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Florence Gap Year Program for 18+ year olds

2011 Gap Year in Florence, Italy
Age 18+ years old
Course length Minimum 2 weeks

2011 - Jan 2, 16, 30, Feb 13, 27, Mar 20, Apr 3, 17, May 1,15,29, Jun 12, 26, Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sep 4, 11, 25, Oct 2, 9, 16, 30, Nov 13, 27, Dec 11

Arrival on Sunday; departure on Saturday

Start dates

for beginners

2011 - Jan 2, 30, Feb 27, Mar 20, Apr 17, May 15, Jun 12, Jul 10, Aug 7, Sep 11, Oct 9
Holidays 2011 - Jan 6, Apr 25, Jun 2, 24, Aug 15, Nov 1, Dec 8
Levels All levels from beginner to advanced
Class size Max 12 students
Program size Average number of students per week: 70
Nationality Mix Mexican: 17%, North American: 12%, Turkish: 12%, German: 12%, Dutch: 7%, Brazil: 6%, Others: 34%

Is this program for you?

The Gap Year Program in Florence is suited to the student who is looking for a high-quality language immersion program in one of Italy's most exciting cities! The program is ideal for students who want to combine daily Italian language classes with afternoons, evenings and weekends that are free to join optional activities and excursions or spend time exploring Florence on their own, with their host family or with new friends. The program is intended for students who are independent, have some travel experience, are comfortable taking public transit, are used to time away from family and are able to effectively manage and advocate for themselves in new and unfamiliar situations. Please see the About Mature Teen & Gap Year Programs page for more information.


Florence is located in the northwestern region of Italy in Tuscany. It is less than 2 hours by train from Rome in the south and less than 3 hours from Milan in the north. It's a surprisingly small city with less than half a million people. However, don't let the size fool you, without a map you will be going in circles before you know it!

Still, it is the perfect city for exploring on foot. All of the major landmarks in the city are only 20-40 minutes apart, or less. Florence simply cannot be rushed. It was made for leisurely strolls along the Arno river, over one of the many bridges, (including the Ponte Vecchio), or through one of the countless narrow streets surrounding the Uffizi, the Duomo, or any of the numerous piazzas.

Be sure to visit all these sites and the surrounding region with your fellow students... and don't forget to practice your Italian in the shops!


The school is only a short walk from the main train station, Santa Maria Novella. It is located on the fifth storey of a beautiful 19th century building. There are 7 classrooms and a lounge where students can spend time during their breaks or after lessons, a large terrace, a library with books and DVDs, a piano and an internet corner.


The Standard course option provides 20 lessons per week divided into 4 lessons per day with each lesson 45 minutes in length. Group size is maximum 12 students and there are 10 language levels available from beginner to advanced. Click here to visit the sample daily schedule page.

The courses focus on a communicative approach and cover all areas of language comprehension - vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, and writing.


All teachers are experienced, extensively trained in teaching Italian as a second or foreign language and many have master's degrees or equivalent teaching qualifications.  They are known to be firm yet fun and work hard to ensure that you will get the most out of your class time in a full-immersion environment.


All accommodation, whether homestay family or local apartments and flats, has been inspected by school staff for cleanliness and suitability for students.

A homestay family experience is perfect for the student who is looking to maximize the opportunity to be immersed in Italian culture. As in many parts of the world there is no "typical" host family in Florence but any family you stay with will be welcoming and excited to share Italian language and culture. We encourage you to apply well in advance of your study period to ensure placement with a family that is the best possible match to any specific requests or preferences you may have. Your accommodation consists of a single room (or double if you're coming with a friend) and two meals per day- breakfast & dinner.  Families are located about 20 to 30 minutes from the school.

For important information about staying with a host family please visit our Homestay Q & A page.

Please note: If you are 18 or over you can choose shared or private apartments (flats) depending on your needs for independence. All flats are fully furnished and come with bed linens. Shared flats have three or more bedrooms and bathrooms and common areas are shared with other students. Please contact us for more information.

The following program features are included in the price

For more information or to book this program call us toll-free 1 888 386 1411