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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A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
I am so lucky to have stumbled upon this program. I was on this very site a year ago and picked API from one of these reviews, and I am so thankful that I did. It was such a life changing experience. All I knew was that I wanted to study abroad, but I had no idea what the difference between the various programs were. Thankfully,... - University of Central Arkansas View Entire Review
I gained a lot of things, more confidence and an experience that can never be replaced - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
It's difficult to put into words what I learned from my experience abroad, but I basically learned about myself - my ambitions, my strengths, my weaknesses. I learned to have patience, to be curious, and to always be willing to try new things. It was by far the best 4 months of my life, and I couldn't be more thankful for having... - Bryant University View Entire Review
I learned alot about myself and how independent i can be - Illinois State University View Entire Review
yes, it opened my eyes to many different cultures - Bryant University View Entire Review
i had the time of my life. I got to experience many different cultures from my various trips and made freinds with people i will never forget - Bryant University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
Completely worthwhile! It changed my perspective and completely tore down any barriers I had in terms of a "worldly" point of view. I realized I knew almost nothing! I now want to set out and learn as much as I can from the world around me. - Bryant University View Entire Review
Past Review Fun In Florence
I learned to open up more than I have before and I also learned how to adjust to living in a new place and without some of the normal things I would have at home. - Bryant University View Entire Review
i wouldnt trade it for the world. - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
I loved it! Being away from home was a new experience for me and I really gained a sense of independence and it opened my eyes to all different cultures. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
DUHHH - University of Hartford View Entire Review
This could take me days to answer... If I haven't explained myself already, OF COURSE my experience abroad was worthwhile. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
Before you go abroad, most people tell you that it is going to be a life changing experience. Although this is true, you may not realize this change until you are well into your semester abroad, or perhaps not even until you come home. During my time abroad, I did a lot of traveling throughout Italy and to many of the surroundin... - Bryant University View Entire Review
I was opened to many different perspectives on life as well as having my own changed. I got to see and learn so much its hard to just pick out one thing I learned or that one thing that I will carry with me forever because I will carry this whole experience with me for the rest of my life. - University of Maine at Orono View Entire Review
I gained a respect for other cultures and to be more confident in myself. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
Past Review Amazing
I learned a lot of independence - Illinois State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
I learned so much from this experience, I don't even know where to begin. If I could stay in Florence forever, I would. I came back such a different person. I have an incredible need to travel everywhere. My Italian language skills improved just by walking around, observing and listening. I was encouraged to try new things in so... - Quinnipiac University View Entire Review
I gained an understanding of how diverse this world is. It made me realize just how much there is to still learn as well. This makes me want to find a way in the future to continue to experience other cultures. - Bryant University View Entire Review
Interpersonal skills, communicating in another language, independence, and money management skills. - Bryant University View Entire Review
YES - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I was able to communicate with people of a different language and I learned how to be an adult. If I wanted something to happen, I would have to make it happen. You learn how to budget your money, react in scary situation, and be flexible if your travel arrangements did not work out. - University of Kentucky View Entire Review
My experience was definitely worth while. I learned so much and became a better person. I will never forget my time abroad. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile! It was honestly the best experience of my life, thus far! I wish I could do it over again 10 more times, and hopefully I will have the opportunity to go abroad again, now that one of my favorite things to do is travel! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and the kind of goals and directions I want to go in life. I am now looking to teach abroad in either international schools or mission-oriented schools. I absolutely love learning new cultures and cannot wait to go for it. - Grove City College 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
Minimum GPA:
2.75
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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 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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