LdM Admissions for US Transferable Credit Applicants

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Please read and familiarize yourself with the following steps prior to submitting your application to LdM. Do not hesitate to contact the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office in Austin, Texas with any questions as you plan your study abroad program including: arranging the transfer of credit, choosing your LdM Program, applying for housing and making financial arrangements.

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Transfer of Credit

There are two ways you can apply to study abroad at LdM for US transferable credit: through one of LdM affiliate institutions or program providers or by applying directly to LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office in Austin, Texas. We advise students to visit their home institution’s study abroad office to determine the preferred method of enrollment.

The type of transcript a student receives for the transfer of US credit depends on the program and/or home institution’s preference. Please read below for more information.

Students not currently enrolled in a US college/university or students from countries outside the US who intend to transfer US credits to their home institution may still receive US transferable credit, by one of the following methods.

All other applicants not seeking US transferable credit, click here.


1. Applying through an Affiliate Institution or Program Provider


Students currently enrolled in one of LdM's affiliate institutions can apply through their home institution’s study abroad office. Similarly, if a college or university has a special relationship with one of our affiliates or providers, it may direct students to enroll accordingly. Students should visit their study abroad office to determine how to apply and transfer credits back to their home institution. Click here to view a list of LdM affiliate institutions and program providers through which your study abroad office may direct you to enroll.

In addition, LdM strongly advises all students to discuss their study abroad plan (including courses) with their academic advisor prior to enrolling. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that credits will transfer back to their home institution.

 

2. Applying directly through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office


If it is determined that a student should enroll directly through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office, LdM strongly advises the student to discuss a study abroad plan (including courses) with their academic advisor at their home institution prior to enrolling. Please note that the advisor's signature is required on the application.

Students enrolling directly through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office have the option of receiving either a Lorenzo de' Medici transcript or an accredited US transcript from Marist College (US accredited institution and LdM partner) for their courses and transfer of credit. Students must confirm the transcript requirement with their home institution according to the guidelines stated in the LdM Transcript Request Form, which students will receive upon acceptance to the program.

*Students may not change the transcript type once classes have begun. Furthermore, Marist College cannot issue a transcript retroactively for a student who originally requested the LdM transcript for his/her studies.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that credits will transfer in one of the following ways:

Home institution requires the Lorenzo de' Medici transcript.
The LdM transcript documents the LdM course codes and titles, the number of credits per course, and grades earned. Students must confirm the transcript preference of their home institution during the approval process and prior to submitting the LdM application. Upon completion of coursework, an official LdM transcript will be mailed to the student's designated recipient.

OR

Home institution requires the US transcript.
Marist College, US accredited institution and LdM partner, will issue the transcript for LdM courses with Marist course equivalent codes. Students must confirm the transcript preference of their home institution during the approval process and prior to submitting the LdM application. In the case that the Marist transcript is required, Students must provide their home institution advisor with the Marist course codes and titles for their LdM course selections. See the LdM Course Schedules for Marist equivalencies corresponding to the LdM codes and titles. Upon completion of courses, an official Marist College transcript will be mailed to the student's designated recipient.

Transcripts
LdM transcripts are released by the Registrar’s Office within one month after the end of each academic term and issued to the student’s designated recipient, affiliate institution or program provider. All classes registered for and grades received will appear on each student’s LdM transcript. LdM reserves the right to withhold the transcript and/or housing deposit of students who violate contract agreements related to housing and/or academic issues (i.e., any balance or debt incurred) and/or whose behavior is considered detrimental towards the Institute and/or towards other students.

For students requesting the Marist College transcript for their courses, Marist will issue the Marist transcript to the student’s designated recipient upon evaluation of the official LdM transcript, usually within 6-8 weeks post-program.

Additional copies of transcripts can be requested and issued for a fee. Please contact info@ldminstitute.com.

Students attending LdM through an affiliated institution or program provider should contact their respective program for information on the admissions process for that program.

Students approved to apply directly to LdM through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office should meet the following admissions requirements (equally applicable to the Three Cities Program, semester-long Certificates, Summer Workshops and Archaeology Field Schools):

Direct Enrollment through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office

• Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher.

• Students must be entering at least their sophomore year.

• Students must be in good academic and judicial standing with their home institutions.

• Students must be at least 18 years of age.

• Study Abroad Program Application (signed/completed) (ATTIVARE LINK AL FORM)

• One academic letter of recommendation (or completed recommendation form from LdM Study Abroad Program Application)(ATTIVARE LINK AL FORM)

• Official transcript from current (or most recently attended) college/university

• Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. (See details on LdM Study Abroad Program Application.) (insert link here)

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may accompany application or be submitted under separate cover.

Please contact the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office if you do not meet one of these criteria for additional information and instructions at info@ldminstitute.com

Study Abroad Program Admissions Requirements

Students attending LdM through an affiliated institution or program provider should contact their respective program for information on the admissions process for that program.
Students approved to apply directly to LdM through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office should meet the following admissions requirements (equally applicable to the Three Cities Program, International Conflict Transformation Certificates, Summer Workshops and Archaeology Field Schools):

Direct Enrollment through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office

   • Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
   • Students must be entering at least their sophomore year.
   • Students must have upheld a good academic and judicial standing with their home institutions.
   • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
   • Study Abroad Program Application (signed/completed)
   • One academic letter of recommendation from a Professor or Academic Advisor with knowledge of applicant's abilities, experience and education (or completed recommendation form from LdM Study Abroad Program Application)
   • Official transcript from current (or most recently attended) college/university
   • Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. (See details on LdM Study Abroad Program Application)

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may accompany application or be submitted under separate cover.

Please contact the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office if you do not meet one of these criteria for additional information and instructions: info@ldminstitute.com.

For information on the Study Abroad Program Costs, click here

One Year/Two Year Certificate Programs Admissions Requirements

The following Certificate Program admissions information applies to the LdM one-year and two-year Certificate Programs, as well as to the following semester-long Certificate Programs (Architecture in Urban Context, Interior Design in Contemporary Living, Product Design towards Sustainability, Visual Communication for Fashion).

Direct Enrollment through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office

• Students must have a GPA of 2.8 or higher.
• Students must be entering at least their sophomore year.
• Students must have upheld a good academic and judicial standing with their home institutions.
• Students must be at least 18 years of age.
• Certificate Program Application (signed/completed).
• One academic letter of recommendation from a Professor or Academic Advisor with knowledge of applicant's abilities, experience and education (or completed recommendation form from LdM Study Abroad Program Application)
• Official transcript from current (or most recently attended) college/university
• Personal Essay (reason for choosing this program, experience abroad, future goals, professional experience in the selected field of study)
• Students whose first language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency. (See details on LdM Certificate Program Application.)

Transcripts and letters of recommendation may accompany application or be submitted under separate cover.

Portfolio Evaluation:
Students with prior knowledge of the selected field of study may join the second semester of each one-year certificates or the second year of the two-year certificates after submitting a portfolio of their works to be assessed and approved (the two-year certificate is a combination of the one-year certificate + Professional/Advanced Certificate). The second semester of each certificate takes place in the spring semester only.

To apply for the second-year LdM Professional/Advanced Certificate Programs, students must have a solid background in their requested field of study. The following are required in addition to the above-listed materials:

• Completed LdM Previous Studies form. Please contact info@ldminstitute.com for the appropriate form.

• Digital Portfolio of 10 examples of your projects/work submitted to info@ldminstitute.com. – Please note an example of work for all techniques included in selected certificate must be submitted.

Non-beginning Certificate and Professional/Advanced Certificate applications will be considered pending until all required materials have been submitted and reviewed by the LdM Admissions Committee.
Students who exempt the first semester are still applicable to obtain the certificate diploma, if they successfully complete the program.

For information on the Certificate Program costs click here

US Bachelor's Degree Admissions Requirements

• Complete Application
• Official transcript from Secondary School (official English translation into US system)
• Personal Essay
• Two letters of recommendation for freshmen applicants, one letter for transfer applicants
• Activity sheet/Résumé/Curriculum Vitae
• Official results of the SAT or ACT exam if applicants want the Admission Committee to consider their scores (Marist is SAT/ACT test optional)
• English proficiency exam results for non-native English speakers (TOEFL or IELTS)
• Fashion Design, Interior Design, and BS in Studio Art programs have specific portfolio requirements. Please email info@ldminstitute.com

Deadlines
Fall: June 15th
Spring: November 15th

For more information on the Marist-LdM Bachelor’s Degree Program, please visit www.marist.edu/florence or contact info@ldminstitute.com

US Master of Arts Degree Admissions Requirements

• Complete Application
• Three letters of recommendations
• Current résumé
• Written statement of purpose
• Official bachelor’s degree transcript (official English translation into the US system)
• English Proficiency Exam results (for non-native English-speaking students) one of the following exams is required.

TOEFL - Students must submit a minimum score of 550 on the paper based TOEFL exam or a 213 on the computer based TOEFL or an 80 on the Internet based TOEFL exam.

IELTS - Students must submit a minimum score of 6.5

All test scores must come directly from the Testing Service to Marist College. Note: the Marist report code is 2400. Copies of test scores will delay the admission process since an I20 will not be issued without official documents.


* Please note: TOEFL or IELTS scores must be less than two years old from the first day of class at the proposed term of entry in order to be valid.

The Museum Studies degree enrolls students for the Fall start only.

There are two application deadlines, please choose one:

  • Early Action December 15th
  • Regular Decision February 1st

For more information on the Marist-LdM Master’s Degree Program, please visit www.marist.edu/florence or contact info@ldminstitute.com.

ADMISSIONS PROCESS

Direct Enrollment through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office

• Students attending LdM through an affiliated institution or program provider should contact their respective program for information on the application process for that program.

• Students applying to the Marist/LdM Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree Program should consult http://italy.marist.edu/undergraduate/admission.html (undergraduate) and http://italy.marist.edu/graduate/admission.html (graduate) for more information on the admissions process.

• Students approved to apply directly to LdM through LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office should follow the numbered steps below.

1. CHOOSE & CONFIRM YOUR LdM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM

a. Select your LdM program and campus:
• Study Abroad or Certificate Program
• Florence, Rome, Tuscania, or Three Cities

b. Visit with your academic and/or study abroad advisor at your home institution regarding transfer of credits, course selection/approval, and fulfill any necessary requirements for the study abroad process at your home institution. Don’t forget to ask your academic/study abroad advisor to sign off on your LdM application regarding transcript type.

2. COMPLETE & RETURN THE APPLICATION FOR YOUR PROGRAM

a. Complete your application. Click here.

b. Send in your application components listed in selected program to the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office by mail, fax, or email within the application deadline for your session(s). 

c. Students are typically notified of the admissions decision within one to two weeks of receipt of a complete application.


Students applying to LdM directly can be admitted only upon the receipt and review of a complete application (including official transcript and letter of recommendation from a Professor or Academic Advisor) by the application deadline.

POST-ACCEPTANCE PROCESS

After receiving an acceptance email, students applying directly to LdM through the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office, should follow the post-acceptance procedure below.

1. PASSPORT & STUDENT VISA
a. Make sure your passport is current and does not expire within three months of the last day of your LdM program. If you do not have a current passport, apply for one as soon as possible.

b. Determine whether or not a student visa is required for your program: http://www.esteri.it/visti/index_eng.asp. Select “STUDY: Technical and professional instruction beyond the level of compulsory education.” as the reason for visit.

c. If a student visa is required, begin the visa application process through your region’s Italian Consulate. Students are responsible for obtaining the student visa.

2. LdM GRANTS
LdM offers small grants based on academic merit and financial need for semester and academic year Study Abroad and Certificate Programs. Qualified grant applicants must have applied to the LdM Study Abroad or Certificate Program of their choice by the appropriate deadline. Grant applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from a professor or other individual who has supervised the applicant in an academic or working capacity and all the relevant documents requested on the application form.
Grant applications are due by the program application deadline. Please note: The recommendation which accompanies your Grant Application must be from a someone other than the individual who wrote your program application recommendation.
Please contact LdM to request the Grant Application.

3. FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS
Make financial arrangements for your program. Please make sure you meet with the financial aid office at your home institution as soon as possible to discuss financial aid or scholarship opportunities. In addition, please inform the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office of your intent to use financial aid and make sure that you complete all required forms.

4. HOUSING

Students should indicate on their LdM application whether or not they are interested in securing housing through LdM. Housing information and forms will be provided upon acceptance to Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici. Students must return all housing forms and materials immediately upon acceptance to the program. For more information about LdM Housing Service, please click here.

5. LdM FORMS AND PAYMENT
Complete and return the Enrollment Confirmation, Housing and Acceptance Packet forms, and program payments to LdM by the deadlines given.

6. PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION
ONLY following the receipt of all required forms and payment, LdM will send out informational pre-departure materials with packing lists, important steps to take, information on your host city, and more.

For assistance with any questions regarding your application, please do not hesitate to contact the LdM Academic Relations + Student Services Office at info@ldminstitute.com.
We are happy to help and look forward to hearing from you.

Study Abroad Program Tuition Fees and Housing Costs

The following cost information applies to the LdM Italy Study Abroad Programs, including the semester-long International Conflict Transformation Certificate.
Click here to see the tuition fees.

One Year/Two Year Certificate Program Tuition Fees and Housing Costs

The following pricing information applies to the LdM one-year and two-year Certificate Programs, as well as to the following semester-long Certificate Programs (Architecture in Urban Context, Interior Design in Contemporary Living, Product Design towards Sustainability, Visual Communication for Fashion). Click here.