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 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 with prior study of Italian language will take a placement test in Florence, to determine the most appropriate level for continued study.
LdM offers a limited number of unpaid internships which are listed as courses in the LdM course schedule.
LdM course schedules include an entry entitled "Marist Code" wherein the Marist course equivalent can be found.
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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 field trips, 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. Apartments are usually suitable for four or more students sharing double rooms; a limited number of singles and triples may be available. Please note that all apartments are NON-SMOKING.
Limited host family placements are offered. Students who enroll in the intensive Italian language program, or who are very interested in gaining fluency in the Italian language and deepening their knowledge of Italian culture and family structure, are encouraged to apply for host family accommodation.