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
Based on 21 Reviews
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Yes. I am more independent, I became my own travel agent, I learned some Italian and now looking into minoring in Italian. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was definitely worthwhile, but instead of appreciating the rest of the world more it actually made me appreciate what I have at home more. I was always previously wanting to travel, travel, travel...and that's great and I do recommend that everyone travels at one point in their lives...but I realized t... - Saint Anselm College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
My experience was more worthwhile that I could ever write to you. It is something I don't think it can easily be explained. Studying abroad opened my eyes and my heart. I understood the ideas and values of a different culture and gained so much more appreciation for the world outside of America. I already see myself going back t... - University of Southern Maine View Entire Review
Yes! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
110% - University of Rhode Island View Entire Review
Worthwhile doesn't even begin to describe my study abroad experience! I found the sutdy abroad experience to be very empowering - to know that you can move to and live in a whole other country for an extended period of time, and thrive there is incredibly liberating and I have a much more "can-do" attitude since. My time in Ital... - Converse College View Entire Review
yes, definitely. completely new experience and culture. - University of Vermont View Entire Review
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I learned so much about the Renaissance and art, not to mention the Medici! I also enjoyed experiencing an other religious culture, although I still don't understand relics. - Rice University View Entire Review
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It was completely worthwhile. I had an amazing time and still after a year talk to my roommates. I learned about myself, others and immersed myself into a completely different culture. I was able to compare my home to my new home. I wouldn't take it back for anything. - Salem State College View Entire Review
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Yes it was very worthwhile, I learned a lot about myself. - Simmons College View Entire Review
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YES; I was able to find the passion of my life. - Simmons College View Entire Review
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There is no other opportunity that can teach you so much, help you grow more than you can imagine, give you experiences that make you make decisions on your own, and most of all let you learn so much about yourself. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Yes! - University of San Diego View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
I am thankful and feel lucky that I was able to spend 4 months outside of the US. This experience has opened my eyes to the world and has allowed me to learn so much about myself. I learned more about myself in 4 months than I have in 21 years. My experience abroad forced me out of my comfort zone and forced me to challenge my... - University of New Hampshire View Entire Review
Absolutely. People ask me this all the time, and I say that without a doubt that it was by far the best decision I've made so far. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with API (Academic Programs International): Florence - Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LDM)
Absolutely, I am so glad I studied abroad during my sophomore year because now it will influence my work throughout the rest of my college experience. My time abroad definitely changed my view on much of Europe socially as well as politically. My academic and artistic interests were not changed but intensified, and my future p... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I've gained so much cultural and academic knowledge that I'll never lose. - University of Hartford View Entire Review
yes! - Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. My Italian drastically improved - Stanford University View Entire Review
My study abroad experience was more than worthwhile. It was the highlight of my life and I wish more people could understand how absolutely amazing it was. I have learned so much and cannot wait to return to Europe to visit, live, or work. I would take any chance I got to return to Europe. In terms of my future plans I'm hopi... - Salem State College View Entire Review
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YES! I would not want to have had any different experience. I learned so many new skills that will carry with me throughout my life. I want to go back to Europe ASAP! - University of Hartford View Entire Review
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Study abroad was a fantastic idea. Not only do you learn about other cultures, but you also learn a lot about yourself. How well you cope with unfamiliar situations, adapt to other people and cultures, and adjust yourself accordingly. It's a great opportunity to step outside of your "bubble" and experience a place you might o... - University of Massachusetts Amherst View Entire Review
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This experience was by far one of the most pivotal times of my life. I made friends with people I never imagined I would be friends with, I met countless amounts of wonderful people, and I experienced a world that was so big but so small as well. My eyes were completely opened to a whole new way of life and culture that I coul... - University of Hartford View Entire Review
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Absolutely, I learned invaluable life skills that could never learn in a classroom. - 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
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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