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We invite you to spend your summer in magnificent Florence with API. You can choose from a wide array of arts, business and humanities courses taught in English, or study Italian language, all while living in one of the world's most beloved cities. You can earn valuable academic credit toward your degree, and you'll have the opportunity to experience the warm and friendly Italian culture, see world-famous works of art and stunning architecture, and explore the incredible beauty of Florence and its surroundings!

This program offers additional features, including exciting workshops that incorporate fieldwork and professional development opportunities.

What's Included?


Pre Departure Services


APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking


On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation



Medical and Life Insurance


Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities


Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation


Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • Minimum 2.8 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Open to all levels of Italian speakers
  • Completed API application
  • University Approval Form
  • One official transcript
  • Entry requirement: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Summer 2 Jul 3, 2023 - Aug 3, 2023

Pricing Additional Information

Students who wish to take two courses will incur an additional fee of $1,350 per course, per session.

*Summer Restoration Workshop: $7,900

Mar 15, 2023 No Extension Apr 14, 2023

The prices listed below are for 1 course per session. Students who are interested in taking 2 courses per session will incur an additional fee of $1,350 per course, per session.

API students participate in excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Florence programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Amalfi Coast: Pompeii, Sorrento, Capri

    Pompeii is one of the most significant proofs of Roman civilization and provides outstanding information on the art, customs, trades and everyday life of the past. The city was badly damaged by an earthquake in 63 AD and was completely demolished in 79 AD by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Life came to a permanent standstill in what had been one of the most active and splendid Roman centers. Although this tragic event ended the lives of 20,000 Pompeian residents, the ash that buried the town served as a sort of mummification for the entire city. The eruption thus captured a moment in time.

    Sorrento is a resort town set atop rocky, picturesque cliffs along the Amalfi Coast. South of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is dotted with numerous beach towns that offer great shopping and dining, as well as breathtaking views of the sea.

    One of the beautiful islands off the coast of Sorrento in the Gulf of Naples, Capri is a top tourist destination. Famous for its limestone crags and the Blue Grotto, students will enjoy the laid-back, serene nature of this exotic retreat.

  • Under the Tuscan Sun

    Experience the best that the Tuscan region has to offer! Have the chance to explore Siena and more cities in the surrounding area, enjoy thermal baths, and top off your experience with a wine tasting in the famous Chianti region.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-6 U.S. semester credits per session (up to 12 total)

Students who choose to study abroad in Florence with API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM) – Florence may elect to take 1 or 2 courses per four-week term; alternatively, they may elect to pursue a 6-credit workshop course.


LdM offers a variety of studio workshops during the summer. These workshops provide students with the opportunity to work on-location and involve field work as well as theoretical lectures. The workshops are 4 weeks in duration and are worth 6 U.S. semester credits. Each workshop, based in Florence, focuses on a particular discipline and includes one week of field study. Workshop participants may not be able to attend all API excursions due to required course travel. Students are not reimbursed for any missed API excursions. Workshops are listed in the summer course offerings section along with the other course information.


The LdM Professional Opportunities Program offers students a non-credit experiential learning experience. It is similar to an internship, but it requires less time and is based on the completion of one single project. Students are given the opportunity to collaborate with both the LdM Institute and local Florentine businesses, organizations, and associations, and upon successful completion of the project, students receive a certificate of participation. The Professional Opportunities Project gives students the opportunity to add international work experience to their resume/curriculum vitae. The Professional Opportunities offered for each semester are generally announced at the beginning of the term after the students have arrived, and the professional opportunities offered differ from term to term.

Opportunities may include:

  • Blogging for LDM Marketing Office
  • Graphic Design for local businesses
  • Marketing and social media for local businesses


Students receive transcripts from U.S.-accredited University of Massachusetts Amherst for courses taken at LdM. University of Massachusetts Amherst is a fully accredited, doctoral degree granting U.S. university in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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    Kelsi Maddock

    Kelsi Maddock will be your Program Coordinator and will help prepare you for your API program.


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    Federica Guerrieri

    Federica Guerrieri is our Italy Regional Director and a resource for you on-site.


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    Irene Bevilacqua

    Irene Bevilacqua is one of the Florence Resident Directors and will be a resource for you while in Florence!


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    Valentina Scalini

    Valentina will be one of your Resident Directors in Florence and a resource for you while in Italy!

Click Here to Find Classes


Students complete one or two courses and receive 3-6 credit hours per summer session, generally 3 credits per course. Courses are available at lower- and upper-division levels. In general, 100 level courses are elementary, 200–300 level courses are intermediate, and 400 level courses are advanced. Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced) while most other courses are taught in English. Students who choose above the Elementary level of Italian must complete a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency.


The program fee depends on whether a student elects to enroll in 3 or 6 semester credits. Program selection must be made at the time of application and cannot be changed on-site.

Not all courses are offered every session. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Students should make their course selections from the online listings when completing the program application as course times, descriptions, prerequisites and lab fees are subject to change. API recommends that students obtain pre-approval from their home university for courses that they plan on taking abroad.

Be sure to check for any course additions, cancellations, or closures, and remember to pay close attention to prerequisites and class times in order to avoid conflicts.


Class schedules indicate that many of the studio art courses include two time blocks; students enrolled in those courses must attend both time blocks.

Placement exams for studio arts courses are mandatory for any student wishing to register for higher level (e.g., non-beginning level) courses. Studio art placement tests are administered during the first week of classes. Students are provided with the exact meeting time during orientation.


Some courses may require additional fees for equipment, materials, books, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost, and vary depending on the type of course. While students may want to bring some basic, easily transportable materials (such as brushes or pastels) with them, most course materials should be purchased in Italy once classes start. By doing so, students can take the opportunity to speak directly with their instructors to make sure they buy exactly what is required for the course.

Many studio arts, cuisine and wine appreciation courses require a lab fee that is paid by students upon arrival. In addition, several courses from different departments (especially the summer workshops) require that students pay for visits and field trips as noted in the course descriptions for such courses.

Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Florence Summer)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Florence Summer)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Florence Summer)

For the most up-to-date course availability on this program, explore our Class Finder. Sort courses by term, area of study, and more!

Click here to find courses, syllabi, and more!

  • Classes taught in English and Italian with international students
  • Field-based workshops available
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

API students in Florence will live in apartments or student dorms located within the historic district of Florence. Apartments and dorms are typically a 25-30 minute walk from the school. Some API housing includes as many as 25 students in shared spaces, but bedrooms are typically shared with only 1 or 2 students. Students can opt for a single room for an additional fee.

All apartments come equipped with a kitchen, 1-3 bathrooms, and common areas. Dorms allow students to share a bathroom with only their roommate, if they have one. Periodic cleaning services are included at no additional cost. Washing machines are available, and students are responsible for their own meals. Apartments and dorm rooms in Florence vary in size and layout.

Note: Students may not move into housing prior to the program start date or stay after the program is complete.

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