Internationally recognized as Georgetown’s Charles Augustus Strong Study Center in Florence, Villa Le Balze provides students the opportunity to study abroad for a semester, year, or summer. In addition, this Center allows faculty the opportunity to teach on site as well as conduct research and hold conferences in Europe.  Villa Le Balze is recognized in Italy and Europe as a prestigious center of learning and scholarship, as well as a historical site preserving Tuscan culture. 

We are seeking financial assistance to promote the vision of Villa Le Balze as Georgetown’s premier international study center.  To become a premier international study center, we will increase courses, seminars, and conferences providing opportunities for the entire student body.  In addition, the Villa will be poised for stronger and deeper connections with our DC campus, international organizations, and alumni community.  Finally, the Villa will continue to be preserved, with the historic gardens and buildings as the best examples of Cecil Pinsent and Geoffrey Scott Tuscan designs in the world.  

This vision includes our goals: to increase undergraduate and graduate programming, to increase research activities, conferences, and seminars, and lastly to augment the technological infrastructure, physical space, and gardens to support increased activities.  When you contribute to the vision for Villa Le Balze, you are supporting the ambition for it to be Georgetown’s premier international study center in Europe.

To make a gift to Villa Le Balze, please go to the Georgetown Giving website and type the name Villa Le Balze in the 'Other Designation' space.  For major gifts and recognition please contact Erin DeLoach, Senior Director of Development, Georgetown College (evd2@georgetown.edu) or Melissa Brun, Director for Strategic Development, Office of Global Services (mb1863@georgetown.edu).

Make a Gift

You can further direct your gift by including one of the following opportunities:

Renovations & Furnishings

Chapel

Donations will be used to ensure the continued beauty and functionality of the Villa Le Balze complex. Some of the projects we are planning include:

  • Restoring the Chapel for reflection/meditation
  • Enclosing the loggia for more indoor space
  • Restoring antique furniture and house-wares

Gardens & Grounds

Grotto

Donations will be used to maintain our green areas. Some projects underway or under consideration include:

  • Enhancing security and safety of the property
  • Restoring olive groves; resuming oil production
  • Preserving historical accuracy of formal gardens

Programming

Studying

Donations will be used to provide a greater offering of cultural opportunities and academic experiences to program participants. Some areas for expansion might include:

  • Performing arts
  • Expanded field trips
  • Community service
  • Visiting lecturers

Please remember that your gift to Villa Le Balze is tax deductible and your employer may participate in a matching gifts program.