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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate Minimum Language Requirement: None
Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartment (shared), Home-stay Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Click here for a definition of this term Program Strength: Fermentation Science, History, Studio Art, Sustainable Development
College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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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.

At LdM Tuscania, the curriculum has been designed to promote the historical, artistic and cultural qualities that make this part of Italy unique. Thus, courses in history and archaeology focus on the Etruscan, Roman and medieval civilizations that are at the core of Tuscania’s history and development. LdM Tuscania is also recognized for its courses in the Culinary Arts, which reflect Tuscania’s connection to the agricultural cycles and traditions of the area. Italian Language learning is another important offering at LdM Tuscania, where students, among others, benefit from the course Italian Language through Service Learning, in which they are fully immersed in the Italian language through community service.


Tuscania is a place that has inspired famous artists for centuries, Tuscania has developed a reputation as a center for new artistic forms of expression; filmmakers such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles and Franco Zeffirelli have all chosen it for their films. This hilltop town is located on the border of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma. The surrounding countryside forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in Italy. The location of LdM Tuscania is convenient for day trips to the beach, volcanic lakes and hot springs, as well as for visits to the nearby towns of Viterbo and Tarquinia, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Assisi.

Academic Calendar

  • 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 Tuscania will stay in shared student apartments or in local homestays and LdM offers a free service to help them find accommodations at all of its campuses. 

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.


Program Costs

Paid to Appalachian State
1LdM Tuition $6165
2Housing $2750-$3170
3OIED Program Development Fee $200
Intl Health Development Fee $60
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.
2Housing costs will vary by housing type.  Home stays will include 3 meals per day (M-F).  Students staying in apartments will receive one meal voucher for lunch or dinner M-H.
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
  Semester Academic Year
LdM Confirmation Deposit $500 $500
Housing Deposit (Refundable) $300  $300
1Additional Meals (Homestay) $300 - $800  $600 - $1600 
2Meals (Apartments) $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
Airfare $1000 - $1800  $1000 - $1800 
3Personal Expenses $1000 - $1500 $2000 - $3000
Books and Materials $200 - $400 $400 - $800
Additional Course Fees Varies  Varies
Local Transportation $100 - $150 $200 - $300
Visa & Residence Permit (for US Citizens) $60 $60
Travel to Consulate for Visa Appt $20 - $300 $20 - $300
Permit to Stay (Paid in Italy) $200 $200
Passport $150 $150
4US Based Health Insurance Varies Varies
5Personal Travel and Spending $1000 - $2000 $2000 - $4000
1Homestays include 3 meals per day (M-F).
2Apartments will include one meal voucher for lunch or dinner M-H.
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: FallSpring.

Financial Aid

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.


OIED Scholarships
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. The Tuscania campus offers courses in the following disciplines: Agricultural Studies, History, Italian Gastronomy, and Painting/Drawing, in addition to courses in a scattering of other departments.  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.  

Preapproved Courses
ITL 101F = LLC 1530 Beginning Italian 1

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.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.