Istituto Lorenzo de'Medici (LdM) ROME Program
After 40 years of growth and experience, Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) is known as Italy's most distinctive and established study abroad institution. In an exciting new extension of its activities, LdM opened its newest campus in the heart of Italy's capital in Spring 2007.
LdM Rome campus is located in the center of the historic city. The facilities form part of an elegant Umbertine palace constructed at the end of the 19th century, located on Via XX Settembre, one of the most important streets of the city. LdM Rome campus building has been renovated to provide modern and functional rooms that include luminous studios and classrooms. Many of the major city sites and monuments of Rome, such as the Spanish Steps, the Quirinale, the Via Veneto, and the Trevi Fountain are within walking distance of the school.
LdM Rome premises provide students with an array of services such as reading rooms, an exhibition space, studios, and a computer lab. The new facility also has a developing English language reference library. This central location can be easily reached from any part of the city by public transportation. LdM is situated between two metro stops, numerous bus lines, and is less than five minutes away from the central rail station (Termini) that services both airports. LdM Rome provides a variety of ways for students to get involved in student clubs and organizations, daily sports and cultural activities, guest lectures and film screenings, city excursions and community service opportunities.
A series of short video clips depicting views and highlights of LdM programs are linked below:
Rome is an extraordinary synthesis of cultures from the Mediterranean region, North Africa, Europe, and an increasingly global community. The city seamlessly fuses the macrocosm of a large metropolis with the microcosm typical of small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts, in a way that is fresh and spontaneous.
It is home to world recognized monuments and locations that have been celebrated throughout the world. Rome itself forms a unique backdrop for many artistic and cultural events such as music, cinema, concerts, and sporting fixtures. The hills, piazzas, fountains, cobbled streets, and churches are a testimony to a great heritage, but at the same time provide a contemporary setting for the active social and cultural life of the thriving modern city.
Spending any amount of time in the Eternal City is an experience that has kept visitors and pilgrims captivated for centuries. Whether the inspiration comes from a quiet spot in Rome's parks, powerfully evocative ruins, Renaissance or Baroque palaces, or the awe-inspiring art of Vatican City, Rome continues to stimulate the senses.
The unique history of Italy's capital allows for the study of ancient cultures as well as contemporary political and international issues. LdM Rome students can choose courses in traditional subjects such as history, classical civilizations, art and literature, or more contemporary subjects such as international business, political science, film studies, philosophy and religion, environmental studies or Italian language. Rome's thriving economic and political heart focuses largely on the exciting worlds of politics and international relations, business, media communications, art and fashion and tourism, and students will have the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of professionals and various national and international institutions located throughout the Italian capital.
All program participants register for at least 3 credits of Italian Language. Elective courses are offered that may satisfy major requirements as well as fulfill some Humanities Core/LS curriculum categories.
The LdM course schedule spreadsheet linked below includes a column entitled "Marist Code/Title." The Marist Code indicates the Marist course equivalent for each LdM course.
LdM is "a school immersed in the city" and Rome is a "classroom without walls." Student life at LdM reflects this. Every student at LdM benefits from an extensive, mandatory orientation session aimed at giving essential information about academic needs and expectations, housing, culture and community, and Italian law. Orientation sessions usually also include practical walking tours. Additionally, LdM Rome students benefit from the regular contact and support of an energetic and dedicated team of Academic Advisors, who are accustomed to helping students adjust to the Italian environment. Every student at LdM is assigned an individual academic advisor.
Students are housed in furnished apartments (double or single bedroom) with four to five other LdM Rome program students. Apartments are not all in the same building, and no two apartments are the same. All the apartments are easily reached by the Metropolitana and other local public transportation.