The Florence Year Program
The Florence Family
Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance. Home to Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, and the patron Medici family, it is known as one of the world's epicenters of art, literature, math, history, innovation, and tradition. Spanning the Arno River in the province of Tuscany in central Italy, this former republic and once capital of Italy provides an ideal location for students of any discipline. While Florence is located almost at the center of the Italian peninsula, France, Switzerland, Austria, and all of central Europe are only hours away.
Villa Di Loreto and Residenza Tagliaferri
Located at Viale Milton 41, the Pepperdine facility is within walking distance of Florence's history city center and the city's main railway station, Santa Maria Novella. Approximately 41 students live in the Villa during the academic year. The Villa di Loreto and Residenza Tagliaferri house students, the visiting faculty family, classrooms, the library, the computer lab, the student center, laundry facilities, and the program office.
Most meals are prepared in the facility's commercial kitchen by an Italian chef and served in the former hotel's dining room Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Meals while traveling on weekends will be the responsibility of the student. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings, students may enjoy free breakfast (pastries, sandwiches, coffee, etc.) at Café Libertà down the street from the Villa.
Educational Field Trips
A weeklong educational field trip (EFT) is included in both the fall and spring semesters of each academic year program. Typically, one EFT goes to a destination where the program language is spoken, while the other is to a neighboring country. Some locations students in the Florence program have visited in the past include Naples, Gree,ce Sicily, Turkey, Israel, and Ireland.
The Listening Summit
The Listening Summit is a three-day gathering in each location, with a select group of Pepperdine students and local college students from the program cities who are committed to listening and engaging with one another. The summit features distinguished speakers, cultural exchanges, and interactive discussions that leave the student diplomats with an enriched experience and new friends in their host city.
Cultural Outreach Opportunities
In all of our International Programs, students are encouraged to join local organizations or participate in activities that allow them to meet and interact with locals for a more intensive intercultural experience. In the Florence program students can participate in the Adoptive Family program. In this program, students are given the opportunity to be "adopted" for the year by a local Italian family. This allows students to engage with the Italian culture while also experiencing a family away from home. Many adoptive families take their student out for meals, sports games, or other family activities on a weekly basis. Students in past years have also created their own local soccer team, competing with other teams in the local league.
- For pictures, videos, and student blogging, visit the Florence Vimeo Site
- Background Facts on Italy
- For academic resources available in your program visit the International Programs Library
- Find out more about Florence on Lonely Planet
- For U.S. Department of State Consular Information visit: www.travel.state.gov
Last Updated on 8-10-12