Italy: Lorenzo de' Medici, Florence
Lorenzo de' Medici Florence (LdM) is situated in the heart of Tuscany, a region that has many classified historical monuments. This makes LdM an ideal choice for those interested in studying humanities, creative arts, design or Italian language and culture. LdM offers classes in these disciplines and is recognized as having one of the finest studio art programs in Italy. Courses are taught in English with the exception of language classes and some courses designated "in Italian." During a semester, students can take one of the three program options: Super-intensive Italian Language; Liberal Arts and Studio Arts (courses in a variety of disciplines with one required Italian language course); or a semester- or year-long certificate program in Architecture in Urban Context, Interior Design in Contemporary Living, LdM-NCRC International Conflict Transformation, Product Design toward Sustainability, Visual Communication for Fashion, etc.
Additional features: optional fieldtrips
Lorenzo de'Medici's main campus is located in Florence, a city that is a living museum filled with works of famous painters, sculptors, and architects. There are beaches and mountains nearby, and Rome is only three hours away.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.
Two distinct campus experiences are available through Lorenzo de' Medici: Florence or Tuscania
The Lorenzo de' Medici Florence Campus is located in the heart of Florence, a city which is a living museum filled with the works of famous painters, sculptors, and architects. Florence is the ideal destination for those interested in studying humanities, art, Italian language and culture. Extraordinarily rich in history and ancient traditions, the city, with its world-famous artistic heritage, offers the student a wide spectrum of cultural events throughout the year. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in the fashion, luxury goods and tourist sectors, the city of Florence also offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate myriad aspects of the contemporary Italian world. In addition, Florence is an excellent location for access to other sites and cities in Tuscany, Italy and Europe.
The Lorenzo de' Medici Tuscania Campus is located on the borders of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma. Tuscania is a very old town whose origins can be traced back to the Bronze Age. Significant evidence of substantial human settlements dates back to the Etruscan period, as witnessed by the numerous necropolises in the area. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, dreamy landscapes, medieval walls, cobbled streets and fine culture and foods.
Students that enroll at LdM come from all around the United States and the rest of the world to study Italian language, studio art, art history, Italian culture, and various other fields of study. The courses offered cover many different disciplines to meet varied student needs. No previous knowledge of Italian is required. The language of instruction is English, with the exception of the language classes and one or two courses designated, "in Italian." Classes are small, with strong emphasis placed on student-faculty interaction.
Semester and summer programs are available.