As the parent of a student who went to Florence last summer with Select Study Abroad, I could not be more pleased with this program. The organizers have designed an in depth exploration of all things Italian – the type of program they wished had existed for themselves when they were students. My daughter loved every day of it.
They have put in such attention to detail that a student becomes an insider immediately, taking advantage of every day to experience as much as possible. Always on site, the organizers, who are trained in art history, convey their knowledge and enthusiasm at every turn. My daughter came home eager to advance her Italian and to study art history.
The home base of Florence was such a beautiful place to live and learn. The classes at Lorenzo de’Medici were excellent, and going to class gave structure and purpose to the work week. The living accommodations were of high quality and there was good attention to safety. We got reports of one incredible meal after another, and tastings of gelato, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, cheese, wine, sweets and coffee. It was total immersion in Italian life and culture – art, performances, weekend trips, day trips, fashion, food, markets, and evenings on the rooftop with Firenze at their feet.
I feel that this program offers excellent value and really delivers what it promises, as ambitious as it seems when you look at the schedule. It is put together by people with a passion for sharing their love of travel abroad and the students are the lucky beneficiaries of their experience and expertise.
E.H., parent of a Columbia University student