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DIRECT Florence


Curated, short-term travel experience

May 17 - May 28, 2024
Amalfi Coast Add-On Available

2025 Dates & Prices: Coming Soon

Explore the beauty of Tuscany

Quintessential Italian Experience

Personal Development

Best For

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Students with a busy summer
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New travelers
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Study abroad with small-town feel


 12 days
  Personal development workshops & reflections​
  Live in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe
  Day trip to Rome to check off seeing some of the big sites
  Shop the famous leather markets
  Balance of inclusion & free time

Dates & Prices

Dates: May 17 - May 28, 2024 (depart on May 16)
Program Fee: $3,800

Amalfi Coast Add-On
Dates: May 28 - June 1, 2024 (post-program)
Fee: $1,500

2025 Dates and Prices Coming Soon!
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DIRECT Florence offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the enchanting city of Florence, Italy. You will discover the charm of this historical city filled with cobblestone streets and awe-inspiring wonders of the Renaissance period. Florence feels the size of a college town but is filled with captivating art, world class restaurants and the richness of Italian culture. You’ll experience the warmth and hospitality of the locals as you contribute to a meaningful hands on service and/or an educational session from a local non-profit organization. But your journey doesn't end in the city – the beauty of the Tuscan landscape awaits you. You will venture beyond Florence's bustling streets and join us on a day trip to the tranquil countryside of rolling hills and picturesque vineyards. Embrace the slower pace of life and savor the region's exquisite culinary delights, indulging in Italian cuisine like truffle lasagna. DIRECT Florence students will have the opportunity to end their time abroad with us on an add-on adventure to the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking stretch of coastline in southern Italy, renowned for its dramatic cliffs, picturesque villages, and stunning sea views. It captivates students with its beauty and charm, offering an unforgettable Mediterranean experience.

Next Steps


Join the priority list!

Complete this quick form to join the 2025 priority list to have first access to dates, prices and new locations. You’ll be the first to be able to schedule a call with our team when we are back from abroad!


Apply & Pay Deposit

Like many universities, we have rolling admissions. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.


Why Now

Do not miss your chance to travel during college. Join us on an adventure to discover yourself, connect with friends and come alive this summer!

Request a Sample Itinerary and Join the Priority List!

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What's Included

  • Before Departure
    Pre-departure support Online orientations Personal assistance Flight recommendations and/or group flights Parental communication On campus and/or virtual program meet-ups Private social media groups for introductions and roommate matching
  • On The Ground
    Housing Welcome dinner Final dinner Leadership & personal development workshops Cape Town city tour (includes attractions like District Six Museum, Signal Hill, community gardens & historic landmarks) Table Mountain hike Cape Point tour Boulders Beach tour Community engagement & service activities International medical insurance Airport bus transfers to/from program accommodations if arriving within group window 24/7 emergency support from U.S.-based domestic team
  • After You Return
    Resume assistance References for internships, grad school and/or jobs On-campus leadership & ambassador programs Private LinkedIn & Facebook networking groups Family (Alumni) events
  • Independent Costs
    Roundtrip airfare Most meals (Note: Student apartments have private, fully equipped kitchens) Free time excursions and transportation to independent activities Optional high-adrenaline adventures (for example: skydiving, bungee jumping, quad biking, etc)
Let us do the planning so you can stress less and travel more. Your program fee covers many of the expenses of your time abroad.
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Amalfi Coast Add-On

Immediately following DIRECT Florence, students will have the opportunity to join us on an add-on adventure to the Amalfi Coast. The Amalfi Coast is a breathtaking stretch of coastline in southern Italy, renowned for its dramatic cliffs, picturesque villages and stunning sea views. It captivates students with its beauty and charm, offering an unforgettable Mediterranean experience.

Personal Development

Traveling abroad can bring a renewed sense of confidence and clarity to your life during a pivotal time. Our staff works to maximize this opportunity by facilitating personal development workshops and creating space to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing. Each meeting will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths, practicing gratitude, creating your vision statement or identifying your values. Through guided conversations, these personal development exercises will provide an invaluable sense of purpose and direction for your life. Join us on this short but transformative experience and return home with a profound sense of self.

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Italian Renaissance Art & Architecture

Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, beckons with its unparalleled art and architecture. Discover world-class museums, iconic landmarks like the Florence Cathedral and Ponte Vecchio, and immerse yourself in vibrant cultural festivities. This city's rich legacy of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo offers a transformative experience that will enrich your journey. Get ready to unlock the beauty and wisdom of one of Italy's most beloved cities.

Italian Cuisine & Tuscany

Florence's cuisine stands out for its strong adherence to Tuscan traditions, locally sourced ingredients, and an emphasis on simplicity. These elements come together to create a delightful and distinct food experience that sets Florence apart from the rest of Italy. No visit is complete without visiting the world-class vineyards and tasting high-quality olive oils. Florence's culinary heritage showcases simple yet flavorful dishes, making it the perfect place to experience authentic Italian flavors and immerse in the heart of Tuscan culinary delights. Grab a panini and meet us in Florence!

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Program accommodations are safe, comfortable and centrally located. In Florence, you will stay at Plus Florence near the center of town. In around 15 minutes, you can walk to the Duomo, leather market and some of the most amazing restaurants that the city has to offer.  There is also an outdoor pool, gym and great common spaces for you to enjoy at our hotel including a rooftop with incredible views of the city.
Free WiFi
Nearby Dining & Markets
Front Desk Support
Nearby Grocery
Rooftop Views
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Air Conditioning
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Outdoor Pool

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