Courses For EveryoneWide selection of courses from art history to graphic design to business administration
Art & Design Emphasis
Florence is an artistic city, and art is a strength of the schools
SettingNestled in the heart of the beautiful Tuscany region
Two schools with campus buildings sprinkled throughout the heart of Florence
Centrally-located, historic, traditional Italian apartments; homestay options
InternshipsInternship opportunities available
You are not alone - many other students want to study in Florence, which is why the town has a young vibe
Walking the city is like walking in an open-air museum with works by Renaissance masters scattered about the city..oh, and there is the world renowned Uffizi Gallery...
Be prepared to like food. A lot. Learn to cook Italian cuisine in your own kitchen, or better yet, pop down to your neighborhood ristorante
Trains and planes will get you near and far in both Europe and Italy.
Each apartment is furnished with a full bath, kitchen and living area. Apartments typically have two bedrooms, each with double occupancy, although this may vary.
Living with a family in Florence is a great option for an enhanced authentic Italian experience (not available on all programs)
The housing is centrally located and easily accessible to the city center and host institution. Housing will be within 20 minutes of the school, if not closer.
Courses ranging from Italian Cuisine and Art History to Italian Language and International Business!
School is home to hundreds of international students each term (except August), all while maintaining a personalized touch.
You can earn credit and better integrate yourself into the local culture by participating in an international internship.
Old & New
The campus' 13th century main building now houses modern computer and language labs and comfortable classrooms lined with medieval frescos and sculptures adorning their walls and ceilings.
Emphasizes art and design, with small class sizes
The intentionally small-sized school fosters artistic, academic, personal growth.
Extensive studio facilities for artists of all levels.
Intern & Volunteer
Opportunities are available to both intern and volunteer for credit.
Included in the Athena package are two field trips per semester program and one trip per summer session
Destinations vary by semester and possible locations include: Venice, the Alps, the French Riviera, Capri, Pompeii, Cinque Terre and many more!
AffordabilityAthena’s Florence program is one of the most affordable programs around when you compare what you get for the price.
This program is offered throughout the year: January, Spring, Summer, Fall and Year-long terms.
The unique January offering is a great option to either head over to Italy early if you are studying abroad in the Spring, or if your schedule doesn't permit you to study for a full semester.