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 Rome students can choose courses in subjects such as sciences, history and classical civilizations, art and literature, international business, political science, film studies, philosophy and religion, and Italian language. Rome’s economic and political heart focuses largely on the exciting worlds of international relations and business, media and communications, and art and fashion. This gives LdM students the opportunity to experience up close the unique charm of modern lifestyle in a millenary capital city.
With its unparalleled history, Rome, the Eternal City and Italy’s capital, functions as both an ancient and modern global center. The city fuses the feel of a large metropolis with small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts dotted with hills, piazzas, fountains, cobblestone streets and churches. The unique history and resources of Italy’s capital make it a meaningful city in which to study both ancient cultures and contemporary political and international issues. Rome has captivated pilgrims and tourists for centuries, and students will immediately find inspiration in the city’s parks, evocative ruins and Renaissance and Baroque palaces.
- Fall Semester: Late August to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Late January to Mid May
Students attending LdM Rome 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 CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|3OIED Program Development Fee||$200|
|Intl Health Development Fee||$60|
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
|LdM Confirmation Deposit||$500||$500|
|Housing Deposit (Refundable)||$300||$300|
|1Additional Meals (Homestay)||$500 - $1000||$1000 - $2000|
|Meals (Apartments)||$1300 - $2000||$2800 - $4400|
|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||$150 - $300||$300 - $600|
|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|
|4US Based Health Insurance||Varies||Varies|
|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. The Rome campus offers courses in the following disciplines: Ancient Studies, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, History, Italian Gastronomy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, as well as a scattering of other courses. 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 students on the Rome campus.
STEM track in Rome
Certificate in International Conflict Transformation
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 ApplyApplications 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.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2020||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Academic Year||2020-2021||02/17/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.