Marist Italy: Florence - Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) Institute

Study at Marist’s branch campus in Florence through its partnership with Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM), and take advantage of a selection of over 400 courses, its international faculty, the dynamic academic community, and broad range of services and support for Marist students.

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Program Location

Florence is the capital of Tuscany and a modern cosmopolitan city of just over 400,000 people. The city, a focal point during the Italian Renaissance, is famous for its intellectual and artistic history, having produced some of the greatest (and most infamous) artists and thinkers of its time, including Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Donatello, Dante and Machiavelli. Today, Florence has much to offer with Italian Renaissance architecture, museums, shops, and theaters. The Ponte Vecchio Bridge, the National Library, the Santa Maria del Fiore, the Santa Croce, San Marco, the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, and the Pitti Palace are some of the many sites that make Florence a truly beautiful city.


The Program is organized in conjunction with Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), a well-known institution founded in 1972 as one of the first schools in Florence to teach Italian as a second language. Students come from all over the world to study Italian or follow other courses of study at the Institute, creating an international environment that stimulates cultural exchange. The faculty and administration of the Institute are outstanding educators and academics, with a wealth of experience teaching American students.


  • All students are required to take an Italian language course suitable to their proficiency – from beginning to advanced options.
  • Select from over 400 courses taught in English.
  • Located in Tuscany, Florence is ideal for students interested in studying the humanities, creative arts, design, or courses covering Italian language and culture.

Full-semester programs run during the Marist calendar offering students a chance to study in Italy without interrupting their graduation plans.

Student Life & Co-curricular Content

While students are formally enrolled at LdM, courses often engage the vast resources Florence has to offer – the architecture, the museums, and other cultural resources.  Supporting classroom lectures, excursions designed by faculty and staff at LdM not only expose students to other parts of Italy and Europe, but also compliment their coursework.

Internship opportunities available at institutions like museums or with local artisans and small companies.

Student Advisors assist students throughout their stay with cultural adjustment and any logistical issues.

LdM offers a range of student activities (e.g., “Artisanal Handicrafts” or “Food and Cooking”).


Students on the Florence program live in furnished apartments located within the central historic neighborhoods of Florence.  All student apartments are located within reasonable walking distance from campus.   Marist Residence Directors maintain and support students while in residence.

Program Cost

The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodations, program orientation, LdM scheduled academic excursions, and GeoBlue health insurance.

Admission criteria

  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA at the time of application
  • Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
  • Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework

How to Apply

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early.  Information on how to apply can be found by clicking on the link here.  

Marist students must complete the Marist Abroad application and be accepted before applying to the overseas program.

Additional Information

If you have any additional questions about the program, please contact the Director of International Programs. Additional information can be found on the LdM website