API at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute in Tuscania

Semester/Year Program; Summer Program; Archaeology Field School Program

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Semester/Year Program: API students who choose to study abroad at Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute – Tuscania may select from a variety of courses in the fields of Italian language and culture, humanities, sciences, and studio arts. Students are required to take at least 1 Italian language course, and then may choose an additional 3-4 courses from the aforementioned subject areas (detailed on the course information page). Summer Program: Italian language courses are taught at all levels (beginning through advanced), while most other courses are taught in English. Students who choose intermediate level Italian or higher take a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. The program fee depends on whether a student elects to take 3 or 6 semester credits. Archaeology Field School Program: Lorenzo de’ Medici runs an intensive Archaeology Field School under the professional supervision of the University of Florence and in collaboration with Italian students of the Department of Archaeology. The principle goal of this program is to provide students with an opportunity to learn in a real research and excavation environment while gaining a comprehensive understanding of ancient Etruscan culture and archaeological methods. The Archaeology Field School is a unique opportunity for students to participate in an archaeological excavation as well as to receive undergraduate level coursework at the 2nd and 3rd academic year within the North American system. At the school’s campus in Tuscania and on selected field trips students will explore major features of Etruscan culture and the methodologies utilized in classical archaeology. Participants will play a full role in the excavation of an Etruscan necropolis near Tuscania, currently in phase four of its exploration. By examining material evidence, so abundant in this region, students will be given the opportunity to learn about the lives of the ancient Etruscans from archaeological evidence and literary sources. Whether you are a current archaeology or anthropology student or simply someone interested in learning more about the subject, this program will provide an exciting and unique opportunity for a first-hand look at archaeological fieldwork. HIGHLIGHTS Tuscania is a small, idyllic Italian town located ninety minutes north of Rome on the border of Lazio and Tuscany. Tuscania has been admired for centuries for its picturesque setting, fine culture and foods, medieval walls, and cobblestoned streets. Surrounded by medieval walls and guard towers, Tuscania provides endless opportunities for authentic cultural immersion. Some of the most beautiful churches in Italy are in Tuscania, including the stunning San Pietro and the magnificent Santa Maria Maggiore. Tuscania is an ideal combination between the present and past. It is not uncommon to find a medieval section of wall in the wine cellar of a modern restaurant or an Etruscan tomb used as the basement storage area of an apartment. The strong connection of the locals to their traditions, history and folklore greatly influences the unique nature of the town.


  • Archaeology
  • Italian Language Literature And Studies
  • Humanities
  • Science
  • Studio Arts


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