What You’ll Study
TOTAL CREDITS - 15 credits per semester
In this traveling study abroad program, students spend one month each in three of Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute’s (LdM) four locations and follow a structured program of five 3-credit courses, which together focus on interesting issues that intersect with the broader experience of Italy. In the spring, the program finishes in Venice and in the fall, it finishes in Florence. Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each, providing a total of 45 contact hours per course.
In Tuscania, students take an Italian language course (all levels available), and Italian Regional Food from a Cultural Perspective, a course with hands-on learning that situates Italian gastronomy and cuisine within its geographical and social contexts.
In Rome, the course on Intercultural Communication uses the city as a laboratory to study relations between cultures. The physical and conceptual imprint of Ancient Roman civilization on the capital, and on the nation of Italy itself, are pursued in the second course.
When the Three Cities experience culminates in Florence, students will explore first-hand and analyze the “Made in Italy” phenomenon, that is both country-specific and has a global impact.
When the Three Cities experience culminates in Venice, students choose one additional 3-credit course, Venice, and the East, which explores the city’s rich cultural and commercial ties with Asia, and then continue with language instruction.
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.
In the link below, 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 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.
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.
API partner universities in Italy issue credit according to the American system, whereby most courses are worth 3-4 U.S. credits each.
- Classes taught in English and Italian with international, and American students
- Transcript from U.S. accredited institution (Marist College)
- Traveling program!