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  • Locations: Florence, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer, Winter Intersession
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: John Dunleavy Advisor Email:
Minimum GPA: 2.8 Class Standing: 1 Freshman, 2 Sophomore, 3 Junior, 4 Senior
Min Required Number of College Credits Completed in Order to Apply: 12 Language of Instruction: English, Italian
Housing Option: Apartment, Homestay, Independent Housing Program Open to: CSI Students, Non-CUNY Students, Other CUNY Students
Program Description:

Overview | Studying | Living | Exploring | Eligibility | Dates & Costs


Lorenzo de' Medici – The Italian International Institute in Florence, enrolls students from all over the world. The main building on Via Faenza dates back to the 13th century and was originally a convent connected to a medieval church. All of the facilities, including independent administrative offices, classroom buildings and art studios, are located on several premises in the city’s historical center in the San Lorenzo area. Florence is a living museum with works by famous painters, sculptors and architects everywhere.


Semester Programs

Liberal Arts/Studio Art Program (12-15 credits): A 3-credit Italian language course is required, which is offered at all levels from beginning through advanced. Beyond the compulsory Italian course, students are free to choose any of the courses they want. 
Past course offerings include:
Anthropology, Art History, International Business, Archaeology and Classical Studies, Cultural Studies, Communications, Geography and Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, History, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Cinema and Theater Studies, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Political Science and International Studies, Peace Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Writing, Film, Video and Multimedia Production, Culinary and Nutritional Arts, Painting, Drawing and Mixed Media, Dance, Music and Theater Performance, Photography, Printmaking, Restoration, Sculpture and Ceramics, Architecture, Fashion Design, Marketing and Merchandising, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, and Italian Language and Culture. Internship courses are also available in various fields.

Semester Certificate Programs (15 credits): Students have the opportunity to gather the professional skills and the theoretical underpinnings of exciting fields such as Visual Communication for Fashion, Product Design towards Sustainability, Architecture in Urban Context, Interior Design in Con-temporary Living, Art in Food: Italian Gastronomy, Balance in Nutrition: the Art of Cooking.

Click here for Lorenzo de' Medici's current course offerings.

Summer Programs

Students register for one or two 3– or 4-credit courses. No previous knowledge of Italian is required.

Courses offered in the past include:
Anthropology, Archaeology and Classical Studies, Architecture, Art History, Communications, Culinary and Nutritional Arts, Fashion Design Marketing and Merchandising, Graphic Design, History, Interior Design, International Business, Italian Language (Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced), Jewelry Design, Literature, Painting Drawing and Mixed Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Photography, Restoration, Sculpture and Ceramics, Sociology, Writing 

Click here for Lorenzo de' Medici's current course offerings.

Winter Course Listings (subject to change)


  • Elementary I
  • Elementary II
  • Intermediate I
  • Intermediate II
  • Advanced I
  • Advanced II

          Courses offered in the past include:
  • Antiquity to Early Renaissance
  • The Built Environment of Florence
  • International Marketing
  • Organized Crime
  • Italian Regional Food
  • Principles of Drawing and Composition
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • Digital Graphic Techniques Fundamentals
           Courses offered in the past include:
  • The Quarters of Florence
  • Italian Grand Tour
  • Italian Food and Culture
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Intermediate Digital Photography
  • Intercultural Communication
  • History of Italian Fashion
Click here for Lorenzo de' Medici's current course offerings.

Participants live in furnished apartments for students. The rooms are double rooms in shared apartments.  Single rooms are available for a supplemental fee for summer and semester programs.  The apartments are equipped with kitchens so students can prepare their own meals or eat in local restaurants or cafés.  Homestays are also available upon request. 


As a complement to the academic program, students can participate in activities that are organized by their Student Advisor within the city of Florence and take day trips to nearby towns (many of the activities during the semester program are free of cost). Students may also participate in optional field trips to places such as Rome & the Vatican, Urbino, Venice, Cinque Terre, Mantua, Ferrara, Nice & Montecarlo, Arezzo & Cortona & Montepulciano, Pienza, and Sorrento & Capri. These field trips are led by faculty from the school. Field trips are not included in the program cost. 


2.8 GPA or higher

Dates & Costs

Below you will find the current dates and costs for all terms available.  Please note all dates and costs are subject to change.
  Summer 2019   Session I:  5/30/19 - 6/28/19
  Session II: 7/4/19 - 8/1/19 
  1 session (one course)                                            $4,170 (CUNY)     $4,540 (CCIS)      
  1 session (two courses)                                           $5,140 (CUNY)     $5,740 (CCIS)
  2 sessions (one course each)                                  $6,540 (CUNY)     $7,210 (CCIS)
  2 sessions (3-4 courses total)                                 $8,390 (CUNY)     $9,470 (CCIS)
  Restoration Workshop (6 credits)                            $6,140 (CUNY)     $6,990 (CCIS)

 **Florence Summer 2019 Scholarships Available to All CUNY Students!  CLICK HERE!
  Fall 2019   August 27 - December 14, 2019   Liberal Arts & Studio Arts (12-15 credits)                $11,990 (CUNY)   $13,420 (Non-CUNY)
  Semester Certificates (15 credits)                           $11,990 (CUNY)   $13,420 (Non-CUNY)
  Winter 2020   January 2 - January 22, 2020    $3,290 (CUNY)     $3,620 (Non-CUNY)
  Spring 2020   January 28 - May 16, 2020   Liberal Arts & Studio Arts (12-15 credits)                $11,990 (CUNY)   $13,420 (Non-CUNY)
  Semester Certificates (15 credits)                           $11,990 (CUNY)   $13,420 (Non-CUNY)

Basic Program Cost Includes:
     Overseas tuition, housing (double bedroom in shared student apartment), orientation in the US and abroad, sickness and accident insurance, administrative fees.

Costs Not Included: 
     Short-Term:  Airfare (approx. $1200), Meals (approx. $700), Personal Expenses (approx. $700), Declaration of Presence (approx. $20), Optional Field Trips (approx. $350 per trip)
     Long-Term:  Airfare (approx. $1200), Meals (approx. $1700), Personal Expenses (approx. $1700), Permit to Stay (approx. $240), Optional Field Trips (approx. $350 per trip), extra course fee-over 16 credits ($1,000), Textbooks (approx. $400) 

Please see below for application cycles currently open, and any applicable extensions.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates a rolling admission application cycle where applicants will be accepted into the program within two to three weeks after application is received and do not have to wait for the application deadline for notification.