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Select Study Abroad is technically designed for current college undergraduates – students who have completed their freshman year to graduating seniors. However, graduate students have participated in our program and we are happy to arrange for incoming college freshman as well.
Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Applying early is strongly encouraged to be guaranteed a space in the program and to receive priority registration to enroll in your preferred courses. As an additional incentive, students who apply and enroll by February 15, 2013 save $200. Refer a friend and save an additional $100.
The application process through our website is easy! Submit your basic information, including a mailing address and contact details, a $100 application fee and you’re done! You will need to send an official transcript from your home university to Select Study Abroad for review. Once your application has been processed, you will be contacted by Select Study Abroad directly.
Once your application is complete (see above for more information), your materials will be reviewed by Select Study Abroad. You will receive a phone call and email from one of our Directors to let you know about the next steps in the process or to discuss options if there are any problems with your application.
The grade point average required to qualify is 2.8. If you have a lower average you will be required to submit two letters of recommendation and a personal essay. For more information, feel free to contact us
No, there is no language requirement and Italian courses are optional. All courses are taught in English with the exception of the Italian language courses. You can choose from an incredibly wide variety of subjects in both upper and lower division levels.
The cost of the program varies depending on how many courses you take, which specific courses (as some have additional fees), and whether you elect to receive additional credit from Marist College, the U.S. school of record for the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici. To learn more details about the cost of our program see our Included in Cost
The Select Study Abroad program cost includes the following: tuition for one or two college-level courses, hotel accommodations, breakfast daily, dinner Monday, Wednesday, Friday, travel to Pisa, Lucca, Rome, Pompeii, Siena, Chianti, Cinque Terre, Verona, and Venice (including hotel accommodations, transportation, and all activities/museum entrances), daily site visits and activities, a special Florence museum card, free international cell phone, health insurance, pre-departure guides, and 24-hour on-site leadership and availability of the Select Study Abroad staff. See our Included in Cost
page for even more details.
We have carefully compiled outside scholarships that are available to students. We also have a series of incentivizing programs that can help many students save on study abroad. See our Scholarships & Aid
section to learn more.
Most universities offer financial aid to study abroad. If a student currently receives financial aid, they should be able to also receive financial aid during the summer. Students should check with their home university's Financial Aid or Registrar's office for details on how to apply. Additional financial assistance is available to students in the form of scholarships and other awards. We encourage students to be proactive and apply early. Refer to our section on Scholarships & Aid
for more information.
The program cost may be paid by check or credit card. An extra fee will apply for payments made by credit card. A personalized payment plan can also be arranged for interested participants. For more information please contact us
We recommend all students to speak with their academic advisor and major department about their decision to study abroad. There may be required forms to complete prior to studying abroad, especially if you are interested in taking and receiving credit for a course in your major or minor.
Transcripts and other materials to be sent via post should be sent to:
Select Study Abroad
P.O. Box 7077
Riverside, CA 92513
Yes. Our past students are eager to answer your questions and tell you everything you want to know about the Select Study Abroad experience. We can provide you with their phone numbers and email addresses. If your parents would like to speak with a parent of a past student we can provide them with contact information as well.
Students have come from all over the U.S. and from many different universities to study abroad with us. Many of their universities do not have independent Italian study abroad campuses or their strict course load does not allow them to take an entire semester to study abroad. We have also hosted students whose schools do host a program in Florence, but they have opted to join our program instead. Most importantly, many of our students come independently without friends, but leave the program with lifelong friendships.
Surveys have shown time and time again that studying abroad gives you a distinct edge over the competition. Students who have spent meaningful time living and learning in another country are perceived to be more independent, mature, culturally sensitive, and ambitious than students who have not studied abroad. Studying abroad not only makes you more marketable when entering the workforce or when applying to graduate school, it can also have a tremendous impact on your life while still in college. By studying abroad during the summer, for example, you can earn course credits that could lead to early graduation or help to complete that second major or minor. Above all, the personal advantages are the most powerful. Your time abroad will give you an appreciation for your field of study, your host country, and your home country in a way that no other experience can really claim. You will learn so much about yourself. We know it is a cliché, but it’s true. Don’t believe us? Check this