About Tuscania As a place that has inspired famous artists for centuries, Tuscania has developed a reputation as a center for new artistic forms of expression; filmmakers such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles, and Franco Zeffirelli have all chosen it for their films. This hilltop town is located on the border of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma. The surrounding countryside forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in Italy. The location of LdM Tuscania is convenient for day trips to the beach, volcanic lakes and hot springs, as well as for visits to the nearby towns of Viterbo and Tarquinia, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Assisi.
At LdM Tuscania, the curriculum has been designed to promote the historical, artistic and cultural qualities that make this part of Italy unique. Thus, courses in history and archaeology focus on the Etruscan, Roman, and medieval civilizations that are at the core of Tuscania’s history and development.. Italian language learning is another important offering at LdM Tuscania, where students, among others, benefit from the course Italian Language through Service Learning, in which they are fully immersed in the Italian language through community service. All students are required to take at least one Italian language course while at LdM Tuscania. Their other courses are taught in English.
Some of the academic areas with courses offered at LdM Tuscania include:
Anthropology Archaeology and Classical Studies
Italian Language and Culture
Music, Cinema and Theater Studies
Philosophy and Religious Studies
For more details on courses offered at LdM Tuscania, check out their 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.
The LdM program in Tuscania is based on a full immersion concept that differs in emphasis from the Florence and Rome campuses. Because of the size of the town, its geographic location, and its pace, Tuscania is the perfect setting for friendly and frequent interaction with local Italians. Integration into the community is fundamental to the program and, in particular, to the Italian language courses, encouraging students to create real relationships in a cultural context and language that is different from their own.
Due to the support of the local authorities and the collaboration with the University of Viterbo, students actively participate in the cultural and social life of the area. Tuscania and environs offer students a wealth of cultural offerings throughout the year. From open-air opera performances to live music and food and wine tastings, students get to truly experience Italian life, up close and personal. While studying at LdM Tuscania, students can take part in nature walks, day and weekend trips to nearby towns and monuments, and activities like bicycle tours and horse riding. In addition to course-related visits, LdM staff organize social events throughout the academic year. Due to Tuscania's very central location, one can easily visit Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Assisi on day trips. There are shuttle vans available on the weekend to Rome for students who wish to travel either to Rome or depart from Rome to other destinations.
Housing LdM Tuscania is pleased to facilitate students housing arrangements for a spot in a:
Double room in a shared student apartment
Single room in a shared student apartment (by special request only)
Homestay with a local Italian family
LdM Tuscania Housing Service includes:
Rent, with fixed check-in and check-out dates
Repairs not caused by students
Average Utilities (water, gas, electricity).
One daily meal voucher for lunch or dinner in different eateries in Tuscania, from Monday to Thursday (homestay accommodation includes half board)
LdM Tuscania Housing Service does not include:
Damage 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 LdM housing office. 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 Scholarship if 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. 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 TdM Tuscania 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.