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Art History in Florence. Biomedical Engineering in Barcelona. Comparative Healthcare Systems in Havana. Global Business in London. With API Customized Programs, some of the best learning happens outside of the classroom walls. The world is your classroom. API is ready to help you develop your next customized or faculty-led program.
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Experience the world from anywhere in the world with API’s virtual programs. Tackle global challenges, study a new language with native speakers, give your resume a global edge, and more! Want to go abroad and go virtual? You can mix and match your programs to do both at the same time.
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Florence, located in the renowned region of Tuscany in northern Italy, is situated on the banks of the Arno River, surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets of Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto and many other contributors to the arts and humanities. Here students can soak up the culture and history of this great city while learning Italian and studying in buildings from centuries past. Established in the 9th century BC, Florence is perhaps best known as one of the birthplaces of the Italian Renaissance at the end of the 14th Century. It is a city that welcomes visitors, scholars, artists, and students to walk her streets, relive past discoveries in the arts and sciences, and glimpse the rich history that permeates every inch of the city. Students in Florence experience the city with others from around the world who share a passion for learning.
API students who choose to study abroad in Florence study at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM). The campus is primarily located in a 13th century AD convent in the heart of Florence. The modern facilities and the city surroundings offer students a canvas on which to learn, create and challenge themselves in their academic and personal endeavors. LdM offers students a wide selection of courses from The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Creative Arts, The School of Design and The School of Italian Language and Culture. At LdM, students can take classes in studio arts, liberal arts and humanities, and international business, among other disciplines. Founded in 1973, LdM offers the opportunity to study under experienced instructors in the unparalleled surroundings of Florence. Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to helping students realize their potential, providing high-quality education that will enable students to interact successfully with the community worldwide.
“I loved API! Everyone was so helpful. It wasn't easy the first week or two adjusting to a totally new place, but API was welcoming and provided tons of information to make the transition comfortable. I loved studying in Florence and hopefully will be back again to visit one day. It was amazing being able to travel and experience new cultures in order to gain new perspectives."
API students in Florence have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including city cleaning and beautification projects, charity fun runs, working with ambulance teams, promoting Florence tourism, and serving as an English-speaking tour guide.
Traditional food markets
Discover famous film locations
Visiting Renaissance sights
Ribollita (vegetable soup)
Gelato (Italian ice cream)
Prosciutto e Affettati (ham and cold cugs)
Panino de Lampredotto (cow stomach sandwich)
Notte Bianca (April)
Gelato Festival (April)
New Generation Opera Festival (April-June)
International Handicrafts Fair (April-May)
Florence Dance Festival (June-July)
Estate Fiorentina Summer Festival (June-September)
Lorenzo de'Medici - The Italian International Institute (LdM) has been offering study abroad programs for over 45 years and offers courses in English in over 38 subject areas.
Lauren Daniels will be your Program Manager for this location and will prepare you to go abroad with us!
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Federica Guerrieri is our Italy Regional Director and a resource for you on-site.
Valentina will be one of your Resident Directors in Florence and a resource for you while living in Italy with us!