will be the best fit for you. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until the final deadline of March 31. Students are generally expected to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Apply early to ensure space is available in your first-choice program.

What's Not Included

The program fee does not include round-trip transportation to & from Italy, items & services of a personal nature, and medical expenses not covered by the insurance provided.

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. This right includes, but is not limited to, surcharging students for additional costs incurred due to under-enrollment in any given course.