Brandeis Midyear in Florence

Attention from Staff

Starting college in an international city can be an exciting, but daunting, prospect. The good news is that you’ll have plenty of individual attention from CET staff to help you every step of the way. 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 semester.

Take the Courses You Need

Interested in Italy? Try Renaissance Art & Architecture. Curious about the future of the EU? Take The European Political Economy. Want to go into film studies? Enroll in Italian Cinema. The best part? The program’s academic quality is on par with what you will experience at Brandeis. Take challenging courses that give you a solid foundation, and then head to the Tuscan countryside for a picnic after class.
Girls on top of Duomo

Easy Overseas Living

Florence is perfect for dipping your toe into overseas life. It’s an international city that is decidedly Italian. It’s big in importance, but small in size. You can try speaking Italian, or rely on English. You can enjoy the excitement of living abroad in the comfort of a student-friendly city. And you’ll have plenty to study during the week, with plenty of travel time on the weekends.

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arrival date
departure date
program length
recommended credits
application deadline
Fall 09/04/2019 12/21/2019 15 Weeks 15 $19,590
What’s Included
None May 15

CET & Brandeis University

CET partners with Brandeis University to operate this program. CET has operated programs in Florence for 10 years and around the world for over 30 years bringing expertise in student services, crisis management, and cultural integration to your experience. CET and Brandeis operated the Midyear program in Florence for the first time in 2014, but the collaboration goes back further than that: Brandeis Italian language faculty member Paola Servino has taught for CET in Catania, Sicily and Siena, Italy for four years. Plus, you receive a full semester’s worth of Brandeis credit to take with you into your college career.

Daily Life in Florence

Get to know the owner of your favorite gelato place. Run along the Arno River. Meet local students through CET-planned activities around the city. Head to the beach at Viareggio. Find a hidden garden. The only drawback to living in Florence is that every other place you live will pale in comparison.

CET Center

The CET Center is in a charming building within the historic city center, a short walk from the apartments. You’ll take all of your classes here. After class, use the computer lab, meet with instructors, or just hang out with CET friends.

Housing & Meals

You’ll share a furnished apartment in the historic city center with other Brandeis students. Apartments are simple and comfortable, and each varies in size and layout.  All are surrounded by museums, night life, and your choice of eateries. Interested in a homestay with a local Italian family instead? We can set that up, too.

Outstanding Academics

The academics in the program are simply exceptional—diverse courses, wonderful faculty, rich learning. Many instructors use the city as the classroom. Choose an art history class and have at least half of your class sessions in a museum, church, or piazza. Select Food & Culture and learn about Tuscan cuisine from a chef at a local trattoria. Take Italian Language and try out your skills with a local language partner, while working towards fulfilling your Brandeis language requirement.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Italian Language

You take an Italian language course with fellow Midyear students. This course is equivalent to Italian 10a at Brandeis.

FL/LANG 100 Beginning Italian
3 credits

Studied Italian in high school? Let us know! We might be able to place you in a higher level.

Writing Seminar

You enroll in a writing seminar course designed to introduce you to college writing techniques and styles.

FL/ENGL 150 First Year Writing Seminar

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

Katie Palumbo
Originally from California, Katie fell in love with Italian culture and language as an exchange student at northern Italy’s University of Trento. Shortly after graduating from UC Santa Barbara with degrees in Sociology and Italian Studies (BA, 2005), she returned to Italy where she lived and worked for several years. In 2015, Katie earned her MA in Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University and has since worked closely with college students pursuing their own study abroad experiences. Her number one piece of advice for students: leave your comfort zone. Try new foods, speak the language as much as you can, and embrace the many joys and challenges that come with this time.

Katie Palumbo

Program Director

Jackie Pollis

Jackie Pollis

Assistant Program Director

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 Assistant 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

Giada Borlotti
Giada graduated from the University of Padua with a degree in Historical Science (2016). Before joining CET, she worked as a tour guide for the Historical Institute of the Sienese Resistance, and contributed to a training course organized by the region of Tuscany. Giada first served as an Italian roommate for the CET Siena program. In her current role, she acts as a linguistic and cultural resource for students, and helps them get the most out of their experience in Italy.

Giada Borlotti

Student Life and Services Coordinator

Laura Giovannoni
Laura graduated in 2014 with a BA International Relations (emphasis on Political Science) and started to work as an intern for CET shortly thereafter. She is now Housing and Facilities Manager for the CET Florence program, and loves showing students the true beauties of Italy and Italian culture. As much as she enjoys traveling and seeing the world, Laura believes that there is nothing better than taking a stroll in her stunning hometown of Florence.

Laura Giovannoni

Housing and Academic Coordinator

Program Fee Breakdown

Of the total program fee, $15,395 goes to tuition & fees, and $4,195 goes to housing and other related costs.


$19,590/ Term

Out-of-Pocket Expenses

We estimate that you’ll need an additional $1,400 for airfare and $2,500 for meals. Students typically spend about $3,000 on personal expenses, too.

What's Included


Any activity that we arrange is included in tuition.

Housing in an Apartment

We arrange your housing in a downtown apartment, right in the historic city center. If you opt for a homestay, there is an additional fee to help cover the costs of an extra member in the household.


We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documents & information you need, when you need it.

Course Materials

Your textbooks & course supplies are covered and waiting for you in Florence. Just come ready to learn.


Your grades will be sent directly to Brandeis at the end of the term.

Staff Support

We support your journey, every step of the way. From pre-departure to orientation to on-site to re-entry. We’re here to help.

Medical Insurance

We provide you medical insurance. Insurance is comprehensive and includes coverage for medical evacuation.

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Program Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, you must be 18 or older at the time of program participation due to visa requirements. Not 18 yet and interested in applying? Please contact CET.

What's Not Included

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

Homestay fees are not included in tuition. These additional fees cover lodging with daily breakfast and dinner.

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.

Note on Course Transfer

Coursework is not guaranteed for specific majors/minors. Contact the Brandeis University Office of Study Abroad with any questions about course transfer. Courses taken outside this list of classes are not guaranteed for transfer.