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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscania, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Dates / Deadlines
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: Open to all Qualified Applicants
Flight Arrangements: Self-Arranged Flight Program Advisor: Carson Downs:
Program Description:

Italy: Lorenzo de' Medici Institute Three Cities Program


Academic Features
Student Life
Semester Dates
Estimate of Costs
Application Process
More Information

The Three Cities program immerses students in the special characteristics of three different Italian cities during a single semester. Tuscania, Rome, Florence, and Venice each have a distinctive urban character, historical and artistic heritage, and role in today’s Italy. After living and studying in this changing landscape, Three Cities students come away with unique insights into the diversity and complexity of another culture. In program courses designed to foreground interesting issues that intersect with the broader experience, students will explore the beauty of the Italian language, the relations between cultures, ancient Rome as a source for later Italian society, Italian gastronomic geography and the ways writing can capture engagement with new places. Students spend a month at each location, moving from Tuscania, to Rome, and then to Venice in the spring semester and Florence in the fall semester. 


The hilltop town of Tuscania on the border between the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, lies south of Florence and not far from Rome. The breathtaking countryside forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve, and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in the world. Such filmmakers as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles and Franco Zeffirelli have set films in this town, which has inspired numerous artists, painters, photographers and writers. LdM Tuscania allows for easy access for day trips to the beach, to volcanic lakes and hot springs, and to cities including Viterbo and Tarquinia, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Assisi.

Spending any amount of time in Rome - the Eternal City - is an experience that has kept visitors and pilgrims captivated for centuries. Whether the inspiration comes from a quiet spot in Rome’s parks, powerfully evocative ruins, Renaissance or Baroque palaces, or the awe-inspiring art of Vatican City, Rome continues to stimulate the senses. At LdM Rome, students enjoy a welcoming atmosphere as well as facilities located in the heart of the city center.

Venice (Spring)
Venice LdM Venice, in affiliation with Istituto Venezia, offers students an opportunity to study in a historic setting in central Campo Santa Margherita. A bridge between Europe and Asia, between the Middle Ages and the modern world, cosmopolitan yet neighborly, Venice is also the setting for major film and art prizes. Whether you traverse the narrow streets on foot or the canals by vaporetto, you’re certain to find yourself astonished by the unique setting.

Florence (Fall)
As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo changed forever the way we see the world. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in the fashion, luxury goods and tourist sectors, the city of Florence also offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate numerous aspects of the contemporary Italian world. 

Academic Features

Students on the Three Cities program follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses: two courses at the first two sites and one at the last site. Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for a total of 45 contact hours per course. In the first center, Tuscania, students take an Italian language course (all levels available), and Food of Italy, a course with hands-on learning that situates Italian cuisine in its geographical and social contexts. In the second center, Rome, students take a course on Intercultural Communication, and a course about Ancient Rome and its imprint on this city and on the nation of Italy. The Three Cities experience culminates in the third center, Venice in the spring and Florence in the fall. Student life and learning at each of the three locations is closely supported by LdM’s expert and experienced team of advisors, support staff, and faculty.

Spring 2018 Schedule

First Month: TUSCANIA
3-Hour Italian Language Dept. of Italian Language; 3 Credits
NOTE: levels available: Elementary 1 or 2; Intermediate 1 or 2; Advanced 1 or 2; placement test will be taken upon arrival
Italian Regional Food in a Cultural Perspective (NUH 160 T) Dept. of Nutrition, Culinary Arts and Culture; Non-Credit for Binghamton students (Non-Binghamton students must receive credit approval for this course from their home institution). 

Second Month: ROME
Ancient Roots of Italy (HIS 274 R) Dept. of History; 3 Credits
Intercultural Communication (ANT / COM 306 R) Depts. of Anthropology and Communications; 3 Credits 

Third Month: VENICE
Travel Writing (WRI 290 V) Dept. of Writing; 3 Credits

 LdM Florence       Venice

Student Life

Students will have the opportunity to form a close bond with others in the group, and the program has outings into the local communities for students to feel more integrated into the area they are living. Many of the courses at LdM utilize the local community by conducting lessons out on field trips, truly bringing the local environment into the classroom. While at the LdM campuses as part of the program, students will have access to all the resources available to full term students at the specific LdM site. This includes libraries, computer labs, study spaces, and advisors. 

Students will live together in shared rooms in shared apartments located close to their classes. Apartments include wifi, furniture, cooking utensils, and bed linens. Below are more details on what is included in housing:

LdM Florence Housing Services
LdM Three Cities Program is pleased to facilitate students housing arrangements for a spot in a double room in a shared student apartment.

LdM Three Cities Program Housing Service includes:

  • Rent in Tuscania, Rome and Florence (during the Fall semester)/ Venice (during the Spring semester) , with fixed check-in and check-out dates
  • Repairs not caused by students’ negligence or inattentiveness
  • Average Utilities (water, gas, electricity). Any costs above the average consumption will be charged to the students sharing the same apartment and deducted from the housing deposit.
  • City Public Transportation pass (only for Rome) or Vaporetto pass (for Venice)
  • Internet

LdM Three Cities Program Housing Service does not include:

  • Meals
  • Damages caused by students’ negligence or inattentiveness
  • Extra cleaning (if the apartment is not clean on the specified check-out date, students will be responsible for an additional cleaning charge)

Semester Dates

Fall 2018: August 28th - November 29th
Spring 2019: January 29th - May 1st

Estimate of Costs

LdM Three Cities Fall 18.pdf
**Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $13,050 in-state and $20,590 out-of-state.  

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 & 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, including scholarships for students who have been studying Italian, and financial aid in general, click here.

Application Process

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 the LdM Three Cities will require the following: 

  • Study Statement
  • Official Transcript
  • Two Academic Recommendations

The application deadline is October 15th for the spring semester and April 1st for the Fall or Academic Year

More Information

LdM Three Cities Program Page


LdM Tuscania

LdM Rome

LdM in Venice at Istituto Venezia

LdM Florence

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/29/2019 05/17/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.