Summer Pre-College Goes Abroad

What do you get when you take six years of experience educating high school students in a college environment and add a campus in Italy home to over 1,000 Marist students? I am pleased to announce that this summer the Marist Pre-College Program will expanded to include two courses on our campus in Florence, Italy!

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Summer Pre-College Program, Marist offers an opportunity for rising juniors and seniors in high school to experience college life while earning three college credits. This challenging yet rewarding academic experience allows students to utilize our state-of-the-art technology, work with our incredible faculty, gain hands-on experience in their respective fields, all while getting an early taste of college life.

Since the Pre-College Program’s inception in 2006, the popularity has grown exponentially year after year with the addition of new courses, new faculty, and this year, a new location. In Italy, attendees will be experiencing student life and a rigorous academic course load while living in the heart of the beautiful European city of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Students have been traveling to Florence for centuries, inspired by the deep history and rich traditions in art and philosophy. The Marist Italy campus reflects the innovation meets tradition approach Marist College is known for. Resources range from utilizing the latest software for digital design on Mac computers to restoration of some of Europe’s oldest works of art in the Via del Melarancio classrooms. Of course, being the birthplace of the Renaissance, students will be surrounded by inspiring architecture and have the opportunity to view original pieces of art dating back to the 14th century. The Italy campus allows for cultural exploration through Florence’s rich history, art, cuisine, and architecture. This distinct European city is home to some of the region’s most recognizable buildings, including the Santa Maria del Firenze, more commonly known as the Duomo. As the second most popular study abroad destination for English speaking students, even those arriving with no knowledge of the Italian language or culture will be able to navigate through their new environment with ease. With access to over 70 museums and countless artistic inspirations, Florence is a student-friendly environment which offers the opportunity to study while experiencing one of the world’s most culturally rich cities.

The 2012 program will run from July 15-28th. For more information on our Summer Pre-College Programs, or if you have any high school students in mind that may be interested, please do not hesitate to contact the admission office at 845-575-3226, or visit  Thank you and enjoy your summer!

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