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Study abroad in Florence, Rome, Tuscania, or Venice, Italy this year at Lorenzo de' Medici! LdM is fully dedicated to enabling students to meet their potential while both developing their personal creativity and interacting with the global community. Check out some of their great study abroad programs below!

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Via Faenza, 43
50123 Florence FI
Italy

Reviews

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Carly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lorenzo De Medici provided an amazing experience that will forever be in my heart. I have endless amounts of memories that will never fade. My favorite memories are sitting on the Piazza de Michelangelo drinking wine and eating cheese listening a women playing the guitar. I also love when the two guys play on the Ponte Vecchi at night while everyone stands around enjoying the view and the music. It's always a relaxing scene that puts all the stress away.

What would you improve about this program?
Better housing. Some apartments were big and great and some were very small.
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Angela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad in the heart of Florence was the chance of a lifetime and was one of the best experiences of my life thus far. Everything from the cuisine, to the social scene were amazing and something that I had never imagined. One of the best parts of my study abroad experience was my teacher and the class I took regarding archaeology and Florence. I was able to learn so much about the history of Florence, Fiesole and what remains hidden underneath both of these historic sites. There is so much history and it is difficult to capture it all in a short time, but my teacher at Lorenzo De'Medici made it easy.

What would you improve about this program?
The one downfall to taking a summer study abroad course is that a lot of information and classwork has to be squeezed into four weeks. For students going abroad for a semester, most had off every Friday so they were able to travel more often, but because of the brevity of my program, we sometimes had class on Fridays. This eliminated some options for travel on certain weekends.
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Amy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying at Lorenzo de' Medici gives you the unique opportunity to live and study in the heart of Firenze. Firenze is truly a walking town, which makes it easy to get lost, and thus get to know the old city as you take courses in different buildings throughout the city. Learning Italian is not necessary; however, will open up your experience to that many more incredible opportunities. Their is a large emphasis on relating whatever courses you take to the Italian culture: Italian food and wine, sociology of the mafia, all the arts and fashion. A great school that makes sure you get the most out of the experience as you'd like to.

What would you improve about this program?
The school's attendance policy hindered the ability to travel and explore the rest of Italy and Europe. In my opinion if you can maintain your grades and participate in the class then there should not be a policy which detracts large percentages of your overall grade. Some home institutes transfer the grades directly, rather than pass or no pass.
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad with Lorenzo de Medici spring 2011. I came through marymount manhattan college in nyc. The Mosaic class, and the fresco restoration class were my two favorites. I loved our housing in particular because we were located in such a prime spot. Right on Bogo Pinti - we had access to all the most exciting night life as well as easy access to shopping, sight seeing and our classes! Every time I traveled on the weekends I was happy to come home to florence and my cozy little school.

What would you improve about this program?
The library could be better.
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Smriti
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

While I was in Florence for 4 months, I attended the LDM school to take classes for my Studio Art Minor. With the guidance of the instructors, I was challenged and thus, improved immensely. The instructors were very helpful and I learned a lot during my time there. What is even more exciting is talking about an artist and their work in class and then going to the museum and seeing it in person the next day! Florence has excellent food, museums, and places for fun. The program also offers clubs for students to join in order facilitate social and cultural experiences. All in all, it was a good experience and I would repeat it again in a heart beat.

What would you improve about this program?
At LDM, the majority of the students are American and so are many of the instructors. I went to Italy in hopes to have an more immersed cultural experience; I was under the impression that I would interact and befriend some local Italians. However, all the friends I made were other Americans and the opportunity to safely interact with locals was limited. I think the program could improve by facilitating a relationship between their students and the local community.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you decide to study abroad at LdM in Florence, Italy?

I was a history minor and heard great things about Florence. Due to certain preservation laws the city looks much like it once did hundreds of years ago. You won't see large buildings and paved streets. Coming from NYC, Florence or Firenze sounded like a welcome treat.

What made your study abroad experience unique and special?

I went abroad with a few friends from college who are still my good friends today. Being able to live abroad really opens your mind to what else is out there. I would advise every student to study abroad. It helps you gain a much better perspective of what is out there. There is also something very special about learning about a place while actually living there.

How has this experience impacted your future?

Studying abroad helped me to become more independent and also helped shape my vision of the world. It was a wonderful experience.