Welcome to Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici!
The prospect of studying abroad is an exciting one that will forever change a student’s life. Studying abroad in Italy at LdM provides the opportunity to live and learn within a dynamic, international environment. At any one of LdM’s three campuses – Florence, Rome and Tuscania – students expand their global perspective and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in the professional world.
“I have become much more socially adept and confident than I was before going abroad. I also have a greater understanding of intercultural interaction and how I can find my niche, both personally and professionally. Going abroad changed me significantly.”
LdM Rome, Spring 2011
Why Choose LdM?
LdM has a long history in Art and Design education, employing professors at the top of their fields to instruct beginning to advanced level students in a broad range of courses.
Design students at LdM develop the ability to make strategic decisions in professionals contexts, read market trends, and formulate dynamic, effective and successful designs. Art students learn historical, modern, and contemporary approaches in a range of media, while stimulating creativity, developing unconventional style, and preparing for the professional world. Courses aim to elicit students’ insatiable drive to create, fostering natural expression and sparking critical reflection, in order to reach a personal approach to their work.
An important part of LdM’s mission is empowering students to become active participants in the learning process. All three LdM campuses offer distinct experiences of Italian life and culture. To find out which campus will best fit each student’s needs, click the links below.
“I loved my classes. I chose classes that were very unique to Italy, [and] although they were challenging at times, I really enjoyed them and always felt like I left class with a whole new perspective on many aspects of Italian Culture.”
LdM Florence, Spring 2011
One of Italy’s largest and most comprehensive institutions for international education, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici offers a broad spectrum of programs. Long-term programs of study range from academic semester and year abroad to four-year Bachelor’s Degrees or a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies. Semester, one or two-year Certificate programs are also available. Short-term study abroad options include weekly and monthly Italian Language courses and Summer Workshops. A special opportunity is offered by the Three Cities Program: a semester-long study abroad experience that allows students to live and study in three different cities: Rome, Tuscania, and Venice or Florence according to the time of the year. With such a vast selection to choose from, students are sure to find what suits their specific needs and interests. To learn more about the programs offered at LdM, click here.
LdM Departments & Courses
Providing students for decades with a high-quality international education, the LdM curriculum is focused on innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, student-centered learning, practical and professional application. LdM has five academic schools: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences, Creative Arts, Design, and Italian Language and Culture, which together offer 500 courses and subjects. Courses range from Jewelry Design and Making, Etruscan and Roman Archaeology and History, Art and Architecture from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to International Art Business, International Politics, Global Marketing Management and much more. Click the links below to find out what courses are offered at LdM’s three campuses.
How to Apply
US TRANSFERABLE CREDIT: Applicants currently enrolled in and/or intending to transfer credits to a home institution that follows the US credit, please click the button
ALL OTHER APPLICANTS: Applicants not seeking credits based on the US model, please click the button
Securing a Student Visa, Permit of Stay & Declaration of Presence
The documentation required to study in Italy depends on the student’s country of residence and duration of stay. Some students will require a Student Visa, which they must apply for and obtain in their home country months before their arrival in Italy. It is recommended that students contact the Italian Consulate or Embassy of their jurisdiction for the latest rules and regulations. The majority of students studying in Italy will either need a Permit of Stay or a Declaration of Presence, which they must obtain after their arrival in Italy. Students receive detailed information about this immigration documentation in their pre-departure materials as well as upon arrival at Orientation. Learn more…
Campus Life at LdM
A team of dedicated and qualified Student Advisors is ready to assist students throughout their stay, and help them adjust to the LdM campus and the Italian environment. From housing issues to dealing with emergencies, taking part in student activities and/or clubs, excursions in Italy and charming destinations abroad, volunteering, getting to know Italian language and culture, organizing social and cultural events. LdM Advisors and staff are ready to assist. For further information about each campus, click the links below.
“I really loved the apartment system and how you are paired with your roommates; most of the apartments are either in or near central Florence. The type of roommate really depends on the individuals, but the excursions were well organized and LdM really puts you on the right path to enjoying the culture to the fullest. Of course you have to be active and try and see as much as possible.”
LdM Florence, June 2011
A study abroad experience extends far beyond the classroom. At Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, students get involved, develop new friendships, experience new cultures and explore many aspects of their campus and host city.
Family and Friends
Involving parents, family and friends in the planning process of any study abroad experience is essential to students’ success. This is why LdM has dedicated a special section that provides practical information to parents, family and friends about their student’s experience abroad and how they can stay involved. Click here to access the Family and Friends page.
Planning Your Trip
Click below for a Pre-Departure Planning Checklist and additional information that may be useful to students before leaving for Italy. Learn more…