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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Language Prerequisite: Yes Language(s): Italian
Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: GU Faculty-Led, GU Villas, Language Program Non-GU Students May Apply: Yes
Housing Options: Onsite, Student Residence Level of Support: High (Comprehensive onsite support)
Application Deadlines: December, February Fields of Study: Italian
OGE Advisor: Mia Pezzanite
Program Description:

Georgetown at Villa Le Balze

Encounters with Italian Language & Culture

Georgetown at Villa Le Balze

At a Glance

Location: Fiesole, Italy

Program Length: 4 weeks
Arrive on: June 21, 2019
Depart on: July 20, 2019

Georgetown welcomes participation in this course from all qualified university students (non-Georgetown students are welcome) with good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Completed ITAL-032 Intensive Intermediate Italian or its equivalent
Number of credits: 5 credits

Program Description

Join us in Florence and Fiesole to continue your language studies in the “birthplace” of the Italian language. You will be fully immersed not only in the language but also in the culture. While classes will be held daily at Villa Le Balze, you will live with a local Italian host family for the duration of the 4-week program. You’ll step outside of the traditional classroom setting and accelerate your learning through excursions and events with local Florentines throughout the city.

Georgetown Faculty Director: Professor Anna De Fina (Professor & Chair, Department of Italian)


Upon successful completion of the program, Georgetown students receive a total of 5 GU undergraduate credits for the following course:
  • ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I: Encounters with Italian Language and Culture (5 credits)
Non-Georgetown participants will receive an official transcript from Georgetown for their completion of academic coursework and should discuss transfer of credit with a dean or academic adviser at their home university.


The program includes several organized excursions designed to engage students with major course topics as well as to explore the culture and history of their host country in a direct, hands-on manner. Past excursions have included:
  • Experience of traditional local holidays
  • Day trip to Bologna
  • Visits to Florentine museums and historical sites


Students live with Italian host families for the duration of the program. While every family’s home is unique students will generally be housed in a single room or a double room with another program participant. Living with an Italian host family offers the opportunity to improve language skills and to develop a deeper understanding of Italian culture in an authentic setting. Host families are selected with each individual student’s needs and interests in mind. Host families are located within short and easy access of the local bus route that runs from the center of Florence to the Villa, and a bus pass for the duration of the program is included in the program cost.

Visit our website for more information on housing.


Host families provide students breakfast and dinner with the exception of Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch. Weekday lunch is provided at the Villa with the other students, faculty, and staff. The provided meals are included in the program cost. We are able to accommodate most dietary restrictions and students are encouraged to speak with an advisor if they have any concerns.

Program Cost

The program fee for Summer 2019 is $4,995. This amount, billable to your GU student account, includes: tuition, academic fees, accommodations, some meals, program excursions, local public transportation, and supplemental insurance.  The program fee listed above does not include: airfare to/from your program site, passport and visa fees (if applicable), and other individual expenses.

For more information on total costs of this program, please visit the program's budget sheet


The Office of Global Education awards need-based scholarships on a competitive basis to participants on summer study abroad programs. OGE Summer Scholarship awards range from 20% to 50% of billable program cost and are scaled in proportion to program price and demonstrated financial need. Students who are currently receiving financial aid are automatically considered for this scholarship; there is no application process.

OGE advises students to research and pursue a wide range of available funding opportunities. To find scholarships applicable to your program, browse the scholarships section of OGE’s website.

Commitment and Withdrawal Policy 

A student’s commitment to a study abroad program confirms his or her intention to participate in that program.  Students who notify the Office of Global Education of their intention to withdraw from their overseas program after the stated Commitment Deadline will be assessed a withdrawal fee of $300, in addition to all non-recoverable costs that have been paid on their behalf, as determined by the Office of Global Education and its overseas partners.  These costs may constitute as much as twenty-five to one hundred percent of the program fee.

A committed student’s decision to withdraw from a study abroad program is effective from the date on which the Office of Global Education receives a written confirmation of the student’s decision to withdraw.  All withdrawal fees and refundable program costs will be calculated from the date the Office of Global Education is notified in writing of this decision.  No refunds will be given for the education abroad insurance fee.  

Georgetown University is not responsible for indirect costs paid directly by the student including, but not limited to, passport fees, vaccinations, and transportation costs.  Georgetown University reserves the right to cancel programs without prior notification; however, every effort will be made to provide participants with information on cancellations in a timely manner.  In the event of a non-voluntary cancellation, Georgetown University will refund application fees as well as all recoverable program costs.

The Office of Global Education is committed to making study abroad accessible to all interested and eligible students. OGE hopes that students with accessibility needs will pursue study abroad opportunities and use the available support services on campus for assistance and advice when necessary.

With over 200 approved-programs, OGE is confident that you will find a program that fits your interests and goals. Programs offer varying degrees of academic and lifestyle support. Please make an appointment with the OGE advisor specializing in your geographic area of interest to discuss how to best support any special needs you might have on programs that may interest you.

To learn more about the resources for students on campus and also for advice on how to request accommodations overseas, please visit the Georgetown Academic Resource Center’s website. Additional support can be found on the Mobility International website.

Contact Information

Office of Global Education
Car Barn, Suite 210
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5687
Dr. Anna De Fina
Department of Italian
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057
(202) 687-5625

Useful Links

Villa Le Balze website
Department of Italian

Student Voices

Join Alexa (VLB Spring '15) as she travels from her Italian host family's home to the Villa.

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