Scholastics are the fulcrum around which the program is structured. Students will attend 3 hours of daily language classes, broken down into two components: Fundamentals of Communication (classroom learning) and Communication in Practice (where lessons learned in the classroom get real-life applications). An Italian language placement test prior to admission is mandatory. Extracurricular activities, instead, will focus on Italian classic and contemporary culture. All proposed activities will concern three topics in Italian culture, and students will be free to choose the one most interesting to them. All 3E courses and activities are interdisciplinary in nature, privileging a dynamic, interactive, and contextualized approach to learning.
Proposed activities may address the following:
History of Art
History of Ideas
History of Music
Our classes are designed and taught by individually selected specialists in Italian studies and take place on the program premises. Course materials (handouts, readings, and course packs) are included in the cost of the program and will be provided daily by instructors and staff members. Classes are capped at 15 students to promote healthy and productive teacher-student interaction..
Extra-curricular activities include: soccer, beach volleyball, yoga, running club, tennis, swimming, theatre and drama club, DIY fashion and accessory workshops, Italian film club, Florence Free Music Sessions, Italian Book Club. A museum pass to all sites listed by the Polo Museale di Firenze as well as a gym membership are included in the program cost. Students will also have the opportunity to be taken to the city’s main tourist attractions – the Duomo, Bell Tower, and Baptistry; Piazzale Michelangelo; Santa Maria Novella, San Lorenzo, and Santa Croce Churches; The Uffizi Gallery, the Galleria dell’Accademia, the Museo di San Marco, and the Stibbert Museum; Le Cascine and Il Giardino dell’Orticoltura regional parks; Villa Demidoff; Saint Francis’s monastery at Fiesole; Piazza della Signoria; Ponte Vecchio; Piazza della Repubblica; Piazza del Mercato Nuovo; San Lorenzo Market, and more. Students will also be offered guided tours, bike tours, and gelato tours along the Arno River.
Students will sign up for one of three afternoon activities per day, which will take place between 2:30pm and 5:30pm. They will always be offered one active option (sport or physical fitness), one cultural option (museum or guided tour), and one leisurely option (casual touring). All extracurricular activities will be supervised by 3E staff. Students may also occasionally be given the opportunity to participate in more formal extracurricular events (a performance of a play or a night at the opera).
Our program offers up to four extra-regional group excursions and one intra-regional class field trip (to be determined by course instructor). We plan weekend trips to Venice, Le Cinque Terre, Rome, and the Amalfi Coast, providing room, board (breakfast and dinner), guided tours, and cultural outings (museums, shows) in each location. For more information about individual
itineraries, send us a message.
Students will be staying in one of Florence’s many downtown and locally-run student residences with twenty-four hour service. They may be grouped in rooms of 2 to 4 students. Breakfast, towels, and linens are included in their stay, as are routine room cleanings. From this central location, they will also have access to laundromats and dry cleaning facilities.
Life in residence is a rich and integral part of the Florence program experience. The use of a common room in the student residence designated for student meetings and conversation will encourage long-lasting friendships and academic alliances among the young participants.
Tuscany is home to one of Italy’s most celebrated national cuisines. Students will be given the opportunity to taste Tuscan specialities on their own during the lunch hour and in small groups supervised by counsellors and staff members at dinner time. Triple E Travel has combined forces with five local restaurants to provide students with a nightly meal of salad, pasta, or pizza, plus a beverage and a mixed house appetizer. Students with special dietary needs (celiac, kosher, lactose intolerance) will be accommodated with specialized menu options.
NB: Dietary “preferences” (ie, no fish, dairy, or gluten) will NOT be treated as special dietary needs. Certified medical conditions need be reported to Triple E Travel upon student registration.
Students will travel by air to Florence, by chartered bus to weekend excursion destinations, and by tramline within the city. (All transportation fees are included in the cost of the program at full package rate).
Triple E Travel guarantees fast and effective medical service at one of Florence’s central private clinics for students traveling abroad. (Health insurance may be purchased separately from a recommended service provider).
The full package (excluding weekend field trips) may be purchased at $8,950 + GST/QST. Weekend field trips may be added for an additional $750.00
Sample Daily Schedule
Students will be accompanied by 1 3E Program Director plus 1 staff member for every 8 students.
A typical day in this program will look like this:
9:30am – 12:30pm: Language Class
(9:30 – 11:00: Fundamentals of Communication; 11:00 – 12:30: Communication in Practice)
12:30 – 2:30pm: Lunch (Individually)
2:30 – 5:30pm: Extracurricular Activities
5:30 – 8:30pm: Free Time
8:30 – 10:30pm: Group Dinner
10:30 – 11:30pm: Supervised Free Time
11:30pm: Lights out