Qualified St. Lawrence University students who have completed at least one semester of Italian are eligible to spend the fall or spring semester with the Lorenzo de Medici program in Italy. SLU students may select either the Rome or Tuscania campus. All students will take one Italian language course while on the program and choose additional courses from a variety of electives. Lorenzo de Medici organizes cultural activities for students, as well as three weekend field trips to other parts of Italy (all included in the program). For more 40 years Lorenzo de' Medici (LDM) has provided comprehensive education abroad programs rooted in their surrounding environments. Students can choose from over 400 courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, International Business, Economics, Political Science, Performing Arts and Italian Language and Culture.
- Based in Rome or Tuscania
- Fall or Spring semester
- Pre-requisites: 2.8 GPA; and one semester of college level Italian
- Students must take Italian
- Live with homestay families
Rome with its unparalleled history, is both an ancient and modern world capital. Rome is a city of 2.7 million comprised of small distinctive neighborhoods. The LdM Rome campus is located in the center of the historic city. 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. 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 rain station (Termini) that services both airports.
Tuscania is a small town of about 10,000 inhabitants located on a hilltop in central Italy. The LdM program in Tuscania is based on a full immersion. Because of the size of the town, its geographic location, and its pace, Tuscania is the perfect setting for friendly and frequent interaction with local Italians. Integration into the community is fundamental to the program and, in particular, to the Italian language courses, encouraging students to create real relationships in a cultural context and language that is different from their own. The LdM Tuscania campus is situated in the historical town center, in a renovated building that is incorporate in the medieval stone walls.
LDM courses are designed to complement a variety of academic majors as well as to enrich the student's experience, education, and skills. Please see the LdM web site for further information on available courses:
The courses offered at LdM vary in the amount of credit. Students must register for a total of 15 credits.
LdM provides students with an extensive orientation upon arrival. The orientation sessions are designed to assist the student in adapting to the new environment and include information on a variety of different topics such as: safety, security, immigration (Permit of Stay), student services (clubs, counseling services, etc), academic information, housing, academic fieldtrips and practical everyday life issues, all intended to ensure a positive cultural experience abroad.
As with most SLU Study Abroad Programs, SLU students are required live with homestay families. Living with a family, taking part in its daily routines, celebrations, and family discussions gives students a unique and enriching insight into Italian culture that they could not otherwise. In Rome, students will eat all breakfast and evening meals during the week with the host family and will be provided with a meal stipend for lunches and weekend meals. In Tuscania, students eat all weekday meals with the host family and receive a stipend for weekend meals.
Please click here to find the Program Calendar.
Pre-departure: The CIIS office organizes in depth orientation sessions on-campus prior to the students participation in the program. This includes a program specific session(s) in which the students will learn more about the program, local culture, academic expectations, and any other important information. There is also an orientation session lead by the CIIS office on culture shock, and what to expect, as well as safety and security while abroad.
On site: The LdM staff provides an extensive orientation session aimed at giving essential information about academic needs and expectations, housing, culture and community, and Italian law.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lorenzo de' Medici program please contact one of the following people.
CIIS Office: Kelley Lawson-Khalidi, Director of Off-Campus Programs - Questions about eligibility, program logistics, and other off-campus opportunities.
Peer Advisor: Kelsey Smith, Italy Spring 2014 - Questions about the student experience.
Faculty Coordinator: Dr. Marcella Salvi - Questions about program academics.