API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)

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Florence, located in the renowned region of Tuscany, is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets of Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto and ma... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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I learned about a culture that I've been in love with since I was a little kid. I also learned things about myself. - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
I gained adaptability and independence. It was definitely worthwhile - University of Hartford View Entire Review
February 03, 2016 Amazing.
yes. It was worth every minute. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned great time-management skills, interpersonal communications skills, and adaptability. I also developed a sense of direction and the ability to step outside my comfort zone. Yes it was most definitely worth while! - Texas A&M University - College Station View Entire Review
Learned how to be independent. Learned that I want to travel even more. It was 100% worth it I would go back and do it a million times if I could. Best time of my life - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I gained an amazing experience and friends i cherish beyond measure. - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
I gained immense knowledge of a similar yet completely different way of life. I learned that I could live in a different country and that I could adapt to new challenges on a daily basis. It was 110% worthwhile. - Berea College View Entire Review
Independence! - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
It was completely worthwhile. I learned how to travel independently and how to adapt to a foreign culture. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
It was definitely worthwhile. I am so happy I went abroad. It is an experience that I will never be able to have again. I encourage everyone to jump on the opportunity. - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
While studying abroad you learn a lot about yourself and how well you can do on your own. This trip was absolutely worth while. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
Studying abroad gave me the chance to not only learn so much about other countries but to learn about myself. Being able to travel, see the world and becoming completely immersed into another culture is an experience unlike any other. I gained lifetime skills as well as a whole new perspective and outlook on the world. - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
learned a lot about the world. definitely worthwhile! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Widened cultural perspective and new view on life in the USA. Definitely worthwhile - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
August 11, 2016 5 Weeks Of Adventure
I learned that there are a lot of different cultures and people out in the world and that those differences are hard to get used to but once you do, it is very nice to observe - Texas Lutheran University View Entire Review
i gained knowledge about another place that i could call home. i learned about their food and cultures and the people. it was 100% worthwhile - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned that traveling the world is amazing because, you get to open your eyes up to a different view on life and different cultures. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
December 13, 2015 Life Changing
i learned who i am as a person and have meet some amazing people. I have discovered what kind of environment I prefer. i learned about amazing cultures and history and i would do this again - University of Hartford View Entire Review
To many things to put in a paragraph. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
I learned more about myself and the beauty of life - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A new world perspective, cultural awareness and sensitivity, appreciation for art, thankfulness of being an American, that they way my culture operates is not always the best way, how to travel smart, the Italian language. 10000% worthwhile! - Georgia State University View Entire Review
July 07, 2014 Patience
Mostly personal things is what I learned and gained. It was definitely worthwhile, maybe at the time it was a struggle, it was a fight here and there but looking back, it was worth it - Anonymous University View Entire Review
January 08, 2014 Unforgettable
Eye-Opening Experience - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Life changing!!!!!! While abroad I learned the real meaning of Culture. I was able to learn how people live in different places. With traveling to 10 countries and over 30 cities i got to know the true meaning of life and culture. I would not change my experience at all! Florence Italy will always be my second home! I know this ... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Studying abroad is the most experience. As a painter, studying in the city of renaissance art was truly remarkable. Not only was I able to paint the city I loved so much, but I was able to see the paintings I am inspired from. I leaned how to be extremely independent. I was also able to become fully emerged in the culture and le... - University of Hartford View Entire Review

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Florence, located in the renowned region of Tuscany, is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets of Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto and many other contributors to the arts and humanities. Here students can soak up the culture and history of this great city while learning Italian and studying in buildings from centuries past. Established in the 9th century BC, Florence is perhaps best known as one of the birthplaces of the Italian Renaissance at the end of the 14th Century. It is a city that welcomes visitors, scholars, artists and students to walk her streets, relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences, and glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Students in Florence experience the city with others from around the world who share a passion for learning.

Programs in Florence Include:


  • Lorenzo de’ Medici Semester/ Year Programs: API students who want to study abroad in Florence may choose from over 400 courses at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Florence (LdM). Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects across the arts, humanities, business, and international relations. In addition to the a free-elective course structure, several additional opportunities are available including internships, certificate programs, and professional development opportunities. Additionally, the Certificate Programs offered by LdM are designed to offer students, through a structured plan of study, the opportunity to develop their individual creativity, artistic talent and technical and professional skills. These programs are offered for a semester, or for one or two years in duration, and involve a set curriculum for each specific discipline. All courses, except Italian language, are conducted in English. Certificate program dates and prices are generally the same as the regular LdM Florence programs. More information is provided for each specific certificate program post-acceptance.


  • January Intersession: The January Intersession Program provides the opportunity for students to study abroad in Florence for a short period and earn academic credit, as well as a chance for independent or adult students to study abroad for professional development or career advancement. Students can enroll in one or two classes during the January session. If this program is taken along with a semester program, a discount is applied.


  • Lorenzo de’ Medici Summer Programs: Students who choose to study abroad in Florence with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM) – Florence may elect to take 1 or 2 courses per four-week term; alternatively, they may elect to pursue a 6-credit workshop course.


  • Lorenzo de’ Medici Bachelor Programs: Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Florence (LdM) has partnered with Marist College to offer the first four-year U.S. Bachelor’s Degree Program in Florence. This degree program has been designed to meet the academic needs of qualified students from around the world. The program gives students the opportunity to interact with participants from a multitude of cultures and build the kinds of skills and experience they need to succeed in the increasingly complex global job market. Marist College is a master’s-level comprehensive institution with its main campus in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Marist-LdM program is offered as  a satellite degree program. Upon completion of this program, students receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Marist College. All coursework and related activities, including online coursework, are conducted at the LdM sites in Italy. Transfer students from educational institutions worldwide and students who have completed other LdM programs are eligible to apply for entry into the second or third year of the program. Credit for work already completed is granted on an individual basis after evaluation.


  • Lorenzo de’ Medici Graduate Programs: Academic Programs International and Marist College invite students to join the Marist-LdM Graduate Degree Program in partnership with Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy. This degree program has been designed to meet the academic needs of qualifi ed students from around the world. The M.A. in Museum Studies is an interdisciplinary advanced degree program which aims to provide students with an understanding of how museums operate within their social and cultural contexts. Drawing on faculty from the U.S., U.K. and continental Europe, courses are taught using a variety of innovative methods, yet they share two fundamental core principles which are embedded in the program’s philosophy: 1) museums’ engagement with the public is paramount and 2) museums vary greatly across the globe and therefore must be studied from an international comparative perspective.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • Italian
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Political Science and Government
  • Philosophy
  • Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Italian Studies
  • Italian Language, Literature
  • History
  • Geography
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Drama, Theater, Theatre Arts
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Culinary Arts
  • Chemistry
  • Business
  • Architecture History, Architectural Criticism
  • Archeology
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API / Academic Programs International Scholarships

The API regional scholarships (Asia/Middle East, Europe, Latin America) provide awards that range from $250 to $800 per session. All API students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. The scholarship is both need and merit-based. We will review your academic record, essays and financial need as stated in your own words. This scholarship is offered to quarter/semester, academic year, and summer students.

$250-$800

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
3.0+ GPA, Letter of recommendation, two essays,

API is pleased to support students who are the first in their families to attend a college or university. The First Generation Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 per session and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher Be a first-generation college student (i.e., parents and grandparents did not attend a college or university). Show financial need. Letter of recommendation, two essays,

This scholarship is offered to API participants who attend a community or technical college in the U.S., and awards range from $250 to $750 per session.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Letter of recommendation, two essays,

The API STEM scholarship is offered for API participants who are studying science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The API STEM Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, and summer students.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to be eligible to apply, students must meet the following requirements: Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Major in an area classified as a STEM field (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). Special consideration will be given to students who are taking courses related to their major while abroad. Show financial need. Letter of recommendation Two essays

The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Students participating in an API program who have been awarded a Gilman scholarship will be eligible to receive up to $1,000 in matching contributions from API for a study abroad program, or up to $500 in matching contributions from API for an intern abroad program. To receive this award, Gilman winners should indicate their scholarship details on their financial aid information after acceptance to an API study abroad program.

Up to $1,000

Deadlines:
See Gilman deadlines in link below.

Guidelines/Requirements:
See Gilman requirements in link below.

API is proud to provide a diversity scholarship in order to support students from a variety of backgrounds. The API Diversity Scholarship award ranges from $250 to $750 and is available for academic year, quarter/semester, or summer students. In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student.

$250-$750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
In order to qualify for this scholarship, students must be one or more of the following: a U.S. military veteran, a non-traditional student (30 years old or older), a student with a disability, a minority student, and/or a LGBTQ student. Letter of recommendation Two essays

It is not an easy task to juggle the demands of college athletics with academic responsibilities while pursuing other interests on campus. API supports both current and college-bound student-athletes participating on our programs. We welcome student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA to apply.

$250- $750

Deadlines:
FALL/YEAR: June 10 SPRING SEMESTER / WINTER QUARTER PROGRAMS: October 15 SPRING QUARTER: December 15 SUMMER: April 1

Guidelines/Requirements:
Only for student-athletes across all divisions of the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA. Students applying must also have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, and submit a letter of recommendation and two essays.

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