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We invite you to participate in a unique traveling study abroad program, where you will experience two vastly different Italian cities within the course of one semester. You will enroll in a structured program of classes offered through Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute’s (LdM) locations in Florence and Tuscania, which focus on interesting and relevant issues that provide insight and context into life in Italy.

While on this program, you'll earn credit while you experience authentic, small-town Italy in Tuscania and engage with its warm and welcoming local community. Florence abounds with incredible museums, galleries, landmarks, and stunning architecture, offering you a chance to live in one of Italy’s most beloved and most visited cities. Join us for the opportunity of a lifetime!

What's Included?

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Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

APIConnect Platform

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

API Center

On-Site Orientation

Housing

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions

Resident Directors

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and API Ambassador Program

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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 requirements: valid passport with student visa
Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Extended Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Aug 29, 2022 - Dec 1, 2022 $15,850 Jun 1, 2022 Jun 15, 2022 Jun 15, 2022
Spring Jan, 2023 - May, 2023 $15,850 Oct 15, 2022 No Extension Nov 15, 2022

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Two Italies programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.

  • Cinque Terre & Lucca

    The Cinque Terre, five villages hidden in little coastal inlets and clinging to the rocks overhanging the sea, are located near the Ligure Riviera. Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore form the heart of the National Park, proclaimed a monument to the heritage of mankind by UNESCO.

    Lucca is a provincial town rich in history, tradition, and culture, but it is also a premium tourist attraction. The town is unique for its intact 16th-century walls that surround the historical center, isolating it from the modern suburbs so that walking along its narrow streets (now a pedestrian area), one forgets about time, enjoying a much slower pace. There are numerous monuments, elegant palaces, churches and squares that make this town so beautiful. Examples include the Guinigi tower, the Amphitheater, the Holy Cross in the cathedral of San Martino and the National Museum of Palazzo Mansi.

  • Rome

    With an almost uninterrupted history as an important center of power for more than two millennia, Rome is as close to eternal as it gets. Located on the River Tiber, between the Apennine Mountains and the Tyrrhenian Sea, the “Eternal City” was once the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast region that stretched all the way from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today it remains the seat of the Italian government. One must be prepared to step into the world’s biggest open air museum – the Vatican, the Coliseum, the neighborhoods – and be enraptured.

  • Rome

    With an almost uninterrupted history as an important center of power for more than two millennia, Rome is as close to eternal as it gets. The “Eternal City” was once the administrative center of the mighty Roman Empire, governing a vast region that stretched all the way from Britain to Mesopotamia. Today, it remains the seat of the Italian government and the world’s biggest open air museum.

  • 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.

  • 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.

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester

Students have the opportunity to live and learn in two cities in Italy within a single semester in this unique traveling study program! Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each, providing a total of 45 contact hours per course.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive transcripts from U.S.-accredited Marist College for courses taken at LdM. Marist College is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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    Matteo Berni

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COURSE OFFERINGS

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 choose intermediate level Italian or higher must complete 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.

When obtaining pre-approval for course selections, students should refer to the Marist College course codes and titles, as these will appear on the transcript. If you have any questions while looking at the course schedule or filling out your application, please call the API office at (800) 844-4124.

CREDIT INFORMATION

API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. semester credits each.

Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Two Italies Program in Florence and Tuscania)

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Courses at Lorenzo de’Medici: The Italian International Institute (Two Italies Program in Florence and Tuscania)

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!

Highlights
  • Classes taught in English and Italian with international, and American students
  • Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
  • Traveling program!

API students in the Two Italies program live in student apartments in each respective city. Though students may request a single room, the traveling nature of the program implies that single rooms are not always available. Apartments for API students are generally within 25-30 minutes walking distance of the school. Each unit is furnished including a functional kitchen, and students are responsible for preparing their own meals. Washing machines are available, though dryers are not provided.

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