API Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

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API students in Florence study at Lorenzo de’ Medici - The Italian International Institute (LdM). Come see this rich Italian culture first-hand on one of API's most popular programs! The campus is primarily located in a 13th century AD convent in the heart of Florence. The facilities have been modernized and the city surroundings offer students a canvas on which to learn, create and challenge themselves in their academic and personal endeavors. LdM offers students a wide selection of courses from The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Creative Arts, The School of Design and The School of Italian Language and Culture.

Live and study in the heart of Florence alongside a thriving international student community. Explore the birthplace of the Renaissance, and so much more of Italy with API's included excursions to places such as famous Cinque Terre, Venice, Tuscany, Rome and more!

Highlights
  • Walk the streets of Florence and relive the ancient history with the greats that have walked the same cobblestones
  • API Florence staff offer cultural activities within the city such as a glassblowing show, wine tastings (and pizza tastings!), soccer match, opera night, and more!
  • API Gives Back - Florence offers various volunteer opportunities within the city for API students

Scholarships

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API Scholarships and Financial Aid Information

API awards approximately $500,000 in study abroad scholarships annually ranging from $250 -$1,000 per student.

Value
$250 - $1,000

Popular Programs

Florence

API students who want to study abroad in Florence for a semester may choose from over 400 courses at Lorenzo de’ Medici- Florence (LdM). Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects across the arts, humanities, business, and international relations. In addition to the free-elective course structure, several additional opportunities are available including internships, certificate programs, and professional development opportunities.

Duomo

Students who choose to study abroad in Florence with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM) – Florence may elect to take 1 or 2 courses per four-week term; alternatively, they may elect to pursue a 6-credit workshop course.

Design

API students have an unprecedented opportunity to learn from some of the best fashion and design minds in the world through study in this traveling program between Paris and Florence. Students begin in Paris at Parsons Paris – The New School, and then continue on to finish the program in Florence at Polimoda.

Questions & Answers

Our semester programs typically include 2-3 daytrips as well as 1-2 weekend trips around Italy! Summer programs also include daytrips within the cost of the program. API also includes cultural activities within Florence itself such as culinary classes, walking tours, gelato runs, play and operas, museum visits, etc. Activities and excursions may vary by session so please check our website or give...

API has a special housing form where you can request to live with a particular person or group of people. We do our best to accommodate mutual roommate requests for your time abroad. If you don't have someone in mind to room with, we do include questions on habits, study preferences, lifestyle preferences, etc. to match you with like-minded participants. If you have any additional questions about...

We love that students want to take advantage of traveling around Europe while studying abroad. Students use a variety of ways to travel so it depends on your plans, destinations, and budget. Some students love using cheap flights like EasyJet, RyanAir, or other budget airlines. Other students use trains and buses to get where they need to go for a weekend adventure as they're easy to navigate and...

Hi, you can travel by yourself. I traveled to a few cities on my own during the week at one point. Also, API plans weekend trips for you but you aren't necessarily required to attend so you can travel elsewhere during that time. Also during your free weekends you are free to travel.

Reviews

9.52 Rating
based on 23 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.2
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Juliana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Truly A Life Changing Experience

Studying abroad in Florence for a semester was by far the best decision I could have made. The fact that you're able to leave the US for a semester and immerse yourself in an entirely different culture than your own is so exciting. From the minute I got to Florence I felt this sense of home away from home and was surprised by how quickly I was able to pick up on my surroundings and able to navigate the city on my own. That was very comforting to me, especially being so far away. API helped tremendously with feeling comfortable during this transition and was with us every step of the way until we were settled in. I was shocked by how equipped and nice our apartment was, it was very clean and spacious for an apartment right in the city. It came with all the supplies needed for cooking and cleaning. My apartment was so close to the Duomo and I always felt safe both in my apartment complex and whenever I was walking outside. If anything breaks or isn't working properly, API is on top of it! They were always quick to respond and fixed any issues in a timely manner. All of the program directors were awesome, they helped in any way they could whether it was getting in contact with parents, academics/home universities, or finding out what restaurant to eat at, they were always happy to help. The API program also included amazing weekend excursions to various cities outside Florence so you got to see other parts of Italy. This was definitely a highlight and something that's really unique to the program. Overall this was an experience I will never forget and the best semester of my life. It truly changed who I am and I can't wait to go back to the city that has such a special place in my heart.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to take advantage of everything Florence has to offer because once your back home you're gonna wish you had done more. Even if you're tired from the day, go to the Michaelangelo steps whenever you can, I miss watching the sunset so much! Go for tons of walks, make friends with the locals, and immerse yourself into the culture, it will only make your experience that much better!
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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester of my Life

I cannot lie when I tell you that this was the best semester of my life. Florence itself felt like home right away. From the program directors to my professors to my fellow program members, everyone was so welcoming and kind. I immersed myself as much as I could in the culture with the help of all the extra programs and activities that API offered. My apartment was very spacious and had supplied us with all the essentials. The program includes many excursions (weekend and day trips) in which were so enjoyable. Our program directors were so funny, and always were smiling! They also were always there to provide guidance or recommendations! I felt that they were always accessible both on excursions and in Florence. It was easy just to stop into the API center to ask a question or just say hi! Overall, living in the city center of Florence, Italy can never be topped. It is truly surreal to see pictures and just think "Oh I lived right off of this street" or "If you're looking at the Santa Croce church you can see the door to the apartment where I lived". This program allowed me to step out of my comfort zone and truly immerse. Best. Semester. Ever.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I feel that in new cultures there are always some very unique foods. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone here and tried to always try something fun off the menu. I tried a wild boar sauce pasta and lots more seafood than I have ever eaten before!
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Hailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The MOST Beautiful Month

Hands down the best experience in my 21 years of life. A full month abroad in the most beautiful city. The ladies of API Florence planned the best weekend excursions. We saw some of Italy's most famous spots and were on the most informational tours. We really got the full experience just in a short 5 weeks. The program also provided some really fun activities like gelato making, tours of Florence, cooking classes and more. As for the classes, so informational and helpful. I would do it all over again in a heart beat.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Two words: wild boar. Most interesting meat I've ever tried thanks to Florence. They really love to serve it over there, definitely worth a try. Oh, and rabbit. I tried rabbit gnocchi and let's just say it was very interesting.
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Jill
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great and friendly API Staff

Although it was almost 10 years ago (eek!) that I studied abroad in Florence, Italy with API, I still have fond and positive memories of my time there. They were extremely accommodating and helpful as at that time I was the only student doing the year long program. I lived in two different apartments each semester and they did a fantastic job with matching me with compatible roommates. I am still in touch with some of them today! My apartment during the second semester was steps from the Duomo.. absolutely incredible!
For future participants I would highly suggest using API. I would only remind you that Florence is extremely touristy and one of the more popular study abroad destinations. Perfect, if this is your first long term trip as I'm sure you'll make lots of new friends from your home country and even find American style restaurants. If you want a more cultural and authentic experience I would suggest trying a different city, but continue with API!

What would you improve about this program?
I truly had a positive experience with API and have no specific recommendations on how to improve the program.
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Kristie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience of My Life

Seriously...BEST EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE! API's Study Abroad program in Florence, Italy is something that will resonate with me forever. The staff was overwhelmingly kind, welcoming, and they truly made us feel at home while abroad. API was so helpful from the minute I decided to study abroad, and kept that communication throughout my program, and even after I got home. Studying abroad can be intimidating, but it was comforting to know API was there if I needed anything. They also planned AMAZING excursions to places like Cinque Terre, Venice, Verona, and more. When I say amazing, I mean experiences that you read about on travel blogs. I couldn't be happier with my choice to study abroad with API in Florence. Since studying abroad, I became a Study Abroad Peer Ambassador at my school, started my own travel blog, and just came back from traveling in Europe for a month. Thanks for forever inspiring me, API!

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Cole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of my life

API's study abroad program at LdM in Florence is truly remarkable. I went in the summer of 2015 for a month and studied Italian and it was hands down the most incredible month of my life. Florence is absolutely the most amazing city in Italy, and probably in all of Europe. On top of that, the social scene there is great for college students, you will always run into people from all over the country that you would have never had the opportunity to meet without API. API put me in an ideal apartment, just a block from the Duomo, and 15 steps from Edoardo (the best gelato in Florence). API allows you to live with people from different universities and different backgrounds, and these people will become your closest friends on this trip. The opportunity to travel with your roommates on the weekends and go out and have a good time with them is the best part.
This program allowed me to meet some amazing people, see some amazing things, and have memories that will last a lifetime. This is hands down the best program available, Florence is a beautiful, inspiring place, you will never regret the decision to go.

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Krista
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Andiamo!

My experience studying abroad with API was better then I could have ever imagined! I was set up in an apartment on the Arno River, looking over the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge. Not only was the view amazing, but my roommates and I had live music outside our window almost every night. The school is located near the Duomo and the Central Market, so you are always in the middle of the excitement of Florence. LDM and API also provide a variety of free activities for students every week, including wine tastings, tours in the city, and live shows. Most importantly, there are tons of travel groups for students that make it VERY easy and inexpensive to travel Europe on the weekends! Also, API provides free excursions to cities in Italy like Rome, Venice, Verona, and Cinque Terre!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish more students would branch out and engage in Italian night life more. The American bars and clubs are very frequented by students.
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Heather
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Study Abroad in Florence!

Stepping off of the bus, onto the cobblestone in Florence was like a fairytale. The city is the most beautiful I have ever seen and the food is second to none. The university also offered great courses including Italian cooking, the impact of the Holocaust on Italian Jews, Italian philosophy, and much more. You could study almost anything here. I would highly recommend this program. We also got to go on excursions to classics like Rome and Venice to name a few.

What would you improve about this program?
It would be nice if the campus wasn't as spread out. One of the buildings was a 10 minute walk from the rest of campus. Not a huge deal, but during the winter it can be cold.