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Benvenuti a Italia!  Monmouth students can spend the Fall semester or Summer session at Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) in Florence, Italy. Living in the renaissance city of Florence may feel surreal, as many students report that studying in such an incredibly beautiful and historical place feels like a dream. Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to delivering a high-quality international learning experience to its students. It strives to advance their students' along in their formal educational paths, develop their creativity, realize their own potential, and empower themselves to impact the world around them. An important part of LdM’s mission is empowering students to become active participants in the learning process. They facilitate this by offering unique, experiential courses that focus on Italian life and culture. The school weeks runs Monday-Thursday (Summer/Fall) and there is a one-week break (Fall semester only) giving you ample time to explore the amazing country of Italy or travel to other European countries.

Monmouth’s Italian programs include the following:
  • Additional Onsite Orientation includes: language workshops, culture discussions and daily walking tours
    • Designed just for Monmouth students
    • Three additional Orientation days in Florence before the LDM group Orientation Program begins in the summer and four additional days in the fall
    • Additional excursions, day trip, meals, and accommodations are included in Housing Fee
  • Follow-up LDM On-site Housing and Program orientation with dinner
  • Airport pick-up in Florence and taxi from On-site Orientation accommodations to apartment
  • Furnished apartment accommodations
  • Linen and Kitchen packs already in apartment
  • For Summer group: Welcome dinner in Florence and full day excursion to Assisi and Lake Trasimeno
  • For Fall group: One day trip during On-Site Orientation and one weekend trip with choices such as 'Hiking the Swiss Alps, Monaco and Nice, and the Amalfi Coast'
  • AIG travel insurance (complete coverage for anywhere you might travel during the program dates)
  • 24/7 Emergency Support and On-site staff support
  • 24/7 mental health and wellness support.  Enrollment in Morneau Shepell's My Student Support Program or My SSP where students can access counselors anytime during their Study Abroad Experience
Monmouth Global's Pre-Departure Process Includes:
  • Study Abroad 101 information sessions 
  • Study Abroad Fair where students can meet a LDM representative
  • Application support and academic advising
  • Open office hours for program inquiries and planning
  • Global Education Mentor/Mentee Program for accepted students
  • Two Pre-Departure Orientation meetings for students including Language Boot Camp and Intercultural Competence Workshop
  • Peer Mentor Panel Discussion focusing on Health and Safty from the Student Perspective 
  • Pre-Departure Parent Orientation
  • Bon Voyage Lunch

Monmouth Global's Alumni Opportunities include:
  • Welcome Back Lunch at Monmouth
  • Opportunity to become a ‘Global Education Mentor’
  • Three, free "Unpacking your Study Abroad" Workshops to translate your experiences into career credentials

Course Info

Providing students with a high-quality international education for close to half a century, the LdM curriculum is focused on innovative and interdisciplinary teaching, student-centered learning, practical and professional application. LdM is a small, private educational institution where students enroll from around the world to live and learn in the rich, multi-cultural environment of Florence. Classes are often very ‘experiential’ and may meet in galleries, gardens, palaces, churches and museums along with traditional classroom settings.

Department Chairs, Deans and General Education Oversight Committee members review all course syllabi to ensure these courses can complete your General Education and Major requirements.  Hence, it is crucial you pick approved courses.

VIEW AVAILABLE COURSES:
  1.  Review all MU Approved courses via WebAdvisor. This comprehensive list shows how courses equate back as Monmouth credit and the course types they carry.  Simply choose LDM-Lorenzo De' Medici Florence in the "Location" search for a full listing.
  2. Review the summer 2019 courses offered along with their days/times here: LDM Summer CoursesAs a reminder summer students are not required to take a language course.
  3. Fall 2019 course offerings are coming soon! In the meantime review Fall 2018 course timetables here.

COMPLETE YOUR COURSE WORKSHEET:
The Course Worksheet is meant to aid you in choosing the most suitable Monmouth approved courses to take during your semester abroad. Bring a copy of your worksheet to your Academic Advising meetings. 

ADVISING TIPS:
Fall Semester students can take 12-15 credits to be full-time.  Most students choose the maximum of 15 credits, which is 5 classes. One of those classes is a mandatory ‘Italian language’ course. Students can begin with FI 101 (Elementary Italian 1) or try to test into a higher level. Many semester students will choose to take FI 101 and FI 102 in the same fall semester (it’s accelerated) and fully complete the Monmouth General Education requirement of CD (Cultural Diversity) and GU (Global Understanding). This program is also excellent for completing General Education requirements through Aesthetics, Literature, and Science (via culinary nutrition classes). 

Summer Semester students are not required to take a language course.
 

Possible Spring/Fall LDM Florence Schedule (15 Credits)

 
MU Course Code LDM Code TITLE TYPE  CREDITS
SC HEPE002 NUH 240F Topics in Nutrition: Italian Style Cooking NS, HEPE, HE.EL,  3
EN LIT GU 003  LIT 350F Italian Grand Tour: Italy Through the Eyes of Famous Travelers LIT 3
AR 003 ART 320F Hidden Meanings in Renaissance Art AT 3
FI 101 & FI 102 ITL 122F Italian Language Beginning Elementary 1 & 2 CD, GU 6

Possible Summer LDM Florence Schedule (6 Credits)

 
MU CODE LDM CODE TITLE TYPE  CREDITS
AR 266 SCU 131F Wheel Thrown Ceramics AT 3
EN LIT 002 LIT 220F Crime Fiction LIT 3

Academic Calendar


Through study abroad, the Global Education Office strives to prepare students for successful lives in a global environment. We suggest early preparation for any global experience, and we ask that students plan ahead by becoming familiar with their academic audits and major requirements. This will enable students the most flexibility when exploring opportunities in other countries. Please see these dates below and prepare your future semester abroad today!

Summer 2019 Itinerary 

Arrival in Florence & MU ONLY Orientation (Mandatory Attendance at all Orientations) *** Mon. July 1, 2019
MU ONLY Culture & Language Orientation  Tues. July 2 2019
MU ONLY Culture & Language Orientation  Wed. July 3, 2019
LDM Housing Check-in and Housing Orientation Thurs. July 4, 2019
LDM Program Orientation Fri. July 5, 2019
Classes Start Mon. July 8, 2019
Add-Drop Deadline/Final Registration Tues. July 9, 2019
Break  
Classes End Thurs. July 31, 2019
Deadline for Housing Check Out  Fri. August 1, 2019
   
Fall 2018 Itinerary (Fall 2019 TBA)
Arrival in Florence & MU ONLY Orientation (Mandatory Attendance at all Orientations)                                                         Fri.  August 24, 2018
MU ONLY Culture & Language Orientation Sat. Aug. 25, 2018
MU ONLY Orientation AM/Free Time PM Sun. August 26, 2018
MU ONLY Culture & Language Orientation  Monday August 27, 2018
LDM Program Orientation & Housing Check-in Tuesday, August 28, 2018
LDM Program: Orientation Wed. August 29, 2018
LDM Program: Orientation Thurs. August 30, 2018
LDM Program: Orientation Fri. August 31, 2018
Semester starts Mon. September 3, 2018
Add-Drop Week Mon-Fri. September 3-7, 2018
Final Registration Fri. September 7, 2018
Mid-term Exams Mon-Fri. October 15-19, 2018
Fall Break Mon-Fri. October 22-26, 2018
Classes Resume Mon. October 29, 2018
Public Holiday: All Saints (Make-up day: Friday, Nov. 9th) Tues. November 1, 2018
Last day to Withdraw with a W grade Fri. November 2, 2018
Make up day for November 1 classes Fri. November 9, 2018
Last day to withdraw from a class with a W/F grade Fri. December 7, 2018
Public Holiday: Immaculate Conception Sat. December 8, 2018
Final Exams Mon-Fri. December 10-14, 2018
Semester Ends Fri. December 14, 2018
Deadline for housing check-out Sat. December 15, 2018

Student Life/Housing

Housing
While in Italy, our students live in apartments that are scattered around the city and house anywhere from 2 – 8 students. Students are charged for a space in a double room but not for a meal plan as all the apartments are equipped with a kitchen where you will prepare your own meals. Apartments in Italy, especially in the historic centers, are all situated in antique buildings and therefore no two apartments are alike. Although LdM maintains a standard for all apartments, there are differences in appearance, general condition and travel time from the institute. But, all apartments are within walking distance of the LdM campuses.
Apartments are not air-conditioned. 

As part of the housing application, you may request roommates. Neither Monmouth nor LdM can guarantee that you will be housed with your chosen roommates. Some apartments may have all MU students, some have a mix of MU students with Americans from other universities. Italian students from LdM may also be housed with you depending on the program size and apartment availability.


Property Features:
  • Furnished Apartment
  • Bed linens and towels
  • Basic pots/pans and kitchen utensils
  • Washing machine
  • TV and fans
  • Internet service
  • Repairs not caused by students
  • Average cost of utilities
Students may be responsible for housing costs if they choose to cancel, use the link to learn more:
Italy Program Cancellation Policy.pdf

Student Life
Students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of events offered throughout the semester. They help students explore Florentine & Italian culture in a casual and entertaining way taking into consideration the students’ scope of interest. They are open to all students. Find below some examples of the activities offered.

Artisanal Handicrafts
Discover high quality artisan workshops and historical shops! You will be immersed in an authentic Florentine context, the bottega (workshop), where you will meet Florentine maestri and appreciate their unique artisan skills and techniques.

Discover Florence on foot
Learn more about the city, its monuments, its parks, and the beauty you can find here in many forms. Walk around hidden areas of Florence, including parks and non-touristic suburbs.

Food and cooking
If you love food and want to go deeper into this important aspect of Italian culture, see how some traditional products are made, learn some easy Italian recipes and taste traditional dishes.

Museum visits, theatre performances
Do you wish to visit some Florentine museums and discover their secrets? Would you like to enjoy a night at the opera? You will be given various opportunities to experience music, dance, art and theater performances.

Florence photo walks
During the Florence Photo Walk you will go around the city with an experienced photographer. You will be able to learn photography tricks and secrets, but also to visit hidden spots and learn new perspectives.

LdM is committed to encouraging all students to develop their intellectual, spiritual, cultural, social, vocational and physical capabilities. The LdM Clubs Coordinator, in collaboration with the Academic Advisors, coordinates and promotes leadership, community development opportunities, and participation in a wide range of student clubs. LdM as a campus boasts facilities on campus to aid in daily activities.


Here some examples of clubs organized by LdM Florence:
  • Soccer
  • Volunteering
  • Volley
  • Zumba
  • Creative Art
  • Knitting
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Ceramics
  • Cooking
  • Choir 
On-Campus Facilities:
  • Cafe at LdM Headquarters
  • Private access library
  • Student Point and Computer lab for wireless connectivity
  • Student Mail Service Office
  • Tetriz: LdM's Printing Center
  • Art studios
  • Courtyard Gardens

Costs & Financial Aid

Please refer to the "Budget Sheet" for current Housing Fees

Monmouth’s program includes the following in the tuition/housing costs:
  • Summer: 6-credits
  • Fall: 12-15 credits
  • Airport pick-up in Florence and transport directly to your new apartment
  • Accommodations--including a set amount of utilities and WiFi--and housing application fee, including kitchen and linen packs
  • Host school application fee
  • On-site Pre-Orientation and accommodations before LDM group Orientatoin
  • LdM Orientation and Welcome Dinner
  • In-country excursions hosted by LdM
  • AIG insurance (complete coverage for anywhere you might travel during the program dates)
  • All Pre-Departure and Returnee services/events from Monmouth
Not Included:
  • Passport (about $135)
  • Study Abroad fee ($250)
  • MU Deposit (refunded as a credit to your tuition bill)
  • Airfare to and from country
  • Transportation to the airport at the end of the program
  • Meals - You are not charged a meal plan as you live with a fully equipped kitchen
  • Books and course supplies
  • Fall students: Cost of the visa and 'Permit of Stay'
  • Summer students: 'Declaration of Presence' fee
  • LdM Refundable Housing Deposit
  • Excessive use of utilities: if an apartment goes over their utility allotment, each suite-mate will be charged and the amount will be subtracted from the housing deposit
  • Apartment damage: if an apartment is damaged, each suite-mate will be charged and the amount will be subtracted from the housing deposit
  • Personal spending and travel


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/26/2019 12/13/2019
Fall 2020 02/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2019 02/22/2019 ** Rolling Admission 07/04/2019 08/01/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.