My year at Villa was one of the best experiences of my life. I went to Italy not knowing a single other person and left with some of my now closest friends. The teachers really care about your experience, not only learning Italian but traveling around Italy and surrounding countries. If I could go back I would take every opportunity I had to go into Florence and soak in the culture and the city. P.S. my favorite spot in all of Florence is the Rose Garden, it’s perfect for springtime picnics!
’16-’17 | ANNIE H.
Villa Aurora offers so many opportunities
Villa Aurora was an incredible experience. No other ACA school has as many opportunities as this one. I discovered my love for communication and design while I was in Florence. I still think about my time there every single day and have made lifelong friends that I still talk to.
’16-’17 | TAYLOR S.
A beautiful place to call home.
Villa Aurora is more than just a school. It is a family, a spiritual experience, a place full of memories, and a beautiful place to call home. You get to explore what the wonderful city of Florence has to offer. You get to take more creative style classes and who knows, you could end the year knowing how to sew, or knowing how to cook Mediterranean Cuisine. But all in all, the most important thing that you will take away with you, is the memories and the beautiful and amazing people you met along the way.
’19-’20 | LILIANA W.
A complete life changing experience.
My time at Villa was a complete life changing experience for me. Seeing the world through a different culture’s eyes really makes you understand the world a bit better. Life in Italy is absolutely wonderful! Every aspect of it is a unique experience that can only mostly be felt there! I invite everyone to take some time and live abroad but especially in Italy.
’15-’16 | JOSUE V.
Choosing Italy was the best choice!
Having spent a year in Spain doing ACA I was hesitant to try again at a different school but I’m so glad i chose to come to Villa Aurora! Choosing Italy was the best choice! I met amazing friends and teachers that I still stay in contact with and of course I had tons of amazing food and ice cream! You can hop on a train every weekend to a different Italian city and never be bored! I would study in Italy 100x over again.
W ’19 | ALEX N.
I got to explore the beauty Italy.
I loved everything about the Villa summer program! We had amazing professors that would go above and beyond to help us learn! I made amazing friends and got to explore the beauty Italy had to offer every week!
SUMMER ’19 | MELANIE R.
The best 9 months of my life.
My academic year spent at Villa Aurora College was by far the best 9 months of my life. I went into the experience with hardly any expectations besides my independent travel goals, but by the end of the year I was speaking and writing in Italian at the PLIDA B1 level and had completed my dual minors in Italian and Art. The administration made everything so easy, from registration to check-out. Villa Aurora College really cares about each of their students; the bonds you create there will last a lifetime.
’18-’19 | AUDREY F.
I loved taking walks and getting lost in the beauty of everyday life.
When I arrived at Villa I didn’t really know what to expect and still, I was blown away by how welcoming everyone was. I grew to love the people I met, which definitely contributed to my love of Villa and Italy as a whole. I got to learn things like sewing and a new language. I lived around breathtaking artworks and went on so many trips around Italy as well as personal trips with friends to neighboring countries. Even without going too far, I could grab a quick bus ticket to a nearby city and experience a whole new view of Italy and see how diverse it really is. Even the space between Villa and the main city center had so much to see.
’19-’20 | SARIA S.
I am grateful every day for the experience
The best part about my experience is that it exceeded all of my expectations. Through the lovely faculty at Villa Aurora, I was able to immerse myself in the culture, learn the language, and feel like I was a part of a community of the most loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. I felt, in all my college years, that for the first time I was really able to learn about who I was while learning about a culture very different from my own. I am grateful every day for the experience and would recommend it to anyone interested in going.
’18-’19 | ALEX U.
Villa became a second home for me.
I’m honestly so glad I was able to experience and immerse myself in the Italian culture. Learning with Milena, Cooking class with Graziela, and fashion with Marcela, to name a few, were part of the great experience. Italy itself holds a huge part of my heart. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!