Location: Tuscania, Italy

Road in Front of LDM Tuscania


Anthropolgoy, Archaeology, Art, Communication Studies, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, History, Italian, Kinesiology, Music, Photography, Sociology, Theatre   

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Fall - See academic calendar
Spring - See academic calendar
Summer 2013 - See academic calendar

Do not use these dates to purchase airfare; use dates provided by host.

Language:English with Italian Language


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Good Academic Standing
Good Judicial Standing

Application Deadlines:

Spring: October 5th
Summer: March 1st
Fall: March 1st

Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited. If there is space available after the deadline, applications will be accepted, but there is no guarantee.

Application Materials:

EIU Application Materials
Course Approval Form
LdM 2014-2015 Application Form
Spring 2015 Housing Form
Summer 2015 Housing Form
Fall 2015 Housing Form - Coming Soon!
Homestay Information

Also, please complete your Travel Consultation (as indicated in your EIU Application checklist).

All Application Materials should be turned in to the Office of Study Abroad in 1207 Blair Hall by the appropriate deadline.

Program Highlights

Cultural Immersion: full integration into the local community. Hard-to-find, first-hand exposure to traditional small-town life.

Tuscania is a lovely Italian town, built on a hilltop in 7th Century BC. Only about 8,000 people live there. In addition to being one of the most picturesque setttings, it is home to two of the most beautiful churches in Italy (St. Peter’s and Santa Maria Maggiore). The countryside surrounding Tuscania is part of a nature reserve with one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in the world.

Tuscania map

Its central location makes it easy for students to take quick trips to the beach, hot springs, volcanic lakes, and to other nearby towns like Tarquinia or Viterbo. It also is convenient for students to travel to Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Assisi. Unlike students who choose Florence or Rome to study abroad, Tuscanian students experience the best of country and city life through cultural immersion.

For centuries, Tuscania has been admired for its dreamy landscapes, medieval walls, cobbled streets, fine foods, and culture. This little town has inspired countless artists, painters, photographers and writers. Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles, and Franco Zeffirelli chose it for their films. Recently, Tuscania has developed a reputation as a center for new forms of contemporary expression and modern art.


Academic Programs

Lorenzo de Medici (LDM) is one of the largest, leading international schools of Italy, with centers in Florence, Rome, Tuscania, and Venice. LDM is an ideal school for students who want to study Italian language and culture, art, archaeology, music-cinema-theatre, and history. Because of LDM's involvement with internationally-known film and music festivals, as well as contemporary film productions, it is also an excellent choice for students interested in cinema. Furthermore, LDM offers credit bearing internships, Certificates in International Conflict Transformation, and Certificates in Archaeology Studies.

Academic Calendar 2014/15

Cooking Class in Tuscania with Renown Chef

At LdM, Italian language courses are taught in Italian and they use the codes ITL (Italian Language) and ITC (Italian Language and Culture).

Students pre-registered for Elementary Italian 2 and above levels willtake an Italian language placement test (which consists of a written and oral EXAM) to confirm their level prior to the start of the term. LdM reserves the right to move students into a different level as a result of the placement test.

After Your Trip:
Take STA4000G at EIU to fulfill your senior-seminar requirement!

Student Life & Housing

See links to housing applications under "Application Materials." More details on housing can be found here.

Read the Student Guide on LDM's website for more information about the city, housing (apartment or host family), recreation, etc. Students who choose Tuscania over more popular destinations like Florence and Rome are extremely happy. Even students who choose the 3-cities program almost always regret when it comes time to leave Tuscania.

Read a great article about the different regions of Italy.

Foreign Entry Requirements

To enter Italy, you must have a valid passport. If you are a U.S. citizen and do not currently have a valid passport, or if your passport will expire during the time you will be overseas, please go to the U.S. State Department web site for information on how to apply for/renew your passport.

Currently, U.S. Citizens who are studying in Italy must obtain a visa prior to departure. You can contact the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago for information on how to apply for a visa. Please apply early as it can take up to a month to have your visa processed.

Travel Document Systems (TDS) can also provide you with helpful information on every country, including entry requirements, cultural information, travel conditions, economy, and more.

You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.

**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **

Please note that EIU does not own, operate, or sponsor this program.