Italy: Lorenzo de Medici Institute Semester in Florence
Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) Florence is situated in the heart of Tuscany, a region that alone has more classified historical monuments than any other country in the world. This makes LdM Florence the ideal choice for those interested in studying the humanities, creative arts, design and of course Italian language and culture.
As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence is celebrated as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the place where Dante, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei changed forever the way we see the world. For centuries travelers and admirers of the arts and culture have fallen in love with both the city and its enchanting countryside. While recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its unique monuments and architecture, modern era Florence has become the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world’s diverse cultures, ethnicities, ideas, and forms of creativity yet while remaining faithful to its strong artistic tradition. LdM Florence is located in the San Lorenzo neighborhood, right in the heart of the city.
LdM Florence offers students a wide variety of courses to choose from for their studies in Florence. Students can choose from over 400 courses, all of which are taught in English, except for Italian language classes. All students are required to take at least one Italian language course while at LdM Florence. Some of the other available academic areas taught in English include, but are not limited to:
Archaeology and Classical Studies
Film and Theatre Studies
Italian Language and Culture
Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Ceramics
A full list of academic areas and courses each term at LdM Florence and details on specific courses can be found on LdM's Florence Course Schedule. Binghamton students will not be able to take classes in the following areas for credit: Culinary & Nutritional Arts | Fashion Design, Marketing & Merchandising | Interior Design | Jewelry Design. Students can choose to take a non-credit Culinary or Wine course for an additional cost (Cuisine (2hrs./wk. = 8 hrs. total): $490 / Wine Tasting (2 hrs./wk. = 8 hrs. total): $520). Non-Binghamton students will need to receive approval from their home campus to earn credit for courses in the above academic areas towards their degree at their home institution.
To see a list of courses students have previously taken at LdM and how these classes were shown on Binghamton transcripts, check out our Study Abroad Course Equivalencies page.
Internships at LdM Florence
LdM also offers a limited number of internships, which can be taken for 3 credits. More details can be found on their internship packet LdM Internships Spring 2018.pdf, or on LdM's Florence Course Schedule.
LdM has been offering students from around the world the opportunity to study Italian language, arts, culture along with other subjects for more than 40 years. While LdM does offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees, most students attend LdM for a semester or academic year as study abroad students. Within this varied environment, LdM has provided many ways for students to become involved in social and volunteer activities. There are several student clubs students can join and LdM also plans many excursions for students to learn more about the city and area they are living in. Trips are also planned for students to cities beyond Florence including Rome, the Alps, and the French Rivera. There are also volunteer opportunities in the city of Florence itself for students who are looking for the chance to become involved in the community.
LdM Florence Housing
LdM Florence facilitates students’ housing arrangements, with housing options including:
- Double room in a student shared apartment
- Single room in a student shared apartment
LdM Florence Housing Service includes:
- Rent, with fixed check-in and check-out dates
- Repairs not caused by students
- Average Utilities (water, gas, electricity) up to €60,00 per month.
- Internet connection
- One cleaning of the apartment every five weeks during the semester
LdM Florence Housing Service does not include:
- Damage(s) caused by students
- Extra cleaning (If the apartment is not clean on the specified check-out date, students will be responsible for an additional cleaning charge. The total cost will be estimated and determined by the landlord and the student advisor. The total amount due will then be deducted from the housing deposit)
- Excessive consumption of utilities
Further information about housing at LdM Florence can be found on their Housing at LdM Florence site.
Facilities and Services
The LdM Florence campus buildings contain a wide range of student facilities, such as numerous classrooms and large, specialized art studios, a cafeteria, courtyard garden, a library, student point and computer center with many terminals, and an extensive Wi-Fi network. Click here for more details.
Fall 2018: August 28th - December 15th
Spring 2019: January 29th - May 17th
LdM Florence Fall 18.pdf
Applicants for the semester program should be in their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year at the time of the application with at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA. Students must also be in good judicial standing with Binghamton University through the length of the intended term. Applications from other SUNY and non-SUNY students are welcome, with the one exception of University at Buffalo students who must apply through their home campus.
***Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $13,050 in-state and $20,590 out-of-state.
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out this Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Services Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about scholarships, including scholarships for students who have been studying Italian, and financial aid in general, click here.
The application for a semester at LdM Florence will require the following:
The application deadline is October 15th for the spring semester and April 1st for the Fall or Academic Year. Late Applications may be accepted and will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Interested students should email the program advisor as soon as possible.
- Study Statement
- Official Transcript
- Two Academic Recommendations
Ldm Florence Campus Site
LdM Florence Course Schedules
LdM Florence Campus Life
LdM Student News Site
U.S. Department of State Travel & Safety Information for Italy