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Student Services at LdM
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. LdM actively sponsors student clubs, organizations, sports activities, volunteer opportunities and much more. The LdM experience is designed to ensure that students learn not only the subject matter of their formal course of study, but also more about themselves and the world around them. The LdM community is multicultural and dynamic with faculty, staff and students from all across the globe. This section gives a general overview of Student Life at LdM.
For further insight into student life at each LdM campus, click the links below.
Students attending LdM have various housing options and LdM offers a free service to help them find accommodations at all of its campuses. Students generally live in shared apartments with other students or they can choose to live in homestays with a local Italian family, which includes half board/meals. Students are not obliged to choose housing through LdM, however, and may find their own accommodations independently. Read more...
Each LdM campus has a special plan for meals and dining. LdM Florence has a café that offers meal plans as well as light lunches, sandwiches, rolls, pizza, sweets, cakes and hot and cold drinks. LdM Tuscania has special arrangements with local services, while LdM Rome offers a student card which provides discounts at some local cafes and restaurants. Moreover, students who opt for homestays will often have meals with their host families (half-board), and those living in shared apartments can enjoy cooking for themselves and their housemates.
LdM offers its students a wide variety of services and facilities. These include the following:
Every student at LdM benefits from extensive on-site orientation sessions aimed at helping him or her adapt to the new environment of the campus and of Italy on a range of different levels, including explaining essential information about academic needs and expectations, housing, Italian law, health and safety, phones, excursions and more.
LdM students can count on the regular contact and support of an energetic and dedicated team of Student Advisors who are accustomed to helping students adjust to the Italian environment. Every student at LdM is assigned a Student Advisor. Advisors help students with academic decisions (e.g., adding and dropping courses) and support their academic progress throughout their study abroad experience at LdM. They offer a wide range of advice and services, as well as organizing social and cultural events, enabling students to get the very best out of their stay in Italy. For medical concerns, Advisors are able to refer students to counselors and physicians equipped to handle a wide range of issues.
Italian Language and Culture
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to helping its students access and enjoy the world of Italian culture. Besides formal, credit-bearing Italian language classes, LdM offers students free one-to-one Italian tutoring, the screening of Italian movies, and a conversation exchange project, which matches LdM students with Italian university students wishing to improve their English.
Health and Safety
LdM facilities and buildings are fully insured and maintained in accordance with Italian and European Community health and safety regulations, fire equipment maintenance rules, and emergency procedures. All students are issued an emergency telephone number operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The following practical information is useful to prospective and current LdM students and their families. Upon arrival in Italy, students will be provided with an orientation booklet specific to each LdM campus and a complete list of local resources and relevant advice.Learn more...
Rules of Conduct
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici takes seriously its academic mission of fostering the creative and intellectual potential of each of its students in an international environment that values tolerance and respect. LdM believes in the concept of informed decision-making and wish to promote healthy behavior.
In order to maintain an atmosphere that nurtures this potential, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici has established Rules of Conduct consistent with this goal.Learn more...
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to providing quality teaching and student services. From time to time a student may not feel completely satisfied with his or her dealings with the institute. In the case of everyday academic issues that may be easily resolved, we encourage communication between students and their professors. For more serious complaints involving both academic and other issues, students are encouraged to speak to their advisor. If complaints cannot be resolved at this level they may be referred to one of the following, depending on the nature of the complaint: Dean of Students, Academic Committee, General Director.
LdM provides its students with recreational opportunities within and beyond the cities of Florence, Tuscania and Rome. These include guided visits to historic sites, social activities (e.g., dinners at characteristic local restaurants, allowing students to sample Italy’s exceptional cuisine), seasonal festivals, special events and conferences, field trips, theatre, concerts, and much more. LdM Florence and Rome campuses have contacts with local private gyms and dance studios popular with visiting students. Each LdM campus is close to parks for walking, jogging, and relaxing. Other activities include nature walks, trips to nearby towns and monuments.
LdM offers its Florence and Rome students weekend excursions around Italy every semester. Led by qualified LdM staff, these trips enable students to visit some of the most famous Italian cities and sites, like the Alps and Lake Garda, Capri, Sorrento and Pompeii as well as others outside of Italy, such as the French Riviera and Switzerland. All LdM sites offer many day trips to local natural and historical sites, as well as nearby cities in their respective regions. The Rome excursions are open to Tuscania students as well.
LdM has developed relationships with various charities and organizations in order to provide contacts for students interested in volunteer work. Students can choose from a range of volunteering activities, such as working for food banks, distributing clothing to the needy, collaborating with community clean-ups or teaching English at local schools. To find out more information, students should contact their LdM Student Advisor.
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici credit-bearing internships offer students the possibility to learn different aspects of working in the Italian marketplace. Italy is known for its artisan and small business structure and LdM strives to place students in these types of companies, which offer not only greater interaction with the student but the opportunity to understand the strengths and structure of the Italian workplace in different fields.
LdM arranges internships in the major churches and museums of Florence, in Communications, Business, Marketing, Fashion, and Graphics. In addition, students have the opportunity to carry out service learning (in Italian only). Placement opportunities are limited.
Campus and City Events
LdM's three campuses are located right in the historic centers of some of the most renowned tourist destinations in Italy. The times, locations and relevant information for local and LdM-organized events, lectures and exhibits can be found prominently posted in each campus. Student Advisors can also provide information on events that are of specific interest to LdM students. In addition to course-related visits, LdM hosts regularly scheduled social events throughout the academic year. Florence, Tuscania and Rome are home to popular seasons of theatre, music, and cultural events.
LdM students find many ways to experience Italy's rich culture outside of their host city. Planning short trips allows students to enjoy museums, landmarks, soccer games, and other cultural events in surrounding small towns and other Italian cities. LdM campuses are located near major transportation hubs, allowing students to also explore beyond Italy.
LdM campuses in Florence and Rome are served by public transportation and are close to major airports; meanwhile the beauty of studying at LdM Tuscania is its strong rural connection to the surrounding countryside and its small scale. It is a walkable town that does not have local transport, but is serviced by regional buses that travel to nearby towns and the Italian capital. Students are strongly discouraged from renting cars or motorbikes. For more information about the transportation available at each LdM campus, click the link below.