- Classes taught in English and Italian with international students
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
- Internships available (for credit)
- Minimum 2.75 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Open to all levels of Italian speakers
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- One letter of recommendation
- Official transcript
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
12-16 Semester Credits
API students who want to study abroad in Florence may choose from over 400 courses at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Florence (LdM). Courses are available in a wide variety of subjects across the arts, humanities, business, and international relations. In addition to the a free-elective course structure, several additional opportunities are available including internships, certificate programs, and professional development opportunities.
15-18 CREDIT HOURS PER SEMESTER
The Certificate Programs offered by LdM are designed to offer students, through a structured plan of study, the opportunity to develop their individual creativity, artistic talent and technical and professional skills. These programs are offered for a semester, or for one or two years in duration, and involve a set curriculum for each specific discipline. The Certificate Programs provide specific skills in a range of areas giving students a strong theoretical base on which to develop their practical work. There are two study options: the Certificate and the Professional or Advanced Certificate Programs. Students can combine both options or choose between them according to their experience and educational levels. All courses, except Italian language, are conducted in English. Certificate program dates and prices are generally the same as the regular LdM Florence programs. An $800 additional fee is charged for any certificate programs that involve 18 U.S. credits per semester or more. For academic year certificate programs, beginning students must enroll in the first semester of the first year course sequence. More information is provided for each specific certificate program post-acceptance.
ARTISTIC PROFESSIONAL/ADVANCED STUDY CERTIFICATES – SEMESTER, ONE-YEAR, AND TWO-YEAR
These programs are designed for students who have a solid background in one of the following areas: fashion design, fashion marketing and merchandising, graphic design and visual communication, interior design, jewelry art and design, or restoration and conservation. During the course of one year, students have the opportunity to broaden their formative experience by participating in artistic projects, guided by instructors who are critically acclaimed professionals. The Restoration and Conservation program offers practical field work in conjunction with the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, thus allowing students to actively participate in the restoration of authentic artwork. Other Professional/Advanced Certificates give students the opportunity to work individually and in a group setting on professional projects guided by industry insiders. Students applying for the Professional/Advanced Certificate Programs must provide evidence of their background in the selected area. An admissions committee reviews the application and accepts only those students who meet the entry requirements.
- @api Online System
- Orientation Materials and Resources
- API Alumni Network
- Social Networking
- Airport Reception
- API Centers, Resident Directors
- On-Site Orientation
- Mobile Phone
- Medical & Life Insurance
- Excursions (overnight, day)
- Social & Cultural Activities
- Welcome and Farewell Group Meals
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Re-Entry Materials & Support
- Post-Program Evaluation
- Alumni Network & Global Leadership Academy
LDM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
API students have the opportunity to earn valuable credits through real-world internships in Florence with LdM! Italy is known for its artisan and small business structure that offers amazing opportunities for first-hand experience and interaction with local business owners to learn about the strengths and structure of the Italian workplace. Students earn 3 credits for an internship, which is counted toward their total academic load for the semester, and appears on the academic transcript along with a pass/fail notation. Students are assessed based on a weekly internship journal, a minimum of two papers, and an evaluation by their academic advisor/tutor at LdM. Internship options are listed on the API/LdM course schedules on the website, and subjects may include:
- Communications – LdM Web TV
- Communications in Public Administration
- Culinary Arts/Cooking
- Fashion Design and Apparel Construction
- Fashion Marketing/Retail Management and Merchandising
- Food and Wine Retailing
- Graphic Design/LdM Business Center
- Graphic Design/Local Businesses
- International Business
- Jewelry Marketing, Retail Management and Merchandising
- Marketing/Event Planning
- Marketing/LdM Marketing Office
- Museum and Gallery
- Non-Profit Management
- Public Relations
- Service Learning (Italian)
- Web Marketing
Students should indicate their interest in an internship upon application, and submit a résumé/C.V., essay, and portfolio. The internship essay should discuss the student’s reason for applying, expectations about the internship, and a detailed description of the duties in which the student would like to partake. An on-site interview is required of all students. Placements are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early!
LDM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
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 around 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 semester, after the students have arrived, and the professional opportunities offered differ from semester to semester.
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 Marist College for courses taken at LdM. Marist College is a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Natalie Brady is the Florence Program Coordinator and will work with you through your departure to Italy.
Federica Guerrieri, Ellen Oyasaeter, Monica Gabbrielli, Irene Bevilacqua are the Florence Resident Directors, and will work with you during your stay in Italy.