|Host University Website:||Click to visit|
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2015||10/15/2014 **||Rolling Admission||01/28/2015||05/16/2015|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Language of Instruction:||English, Italian||Minimum GPA:||2.80|
|Class Eligibility:||Junior, Senior, Sophomore||Housing Options:||Apartments, Host Family|
|Language Courses Offered:||Yes||Internships Available:||Yes|
|Faculty Led:||No||Exchange Program:||No|
Lorenzo De Medici (LdM) was founded in Florence, Italy in 1973 and is one of Italy's most comprehensive, well-established international study abroad institutions. In addition to the main campus in Florence, students also have the opportunity to study at one of LdM's campuses located in Rome, Tuscania, or Venice. LdM is a registered and authorized institution by Italy's Ministry of Education.
LdM hosts over 2500 students each year from all over the world. Students attending LdM gain first-hand experience of the cultural richness and inspiring environment of both historical and contemporary Italy.
The education opportunities offered at LdM are deeply grounded in their surrounding environments, offering students an authentic intercultural learning experience. LdM integrates formal university-level learning with an emphasis on personal growth, individual engagement, and community responsibility.
Location:The main campus is located in Florence, but students may also study at one of the campuses located in Rome, Tuscania or Venice.
The Florence LdM campus is one of the largest international schools in Italy. The twelve campus buildings are located in the history city center near the famous Duomo Cathedral and next to the bustling San Lorenzo market and church.
LdM Rome is located near the city's center. "The Eternal City" in its unparalleled history, has developed its own flavor, both as an ancient and modern world capital. The city fuses the feel of a large metropolis with small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts with hills, piazzas, fountains, cobbled streets and churches.
LdM Tuscania is situated in an elegantly modern structure int he old town center and incorporated into the medieval stone walls. This historic hilltop town is located in the Lazio region of central Italy, in the countryside of Maremma.
Located in norther Italy, Venice is home to around 275,000 citizens. The Venice LdM campus is located near the center of the city. Throughout the city many Venetian coffee shops, cafes, markets and trattorie can be found.
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LdM offers over 400 different courses in 33 academic subject areas. Courses fall under four main academic divisions: Arts and Sciences, Creative Arts, Design, and Italian Language and Culture. All courses are taught in English with the exception of Italian language courses and those courses clearly specified that Italian is the language of instruction. Italian language courses are not require, but highly recommended. Explore LdM's website for courses offered during semester, winterm or summer sessions. See the below brochures for brief background on each area, and a few of the courses offered.
The typical semester course load at LdM is 15-16 credits (4-5 classes); the January and summer session course load is 3-6 credits (1-2 classes). Students are required to work with their academic advisor or program director to select courses that will transfer back to UW-Stout.
Three Cities Program
Can't decide which city to go to? Check out LdM's "One Semester - Three Cities" program. The Three Cities program is also a great way to experience local and regional differences within Italy. The Three Cities Program is a semester-long study abroad experience that allows students to retrace the steps of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures by living and studying in three cities which embody these civilizations in all their richness and splendor.
The locations include Tuscania, Rome and either Florence (Fall Semester) or Venice (Spring Semester).
Students will have a pre-determined list of courses to take. For more information on the Three Cities programs, check out this site.
Accomodation: LdM housing in Florence, Tuscania and Venice offers single and double occupancy rooms in shared apartments, with 2-8 housemates. Housing in Rome is only available on a double occupancy basis. LdM also offers a homestay option in Florence, Tuscania and Rome which includes half board/meals.
The apartment option is best for those who want to live independently. All apartments are centrally located and within walking distance of LdM campuses. All apartments are fully furnished, composed of an equipped kitchen, one or two bathrooms with shower, and bedrooms with beds, desks and wardrobes.
Students will be responsible for purchasing food and cooking daily meals.
Watch this LdM Housing video for more information.
Passport: Students will need to have a passport study in Italy. The current passport fee is $135. If you already have a valid U.S. passport, be sure to check the dates of validity – your passport must be valid six months beyond your return date.
Visa: Students studying in Italy longer than 90 days will be required to obtain a student visa. The current visa fee is € 60. LdM and the Office of International Education will be able to assist you with this process. The visa application process will require your physical appearance to the Chicago Consulate.
Travel: Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Italy. Depending on the starting and ending date of the term, students may have the option of traveling in Europe before or after the program.
To help you to prepare for your semester abroad the Office of International Education has created semester budget sheets for your reference. These budget sheets are only an estimation and actual expenses may vary depending on changes in currency exchange rates, tuition increases, airfare and personal spending habits. We suggest that you set up a personalized budget to follow for the duration of your program. To view the estimated budget sheet please click here.
We strongly encourage you to print this budget sheet, and set-up a meeting with your financial aid counselor early during the application process to discuss how you will be paying for the program. Students who are eligible for financial aid may use such aid to help pay for all of the costs outlined on the budget sheet. Give your financial aid counselor a copy of the budget sheet for your program so your financial award can be adjusted to take into account the increased costs.