“Three Cities” in Italy


The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for the fall and/or spring semesters in “Three Cities” (Tuscania, Rome and either Florence or Venice), Italy. For Fall Semester, the program ends in Florence, while for Spring semester, the program ends in Venice. On-site, the program is coordinated by Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM).

The period of study is August through December for the Fall semester and January through May for the Spring semester.

Students follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses, which together comprise both a unique investigation into the roots of Western civilization and a grounding in modern Italian language and culture.

This program will not be offered in Spring 2021.

Host Institution

With almost 40 years of growth and experience, Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is one of Italy’s most distinctive and well-established study abroad institutions. LdM is renowned for its many years of offering academic and professionally-oriented courses designed to complement a variety of majors as well as to enrich students’ knowledge, experience, and skills. Students can choose from over 400 different courses in 32 subject areas taught at LdM’s four campuses in Florence, Rome, Tuscania, and Venice. Courses fall under four main academic divisions: Arts and Sciences, Creative Arts, Design, and Italian Language and Culture.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Tuscania

The Lorenzo de’ Medici School in Tuscania is located in an elegantly modern structure hidden within an ancient fortified building. The School is situated in the old town center and is physically incorporated into the medieval stone walls. This building has recently been remodeled to provide modern, light-filled studios and classrooms. Internal spaces have been designed to hold reading rooms, classrooms, an exhibition space, studios, a library, and a computer room. The facilities also include a courtyard and a fully equipped teaching kitchen for classes in Mediterranean cuisine. Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to providing the means and the personnel to help creative individuals achieve the most out of their study abroad experience.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Rome

LdM Rome is located in the center of the historic city. The facilities form part of an Umbertine palace constructed at the end of the 19th century, located on Via XX Settembre, one of the most important streets of the city. The building has been re-designed to provide modern and functional rooms that include luminous studios and classrooms. Many of the principal sites and monuments of Rome such as the Spanish Steps, the Quirinale, the Via Veneto, and the Trevi Fountain are within walking distance of the facility. This central location can be easily reached from any part of the city by public transportation. LdM is situated between two metro stops, numerous bus lines, and is less than five minutes away from the central rail station (Termini) that services both airports.

Lorenzo de’ Medici Florence

LdM in Florence is located in ten campus buildings (totaling 4800 square meters) 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, library, Student Point and computer center.

The main LdM building 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. Students and professors from LdM’s Restoration Department were fully involved in the restoration of the church interior.


The “Three Cities” in Italy program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and will earn up to 15 credits.

The program runs from late August to early December for the Fall semester and late January to early May for the Spring semester. All courses are taught in English (with the exception of Italian language and culture) by Italian professors at LdM.

This semester-long study abroad experience allows students to retrace the steps of Greek, Etruscan, Roman, medieval and Renaissance cultures by living and studying in three cities which embody these civilizations in all their richness and splendor: Tuscania, Rome and either Florence or Venice. Students spend one month in Tuscania followed by one month in Rome, and then they choose to complete the experience in either Florence (Fall only) or Venice (Spring only). They follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses, which together comprise both a unique investigation into the roots of Western civilization and a grounding in modern Italian language and culture.


Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for two and a half hours each, providing a total of 45 contact hours per course.

There are two mandatory 3-credit courses in the first center, Tuscania: an Italian language course and “The Food of Italy”, an introduction to the different aspects of regional food in Italy.

In the second center, Rome, students take two 3-credit courses entitled “Ancient Roots of Italy”, which explores significant aspects of the ancient Roman civilization, and “Intercultural Communication”, which introduces students to the basic patterns of cross-cultural psychology and communication.

Students choosing to complete the Three Cities experience in Florence will take a 3-credit course entitled “Travel Writing”, which provides an opportunity for students to focus first-hand on the art and craft of travel writing, with particular emphasis on cities in Italy.

Click here for courses offered for the LDM “Three Cities” program and UHM course equivalencies. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Fall 2020: Tentative LdM Courses

Courses taken at LdM will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

Current as of August 17, 2020.



The hilltop town Tuscania is located on the borders of the Tuscany and Lazio regions of central Italy, south of Florence and not far from Rome, in the breathtaking countryside of the southern Maremma. The countryside surrounding the town forms part of a nationally protected nature reserve and has one of the richest collections of archaeological remains in the world. Filmmakers such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Orson Welles, and Franco Zeffirelli have chosen it for their films, while the town has inspired myriad artists, painters, photographers and writers. The central location allows for easy access to for day trips to the beach, to volcanic lakes and hot springs, as well as for visits to the nearby towns of Viterbo and Tarquinia, Rome, Florence, Siena, Pisa, and Assisi.


Spending any amount of time in Rome – the Eternal City – is an experience that has kept visitors and pilgrims captivated for centuries. Whether the inspiration comes from a quiet spot in Rome’s parks, from powerfully evocative ruins, from Renaissance or Baroque palaces, or from the awe-inspiring art of Vatican City, Rome continues to stimulate the senses. The unique history of Italy’s capital city allows for the study of ancient cultures as well as contemporary political and international issues all within the same location.


As the birthplace of modern humanism, naturalistic arts and scientific inquiry, Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo changed forever the way we see the world. As a thriving economic center with particular strengths in the fashion, luxury goods and tourist sectors, the city of Florence also offers its inhabitants the chance to investigate myriad aspects of the contemporary Italian world. In addition, Florence is an excellent location for access to other sites and cities in Tuscany, Italy, and Europe.


The Three Cities program offers students double occupancy in an apartment in each city, for the duration of the program. Apartments are equipped with a full kitchen, and students prepare their own meals.


The Lorenzo de′Medici Institute offers students various excursion opportunities.


"Three Cities", Italy

Program Cost (Fall 2020)


Cost includes Lorenzo de’ Medici tuition and accommodation (shared room in a furnished apartment), cell phone, airport pick-up, transfers between cities, textbooks, health insurance and UHM Study Abroad and student visa fees.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Rome is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.


FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the current semester, or b) that you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions


See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.


Students participating in the UHM Semester in “Three Cities” program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in Italy.

Admission Requirements

The program is primarily designed for undergraduate students who are interested in studying in Florence in English with specific academic interests. All candidates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English, and successful completion of course pre-requisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have taken the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay a $500.00 non-refundable initial payment to ensure a place in the program. The initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that students accepted to the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


This program will not be offered in Spring 2021.

A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.


Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.