Welcome to all LdM’s present, past and future students. In more than 45 years of history, countless international students have allowed Italy to become their classroom, living an outstanding experience at LdM.
We are honored to share their stories, hoping they will inspire others to dare to live an extraordinary, fulfilling adventure at LdM. If you are a LdM alumnus, share your story with us! Contact [email protected]
- Adriana CampilloAdriana CampilloLdM Florence student from Pace University, Fall 2017
Coming from such a vast city like New York, I never would have imagined how much of an impact LdM and Florence would have on me. I cherished every moment of my study abroad experience and I immensely enjoyed every class I took at Lorenzo de’ Medici.
The classes not only served to fulfill my major back at home, but they helped broaden my perspective about different cultures. I’ve learned so much about Italian culture that now I‘m completely in love with this country. The classes were amazing, every single teacher not only makes sure you are learning, but also that you are enjoying your time in Florence, all whilst gaining cultural knowledge. My favorite class was called Renaissance in Italy; we went to many site visits around the city, learning about the history of the churches and palaces in the Renaissance.
I chose to study at LdM because of the diversity of its educational offer. Every class challenged me in the best way. I always wanted to learn more and the professors are truly outstanding. The campus is beautiful and everyone is always ready to help you if you ever need anything. I will always be grateful for this experience, which helped me overcome my personal goals and inspired me to truly become a global citizen.
- Emily BeltranEmily BeltranLdM Florence student, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fall 2017
Without a doubt, my study abroad experience at LdM changed my life. Not only have I been able to immerse myself in a culture that has always fascinated me, but I have made memories that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life.
From the very beginning, the staff at LdM made me feel right at home. Before I had even made my final decision as to where I would be studying, the administration at LdM made me so excited for my upcoming semester, by ensuring me that I would be leaving with a second home in Florence, Italy. Staff was always quick to get back to me, constantly going above and beyond to make sure I had everything I needed, which made me feel confident about my decision to spend the semester at LdM.
One of my favorite aspects of the school is the class sizes; they are considerably smaller than those at my home university. I never once felt forgotten in a class, even with all the distractions of the city, because my professors were always more than happy to clarify if there was any confusion. Ironically enough, the class I thought I would dread ended up being my favorite: Public Speaking. On the very first day of my public speaking class, my professor made each of us introduce ourselves, which really started off the semester on the right foot. We were able to have personal conversations and foster friendships immediately! So now, when it’s my turn to present a speech to the class, it’s like I’m merely talking to a room of friends.
LdM offers so many diverse classes that there really is something for everyone. I was able to build my dream schedule, a mixture of classes that relate to my major and enhance my knowledge of Italian culture. Three of my classes directly transferred as credits towards my major, so I know I am still on track for graduating on time. Though I am so grateful LdM encourages students to take Italian as one of their classes, I would say that was the class I struggled the most with. My Italian professor encouraged me to visit the complimentary tutoring center for some further help and soon enough my weekly visits made all the difference. My struggles learning Italian really reminded me that not everything will always come easy, but the hard work will pay off and make it all worth it. Now when I am stopped in the street and asked for directions in Italian, I am able to communicate and help someone, which really makes me feel like a local.
Every experience I’ve had abroad with LdM has been a positive, enriching one. Whether it is interesting discussions in the classroom or school field trips, LdM has made me feel safe and given me the confidence to make new experiences. I’ve grown immensely and learned so much about myself since being here, and I’m also leaving with friends that live all over the world. I am now confident in my abilities to succeed, no matter where life takes me, and I am looking forward to my next adventure, all because of my time at LdM.
- Stephan AtkinsonLdM Tuscania student, Suffolk University, Summer 2014
As a photographer, I was extremely excited for my 3-week study abroad class in Tuscania, with the Lorenzo de Medici Institute and Suffolk University. The class was listed as Photojournalism, but I never once felt confined or limited by this label.
I was introduced, on a very personal level, to the people, culture, food, traditions and history of the beautiful town of Tuscania. I was embraced not only with open arms, but also open hearts and minds upon arrival, and was treated like family until I reluctantly had to return home. The teachers were extremely helpful and genuinely seemed interested in supporting me to try to communicate, even though I spoke next to nothing in Italian. The townspeople were extremely friendly to other students and me, based solely on the school’s reputation.
The environment fostered by the LdM staff allowed me to explore Tuscania and the larger Italian cities I visited during my stay, with a sense of comfort, freedom and understanding. It did not take long for this to start reflecting in my photography work, as I became embedded with the community. Some of my favorite photographs I have ever taken in my 10-year career as a photographer were taken on my journey to Tuscania.
Years after that trip, I am still not sure if that should be attributed to the fact that I discovered my calling to be a photographer during that time, or because of the truly wonderful experience I got from the Lorenzo de Medici Institute.
- Haesu LeeLdM Rome student, Illinois State University, Spring 2017
I cannot thank LdM Rome enough for allowing me the opportunity of a lifetime. I am a nursing student back at Illinois State University and our course schedules are very strict, so there seemed to be no possible way for me to be able to study abroad. However, I was determined. Finding a study abroad program that could encompass all my requirements was tricky, but when I worked tirelessly with my advisor, we found a program that offered STEM courses. Programs that offer this abroad are rare, and when I researched even further, I discovered that many of my general education courses were also offered. Elated, I signed up without a second thought.
The courses I took were Human Anatomy and Physiology II with Lab (scary, I know), Italy’s Contribution to Modern Science, Travel Writing, and Italian Culture through Food, Environment, and Sustainability. Each of these courses have undeniably and irrevocably changed my life. The best part about being able to work toward my bachelor’s degree abroad without having to sacrifice a semester is that the LdM Rome program is smaller. It’s quaint, and it’s compact. The largest class that I was in had ten students to one professor. The smallest had five students. I could talk, and laugh, and thoroughly learn and thrive from the knowledge that I was being taught. It wasn’t just a lecture. It was an engaging lecture where my professors wondered what I thought about the subject. Only being exposed to large lecture halls with 200+ students, I believe it is safe to say that this was a very different learning experience. Furthermore, my opportunity as a STEM student gave me an advantaged look in to Italian culture. Every Wednesday and Thursday, four other wonderful ladies and I took a 30-minute trek to Roma Tré University to complete our Human Anatomy and Physiology II course with lab, taught completely in English. We related to the Italian university students as they studied, ate in the cafeteria, and hung out in the courtyard; it fueled our passion for being in Rome and inspired our study habits.
LdM Rome is perfectly centrally located. During breaks between classes, I have gone down to the Trevi Fountain, gotten a gelato, and walked through a beautifully hidden park. Classes met at cafés, rooftop terraces, museums, national monuments, parks, and churches. This isn’t a dream; I can assure you it is reality, even pinched myself a few times to make sure.
Not many can say that they’ve spent a semester abroad. Fewer can say they’ve done it in Rome, and only a handful are STEM majors. I worked with state-of-the-art lab equipment, tasted exceptional salumi and cannoli, talked in depth about Renaissance philosophers who created a foundation for scientists today, and developed invaluable writing skills. I lived with six other girls in a beautiful apartment, and what I thought would end in disaster, landed me six new lifelong friends. Not everything was perfect, nothing ever is, but it was exactly what I needed it to be. You have my heart, Rome.
- Lauren DavisLdM Florence student, Iowa State University, Fall 2015
Studying abroad in Florence with LdM was a truly life-changing experience. At LdM you have the opportunity to take a wide variety of classes. This diversity allowed me to stay on track academically at my home university, while also having the opportunity to explore new interests like Italian Cooking. The professors at LdM went out of their way to ensure students were grasping the material, while also adjusting to life in a foreign country. Not only did LdM provide a high-caliber education, but the school offered many additional opportunities to fully immerse yourself in Italian culture. One of my favorite experiences was volunteering weekly at a local elementary school where I had the opportunity to teach English to 2nd graders. Studying abroad in Florence truly pushed me out of my comfort zone, helping me grow both personally and academically. I still look back on my experience daily and continue to leverage the skills I learned through my time in Florence with LdM!
- Rosa MelilloLdM Florence student, Stevens Institute of Technology, Spring 2014
Studying at LdM has been the most rewarding experience of my academic career. The skills and knowledge my International Business courses gave me complemented extremely well my studies in Mechanical Engineering at my home institution. My professors were exceptionally engaging and excited about what they do, which is very motivating. In addition, the clubs and activities offered by LdM were very diverse and culturally enriching. I attended wine tastings, watched classic Italian movies, prepared gnocchi and cannoli, and explored Florence with my peers. LdM has given me a semester worth of memories that I will never forget.
- Fiona CoughlanLdM Florence student, Fall 2015
Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute was extremely helpful and informative throughout my entire study abroad experience. I attended many interesting classes that I otherwise could not have taken at my home institution, which considerably expanded my knowledge in my geography major. I certainly couldn’t have been in a more ideal location as an aspiring urban and regional planner!
In addition to fascinating classes, LdM offered many various free activities and volunteering opportunities that allowed me to explore the city of Florence in more depth. I volunteered to teach English to children at a local Italian primary school, and again at an Italian high school. It was very eye-opening to directly communicate with various locals around the same age as me. I also volunteered for clean-ups at Cascine Park: it was fun and rewarding to note how so many Florentines are eager to maintain this city looking beautiful! I would recommend LdM to anyone interested in studying abroad and harnessing everything Florence (or any other LdM campus) has to offer!
- Ashley HatzLdM Florence student, Stevenson University, Fall 2017
As an Education major, I chose to study at LdM to fulfill my art and history credits. I knew Florence would be the ideal place to complete these courses, as the city is immersed in both. Little did I know that LdM would provide me with the opportunity to step into an actual Italian classroom. I was able to volunteer with 2nd and 3rd-grade students during their English lessons. During this experience, I was exposed to the Bilingual school system, something that I could not have done back home. I assisted them in learning English, but they enlightened me with so much more. We were able to teach simple words and phrases through the use of images. By being in an Italian classroom, I realized how important and beneficial it is to learn other languages. This experience has broadened my ideas and teaching techniques, which I hope will one day be used in my classroom.
My favorite class at LdM was the Built Environment of Florence: in the class we toured churches, palaces and had on-site classes in front of these significant places. I learned so much about Florence through our class walking tours and visits. The small class sizes at LdM allowed for unique experiences, like when we were able to explore some of the secret passageways in Palazzo Vecchio.
Some advice that I would offer future study abroad students would be: don’t be afraid to try new and inspiring things. Going abroad will open the doors to the unknown, where you will have a life-changing experience.
- Alma GutierrezLdM Florence student from California State University, Fullerton, Spring 2014
LdM went above and beyond the expectations of my study abroad experience. I specifically chose to study at LdM Florence for its course on the History of Prostitution, however I found so much more.
At LdM, you are not a number. The staff and faculty care about students and help shape us by sharing their knowledge of different subject matter as well as Italian culture. The LdM clubs, activities, and tutoring also made my time there amazing. The campuses are up-to-date with technology, books, and help students through late hours. I am incredibly grateful I chose to study abroad with LdM!
- Leah McCormackLdM Florence student, Fashion Institute of Technology, Spring 2012
I cherished my time studying at Lorenzo de' Medici in Florence. It broadened my view of culture, society, and made me become a fearless traveler. Ever since LdM, I have made a promise to myself that I would travel to another unknown place every year. Some of my favorite moments as a student there were experiencing the LdM fashion show and going off-campus with my travel writing class to local Italian markets. I took several literature courses at LdM that deepened my editorial perspective, which in turn helped me discover my passion as a writer.
After LdM, I went on to work as a writer for beauty, fashion, lifestyle and home décor publications. My time at LdM writing and traveling off-campus for assignments offered me insight on how to research and gather content for my writing.
- Jessica WattsLdM Florence student, California State University, Fullerton, Spring 2010
I still can’t believe how fortunate I was to have picked LdM. Classes at LdM didn’t just enable me to study abroad; they challenged me as a student and a global citizen. My art classes were rigorous and carefully built to immerse me in the city and its diverse and rich history of art. The staff were extremely supportive, but also encouraged independence. The events like graffiti cleanup, opera night, dance performances, mask making, and countless other activities were thrilling. LdM made up a tremendous part of my experience in Florence, and I couldn't be happier I selected it as my program over any other. It was the difference between “going abroad” and truly studying abroad; I learned so much about the world and myself.
- Kendall PataLdM Florence student, Spring 2001 and Summer 2014
I've studied abroad with LDM twice – once in 2001 as an undergraduate, and once in 2014 as a creative professional seeking continuing education. On both occasions, I was struck by how much I learned, by the professionalism of the teachers, and the friendly staff.
My initial visit made me fall in love with Italy. As an artist, Florence is a must-see and an excellent place to study. My time at LDM and in Italy has profoundly influenced my career as an artist and graphic designer. This spring, I created an interactive Italian fresco installation for an event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. I also recently taught a graphic design mentorship to teenagers, inspired by the contemporary street art scene in Florence.
- Gabriella PinelLdM Florence student, Chapman University, Fall 2015
My experience in Florence and at LdM has been one I could never have imagined before coming here. When students think of studying abroad, the most appealing part for many is the ability to travel as much as possible, which was an important factor for me. However, more often than not students overlook the actual study part. I was determined to not allow that to happen to me.
As a student at LdM in 2015, I was exceptionally fortunate. All of my professors, from Italian to Cooking to Florentine history, were incredibly knowledgeable and even more importantly, passionate about the subject matter they teach. My classes enlightened me so much about the culture and history of the city around me that it enriched my everyday experiences. Because of my classes, I was able to give visiting family and friends meaningful tours of the city, including all the extra fun facts that I learned. When I think about my time in Florence, it's not just an excuse to eat pasta at every opportunity; it's the Italian culture as a whole that has left me intrigued. I will always cherish everything I've learned in my classes here. Most importantly, I will never forget the care of my professors to make the student experience here in Florence exciting and worthwhile.