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Italy: Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute

Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute offers a comprehensive academic program in English in the heart of Florence. Operating since 1973, the campus with its fifteen buildings is especially strong in the areas of art and art restoration, architecture, digital design and fashion, film studies and philosophy, and Italian and European culture and history and, of course, Italian language. Courses are also offered in Italian cuisine, jewelry making and more. A one semester certificate in peace and conflict resolution is offered as well as internships for credit and various types of community engagement.

The university is located in the historic city center, right next to the thriving San Lorenzo market and church and close to transport facilities. Florence’s unique architectural masterpiece, the Duomo, is within a few minutes’ walk. The main LDM building in Florence is situated in Via Faenza and dates back to the 13th century. It originated as a convent connected to a medieval church, San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini. This church, now deconsecrated, was founded in 1206 and for its first hundred years belonged to the Knights Templar. Rich in medieval frescoes and sculpture, the church has recently been restored to its original splendor.

Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is the ideal destination for those interested in studying humanities, art, Italian language and culture. Extraordinarily rich in history and ancient traditions, the city, with its world-famous artistic heritage, offers the student a wide spectrum of cultural events throughout the year. The city is also known for its exceptional cuisine, characteristic restaurants, ice cream parlors, wine bars, elegant shops, artistic workshops and traditional markets.


Semester Dates

Fall: Late August through mid-December Spring: Late January through mid-May

Accommodation Type

University arranged off-campus apartments or homestays with an Italian family

Language of Instruction

English or Italian