API students at the Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute (LdM) may participate in one of the following programs:
FREE ELECTIVE PROGRAM
15-16 credit hours per semester (3-4 credits in language; 12 credits in electives)
This program is designed for students interested in selecting courses from a wide variety of disciplines with less emphasis on Italian language. Students select one language course and three to four additional courses from the course listings.
SUPER-INTENSIVE ITALIAN PROGRAM
16 credit hours per semester session (all credits in language; no electives allowed)
This program has been designed specifically for those students whose personal interest and/or academic priority is to learn Italian. Emphasis is placed on developing and/or broadening each student’s speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension skills. Students enrolling in the Super-Intensive Italian Program are not allowed to add elective courses. Students are required to attend weekly seminars and guided city tours.
Students complete four to five courses and receive 12-16 credit hours per semester; most courses are equivalent to 3 credits. The number of semester credits for each course is indicated in parentheses after the course title. With the exception of the Super-Intensive Italian Program (for which students may earn up to 18 credits), the program fee includes a maximum of 16 credits per semester session; however, students may take additional courses for credit for an additional fee per course. Courses are available at lower- and upper-division levels. In general, 100 level courses are elementary, 200–300 level courses are intermediate, and 400 level courses are advanced. Students who choose intermediate level Italian or higher complete a placement exam upon arrival to verify their level of proficiency. Students who do not meet the required proficiency level are assigned to the appropriate course.
NEW LDM INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
API students now have the opportunity to earn valuable credits through real-world internships in Rome with LdM! Italy is known for its artisan and small business structure that offers amazing opportunities for first-hand experience and interaction with local business owners to learn about the strengths and structure of the Italian workplace.
Students earn 3 credits for an internship, which are counted toward their total academic load for the semester, and appear on the academic transcript along with a grade. Students are graded based on a weekly internship journal, a minimum of two papers, and an evaluation by their academic advisor/tutor at LdM. Internship options are listed on the API/LdM course schedules on the website, and subjects may include:
Students should indicate their intererst in an internship upon application, and submit a résumé/C.V., essay and portfolio. The internship essay should discuss the student’s reason for applying, expectations about the internship, and a detailed description of the duties in which the student would like to partake in. An on-site interview is required of all students. Placements are limited, so students are encouraged to apply early! Pre-Departure Services: Advising, @api Online Resources, Orientation Materials and Support, Mobile Phone, Peer Mentors, Social Networking, Scholarships On-Site Services: Airport Reception, Resident Directors and Staff, API Center, Housing (including meals and laundry with host families), Tuition, Tutoring, Language and Culture Tools, Medical and Life Insurance, Excursions (overnight and international), Social and Cultural Activities, Welcome and Farewell Group Meals, Volunteer Opportunities Re-Entry Services: Re-Entry Materials and Support, Post-Program Evaluation, Transcript, Alumni Network and Development Opportunities
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