Study in Italy for a Semester or Year!
In 2013 Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) celebrated a major milestone: 40 years of offering international higher-education in Italy. Over forty years of experience have made LdM one of the most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions in Europe.
LdM Florence is situated in the heart of Tuscany, a region that alone has more classified historical monuments than any other country in the world. This makes LdM Florence the ideal choice for those interested in studying the humanities, creative arts, design and of course Italian language and culture. Students can choose from over 400 courses, all of which are taught in English, except for Italian language classes. Study Abroad programs range from academic semesters to summer courses and workshops, undergraduate Certificate programs and Bachelor’s Degree Programs.
As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence is celebrated as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo Galilei changed forever the way we see the world. For centuries travelers and admirers of the arts and culture have fallen in love with both the city and its enchanting countryside. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its unique monuments and architecture, in the modern era Florence has become the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world’s diverse cultures, ethnicities, ideas, and forms of creativity, while remaining faithful to its strong artistic tradition.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Late January to Mid May
For more information about the academic calendar please visit LdM's website
Students attending LdM have various housing options and LdM offers a free service to help them find accommodations at all of its campuses. Students generally live in shared apartments with other students or they can choose to live in homestays with a local Italian family, which include half board (meals).
Housing costs will be invoiced to Appalachian State and then placed on each student’s account.
For more information about housing please visit LdM’s accommodation web page.
Paid to Appalachian State
1The LdM tuition charge is based on a course load of 16 credits. An extra 3 credits will be $1000. Optional academic field trips are not included in the tuition.
|3OIED Program Development Fee
|Intl Health Development Fee
2Housing costs will vary by housing type. Home stays will include 2 meals per day (M-F).
3The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
1Homestays include 2 meals per day (M-F).
|LdM Confirmation Deposit
|Housing Deposit (Refundable)
|1Additional Meals (Homestay)
||$500 - $1000
||$1000 - $2000
||$1300 - $2000
||$2800 - $4400
||$1000 - $1800
||$1000 - $1800
||$1200 - $1600
||$2400 - $3500
|Books and Materials
||$200 - $400
||$400 - $800
|Additional Course Fees
||$150 - $300
||$300 - $600
|Visa & Residence Permit (for US Citizens)
|Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt
||$20 - $300
||$20 - $300
|Permit to Stay (Paid in Italy)
|4US Based Health Insurance
|5Personal Travel and Spending
||$1000 - $2000
||$2000 - $4000
3Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, clothing, utilities, basic travel and entertainment, etc.
4Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
5Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates. Please visit the LdM website for additional information about living costs. To see a total of the estimated costs for this program please visit the program budget sheets: Fall, Spring.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The LdM curriculum is focused on innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, student-centered learning, practical and professional application. LdM offers 500 courses in an array of subjects and in six academic areas: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences, Agriculture, Creative Arts, Design, and Italian Language and Culture. All students are required to take an Italian Language Course.
To view specific courses at LdM, please visit the school’s course schedule webpage, click on the appropriate location and term, and then select the department in which the corresponding courses of interest fall.
LdM offers several specialized programs for visiting students.
ITL 101F = LLC 1530 Beginning Italian 1
BUS 210F = MKT 3050 Principles of Marketing
BUS 252F = BUS 3540 International Wine Business
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the LdM program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page