THREE CITIES: Lorenzo de’ Medici

Tuscania, Italy

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  • Fall Semester - Late August-Early December (not available Fall 2015)
  • Spring Semester - Late January - Mid May

Application Deadline

  • Fall Semester - March 15
  • Spring Semester - October 1


Study Abroad Coordinator: Emily Ferraro (

Program not offered for Fall 2015

The Three Cities Program is a semester-long study abroad experience that allows students to retrace the steps of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures by living and studying in three cities which embody these civilizations in all their richness and splendor: Tuscania, Rome and either Florence (Fall Semester) or Venice (Spring Semester).

Western civilization is the end product of widely contrasting cultures which evolved over many hundreds of years. With the Renaissance it became possible to unite the strands of these cultures in a new and exciting synthesis, which prepared the way for the birth of the modern world.

The Three Cities Program starts in Tuscania, where students focus on the ancient Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations; Rome is the second destination, where students explore the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; Florence or Venice complete this great experience as two of the most important centers of the Renaissance and Modern Age.  Students follow a structured and integrated program of  courses, which together comprise both a unique investigation into the roots of Western civilization and a solid grounding in Italian language and culture.

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Students are required to take 5 courses during the Three Cities Semester program. If you would like to transfer back the fifth course, you will need to pay the overload fee. Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each.

MONTH 1 - Tuscania
Italian Language (offered at all levels)
CLA 275/HIST275T-Greeks, Etruscan and Romans

The Food of Italy: a Gastronomic Tour of the Regions (optional course)

MONTH 2 - Rome
Italian Language (This course is completed in the third month of the program.)
HIS 292R-Medieval and Renaissance Transitions

MONTH 3 - Florence (Fall) - Venice (Spring)
Italian Language (conclusive half of the course started in Rome)
Leonardo: Art and Science (Florence Only)
Venice and the East (Venice Only)

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In 2004, LdM opened a new center study abroad campus in historic Tuscania. This hilltop town is located on the borders of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma.

An exciting new extension of its activities, LdM opened its newest study abroad campus in the heart of Italy's capital in Spring 2007. Rome is a city with an unparalleled history and a cultural diversity spanning over two millennia. The new LdM site represents a conscious decision to participate in the life, politics, and educational traditions that made Italy the seat of the western world.

In Florence, 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.

LdM opened its newest campus in Venice in the Spring of 2009 in collaboration with Istituto Venezia. LdM Venice, or Venezia in the Italian language, offers study abroad students an opportunity to study in an historic setting in the city center's Campo Santa Margherita. Whether you traverse the narrow streets on foot or the canals via vaporetto, you're certain to find yourself transported by the atmosphere that is uniquely Venice.

Eligibility Requirements

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

Application Procedure

    • Online OISP application

    Provide to OISP the following:

    • LdM Application Form
    • Official Transcript
    • Photocopy of Passport ID Page
    • 2 passport size photos, first and last name written on the back (either print or electronic copies are acceptable)

    *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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Fall 2015 or Spring 2016: $22,660

Includes: Northeastern University (NU) tuition for 16 NU credits ($22,310), and International Security and Emergency Support ($350). Please note that this program requires students to take five courses. Should students choose to transfer back the fifth course, the student will be liable for an additional 4 credit overload fee ($5,577.50). 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. Students are also responsible for arranging and purchasing their own flights.


LdM Three Cities Program is pleased to facilitate students housing arrangements for a spot in a:

• Double room in a shared student apartment.


TuscaniaThe countryside surrounding the town forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve, and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in the world. The town is strategically positioned for quick trips to the beach, to volcanic lakes and hot springs, as well as for visits to the nearby towns of Viterbo and Tarquinia. The central location also allows for easy access to Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa and Assisi for day trips.

Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, dreamy landscapes, medieval walls, cobbled streets and fine culture and foods. Filmmakers such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles and Franco Zeffirelli have chosen it for their films, while the town has also inspired a myriad of artists, painters, photographers and writers. In the last few years Tuscania has also developed a reputation as a center for new forms of contemporary expression and modern art: its vivid cultural life is represented by an active calendar of arts festivals and exhibitions.

Rome: Rome is an extraordinary synthesis of cultures from the Mediterranean region, North Africa, Europe, and an increasingly global community. The city seamlessly fuses the macrocosm of a large metropolis with the microcosm typical of small lively neighborhoods and picturesque districts, in a way that is fresh and spontaneous. It is home to world recognized monuments and locations that have been celebrated throughout the world. Rome itself forms a unique backdrop for many artistic and cultural events such as music, cinema, concerts, and sporting fixtures. The hills, piazzas, fountains, cobbled streets, and churches are a testimony to a great heritage but at the same time provide a contemporary setting for the active social and cultural life of the thriving modern city.

Spending any amount of time in the Eternal City is an experience that has kept visitors and pilgrims captivated for centuries. Whether the inspiration comes from a quiet spot in Rome's parks, from powerfully evocative ruins, from Renaissance or Baroque palaces, or from the awe-inspiring art of Vatican City, Rome continues to stimulate the senses. The unique history of Italy's capital city allows for the study abroad student to investigate ancient cultures as well as contemporary political and international issues all within the same location.

Florence: 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.

Venice: Whether you traverse the narrow streets on foot or the canals via vaporetto, you're certain to find yourself transported by the atmosphere that is uniquely Venice.