Scholastics are the fulcrum around which the program is structured. Students will attend one to two classes per day: language classes in the morning (from 9:30am to 12:30pm) and topics in Italian culture classes – from food to fashion, literature to art – in the afternoon (14:00 – 16:30; optional). An Italian language placement test prior to admission is mandatory. Students will be allowed to select up to three topics in Italian culture of interest to them, and are guaranteed to be placed in an afternoon course, should they be interested in doing so, that responds to one of their primary preferences.
All 3E courses are interdisciplinary in nature, privileging a dynamic, interactive, and contextualized approach to learning. Students are encouraged to consult our Sample Course Selection to orient themselves with 3E’s scholastic mission and its provisional course offerings.
Each course is keyword searchable and incorporates a minimum of three core disciplines from among the following:
History of Art
History of Ideas
History of Music
Both language and Italian culture 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 20 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.
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).
For more information about our Summer 2019 schedule, please send us a message.