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Live and study in two places that have intrigued foreign visitors for centuries. London and Florence have both flourished as centers of artistic production for hundreds of years, but in much different ways. Throughout the term, you’ll learn to peel away each city’s modern facade and examine the layers of history underneath.


Florence is a time capsule of one of Western civilization’s finest artistic periods. The spirit of the Renaissance continues to resonate in this grand city, where a stroll through the streets of the historic centro will take you past churches, palaces, piazze, and sculptures that have remained largely the same for centuries.

For all its history, however, Florence is also a modern city. Surrounding the famous sights and monuments are chic and extravagant designer shops, sidewalk vendors, busy trattorie (small Italian restaurants), street-side cafes, and pint-sized cars whizzing through narrow streets.

During your time in Florence, immerse yourself in the culture to learn more about how Italians constructed their lives centuries ago, what makes them tick today, and how the city’s modern and ancient stories continue to intersect.

Classes meet in the city at the ACM Florence program center, housed in the affiliated Linguaviva Scuola d’Italiano facilities. The program center provides wireless internet access, two computers and printers, and a small, focused collection of research materials. Students live all around the city with their host families, so Linguaviva classrooms are a popular central study and meetup location. Important sites such as the Duomo, the Uffizi, Piazza della Signoria, and the Ponte Vecchio are also within easy walking distance.

“My time in London taught me to appreciate the inexhaustible excitement of England's capital – from navigating the Tube and exploring a myriad of museums and art galleries to examining how history, politics, architecture, and art have shaped the city's cultural identity.”

Laura Linder-Scholer, St. Olaf College, English major

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While Florence embodies the classic elements of Western culture, London is a vast international hub of commerce and culture. Since London is home to many non-native citizens and is a worldwide tourist attraction, you’ll hear French, Mandarin, Hindi, and many other languages on the street as well as British English.

Get ready to enjoy the cultural details that define London’s art scene. London’s 32 distinct boroughs are studded with public squares, stately museums, cathedrals, theatres, manicured gardens, rambling mansions, wide avenues, and narrow cobblestone alleys. Experience an array of theatre productions, including traditional Shakespearean dramas, Broadway-style musicals, and modern conceptual dramatic productions.

If you look past the grand structures of modern London, you’ll see traces of the city’s medieval and ancient periods. Pieces of the Roman wall built around London almost 2,000 years ago coexist with modern buildings, and the Tower of London and the Palace of Westminster date back the time of William the Conqueror in the 11th century. Which moments of history will you encounter as you interact with the sleek sophistication of modern London?

You’ll take classes in central London, on Russell Square in Monticello House, managed by Anglo Educational Services (the location is marked on the map below). Russell Square is near a variety of cultural and educational institutions, including the British Museum, the British Library, and various buildings of the University of London. There are computer stations in the program’s classroom building for student use.

“Whether you are hanging out at Speaker's Corner at Hyde Park in London or people watching in a busy piazza in Florence, you are sure to gain a whole new perspective on the world. All I can say is, go abroad, soak it up while you can, and take as much home with you as possible when you leave!”

Lee Homan, Ripon College, business administration and economics major

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