Florence, Italy, has ranked among the world's most influential cities and Europe's greatest centers of learning for seven hundred years. Mark Twain called it "a city of dreams." Others know it as the "Birthplace of the Renaissance." Despite its antiquity - it was founded by Julius Caesar in 59 BCE - and remarkable past as home to writers, scientists and artists including Dante, da Vinci, Galileo, Machiavelli, and Michelangelo.
LdM is a study abroad institute where mostly international students study language, arts, culture, textiles, business, sciences, and more. Though it doesn't have what Americans think of as a traditional campus, the institute is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence in the San Lorenzo neighborhood making it well connected to the city. Many of the classroom buildings have high frescoed ceilings, and the buildings that the classrooms are housed in are highly integrated into the city. Right next door may be a shop, a restaurant, or an apartment building.
All students are required to enroll in at least 12 credit hours. 3 credits must be Italian language (beginning - advanced). The other 9-12 hours (3-4 courses) can be chosen from four academic areas that are all taught in English:
School of Italian Language & Culture
School of Arts & Sciences
School of Creative Arts
School of Design
North Carolina State University students are required to live in the housing offered by LdM. Most students choose to stay in fully furnished shared apartments with double rooms. For students wishing to practice their Italian language skills, there are homestays available. In either case, most students live within walking distance to the school.
It is possible for students to take a 3 credit internship course. Options vary on previous Italian language skill.
For an additional cost, the LdM institute offers 6-7 guided weekend-long excursions. Past locations have been Venice, Rome, the Tuscan countryside, St. Moritz (Switzerland), hiking in the Alps, and Capri (and other Italian islands). Other opportunities include language partners, volunteer options, and school clubs that focus on culture - food, movies, fashion, and drink.
Other than having a passport, students will need to obtain a long term study visa prior to arrival in Italy and a residency permit after arrival. In order to apply for a visa, students will need to appear in-person at a consulate or honorary consulate, likely either in Charlotte, NC or Philadelphia. Though it is not possible to appear at a consulate more than 90 days before the start date of programs, students should familiarize themselves with visa requirements throughout the application process. Once admitted by both NC State and the host institution, students need to begin the visa application process immediately.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.Contact us: email@example.com
- This program typically runs:Mid-August to mid-December for the Fall
- Mid-January to mid-May for the Spring
- Mid-August to mid-May for the Academic Year