LdM Florence is situated in the heart of Tuscany, a region that alone has more classified historical monuments than anywhere else in the world. As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence is celebrated as the cradle of the Italian Renaissance. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its unique monuments and architecture, Florence has become the epitome of a global city, reflecting the world's diverse cultures, ethnicities, ideas, and forms of creativity, while remaining faithful to its strong artistic tradition.
"The people I met and the places I went, even just living in a new culture, I feel like I grew up a lot and that I understand the world beyond America so much more now than I did. Moreover I CARE more about the world beyond America and their politics and concerns."
Stevenson University study abroad returnee
Maximum of 16 U.S. credits per semester. Students have the flexibility to choose from over 400 courses and combine classes from four academic areas: School of Italian Language & Culture, School of Arts & Sciences, School of Creative Arts, and School of Design. Internship and service-learning opportunities are available. Placement in internships is not guaranteed, and students taking an internship must retain a minimum of 15 credits per semester. Stevenson University students are encouraged, but not required, to take an Italian language course. No previous knowledge of the Italian language is required (most courses are taught in English). Lorenzo de'Medici is accredited by the U.S. Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a Branch Campus of Marist College. LdM offers a range of academic and cultural optional excursions which students may participate in for an additional fee.
Semester or year-long students live in shared apartments organized through LdM. Apartments are furnished and usually consist of 2-4 double-occupancy bedrooms, a living area, kitchen and bathroom. Bed linens and access to a washing machine are provided in apartments. WiFi access is available in all apartments and utilities are included in the program cost. Please note that excessive use of utilities (over $75 per month) will result in additional fees that will be charged to the student. Apartments are typically within walking distance of the school facilities. Students pay a $300 refundable housing deposit that is returned to students after the end of the term if no damages occur to the apartment.
A limited number of homestays are also available. Living with a host family is an excellent opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of Italy and its people. Students who are committed to learning the Italian language and deepening their knowledge of Italian culture should consider this option. Homestays include breakfast and dinner on weekdays. Please contact the Office of International & Off-Campus Study for more information on the homestay option in Florence.
Students pay SU tuition and fees (can apply 100% of their SU aid as a category "A" program) and the Wooded Way Double housing rate. Included is academic credit (maximum 16 credits), housing, international health insurance, and orientation. Additional costs include airfare, local transportation, meals not included, visa and passport fees, Italian permit of stay (approx. $200), personal expenses, a $300 housing deposit (apartment option only), any additional class fees, and the International & Off-Campus Study administrative fee (currently $50 for a semester or year).