Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Center for Global Education


Middlebury College at University of Florence

Posted on July 22, 2010

In affiliation with Middlebury College ~ University of Florence


The Middlebury College Program in Florence, also known as Sede, is one of the most rigorous language focused programs in Florence. The Italian community in Florence embraces the Middlebury Program students as they live and learn in one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. Students truly experience the wonder of Italy and the excitement of Florence, an international and cosmopolitan city. (pop.: 370,000)


The Sede is located at Palazzo Giugni, a sixteenth century palace designed by the renowned Bartolomeo Ammannati, which is situated in the academic heart of the old city, an area bustling with coffee shops, bookstores, cultural clubs, and academic buildings. The Duomo, Palazzo Vecchio, and Florenceʹs other main monuments are all within easy walking distance.


Academic Year, Fall, or Spring semesters

Program Dates

Fall: mid September – late January
Spring: early February – late June

Courses & Credit

All courses are taught in Italian. Each semester in Florence, students enroll in three courses at the Sede and one course at the Università degli Studi di Firenze (4.0 Wheaton credits.) Students must take the required Grammar course.

Admission Requirements

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in the major and in language courses). Completion of a minimum of five semesters of college‐level language study or the equivalent, including one content course comparable to Middlebury College’s appropriate pre‐requisite course. Students should take a language course in the semester prior to study abroad.

Housing & Board

Students arrange and cover the cost of their own housing in apartments or with host families with assistance from the Middlebury College Pre‐placement program. A list of apartments and families is provided to students. Students pay for meals, which will be arranged according to the type of housing placement.


Wheaton Tuition only. Expenses covered include tuition, one round-trip airfare from NY area or Boston to Rome/Florence, program‐related excursions, and Italian insurance. Middlebury assists students with the Italian visa process.

Other Expenses

Students are responsible for $500 administrative fee, passport and visa fees, domestic travel to meet overseas flight, housing and meals, study abroad insurance, and personal expenses.


Guidelines are available in the Center for Global Education; the application process is now on line.


Make an appointment to see Gretchen Young  at the Center for Global Education, ext. 4950. Program details are subject to change at the discretion of the Center for Global Education.

Courses of Study

REQUIRED Courses: Grammar

  • Art in Florence in the 15th Century
  • Themes and Genres of Italian Cinema
  • The European Union: Problems and Perspectives of Integration
  • Italian Political thought from Machiavelli to the present
  • Italian Culture I: Italy at the Table: Representations of Food in Art, Literature and Cinema
  • Aspects of 19th and 20th Century Italian Literature: Between Fact and Fiction: the Art of Storytelling from Collodi to Calvino
  • Advanced Grammar and Composition II
  • Survey of Medieval and Early Renaissance Italian Literature
  • Florence from the 13th to the 16th Centuries: A Portrait of a Society and its History
  • Introduction to High Renaissance and Mannerism)
  • Themes and Genres of Italian Cinema
  • The Genius of Michelangelo and the Development of Florentine Sculpture in the Sixteenth Century
  • Writing Theory & Practice
  • Studio Art courses are available with special permission to qualified students (Il Bisonte or Studio Marangoni) – courses such as Printmaking, Etching, Art Photography, Lithography, and Serigraphy.

For complete list of course offerings, check Middlebury College's website.

Financial Aid

More information is available regarding various scholarships and financial aid through Middlebury's website.

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