Florence is ideally located on the Italian peninsula, just hours from the major cities of Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples. In the heart of the beautiful region of Tuscany, home to the Italian Renaissance, Florence is surrounded by extraordinary natural landscapes that have inspired foreign travelers for centuries. The city draws people from around the world with its renowned art collections, creating a stimulating atmosphere that is ideal for students. Also beneficial to students are the famous piazzas that wind through the center of the city, affording plenty of opportunities to meet others and explore.
Lorenzo de'Medici Institute
Established in 1973, the Lorenzo de'Medici offers the opportunity to study in Florence with students from around the world. Located within the city's historic center, the institute includes classrooms in a monastery built in the 13th century and several other buildings in the surrounding area. Students have access to a library with textbooks and other course-related materials. Limited computers are available for writing and printing assignments. Students can connect to the internet using their own laptops in the student space. Some of the LdM facilities are equipped with a wireless internet connection. There is a small student snack bar in the main building. All courses, other than Italian language, are conducted in English.
All Students at LdM are able to choose for a wide array of courses in Italian language, studio arts, art history, business, and the humanities. Class sizes are small and attendance is mandatory. The faculty at LdM is primarily Italian but there is also a significant number of professors from other countries. The classroom experience combines interactive, discussion-based instruction with traditional European expectations of student ownership of the learning process. Assessment may include mid-term and final examinations as well as on-going written assignments and oral presentations.
Summer LDM students have several choices when it comes to academics. They can choose the following options: 3-credit elective, a 3 or 4-credit Italian language course, a 3-credit elective plus a 3 or 4-credit Italian language course, or two 3-credit electives. Summer LDM students also have the option of taking non-credit courses in cooking or wine-tasting for an additional cost.
Accommodations and Meals
Students will live in a shared, furnished apartment within a short walk or bus ride from the school. Students share double bedrooms and each apartment has from 2-4 bedrooms. Apartments are modest and they all have similar facilities, but no two are alike. Towels, bed linens, and basic kitchen necessities are provided. Students are not on a meal plan and are expected to cook for themselves in the apartments.