Italy: Lorenzo de Medici Summer 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 during the summer. Students can choose from over 400 courses, all of which are taught in English, except for Italian language classes. Students typically take between 3-6 credits per session. Some of the other available academic areas available during the summer include, but are not limited to:
Archaeology and Classical Studies
Italian Language and Culture
Painting and Drawing
Sculpture and Ceramics
A full list of academic areas courses offered in the summer at LDM Florence can be found on the LdM Florence Course Schedule. Students will not be able to take classes in the following areas for credit: Culinary & Nutritional Arts, Fashion Design, Marketing & Merchandising, Interior Design, or 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 or Wine Tasting (2 hrs./wk. = 8 hrs. total): $520)
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.
There are two summer sessions offered at LdM Florence. Students can choose to participate in just one or both sessions. The dates for Summer 2018 are the following:
Summer Session I: May 24 - June 22
Summer Session II: June 28 - July 27
LdM has been offering students from around the world to opportunity to study Italian language, arts, culture along with other subjects for more than 40 years. 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 Services
LdM Florence facilitates students’ housing arrangements, with housing options including:
- Double room in a student shared apartment
- Single room in a student shared apartment
- Homestay with a local Italian family
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:
- 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)
- Excessive consumption of utilities
For further information about housing at LdM Florence can be found on their Housing at LdM Florence site.
Estimate of Costs
LdM Costs Florence Summer 2017 - 3 Credits.pdf
LdM Costs Florence Summer 2017 - 6 Credits.pdf
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 and financial aid in general, click here.
Applicants with at least one year of Binghamton credits and a minimum GPA of 2.8 are eligible to apply for this program. Students with a GPA between 2.6 and 2.8 may talk with the program advisor about possible admission into the 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 summer at LdM Florence will require the following:
- Study Statement
- Official Transcript
- One Academic Recommendation
The application deadline is March 15th for the summer.
Ldm Florence Campus Site
LdM Florence Course Schedules
LdM Florence Campus Life