Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM) in Florence is one of the largest schools in Florence, located in ten campus buildings (totaling 50,000 square feet) in the historic city center, right next to the thriving San Lorenzo market and church and close to transport facilities. Florence's unique architectural masterpiece, the Duomo, is within a few minutes walk. Together the LdM buildings contain a full range of facilities including numerous classrooms and large, specialized art studios, a cafeteria, a courtyard garden, a library, the Student Point and the Computer Center.
One of the main LdM buildings in Florence is situated in Via Faenza and dates back to the 13th century. It originated as a convent connected to a medieval church, San Jacopo in Campo Corbolini. This church, now deconsecrated, was founded in 1206 and for its first hundred years belonged to the Knights Templar. Rich in medieval frescoes and sculpture,the church has recently been restored to its original splendor, and serves as the setting for LdM conferences and receptions.
At LdM approximately 150 dedicated and qualified professors from Italy and all over the world teach over 400 different courses in Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, Economics, Political Science, Mathematics, Studio and Performing Arts, and Italian Language. Classroom-based liberal arts courses supplement traditional teaching methods by using the unrivalled opportunities that Florence offers for investigating the history and cultural heritage of Italy in galleries, palaces, gardens, churches and museums.
LdM is authorized by the Ministry of Public Education in Italy and has recognition, accreditation and membership in a number of European and international educational organizations.
Students attending LdM will earn transferable units and transcripts through Marist College, a four-year, fully accredited U.S. college in Poughkeepsie, NY.
1. Course attendance is a primary requirement for a responsible learning experience at LdM.
2. Punctuality is mandatory. Students must arrive in class on time: any lateness, leaving class during the lesson without notice, not showing up on time after the break, or leaving earlier, will impact the participation grade and the Final Grade. In addition:
- Three late arrivals or equivalent (10 minutes or more) result in one absence on the attendance count.
- Missing half a lesson or more will be considered as one full absence.
3. Students are responsible for keeping track of their absences and for catching up on any missed work.
4. Make-up classes are always mandatory as part of the course program.
5. If a class occasionally creates conflict with another class, the student is required to inform both instructors in advance.
6. For no reason (i.e. religious issues, travel plans, family matters, etc.) will absences be excused.
7. Students will receive an “F” on each exam they miss.
8. Students who need to leave LdM before the end of the term must fill out an Official Withdrawal Request form and submit it to their advisor. A “W” for each non-completed course will appear on their transcript. Students who leave LdM without submitting the form will receive an “F” in each non-completed course. In either case, students will not be eligible for credits or receive a refund.
9. Students who absent themselves from courses will have their final grade penalized as indicated on the following table: