Study Abroad

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

Study for a semester in the Italian capital of Rome, a modern cosmopolitan city with deep historical and cultural roots going back more than 2500 years. 


Students can study in Rome through Marist College’s partnership with Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM), and select from a broad range of courses from within the sciences, history and classical civilizations, art and architecture, international business, film, philosophy and religion, etc. 

Program Location

LdM Rome is located in an elegant Umbertine palace constructed at the end of the 19th century. The building is situated between two Metro stops, numerous bus lines, and is less than five minutes away from the central railway station (Termini) that connects to the city’s two airports (“Leonardo da Vinci”- Fiumicino and Ciampino). Many of the major sites and monuments of Rome, such as the Spanish Steps, the Quirinale, Via Veneto, and the Trevi Fountain, are within walking distance of LdM.  The premises provide students with an array of services, such as fully equipped classrooms and an art lab, a computer lab with free Internet access and printing for all LdM students. The building also has an extensive Wi-Fi network.

Through the years, LdM Rome has developed a strong connection with its neighborhood: bookstores, coffeehouses, restaurants and other businesses, which welcome LdM students and make them feel part of the city, as well as granting them special offers.


Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) is 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.


Students directly enroll at LdM and have access to courses hosted by the School of Italian Language and Culture, the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Sciences, and the School of Creative Arts.

  • All students are required to take an Italian language course suitable to their proficiency – from beginning to advanced options.
  • All courses offered to Marist students are taught in English

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

Located in the bustling center of the historic city, LdM Rome is fully immersed in the ancient Roman culture. It offers a small “green campus” that actively promotes respect for cultural diversity and the environment according to a specific green policy. This is an important feature of the study abroad experience that LdM Rome puts into practice every day, sharing it with all students: recycling, using recycled paper, saving energy and organizing different activities such as excursions to the Abruzzo National Park, the largest European park, and the Slow Down! Day, an opportunity to get back to a more natural rhythm of life.

Every student passes through an orientation session aimed at giving essential information about academic needs and expectations, housing, culture and community, and Italian law. Orientation sessions usually include practical walking tours.

At LdM Rome students can take advantage of a regular contact with and support of Student Advisors who are accustomed to helping students adjust to life in Italy. 

Organizations like the Italian Club offers students opportunities to engage with other students outside the classroom through participating in cultural events, attending film screenings or sporting events, etc. 


Students are housed in shared apartments with double or a limited number of single rooms.  Homestay options are available for students wishing to live with host families.  Some meals are covered for students living with host families.  A fuller explanation of LdM housing services can be found here.   

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.  Learn More >  

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 contact the Program Coordinator at

Additional information can be found on the LdM website

How to Apply and Get More Information

Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more information on the Marist Abroad application process.

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