With its unparalleled history, Rome, the Eternal City and Italy’s capital, functions as both an ancient and modern global center. The city fuses the feel of a large metropolis with small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts dotted with hills, piazzas, fountains, cobblestone streets and churches. The unique history and resources of Italy’s capital make it a meaningful city in which to study both ancient cultures and contemporary political and international issues. Rome has captivated pilgrims and tourists for centuries, and students will immediately find inspiration in the city’s parks, evocative ruins and Renaissance and Baroque palaces.
Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) Rome offers students a wide variety of courses to choose from for their studies in Rome. Smaller than the Florence program, the smaller number of students on the LdM Rome means there is a tighter sense of community between the students and staff at LdM Rome, and students can get individualized attention if needed. Students can choose from a variety of 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 Rome. Some of the other available academic areas include, but are not limited to:
Archaeology and Classical Studies
Italian Language and Culture
Natural Sciences (Biology, Chemistry)
Painting and Drawing
A full list of academic areas and courses each term at LdM Florence and details on specific courses can be found on LdM's Rome 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 There are also internships available in local businesses, museums, and retail areas. Rome’s economic and political heart focuses largely on the exciting worlds of international relations and business, media and communications, and art and fashion. This gives LdM students the opportunity to experience up close the unique charm of modern lifestyle in a millenary capital city.
The LdM STEM Program in Rome offers courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, and Environmental Sciences. The STEM Program combines a core course on Italy’s contributions to modern sciences with a selection of science courses that is subject to change each semester. Furthermore, students can choose from among a variety of general education courses. Italian language study is encouraged, but no language courses are required for students choosing the STEM Program. More information can be found on the SPRING 2018 STEM Program Brochure.pdf
Located in the bustling center of the historic city, LdM Rome is fully immersed in the ancient Roman culture. It offers a small “green campus” that actively promotes respect for cultural diversity and the environment according to a specific green policy. This is an important feature of the study abroad experience that LdM Rome puts into practice every day, sharing it with all students: recycling, using recycled paper, saving energy and organizing different activities such as excursions to the Abruzzo National Park, the largest European park, and the Slow Down! Day, an opportunity to get back to a more natural rhythm of life.
LdM hosts excursions, food and wine tastings, and daily trips led by professors and staff to some of Italy’s most famous and beautiful locales such as Lake Bracciano and Odescalchi Castle, Abruzi National Park, Sorrento and Pompeii. In addition to these, the Italian Club helps students who wish to learn more about Roman culture by organizing activities to enrich their time abroad.
Average Utilities (water, gas, electricity) up to €60,00 per month.
LdM Rome Housing Service does not include:
Meals (homestay accommodation includes half board)
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)
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.
Financial Aid 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 Scholarshipif eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
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 (3.0 for students wishing to enroll in the STEM Program). 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.
The application for a semester at LdM Rome will require the following:
Two Academic Recommendations
The application deadline is October 15th for the Spring 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.