May 05th, 2021

Lorenzo de’ Medici

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Semester Abroad
Lorenzo de’ Medici
Florence, Italy; Tuscania, Italy
Ideal for Interior Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Visual Merchandising Design students, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is Italy’s most comprehensive and well-established international institution in higher education with campuses in Florence and Tuscania. The educational opportunities at LdM’s campuses are deeply rooted in their surrounding environments, allowing students to experience first-hand the inspiring culture of both historical and contemporary Italy.

LdM integrates formal, university-level learning with an emphasis on personal growth, individual engagement, and community responsibility. Dedicated international professors, small class sizes, and inspiring academic field trips make learning at LdM a distinctive and enriching experience for the individual within the context of an international community.

Each city is used as a classroom with its monuments, artwork, industry, and people serving as invaluable resources. LdM students have integral roles in conferences, festivals, LdM News and film productions, archaeological digs, restoration projects, fashion shows, and other events, richly complementing the student’s academic experience.
Program Fees
Tuition & Academic Fees
Standard HPU rates to be paid to HPU.
LdM rates to be paid to LdM.
Meals are self-catered.
Health & Safety Plan
At the time of publishing, the rate is estimated at $325 per semester, to be paid to HPU.
Additional Expenses
Students will be responsible for all travel, immigration, and personal and other expenses.
Lorenzo de’ Medici
Florence, Italy; Tuscania, Italy
Applications are due during the spring semester prior to the study abroad term.
Fall Semester Study Abroad:
- September through December
- Application Deadline: March 1

Spring Semester Study Abroad:
- January through May
- Application Deadline: May 1
2.8 GPA & Sophomore Status
Office of Global Education, Cottrell Hall, Suite 142
Academic Program
While most classes are conducted in English, all Italian Language and Italian Culture courses are taught in Italian, ranging from beginning to advanced levels. All students studying abroad for a semester at LdM must take at least one Italian Language or, for those with an advanced Italian proficiency, an Italian Language & Culture course (taught in Italian). Additionally, students studying for language immersion should opt for home-stay housing. Note: Students enrolled in a formal certificate (Sustainable Product Design, Sustainable Furniture Design, Visual Communication for Fashion, or Fashion Design) are exempt from this requirement.

Students not enrolled in a formal certificate will need to list 9 unique courses on their LdM-specific application following review of their HPU study abroad application and confirmation of their LdM nomination. One course will be an Italian language course, then the remaining will include four courses of their choosing plus four alternates. Note: alternates cannot be different sections of the same course, as the Registrar will work to fill students in alternate sections before moving to alternate courses.
Design Certificates
LdM offers four design certificates for our Interior Design and Fashion Merchandising Majors. These are available during the Spring semester for Juniors studying Interior Design or Fashion Merchandising, who have completed and passed all courses required for the major by the December prior to departure. Students electing to study a certificate will enroll in the classes listed and are exempt from the language requirement. When completing the application, please list the certificate name on your Course Equivalency Approval Form and have your form signed by your academic advisor. Equivalencies have been approved already by the Department Chair. These certificates are:

-Sustainable Product Design
-Sustainable Furniture Design
-Visual Communication for Fashion
-Fashion Design