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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Contact: Brian Henry Program type: Proprietary
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.8 Open to Non-UNC students: Yes
Class eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language prerequisite: No
Language of instruction: English, Italian Area of study: Art, Art history, Communication studies, Global studies, History, Italian, Media & Journalism, Studio art
Housing options: Apartment (shared), Homestay
Program Description:
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UNC in Firenze

Formerly called "Lorenzo de' Medici" or "LdM", the UNC in Firenze program offers students the opportunity to study the Italian Renaissance in its birthplace, Florence, Italy. A 13th century palace in the historical center of Florence houses the primary home of the Instituto Lorenzo de'Medici, a study abroad institute with a primarily American student body. UNC in Firenze is one of the oldest programs offered by the UNC Study Abroad Office.


Florence ("Firenze" in Italian; pronounced fee-ren-dze) is a traditional cultural center for Renaissance art and Italian language study. The city reflects centuries of art and architecture, from streets based on the original Roman settlement to 19th century avenues surrounding the city. The LdM school buildings are centrally located in downtown Florence, near the Duomo and San Lorenzo market. 

Courses & Credits

The UNC program at Lorenzo de'Medici allows students in a variety of academic disciplines the opportunity to study the language and culture of Italy and Florence. Italian language study is required for both the semester and summer programs. A wide range of electives are available in the arts, social sciences, and humanities. All courses are taught in English unless otherwise specified in the directory of classes. 

Semester Program

A student's schedule will consist of the following components, for a total of 15-18 transfer credit hours at UNC.
Required Component Course Hours
Introduction to Italian Language and Culture 3
UNC Core Course
choose one
Fall 2020: TBD

see the pre-approved list below for gen ed credits
Italian Language Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced 3 or 6
Elective Courses 1-3 approved elective courses 3 - 9
All students on the UNC program will take a 2-week pre-session course: Introduction to Italian Language and Culture. The course will transfer as general elective at UNC, for 3 credit hours. During this course, students will learn Italian language according to a placement test taken on arrival. The remainder of the course will include various cultural activities and events.

The required Core Course, taught in English, is designed to provide a rich academic context to the experience of studying and living in Florence. This course is taught by Lorenzo de'Medici senior faculty and you will be in class with other LdM students. Fall 2020 students will have a choice for their Core Course from a list of 4 courses taken from the LdM catalog.

Italian language instruction is provided by Lorenzo de'Medici from beginning to advanced levels during the semester, for three or six credit hours. All language courses are taught in Italian. Students also take up to three additional elective courses from Lorenzo de'Medici's social science and humanities offerings. Recent and upcoming terms' course offerings and descriptions are available online: Lorenzo de'Medici Course Schedules.

Summer Program

LdM offers two summer sessions, June and July. Students may attend one or both sessions, and are required to take two courses each session. Recent and upcoming terms' course offerings and descriptions are available online: Lorenzo de'Medici Course Schedules.

Earning Credit at LdM

Courses in this program are Transfer Credit.
Transfer Credit Courses (not taught by UNC Faculty): ACTION REQUIRED
  • You must submit the Credit Request Form to earn any credit for your time abroad.
  • You must earn the equivalent of a C or higher to earn any credit.
  • These courses will transfer back to UNC as “TREQ” credits.
  • Courses that focus on the production and/or marketing of alcoholic beverages are not eligible for any credit at UNC, and will not count toward minimum enrollment at LdM. This includes Nutrition courses covering wine tasting and/or the wine business.
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Students may choose between student apartments or homestays with Italian families. The apartments arranged by UNC are furnished apartments for four to six program students with shared bedrooms. Semester students who opt for the homestay must enroll in at least 6 credits of Italian; summer students need to have taken at least 3 semesters of Italian. A family stay is strongly encouraged for students who want more cultural immersion and language proficiency.

The $300 refundable housing deposit is paid directly to LdM.

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Program Costs

Review the Budget Sheet posted above for detailed information on costs and fees. Costs vary per term and are subject to change.

Tuition and fees for the program are set based on the host institution’s rates, and will be charged to the participant’s UNC student account. Always refer to the Budget Sheet on this page, and not the host institution’s posted rates, as it is customized for UNC students. Review the Budget Sheet for additional Cashier Billed Expenses and Out-of-Pocket Costs. The Study Abroad Office strongly encourages students to budget carefully for their time abroad. 

Getting Started: Funding Study Abroad
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Application Process

Follow these steps to apply for this program:
  1. Complete the required UNC application by clicking “Apply Now” at the top of the page. If you have not done so already, create a profile to start your application.
  2. Follow the instructions on your UNC application to submit the supplemental application required by the partner institution.
  3. In order to participate in the program, both the Study Abroad Office and partner institution must accept your application. Note that decision notification timelines may differ.
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More Information

Tuition for semester programs includes two faculty-led study excursions to places such as Venice, Rome, and the Italian Lakes region. Students are encouraged to explore Florence, Tuscany, and the rest of Italy during their study at LdM, but more extensive travel is best reserved for longer school breaks or after the program.

For information on requesting ARS accommodations (academic, health, and mobility concerns) for a study abroad program, contact the Advisor for Access.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/25/2019
10/04/2019 01/16/2020 05/16/2020
Summer 2020 02/24/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2020 07/30/2020
NOTE: NOTE: Summer dates posted are for both sessions. Summer Session I is May 28-June 26, 2020. Summer Session II is July 2-July 30, 2019. Students may attend one or both sessions.
Fall 2020 02/24/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

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