Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici (LdM) Florence Program
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The LdM Program in Florence offers students the opportunity to experience the many layers of Florentine culture and history, while actively participating in Florentine daily life. Participants in this program may pursue intensive Italian language study or enroll in a range of elective liberal studies courses. Elective courses are taught in English. A limited number of internship opportunities are offered and may require intermediate to advanced ability in Italian language.
Students on this program will develop a greater understanding of Italian life and culture, both past and present, from one of its greatest cities.
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, the Monastery of St. Mark, the Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Museum, and the Pitti Palace are some of the many sites that make Florence a truly beautiful city.
The Program is organized in conjunction with the Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici, a well-known institution founded in 1972 as one of the first schools in Florence designed 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 with long experience in their academic fields and in teaching American students.
All Florence program participants enroll in a 3-credit course in Italian language. Italian language levels range from beginning through advanced.
Students who have prior studies in Italian language will take a placement test in Florence to determine the most appropriate level for continued study. Elective courses are offered that may satisfy major requirements as well as fulfill some Humanities core curriculum categories.
The LdM course schedule spreadsheets linked below include a column entitled "Marist Code/Title." The Marist Code indicates the Marist course equivalent for each LdM course.
Orientation in Florence is designed to provide students with information on a variety of different topics such as: safety, security, immigration (Permit of Stay), student support services, clubs, academic information, living in Florence, academic fieldtrips, and practical everyday life issues -- all intended to ensure a positive cultural experience abroad. Attendance at orientation in Florence is mandatory for all participants.
Students are normally housed in furnished apartments within 30 minutes walking distance of the Institute. Students who enroll in the intensive Italian language program may choose to live with a host family.