Overview

Our aim at VIE is to help your institution create a valuable, safe, and culturally enriching international experience in order to expand global awareness. We will help students discover and understand the cultural differences and hidden beauties of living in a foreign country.

Our program is completely customizable and has been developed by our local staff made up of experienced professionals. We have a strong passion for Italy that we want to share with foreign students. This program has been created by them specifically to meet your academic objectives by providing the perfect field trips and activities abroad.

VIE has extensive experience collaborating with other faculty-led and customized study abroad programs, from short-term summer courses to semester long and year long experiences.

Creating Your Program

We are able to organize Customized Programs at various times through the year with flexible scheduling and duration. However, they more commonly take place during Spring, Summer, and Winter breaks. The sponsoring U.S. university is responsible for awarding academic credits to students, based on the program they choose.

Most of our Programs are offered in Florence but we are able to offer a variety of Program possibilities across the Italian territory.

VIVITALIA will provide logistical support to tailor this Customized Program to fit your own university’s goals and requirements.

Please find below a sample of an itinerary. The following Program includes airport pick-up, housing, excursions, classroom space, welcome and farewell reception.

Day 1

Departure

Airport XXX – meeting point with professor…, etc

Day 2

Arrival at Airport in Italy and private coach transportation to accommodations in the city center
Housing / Hotel and Program Check in

Arrival information (private driver tel, hotel address, etc..)

Day 3

Program and City Orientation with walking tour
Welcome dinner or lunch with Vivitalia Experience Coordinators.

Orientation address: Via xxxx, City XXXX, Italia – please see Vivitalia map in the information material distributed upon arrival.

Day 4

Visit to Museum and Historical Site XXX
Lecture XXX at Vivitalia Classroom

Included dinner at Xxx Restaurant, address: xxx, tel. Xxxx

Information for the activity of the day (Restaurant address, etc..)

Day 5

Artisan Tour with guide and walk to Historical sites in the hidden part of the city center

PM: Art Class with Guest Speaker Mr. Xxx

Information for the activity of the day

(guided tour meeting point, guide cellphone, etc)

Day 6

Exhibition XXX guided tour

Free afternoon
Tipiacal Meal with Chianti wine tasting

Information for the activity of the day
Day 7

Visit to XXX Chapel guided tour with focus on Renaissance
Soccer game or Opera night
Meal

Information for the activity of the day

Day 8

All day excursion to Parma with private bus. Visit to Cheese factory, Parmesan Cheese tasting and Balsamic Vinegar tasting

Information for the activity of the day

Day 9

Uffizi Museum visit in Florence

 Information for the activity of the day
Day 10

All day excursion to Siena and San Gimignano with lunch, cellar guided tour and wine tasting in an ancient Castle in the Chianti Region

Information for the activity of the day

Day 11

Free day

Day 12

Italian Culture and History class
Pasta making lab and dinner

 Information for the activity of the day
Day 13

Breakfast at open air market with market tour and organic products tasting

PM: free time for packing

Information for the activity of the day

Day 14 Departure day
Private coach to Airport

Information for the activity of the day (private coach departure time, meeting point, etc..)

Pre-Departure Services

  • Personalized advising sample budgets
  • A schedule to maximize students’ time overseas
  • Skype meetings with your Study Abroad office and faculty in order to help you to create and advertise your final program
  • Pre-departure information for both faculty and students

On-Site Services Abroad

On-site support for student health issues, personal issues, and disciplinary issues:

  • On-site support for student health issues, personal issues, and disciplinary issues
  • On-site program management
  • Airport pick up and drop off
  • Housing (Accommodation in apartments, hotel, homestay)
  • Internet
  • City guide
  • On-site orientation
  • Practical walking tour
  • Quality resources, reliable suppliers, and appropriate classrooms
  • Medical insurance

How It Works

After working together to establish exactly what your institution needs,we will send you a clear and detailed proposal with itinerary, fees, applications, deadlines, and refund policies. We will keep you updated every step of the way.

Your Institution will have academic control over the students and be responsible for awarding credits.

Costs

All prices are guaranteed in US dollars according to the currency exchange rates.

The cost of a study abroad program varies depending on many factors including:

  • Location: Cost of living in your host country cost of international flight, cost of transportation within home city (bus, taxi); cost of travel from the host city to other destinations.
  • Program Duration
  • Cost of Living: Apartment, homestay, or hotel.
  • Extra Curricular Activities: Getting involved with activities in your host city is more affordable than traveling in your free time. It also has the added benefit of improving your knowledge of the host culture and strengthening your relationships with locals.

Information Request Form

Thank you for your interest in our customized program. To request a quote, please complete our form. If you have a more urgent request, please contact us.

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