Florence Program Highlights
“The Bing trip exposed me to many different aspects of Italy and gave us a different perspective outside of Florence.” Program participant, Spring 2019
The Bing Cultural Enrichment Program offers a special set of extracurricular activities to all Florence students. Although they vary from year to year, some past, popular destinations included: Venice, Milan, Cinque Terre, Rome, Sicily, the Amalfi coast and Pompeii. Students also attend operas or concerts, dinners, and sports events as part of the Program. We send our calendar of Bing events via email to students well in advance so that they are free to plan all of their other activities around our scheduled events.
“The most meaningful experiences outside of class were our Smelick dinners. I felt very thankful for the incredible staff and people in the Program. The Florence center is absolutely beautiful, and having the dinner at the center was very evocative.” Winter 2019 Program participant
Thanks to the generous support of alumnus, Robert Smelick, and his wife, Gail, every quarter we hold two Smelick Family dinners. The Smelick Family wanted to give something truly special back to the Program and the idea behind the dinners is to grant our students the opportunity to come into close contact with key figures on a political, cultural and professional level, and to do so in a social and intimate context.
“Being able to have class on site at museums and listen to my professors talk to us with either the art piece right there or speak Italian on site with the class was very meaningful to putting my skills into action.” Spring 2019 Program participant
Interaction with local culture through group events is at the core of the Florence experience. Our classes often go on site visits and field trips, taking full advantage of the resources available both in Florence and other nearby cities.
“The lectures were very interesting and the topics related to what we were learning in our classes and discussing inside and outside of the classroom.” Spring 2017 Program participant
In every quarter, we host a lecture series, Incontri a Palazzo, that features talks by local experts on a number of topics of interest to our students and to the general public.
“I personally learned a lot from the drop-in lunches and their spectrum of information and appreciated the timing, the subject matter, and the informality of them.” Fall 2018 Program participant
These lunches give students the tools to understand better the context of their study abroad experience. We invite special guests to join us at our lunches and use this time together to discuss critical and relevant cultural, political and economic questions. Our drop-in lunches are really a great way to learn more about some of the most important issues with which Italy is grappling right now.