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, 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 Writing
Italian Language and Culture
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)
For more details on courses offered at LdM Tuscania check out their Course Schedule
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 brochureHERE. 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 2017 are the following:
Summer Session I: May 31 - June 29
Summer Session II: July 6 - August 4
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)
• 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)
• 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)
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.
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 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. This application is intended for Binghamton University students only, other SUNY students can apply through SUNY Broome.
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.