Lorenzo de' Medici
Program Type: Semester Study Abroad
The Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute (LdM), located off the River Arno in Florence, Italy, started off as an Italian language school before branching off into the arts. Today, LdM offers specializations in studio arts, creative arts and design, liberal arts and Italian language. Florence’s Historic Centre is named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites for its extraordinary Renaissance architecture and art galleries.
- Course Information
- Academic Calendar
- Study Visa
- Health Insurance
- Program Budget
- Application, Instructions and Preparations
Approvals on an ongoing basis until 15-Feb: Fall
Approvals on an ongoing basis until 1-Oct: Spring
- Minimum GPA 3.0
- Matriculation in a Bachelor's degree or Associate's degree (for Fine Arts students only) programs
- Advertising & Marketing Communications students must obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department Chairperson/Advisor. AMC students may participate in their 6th or 7th semester.
- Art History & Museum Professions students must obtain academic advisement and approval of the department Chairperson/Advisor. AHMP students may participate in their 6th semester.
- Fabric Styling students must obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department Chairperson/Advisor. FS students may participate in their 6th semester.
- Fine Arts students must obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department Chairperson/Advisor. FA students may participate in their 4th semester.
- International Trade & Marketing students must obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department Chairperson/Advisor. Students should be in contact with Prof. Christine Pomeranz, department chair, prior to submitting an application regarding program choice.
Students will take an Italian language placement test to determine placement in the appropriate Italian language level. No prior Italian language required.
Advertising & Marketing Communications and Art History & Museum Professions Course Information:
Students may take major-area, related-area, and liberal arts courses with the department’s approval of the course equivalent.
Fabric Styling & Fine Arts Course Information:
Students will take a full course load of approved major area and related area courses that align with their semester of study and have been approved by their department. Liberal arts courses may be added with the department’s approval of the course equivalent.
International Trade & Marketing Course Information:
ITM students may only take liberal arts courses abroad and they should be discussed in advance with the ITM department chair prior to having the Dean of Liberal Arts approve the course equivalents.
A detailed Academic Calendar can be viewed on the LdM website.
Students are generally expected to arrive the day before orientation begins.
Students are responsible for making their own accommodation arrangements for the duration of their stay. LdM offers the following housing options for students: shared apartments or family homestays.
LdM shared apartments usually house 2-4 students, with double rooms. Single rooms are limited but available upon request for an additional charge. All apartments are within walking distance to the school or easily reachable by public transportation.
Students will be required to apply for a Study Visa for the duration of their stay in Italy. Students are encouraged to carefully review the Study Visa requirements. Supporting documentation will be provided after approval.
FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:
1. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.
- Coverage abroad: UHC Study Abroad Insurance
*Students will be enrolled automatically and their MyFIT account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.
2. FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Haylor insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S. based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.
- Coverage in the US: Haylor Student Health Insurance
A copy of this form may be brought to the Financial Aid Services Office so that a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor.
Students who choose to take more than 15 credits at LdM will be required to pay for any additional credit hours.
See the Scholarships & Financial Aid page.
Please note that there are specific scholarships for students participating in this program. Please see the link above for more details.