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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy; Tuscania, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/30/2019 05/18/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Gemignani, Christine Cumulative GPA: 2.8
Language of Instruction: English, Italian Host Country Language: Italian
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: INTED
Program Description:


A Semester in Italy: Lorenzo de' Medici (Florence, Rome, Tuscania, Venice)

Check out Alison's blog from her semester in Florence!
For more information on summer programs please see Summer in Italy: Lorenzo de Medici.

Program Features

ItalyWhy Italy?

Lorenzo de' Medici is one of Italy's leading study abroad institutions, with centers in Florence, Rome, Tuscania and, most recently, Venice.

Lorenzo de' Medici offers approximately 2500 students each year the opportunity to live in the midst of Italian culture and share their study experience with others of different nationalities and has 150 instructors from Italy and around the world. Classroom-based liberal arts courses supplement traditional teaching methods by using the unrivaled opportunities that each of the locations offers for investigating the historical and cultural heritage of Italy and Europe in galleries, palaces, gardens, churches, and museums.




Florence is Lorenzo de' Medici's oldest and main location and hosts nearly one thousand students per semester. The institution occupies several different historic buildings in one of Florence's central neighborhoods. The broadest range of course offerings is available here. 

Lorenzo de' Medici's Rome location is in the historic center of the city near the main train station. The program in Rome is small, hosting no more than fifty students in a given term, so students receive superior personal attention.

Lorenzo de' Medici provides a truly unique experience in Tuscania. Like the Rome program, the program in Tuscania is small, hosting no more than fifty students in a given term, so students receive superior personal attention. Tuscania is an original hill town from the medieval age and is quiet, authentic, and off the beaten path. Lorenzo de' Medici has built a new state-of-the-art facility in Tuscania within the ancient walls of the old city.

The Three-Cities Program
Lorenzo de' Medici's Three-Cities Program offers an opportunity to experience Italy through study in three different locations. Students spend one month in Tuscania followed by one month in Rome, and then a month in Florence (Fall Semester) or Venice (Spring Semester). They follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses.
Transportation between locations is provided.




ItalyWhat courses?

Lorenzo de' Medici offers over 400 courses in the following areas: Anthropology; History of Architecture; Art History; Baking and Pastry; International Business; Classical Studies; Cultural Studies; Communications; Geography and Environmental Studies; Fashion Design; Film, Video, and Multimedia Production; Gender Studies; Graphic Arts; History; Italian Culinary Arts; Interior Design; Italian Language and Culture; Jewelry; Literature; Mathematics; Mediterranean Culinary Arts; Music, Cinema, and Theatre Studies; Nutrition and Health; Painting, Drawing, and Mixed Media; Performing Arts; Photography; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science and International Studies; Printmaking; Psychology; Restoration; Sculpture and Ceramics; Sociology; Wine Appreciation; Writing.

Course offerings differ by location.

STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are now available in the Rome program. Further detail is here.

Academic Dates and Course Catalog-Course Descriptions

Course Schedules

Click here for the 2017-2018 Academic Calendar.

Click here for the Fall 2018 Academic Calendar. 

Course transfer to ISU:
Students enroll in 12-15 credits at LdM. Courses transfer as the same credit amount as they are at LdM. In other words, a 3-credit course transfers to ISU as a 3-credit course. Courses transfer in to ISU at the level they are at LdM. In other words, a 300-level course transfers into your ISU record as a 300-level course.

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact your academic advisor.

Language requirement
Classes are taught in English. Students attending Lorenzo de' Medici do not need to know any Italian language. Students attending for a semester are required to enroll in an introductory Italian language course. Students attending during the January Intersession or any summer term are not required to take Italian language.


Cost and Scholarships

ItalyWhat will it cost?

The ISU Program Fee varies depending on the term applied for and the location. The ISU Program Fee for Fall 2018 is $11,900 for Florence, $12,400 for Rome, $10,300 for Tuscania, and $12,100 for the Three Cities Program.

The ISU Program Fee for all Lorenzo de' Medici programs includes tuition, fees, housing, and ISU's CISI health insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, food, and all other additional expenses.
The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." Qualified figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. Other includes all other fees.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Please note:
Lab fees, course materials and field trips are not included in the tuition costs and are therefore, not included in the ISU Program Fee. All Studio Art classes require students to buy their own materials, which can be bought on-site. To see the most recent list of additional costs, click here: LdM Additional Costs
This list is for general planning purposes only, as costs and requirements may change from term to term. Students will receive official course syllabi with updated information on site in Italy, and these syllabi will outline any additional fees and required materials.
Photo Courses have special requirements. Please read this if you have requested a photography course: LdM Photo Courses Camera Requirements. Requirements may change annually. 

Please be aware that in this program, withdrawing from the program involves the following penalties assessed by LdM (in addition to the standard ISU withdrawal penalties). Please note that the withdrawal date is the date that LdM receives their official withdrawal form.

45-31 days prior to the beginning of the term, the student will be liable for $500 tuition. 30-0 days prior to the beginning of the term, the student will be liable for half of the tuition cost. If the student withdraws after the start of the program, liability amounts to full tuition and no refund will be made by LdM. The student will be fully liable for the total tuition cost if no official notice of the student’s cancellation is received by LDM before the start of the program. 

Any cancellation must be communicated in a written withdrawal form which can be requested. Please remember that once the student arrives in Italy, no refund will be made for any reason whatsoever in the event of a student deciding to cancel change or vacate an assigned apartment. If a student cancels 45 days or MORE prior to the check-in date, the $300 security deposit and $1200 advance of the rent payment will be refunded. If a student cancels 44-31 days preceding the check-in date, the student will lose the security deposit (US$300) but will be refunded the $1200 advance of the rent payment. 30-11 days preceding the check-in date, the student is liable for the $300 security deposit and $1200 advance of the rent payment. If a student cancels 10-0 days preceding the check-in date – or fails to check-in to his or her housing assignment – the student is responsible for the full rental amount of the accommodation for the entire academic term. The student will be fully liable for the total housing cost and housing deposit if no official notice of the student’s cancellation is received by LDM before check-in. Please be aware that the $300 security deposit and housing rent are not kept by LDM but retained by the landlord to partially cover the loss of the occupant.

Scholarships are available here.



ItalyWhere will I live?

Shared student apartments typically house 2 to 8 students. Apartments are furnished and include kitchens. Single bedrooms are available for an additional fee. All housing facilities are within walking distance to Lorenzo de' Medici's buildings. For more details on housing visit the LdM Housing website.

Click here for a housing video. 

Dates and Contacts


Spring 2018:

   - January 30: Student Check-In
   - February 5: Semester Starts
   - May 18: Semester Ends
Academic Calendar

Fall 2018: 

   - August 28: Student Check-In
   - September 3: Semester Starts
   - December 14: Semester Ends
Academic Calendar

Important note when booking flights for Florence; arrival at check in must be by 4:30 PM



How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Take a look at the links below to see more information about LdM's Campus Life, Housing, Extracurriculars and helpful Brochures.

About LdM Tuscania
About LdM Florence
About LdM Rome

Cell Phones
This ISU program helps students set up a cell phone. Upon arrival there will be Italian phone provider representatives to help in the set-up process.

LdM Pre-Departure Guides
The following links are for the information packet for the current term.

Pre-Departure Guide FLORENCE Summer & Fall 2018

Important note when booking flights for Florence; arrival at check in must be by 4:30 PM