As a place that has inspired famous artists for centuries, Tuscania has developed a reputation as a center for new artistic forms of expression. This hilltop town is located on the border of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome. The surrounding countryside forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in Italy.
Due to Tuscania's small size and its geographic location, students live and study in a fully Italian, traditional, small, community-based environment. LdM's Tuscania building is situated in the old town center and holds reading rooms, classrooms, an exhibition space, studios, a library, a courtyard, and a computer room. The program encourages an integrated learning atmosphere and actively uses the amenities of the town as an extension of the campus.
Maximum of 16 U.S. credits per semester. Students have the flexibility to choose courses from three academic areas: School of Italian Language & Culture, School of Arts & Sciences, and School of Creative Arts. The curriculum has been designed to promote the historical, artistic and cultural qualities that make this part of Italy unique. Service-learning opportunities are available. No previous knowledge of the Italian language is required. LdM offers a range of academic and cultural optional excursions which students may participate in for an additional fee. Lorenzo de'Medici is accredited by the U.S. Middle States Commission on Higher Education as a Branch Campus of Marist College.
Semester or year-long students can opt to live in shared apartments or homestays 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. One daily meal voucher for lunch or dinner in different eateries in Tuscania is provided from Monday to Thursday. The school will provide to the student one Internet key for a personal computer. Utilities are included in the program cost. Apartments are within walking distance of the school facilities.
Homestays with local residents are available on a limited basis. Students typically share a bedroom with another student, and there are 2-4 students per homestay. Homestays include a continental breakfast (bread, butter, milk, coffee/tea) and dinner with the family from Monday to Friday (except during semester break). Students do not have use of the kitchen, and should expect to purchase their lunches. Please contact the Office of International & Off-Campus Study for more information on the homestay option in Tuscania.
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, health insurance, and orientation. The apartment option provides four meal vouchers per week. The homestay option includes breakfast and dinner five days a week from Monday to Friday. Additional costs include airfare, meals, visa and passport fees, 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).