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Tuscania is a small town situated close on the edge of the Maremma area of Viterbo, Lake Bolsena and the Thyrrenium Sea. The town is rich in examples of Etruscan, Roman and Medieval civilizations. Tuscania's small size allows students easy immersion in the town and genuine interaction with those who live there.
The School is located in an elegant 17th century building in the old town center. It is by the medieval walls and close to one of the main gates of the town. School facilities include computer labs, art studios and a library.
The Lorenzo de Medici School of Tuscania takes advantage of the resources of the town and region in the courses offered. Courses focus on the Etruscan civilization in its various aspects, the artistic wealth of Tuscania during the different periods, and the gastronomic tradition of the region. The university collaborates with local authorities and the University of Florence to allow students the opportunity to actively participate in the cultural and social life of the region in the true spirit of international education.
Classes are conducted by experienced international and Italian faculty. Many courses, are taught both in the classroom and outside, and include practical seminars, excursions and guided visits.
The Lorenzo de Medici school of Tuscania offers courses in archeology, humanities, social sciences, studio arts, culinary arts and Italian language. Tuscania is also part of the 3-City Program. During July students can participate in the Archeology Field School under the direction of the University of Florence and with Italian students of the Department of Archaeology.
Italian Language (mandatory) 3 credits + 4 elective courses (3-credits each)
Italian (6 credits) + 3 elective courses
Italian (16 credits)
Enrollment in this program allows students to choose courses that are not confined to specific technical and artistic fields of study, thus offering students the option of selecting from the following disciplines: Italian language, studio arts, arts and humanities, archaeology, restoration and conservation, and the mediterranean cuisine. See the Course section below for the specific courses offered for a session.
For one or two semesters in other LDM sites, see the Florence Program, Rome Program, and Venice Program. A student may also select the 3-Cities program for Fall or Spring semester that includes one month in Tuscania..
This is a special semester program that offers study in three cities -- Tuscania, Rome, and Florence/Venice --during one semester and focuses on the roots of western culture. Students have the opportunity 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.
The Spring 2012 program includes the cities of Tuscania, Rome and Venice while the Fall 2011 program includes Tuscania, Rome and Florence. Students spend one month in Tuscania followed by one month in Rome, then they complete the experience in Venice (Spring) or Florence (Fall). They follow a stuctured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses, which together comprise both a unique investigation into the roots of Western civilization and a solid grounding in Italian language and culture. See the 3-Cities Program descriptions: Fall 2011 with Florence as the third city and Spring 2012 with Venice as the third city. (Fall 2012 will be similar.) In the Course section below is the listing of courses for each session.
In this session students can take one or two 3-credit courses.
Enrollment in this program allows students to choose courses that are not confined to specific technical and artistic fields of study, thus offering students the option of selecting from the following disciplines: Italian language, studio arts, arts and humanities, archaeology, restoration and conservation, and the mediterranean cuisine. During the summer there is a special Archaeology Field School.
the summer sessions (June and July) students can select courses in archaelogy,
studio arts, history, literature, culinary and Italian. In addition,
will offer an Oil Painting Workshop in June (6 credits) that gives students
the opportunity to paint in many different settings.
Archaeology Field School: Lorenzo de'Medici offers the Archeology School which has three sites, one in Acesa in Tuscany (June), Tuscania (July),and Erimi, Cyprus (August). See description of the Archaeology School and its three programs. in Tuscania (July) students can participate in an archaelogical excavation as well as receive 6 credits. Students will explore major features of Etruscan culture and methodologies utilized in classical archeology and will have a full role in the excavation of an Etruscan necropolis near Tuscania that is currently in phase three of its exploration.
For other summer options in Italy, see the Rome Program and the Florence Program.
Course Catalogues are available for all programs.
Download the 2011-12
Course Catalogue to see descriptions of courses for the Semester and
For specific dates in 2011-2012, select and click on the following study periods:
Archaeology Field School dates in 2011 are:
June 2-28, 2012 - Accesa Lake
June 28-July 28, 2012 - Tuscania
July 26-August 20, 2012 - Erimi (Cyprus)
Fall 2011 and Spring 2012:
$7150 for Italian plus four 3-credit courses; $6,650 for Italian (6 credits) plus three 3-credit courses; $3,950 for 16 credits of Italian;
January 2012 Intersession: $2,750 for any two courses, $2,250 for Italian + one elective course, $1,500 for one course, $1,150 for Italian (4 credits).
Summer 2012: $2,650 for any two courses in June or July; $1650, one elective; $950, Italian (3 credits); $2100, Italian + one elective
$4,550 for Archaeology Field School (6 credits and including housing) in Acesa and Tuscania; and in Erimi, Cyprus - $4,900
$3,300 for Painting Workshop (6 credits)
Tuition includes airport group pickup service from Rome Airport and bus transfer to Tuscania on day of arrival; bus transfer from Tuscania to Rome airport on day of departure; and for semester programs, Italian health insurance. See Accommodations below for housing costs.
All classes are taught in English except language classes and those specified as taught in Italian.
Students can choose two three-credit courses during the summer session and four three-credit courses plus Italian language during the semester sessions. The program offers a transcript and identifies credit for a student's home university. At the conclusion of the program, participants will receive a transcript from Lorenzo de'Medici (through EHI) that is necessary to transfer credit. Those interested in obtaining credit must arrange for their own institution's acceptance of credit. Credit earned at Lorenzo de'Medici is generally accepted by US and Canadian colleges and universities.
Persons who wish to apply should complete the application and send by mail or electronically to the European Heritage Institute. See details of the application process.
Students can make their own housing arrangements or request European Heritage Institute's (EHI) services. EHI will discuss housing options with applicants and help identify the best available accommodations at the time of application that meet needs and preferences. Based on their selection, participants will receive housing assistance and make arrangements (available at the time of request). LdM options include a single or double room in a student-shared apartment or family-stay arrangement. For the January Intersession, LdM offers a three-week stay in a shared room at Hotel Tuscania, including a continetal breakfast.
Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Housing Information: $2400 for a double room or $2,800 for a single plus $300 deposit in a student apartment for the semester. (Fall 2012 will be similar).
January Intersession: $725 in Bed and Breakfast in a shared room, including Italian breakfast, 4 lunches/dinners per week, utilities, internet
Summer 2011 Housing Information: $700 for a double room and $900 for a single room for one month plus $300 deposit. Homestay is 650 Euro (estimated at $925) for room and half-board (Monday - Friday).