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We invite you to spend January in magnificent Florence with API. You can choose from an array of business, arts and humanities courses taught in English, or study Italian language, all while living in one of the world's most beloved cities. Earn academic credit, experience the warm and friendly Italian culture, see world-famous works of art and stunning architecture, all in just three weeks!

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


Excursions (day)

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
  • Official transcript
  • Entry requirements: valid passport
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Jan-Term Jan 2, 2024 - Jan 20, 2024 $5,500 Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023 Nov 15, 2023

The program fees listed are for the 1-course option. Students interested in taking the 2-course option will incur an additional fee of $1,750.

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.

  • Tuscany

    To explore the wonders the Tuscany region has to offer is a relaxing and incomparable experience. The area features many hilltop towns, famous for the production of wine and olive oil. Thanks to ancient volcanic activity, natural hot springs are plentiful in the region. Of course, no visit to this region would be complete without a stop in one of these towns: Siena, San Gimignano, Pienza, Cortona, Arezzo, or Montepulciano.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 3-4 semester credits

The January Intersession Program provides the opportunity for students to study abroad in Florence for a short period and earn academic credit, as well as a chance for independent or adult students to study abroad for professional development or career advancement. Students can enroll in 1-2 classes during the January session (students who wish to take 2 courses will be charged an additional fee). If this program is taken along with a semester program, a discount is applied.


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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    Kenzy Posey

    Kenzy Posey will be your Program Coordinator and help prepare you to go abroad!


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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


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. Students who are taking Italian courses above the Elementary 101 level must take a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. Students who do not meet proficiency standards are assigned to the appropriate course.


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. Not all courses are offered every session. The course selection may vary and no course is guaranteed. Some courses may require additional fees for labs, equipment, etc. These fees are not included in the program cost.

Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Jan Term in Florence)

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
  • Jan-term program
  • Combine multiple intensive months in other API locations and/or an API internship program to create a custom quarter program
  • 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 end date.

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