Tuition for one or two college level courses, including 3 or 6 college credits respectively. Courses are taught at the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici in only the best facilities, complete with internet and air conditioning. Students will be assigned to an academic advisor and have full access to the school’s computer lab and library. Students will receive a transcript from the Istituto Lorenzo de’Medici. Students may opt to have credits conferred by Marist College to receive an American transcript for an additional cost of $300 for one course and $500 for two courses. For more information, refer to our Academics
Select Study Abroad is the ONLY study abroad program in Florence for college students that provides accommodations in a hotel. Students will enjoy rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, free wireless internet, and daily housekeeping services at the 4-star Hotel Croce di Malta. The hotel is a quick five-minute walk to students’ classes, Florence’s city center, and all the best local shops, restaurants, museums, and more. See Housing
page for more information.
Breakfast daily. Dinners Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and very special welcome and farewell meals at some of Florence’s best restaurants. Italian cuisine is worth the trip to Italy alone! We make sure that each Select Study Abroad student experiences authentic and unforgettable dining at our favorite restaurants, cafes, and pizzerias all over Italy. Check out our Food
section for more information.
We are the ONLY academic program in Italy that includes guided transportation to and from at least 10 magnificent cities - Florence, Pisa, Lucca, Rome, Chianti, Siena, Cinque Terre, Verona, and Venice. Trips include transportation by train or private bus, guided tours of each city’s major monuments, entrance fees, and hotel accommodations. Students will have the opportunity to choose from many wide-ranging activities while on our excursions to other cities, as well as free time to explore. For more information regarding our travel throughout Italy, please refer to our Travel
section and our Summer Calendar
PLEASE NOTE: students will be responsible for their own airfare. Importantly, we have found that allowing students to make their own travel arrangements saves them money and gives them more control over their summer travel plans. Students will often save much more by purchasing their own flights through student-based websites (studentuniverse.com or statravel.com) or using frequent flier miles than if we were to account for flights in our cost. We provide all students with detailed airport and travel recommendations, assist with arrival and departure, and put students from the same area in contact to potentially make flight arrangements together.
The seemingly endless list of activities offered in a Select Study Abroad summer program is unparalleled. Examples include food tastings (gelato, olive oil, wine), site visits (palaces, museums, churches, gardens), demonstrations (glass-blowing, jewelry making, shoe making), and outdoor activities (gondola and boat rides, tower climbs, hiking). All are included in the program cost and are lead by the Select Study Abroad staff one or two times per day to accommodate students' schedules. Special activities can be arranged on request and if a student misses an activity due to a conflict, we are always happy to offer it again for those interested.
In addition, a museum card will be issued to each student that grants free access and priority admission (i.e. you cut the line!) to many of Florence’s most popular museums, including: Uffizi Gallery, Accademia Gallery, The Pitti Palace, The Palatine Gallery & Royal Apartments, The Gallery of Modern Art, The Costume Gallery, The Medici Treasury, The Porcelain Museum, The Boboli Gardens, Bargello National Museum, Museum of the Medici Chapels, Museum of Palazzo Davanzati, Museum of San Marco, Garden of the Medici Villa of Castello, Medici Villa of Petraia, Medici Villa of Poggio a Caiano, Medici Villa of Cerreto, Guidi & Historical Hunting and Territorial Museum, Cenacolo of Ognissanti, Cenacolo of Andrea del Sarto, Cenacolo of Fuligno, Cenacolo of Sant’Apollonia, Cloister of the Scalzo.
For more information on specific activities, please refer to our Activities section and our Summer Calendar.
Select Study Abroad Directors reside in the hotel for the safety and convenience of our students. We are available 24 hours a day for any questions, assistance, or in case of an emergency. We are always just a phone call away.
Select Study Abroad students will receive a FREE international mobile phone rental contracted through Piccell Wireless. This phone allows them FREE texts and calls to their fellow Select students and Directors.
Our students will receive medical insurance from AMA – the recognized leader in providing student health insurance. Students will have access to English-speaking doctors, as well as full-service hospital coverage at the nearby Ospedale di Santa Maria Nuova. The Select Study Abroad Directors will also be available 24 hours a day to assist students with any health or safety issues.
Our students will receive valuable in-depth information regarding every facet of the study abroad experience in Italy prior to departure. Our pre-departure guides will include a program calendar, arrival information and helpful travel tips, clothing and packing list, and a Florence handbook.
Select Study Abroad staff will greet students upon arrival and help them to hit the ground running and acclimate to their new summer home in Florence. For more information on what to expect from the Select Study Abroad Orientation check out our Activities
section. Students will also have an on-campus school orientation before courses commence.
The Select Study Abroad experience continues even after the program ends in Italy. Upon successful completion of the program, we can provide students with letters of recommendation for graduate school, employment, internship, or other pursuits. We will also post Select Study Abroad photos and videos online during and after the summer. Family and friends can follow along on our adventures and our students can revisit the experience for years to come.