Founded in 1973 in Florence, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is Italy’s most comprehensive and well-established international institution in higher education. In addition to its main campus in Florence, LdM has campus in Rome, Tuscania, and Venice. Today, LdM hosts over 2800 students annually from all over the world. The educational opportunities at each of LdM’s four 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.
University: Lorenzo de Medici (Florence Campus: 2,500 students)
Minimum application requirements: 2.8 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Italy page for detailed information.
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 a as 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. While most classes are conducted in English, all Italian Language and Italian Culture courses are taught in Italian, ranging from beginning to advanced levels.
Note: All students participating in a semester study abroad program at LdM must take at least one Italian Language or Italian Language & Culture course.
For a list of other course offerings, please visit the Lorenzo de’ Medici course catalog.
To find out more about the school, visit the Lorenzo de’ Medici website.
For a taste of LdM’s internship offerings for academic credit, please go to LdM Internship Offerings.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
At each campus location, most students choose to live in apartments with other LdM students, as they are the most affordable and closest option to campus. Most of the apartments are just a 5-20 minute walk or short bus ride from LdM.
The student apartments are usually composed of 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom(s), a kitchen, and a living room. Students are placed in double occupancy rooms and all apartments are furnished with bedding, towels, furniture, and cooking utensils. Single rooms are available at an additional cost. Student beds are twin size beds that are approximately 35″ x 47″.
Most apartments have washing machines, and hanging clothes to dry is more common than dryers in Italy. Students may select a single room for a supplemental fee; however, there are a limited number of single rooms available, and assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. All apartments are provided with Internet service. They are not provided with a phone or air conditioning.
Meals are self-catered.
Note that the Florence campus does not offer an airport pick-up service. However, you will be provided with exact instructions on how to get to campus by taxi (the cost, the location, requesting a receipt, etc.) in your arrival information. You will also receive contact phone numbers for on-site staff, in case you have any issues.
Review the Spring 2015 Apartment Housing Information and Application for more information.
Students also may choose to live in an Italian home for their term at LdM. Students who are very interested in improving their Italian language skills or deepening their understanding of Italian culture and the Italian family can benefit greatly from this immersion experience.
Students living in a homestay can choose single (where available) or double accommodations and are provided with internet service, a weekly change of linens, weekly laundry and cleaning service, and breakfast and dinner 5 days a week.
Review the Spring 2015 Homestay Housing Information and Application for more information.
Lorenzo de’ Medici offers students a number of student clubs and activities within and beyond the cities of Florence, Rome, and Tuscania, which help students adjust to and participate with the host community. Student clubs allow students with similar interests and curiosities an avenue to develop and increase their skills, flair, and background together in a completely different social environment. Club topics include writing, dance, cinema, music, volunteering, photography, and athletics. Clubs are open to all semester LdM students and offer free or low-cost club memberships. More information on student clubs can be found on the LdM website at http://www.lorenzodemedici.org/clubs.html.
Additional student activities include guided visits to historic sites, social activities (for example, dinners at characteristic local restaurants, allowing students to sample Italy’s exceptional cuisine), seasonal festivals, special events and conferences, theatre, concerts, and much more. (Some of these events require additional fees paid by the students)
Each semester, Lorenzo de’ Medici offers a number of excursions to exciting destinations. Detailed information about these excursions is sent to students prior to their term abroad. As space can be limited, students are encouraged to pre-register/pre-pay for any excursions they are sure they want to attend. Registration also is possible on-site, but the cost must be paid in euro and registration is subject to availability. Note: the costs of excursions require additional fees paid by the students.
For a sampling of excursions offered in the past, review the Sample Excursions document.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$21,059.00||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, HPU fees, and HPU housing.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
Students choosing to live with a host family will receive a full housing credit, and then will be billed by LdM for their homestay accommodation (see Residence Life for more information).
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
Check out the blogs from some of the past HPU students studying at Lorenzo de’ Medici:
Read about Human Relations major Paige Karn’s experience in Italy below:
I had travel to Florence, Italy years before with my family and fell in love with the city so much that I vowed to return. While applying to colleges my senior year of High School I made sure that each college had a respectable study abroad program because I knew that it was something that I was interested in. I knew that studying aboard would be a once in a lifetime opportunity that I could not afford to pass up. Once I was ready to experience this wonderful opportunity I immediately chose Florence because of it’s culture, location, history, and of course food.
The City/Country: Florence was an amazing place to study aboard for many different reasons. The city itself was small enough that you were able to travel by foot and everything was in walking distance, but it was large enough that you were able to see new sights almost every day. Florence had the feeling of an old country with some modern touches. I truly felt as if I was in Italy everyday walking around the city on cobblestone streets because of the culture that I was surrounded by. Walking down side streets I would run into leather markets, street artist and performers and then would find a delicious small pizzeria or restaurant. Italian people were also very nice, warm people and I only had good experiences with them. Another plus of studying here was that most Italians understood English well enough that you were able to communicate. Italy is also very easy country to travel to and from because European countries were just a short plane or train ride away.
The University/ Classes: When I began researching the different programs located in Florence I decided on Lorzenzo de’Medici because they offered a variety of different classes that would allow me to continue my classes for my major but also allowed me the chance to emerge more into the culture by taking art history or an Italian cooking class. The University did not have a campus in the city. Instead the campus buildings were spread throughout the city in about a 7-mile radius. Navigating throughout the city to your class buildings however was not difficult and it allowed you the opportunity to see more of the city. The professors are Italian but the classes are taught in English. The students are all part of the Lorenzo de’Medici program and are primarily American, but there are other international students.
Accommodation/Meals: This program offers different choices of accommodations to choose from. You are able to chose between living with an Italian family or living in apartment with other students. I chose to live in the apartment with other students and was placed in a apartment with six other girls. The apartment had a wonderful location of overlooking the Arno River and was very central in the city. The apartment came furnished with furniture, kitchen utensils and a washing machine. The University does offer a meal plan, however Florence is full of markets selling fresh meats, cheeses, fruits, and vegetables, and part of the experience of being abroad for me was cooking delicious Italian food at home. Besides the food markets there are many delicious restaurants.
Travel/Activities: The University offers traveling opportunities throughout Italy which allows you to travel with other students at your University. Or there are many other wonderful companies that offer opportunities to travel with groups of students at different Universities throughout Europe, which is a great way to meet, other students. I used companies to travel and also traveled on my own, and I found it to be very easy to plan trips at very affordable costs. The school also offers different clubs that you can join which is a great way to meet other students.
Advice: Be open to new experiences that this city will bring you and take advantage of your time while you are aboard by embracing the culture differences. Be sure to travel as much as possible but to still take the time to experience Italy and Florence. Florence is a very welcoming city to foreign students; however do be careful when you are out at night of your personal belongings, because there are thefts here just like any other city. But above all have a wonderful experience!