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  • Locations: Tuscania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Housing Options: Program Arranges Flat/Apartment
Language of Study: English, Italian Class Level: Undergraduates: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Program Type: Study Abroad Student Type: Binghamton and SUNY Students Only
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Carson Downs:
Program Description:

Italy: Lorenzo de Medici Summer in Tuscania

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Academic Features
Archaeology Field School
Student Life
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information


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.

Academic Features

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, culminating in the summer months with the Tuscania Summer Archaeology Field School. 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. Of the three LdM programs, Tuscania offers the best opportunities to advance your Italian Language abilities. 

Some of the academic areas with courses offered at LdM Tuscania during the summer include:

Archaeology and Classical Studies
Italian Language and Culture

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, 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 / 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. 

Archaeology Field School

During the Summer II session, in July, LdM offers a 6 credit Archaeology Field School. This program gives students opportunity to learn and work in a real excavation environment while gaining an understanding of ancient Etruscan culture and archaeological methods. The area around Tuscania was a stronghold of the Etruscan civilization, which ruled central Italy prior to the rise of Rome. For more details on the program, check out the brochure HERE. Students on this program stay together in a B&B in town, and are provided transportation daily to the excavation site. Breakfast and lunch during the week, trips to revelant museums in the region and in Rome, and other cultural activities are also included. The cost sheet for the program can be found below


There are two summer sessions offered at LdM Tuscania. 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

Archaeology Programs       Class Field Trip

Student Life

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. In addition to course-related visits, LdM staff organize weekly trips to local sites every week. The staff will help organize weekend trips and any other journeys by car, bus, airplane, train and provide a shuttle service on the weekends to Rome. Due to Tuscania's very central location, one can easily visit Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Assisi on day trips.

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)

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
  • Internet service

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)

For more information, check out LdM's Housing site.

Estimate of Costs

LdM Costs Tuscania Summer 2018 - 6 Credits.pdf
LdM Costs Tuscania Summer 2018 - Field School.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.

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 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.

Application process

Applicants for the summer program should have at least a 2.8 cumulative GPA. Students with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.8 may talk with the program advisor about possible admission into the program. 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 Tuscania will require the following: 

  • Study Statement
  • Official Transcript
  • One Academic Recommendation

The application deadline is March 15th for the Summer. 

More Information

Ldm Tuscania Campus Site
LdM Tuscania Programs
LdM Tuscania Campus Life 



Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.