Welcome to the DIRECT Florence Accepted Student Information page.  Navigate the tabs below for everything you need to know before your epic adventure in Florence, Italy.

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Stay Informed

Here are the Top 3 things you need to be working on to prepare for your summer abroad. 

  1. Forms are now LIVE, all forms are due by February 28th
  2. Pre-departure Orientation
  3. Other Forms
    • Program Waiver
      • Email will come from “adobesign@adobesign.com” 
      • Please sign your Program Waiver by February 28th
      • You can find your Program Waiver in your email with the subject line being: Signature requested on “LeadAbroad Participation Agreement”
  • Join the 2024 DIRECT Florence GroupMe here!
    • When you join, post an introduction with your name, school and hometown.  If you’re looking for a flight buddy and/or a roommate, share that as well so you can connect with others looking for the same.
    • Please note: If you have specific questions about your program, please send them to LeadAbroad staff directly at info@LeadAbroad.com.  Program questions posted in GroupMe may get missed by staff members.
  • Follow us on Instagram and search the tags #LeadAbroadLife and @LeadAbroad.

Preparing to Travel

Important dates for DIRECT Florence:

  • Thursday, May 16:  Students depart the U.S. for Florence
  • Friday May 17: Students arrive into Florence, first day of program
  • Tuesday, May 28: DIRECT Florence ends, students depart for U.S. or begin (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-On
  • Saturday, June 1: (Optional) Amalfi Coast Add-On ends, students depart for U.S.

➡️ Important Note: For students planning to attend the (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-On, please wait to book your flight until your spot is confirmed.

➡️ Arrival Window: May 17 from 9:30-11:30am

Group shuttle to the hotel after arrival:

  • All students arriving on flights arriving before 11:30am will be on the group shuttle.
  • If you are scheduled to arrive on May 17th before the group lands, you can wait at the airport for the group shuttle or pay for your own transfer to the hotel. LeadAbroad will assist you in arranging this transportation.

Group shuttle to the airport for departure back to U.S.:

  • If you are not staying for the (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-on and depart Florence on May 28th, LeadAbroad will provide a shuttle arriving at the airport around 4:00am to correspond with our recommended flight which departs at 6:30am.
  • (Optional) Amalfi Coast Add-on participants will be transported to the Naples airport and arrive by 3:00am on June 1. Your flight should depart Naples at 6:00am or later. If you book an earlier or (significantly) later flight, you will need to arrange your own transfer. Sorrento, where we are staying, is about one hour from the airport.

Recommended Itinerary:

Students NOT traveling on (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-on AFTER the program

LeadAbroad recommends aligning your flights on the following itinerary. Whether you live near Atlanta and can drive to the airport, or if you need to connect from your hometown airport, we strongly suggest flying on our recommended flight. For more information about how LeadAbroad selects our recommended flights, please click here.

Depart: May 16, 2024 (arrives next day)
Return: May 28, 2024

Atlanta (ATL) on Delta

Travel Dates Route Airline & Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
May 16 ATL-AMS-FLR Flight 1: (ATL-AMS) DL 70 3:20pm 5:55am (May 17)
Flight 2: (AMS-FLR) DL 9388 8:35am  10:40am (May 17)
May 28 FLR-AMS-ATL Flight 1: (FLR-AMS) DL 9506 6:30am 8:40am
Flight 2: (AMS-ATL) DL 73 10:45am 2:15pm

Atlanta (ATL) on Delta

Travel Dates Route Airline & Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
May 16 ATL-AMS-FLR Flight 1: (ATL-AMS) DL 70 3:20pm 6:00am (May 17)
Flight 2: (AMS-FLR) DL 9376 9:00am  11:30am (May 17)
May 28 FLR-AMS-ATL Flight 1: (FLR-AMS) DL 9506 6:30am 8:40am
Flight 2: (AMS-ATL) DL 75 1:00pm 4:40pm

➡️ Watch this quick video on tips on how to connect with the recommended flight from your hometown.

➡️ We highly encourage booking all flights (including connecting flights, if necessary) on the same airline to ensure the flights are all under one reservation (NOT separate tickets). This will reduce the challenges associated with delayed flights, lost luggage and other unforeseen travel issues. 

➡️ LeadAbroad will post all flights prior to departure so students can connect with others on their flight. 

Recommended Itinerary:

Students staying and traveling on (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-on AFTER the program 

*Important Note: For students planning to attend the Amalfi extension, please wait to book your flight until your spot on the trip is confirmed.

LeadAbroad recommends aligning your flights on the following itinerary. Whether you live near ATL and can drive to the airport, or if you need to connect from your hometown airport, we strongly suggest flying on our recommended flight. For more information about how LeadAbroad selects our recommended flights, please click here.

Depart: May 16, 2024 (arrives next day)
Return: June 1, 2024

Atlanta (ATL) on Delta

Travel Dates Route Airline & Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
May 16 ATL-AMS-FLR Flight 1: (ATL-AMS) DL 70 3:20pm 6:00am (May 17)
Flight 2: (AMS-FLR) DL 9388 8:45am  10:40am (May 17)
June 1 NAP-CDG-ATL Flight 1: (NAP-CDG) DL 8703/AF 1579 6:15am 8:35am
Flight 2: (CDG-ATL)  DL 8504 10:30am 1:55pm

Atlanta (ATL) on Delta

Travel Dates Route Airline & Flight # Departure Time Arrival Time
May 16 ATL-AMS-FLR Flight 1: (ATL-AMS) DL 70 3:20pm 6:00am (May 17)
Flight 2: (AMS-FLR) DL 9376 9:35am  11:30am (May 17)
June 1 NAP-CDG-ATL Flight 1: (NAP-CDG) DL 8703/AF 1579 6:15am 8:35am
Flight 2: (CDG-ATL)  DL 89 11:50am 3:35pm

➡️ Watch this quick video on tips on how to connect with the recommended flight from your hometown.

➡️ We highly encourage booking all flights (including connecting flights, if necessary) on the same airline to ensure the flights are all under one reservation (NOT separate tickets). This will reduce the challenges associated with delayed flights, lost luggage and other unforeseen travel issues. 

➡️ LeadAbroad will post all flights prior to departure so students can connect with others on their flight. 

Review more details below:

Steps to book your flight:

  1. Go to Delta.com, choose “multi-city route”
  2. For the first route: enter your hometown as the origin city and Florence (FLR) as your destination for the departing flight
  3. For the second route: enter Naples (NAP) as starting point, then hometown as return destination.
  4. Search for available itineraries within our dates (listed below).
  5. Review the options and search for an itinerary with a layover in Atlanta that matches one of the recommended flights below.
  6. Purchase a ticket! This way, all of your flights are booked together, and you’ll be on one of our recommended itineraries.

Need more information about the (optional) Amalfi Add-on trip? This 5-day add on will give students the opportunity to experience Sorrento, Positano and Capri. **This add on trip is currently sold out.**

Click here for more information about the (optional) Amalfi Add-on

➡️ Purchase the (optional) Amalfi Add-on in your student portal.

➡️ The (optional) Amalfi Coast Add-on has limited capacity and spots are first come, first serve.

Program Specific Orientation

  • DIRECT Florence Specific Orientation: Coming April 2024
  • Please note: Country-specific policies referenced in orientation may change based on changing government laws, health guidelines, current health environment or LeadAbroad rules designed to keep students safe. It is important to read all of LeadAbroad’s emails thoroughly to stay informed on the most updated policies, procedures and requirements.

Program-specific orientation will be available April 2024. You must submit the program-specific orientation form to ensure you have completed the required orientations.

In-Country Details

Plus Florence is a boutique hostel with triple and quad rooms. You will reach the famous Florence Cathedral (Duomo) in just 15 minutes walking distance. Most study abroad programs live 15 minute train rides outside of the city, so this location is amazing. After a long day of exploring, you can come back to your accommodation and hop in their pool. Plus Florence also has a restaurant, gym and other hangout spaces.

Plus Florence
Via Santa Caterina D’Alessandria, 15, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy

Roommates are emailed to students approximately 2-4 weeks before departure

To request a roommate, please submit the Housing Form (available in January) in your online portal by the posted due date.  Forms submitted after the due date may not be reviewed.  Once roommates are posted, we cannot make any changes. You may submit a Housing Change form by March 15th to request a roommate change.

Click here for a sample DIRECT Florence itinerary

Official Itineraries coming April 2024.

Please note: this itinerary is subject to change at any point before or during the program. Closer to departure, we will send you instructions on downloading the Trip Plans app so you have real-time access to the schedule.