FLORENCE: Lorenzo de’ Medici

Florence, Italy

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Dates

  • Fall Semester - Late August - Mid December
  • Spring Semester - Late January - Mid May
  • Summer 1 Semester - Late May - Late June
  • Summer 2 Semester - Early July - Early August

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 1
  • Spring Semester - October 1
  • Summer 1 Semester - March 1
  • Summer 2 Semester - March 1

Description

Study Abroad Coordinator: Liz McClanahan (e.mcclanahan@neu.edu)

LdM is centrally located in the San Lorenzo area offers students the opportunity to take art, social science, fashion, Italian language, and many other course offerings while studying in historic Florence.

Highlights of LdM Florence:

  • Oldest LdM site (since 1973)
  • Courses in English
  • Comprehensive academic programs
  • 15 buildings, centrally located in San Lorenzo area
  • Strong connections to the community; many opportunities for community projects
  • Partnership with the University of Florence (Italian language conversation exchange, joint archaeology projects) and local businesses, government, and festivals.
  • Popular student clubs

 

Courses

Students attending LdM for a semester or summer may choose from many different programs of study. The programs vary in the weighting given to the Italian language element, and are thus designed to allow students with different backgrounds and personal preferences to choose how much time they wish to spend developing their Italian language skills.

Semester: This program requires students to take four courses; one Italian language course and three additional courses. Beyond the compulsory Italian language element, students are free to choose combinations of elective courses from a vast list, all taught in English, thus enabling them to satisfy personal preferences and the requirements of their Northeastern degree programs. Should students elect to take five courses and transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee.

Summer: Students attending the traditional Summer I or Summer II sessions enroll in 2 courses for a total of 8 Northeastern credits. Students are not required to take an Italian language course.

Spring 2015 TENTATIVE Course List

Students can choose from the following Schools at LdM:

SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES - The School of Arts and Sciences includes the following departments: Anthropology, Art History, Classical Studies, Communications, Gender Studies, Geography and Environmental Science, History, History of Architecture, International Business, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Cinema and Theatre Studies, Nutrition and Health, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science and International Studies, Psychology, and Sociology.

SCHOOL OF CREATIVE ARTS, MEDIA AND FASHION DESIGN - The school of Creative Arts, Media and Fashion Design includes the following departments: Fashion Design, Film, Video and Multimedia Production, Graphic Arts, Interior Design, Jewelry, Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media, Performing Arts, Photography, Printmaking, Restoration, Sculpture and Ceramics.

SCHOOL OF ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND CULTURE - The School of Italian Language and Culture includes the following departments: Italian Language, Italian Language and Culture.

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Host University

Florence is the oldest LdM site (since 1973) that offers comprehensive academic programs. LdM consists of 15 buildings, centrally located in the San Lorenzo area and LdM has strong connections to the community; which provides many opportunities for community projects. LdM also has a partnership with the University of Florence (Italian language conversation exchange, joint archaeology projects) and local businesses, government, and festivals. All courses are taught in English with the exception of the Language courses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2 completed terms at NU, one of which may be a summer term
  • GPA of at least 2.8
  • Transfer students and spring admits, please contact OISP for eligibility

Application Procedure

      • Online OISP application

    Provide to OISP the following:

    • Spring 2015 LdM Application Form  or Summer 2015 Application Form     *Students interested in the 6 Hour Italian + Three Courses Program, please email Liz McClanahan at e.mcclanahan@neu.edu for additional information*
    • Official Transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 2 passport size photos, first and last name written on the back
    • *If student's GPA is lower than 2.8, you must also hand in:*
    • 2 Letters of Recommendation written by professors who have known the students for a minimum of 2 semesters, that address why this student should be considered for study abroad
    • 1 formal, one-page essay, inclusive of reason for GPA,written by student
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Cost

Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $TBD

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($TBD), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). If you choose to transfer back the fifth course, you will be charged the overload fee ($TBD). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution. NU tuition will cover lab fees abroad, however NU tuition does not cover materials, equipment or field trips. Please consult the relevant course syllabus for a general idea of what is required for each class, though some details may change over time. Costs vary from term to term. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Italy, Florence: Lorenzo de Medici Study Abroad Program Budget (Semester)

Summer 1 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution.NU tuition will cover lab fees abroad, however NU tuition does not cover materials, equipment or field trips. Please consult the relevant course syllabus for a general idea of what is required for each class, though some details may change over time. Costs vary from term to term. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Summer 2 2015: $10,909

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 8 NU credits ($10,634) and International Security and Emergency Support ($275). Students are responsible for all other expenses, including housing and other non-academic costs for which they will be billed directly by the program provider or host institution.NU tuition will cover lab fees abroad, however NU tuition does not cover materials, equipment or field trips. Please consult the relevant course syllabus for a general idea of what is required for each class, though some details may change over time. Costs vary from term to term. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.

Italy, Florence: Lorenzo de Medici Study Abroad Program Budget (Summer)

 

Accommodations

LdM Housing Information 

Students can live with a host family or in an apartment.

Living with a host family is an excellent opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of Italy and its people. In fact, returning students often report that the homestay was one of the best aspects of their study abroad experience. Living with a host family allows students to interact daily with locals, build life-long bonds with members of the family, and experience first-hand the customs, cuisine and language they learn about in class. Students who are committed to learning the Italian language and deepening their knowledge of Italian culture and family life should consider this option.

Students can also apartment-style residences with other LdM students around the city of Florence. Most of the apartments are just a 5-20 minute walk or short bus ride from LdM. The student apartments are usually composed of 2-4 bedrooms, a bathroom/s, a kitchen and a living room. Students are placed in double occupancy rooms and all apartments are furnished with bedding, towels, furniture and cooking utensils. Student beds are twin size beds that are approximately 35" x 47". Most apartments have washing machines, and hanging clothes to dry is more common than dryers in Italy. Students may select a single room for a supplemental fee; however, there are a limited number of single rooms available, and assignments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis. Meals are not included; however, the farmer's market runs daily and the shops around the city provide ample opportunities for food shopping.

 

Destination

As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo changed for ever the way we see the world. For centuries travelers and admirers of the arts and culture have fallen in love with this city, called Firenze in the Italian language, and the undulating countryside that surrounds it. Located in the heart of Tuscany, Florence is the ideal destination for those interested in studying humanities, the arts, Italian language and culture or design. Extraordinarily rich in history and ancient traditions, Firenze, with its world-famous artistic heritage, offers the study abroad 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. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in the fashion, design, luxury goods and tourist sectors, the city of Florence also offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate a myriad of aspects of the contemporary Italian world. In addition, Florence is an excellent location for access to other sites and cities in Tuscany, Italy and Europe.