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Arts in Florence


Students are housed either in centrally located apartments or with families, in accordance with their preferences. Students living with Italian families eat breakfast and supper with them seven days a week. Students living in furnished apartments usually do their own grocery shopping, an enjoyable opportunity to practice Italian, and cook their own meals. Of course, reasonable restaurants, cafeterias and snack bars are everywhere. The school "Lorenzo de' Medici" has its own snack bar.


The total semester cost of the program includes:

  1. Round-trip air transportation New York-Rome-New York on a regularly scheduled commercial airline
  2. Land transportation Rome-Florence
  3. Fully funished, centrally located apartment, utilities included; or: Living accommodations in families with breakfast and dinner daily
  4. Tuition and fees
  5. Up to eighteen Wells College credits
  6. Wells College Official Transcript
  7. Two local advisors who provide on-site personal, academic, and logistical supposrt services and personal attention
  8. One week culture immersion and orientation in Rome and Florence
  9. First class hotel accommodations and two meals a day while in Rome
  10. Guided tours in Rome: the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Forum, Colosseum, and Pantheon
  11. Excursions to Pompei, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, the Chianti region, and other places of interest
  12. Cultural and social activities throughout the semester
  13. Special group dinners
  14. Rent-free cell phone service (student pays only for the calls made)
  15. International Student Identity Card
  16. Computer lab and Internet acces at the Lorenzo de' Medici Institute
  17. Semester "pass" to State mueseums and galleries in Florence
  18. Basic medical insurance offered by Lorenzo de' Medici Institute
  19. Pre-departure information, guide to culture adaptation
  20. Personalized, closely supervised, program
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Program Director and On-site Advisors

Group of Florence students

Dr. Giorgio Renzi, Emeritus Professor of Romance Languages, founder and director of the Wells College Florence Program, oversees all aspects of the program: admissions, academics, advising, logistics and the total well-being of every student. He is in frequent contact with the local advisors and school administration in order to assure that the students' personal, academic and logistical needs are met.

"The Wells Program is not only excellent but it provides great resources and support throughout the semester." (J.W., Mount Holyoke College)

The Wells College Florence Program has two local advisors who help students with personal, social, cultural, academic and housings matters. The close and personalized student-advisor relationship, a unique feature of the program, is greatly appreciated by both students and parents. It gives them a feeling of reassurance and peace of mind.
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A week-long orientation precedes each semester. Through meetings, lectures on different aspects of Italian culture, art walks, guided tours and excursions, students gain a better understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural heritage of Italy. Orientation begins in Rome where the group spends 4-5 days with visits to the Vatican City and its museums, St. Peter's Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Forum, Capitoline and Palatine Hills, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and other important sights; excursion to Pompei, Sorrento, Assisi, Chianti countryside.

"I can't say enough about the program's efficient organization and the exquisite enthusiasm of the Wells Staff. I am eternally indebted." (A.S., Boston College)

During orientation in Florence, in addition to academic matters, students receive cultural and logistical information about the city: museums, galleries, churches, libraries, bookstores, local transportation (buses & trains), banks, post offices, religious services, medical assistance, food and clothing markets, department stores, cafes, discos, sports opportunities, etc.
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Professor Giorgio Renzi - Director of Study Program in Florence
Wells College Florence Program 52 Rose Terrace, Chatham, NJ 07928
Phone: 973-665-0089 | Fax: 973-665-1258