Italy: Three Cities Semester

CCIS Study Abroad in Rome, Tuscania, and Florence Canada

Program Overview

Language of instruction: ENGLISH 

One Semester - Three Cities

This semester-long study abroad experience connects students to three diverse Italian cities, each with a distinct identity and culture. Students spend one month in Tuscania, followed by one month in Rome, and they complete the experience in Florence in the fall or in Venice in the spring. 

Each Italian city that the program visits possesses a vibrant urban character, historical and artistic heritage, and role in today's Italy. After living and studying in these varied landscapes, students come away with unique insights into the diversity and unity of another culture.

This program is designed to highlight interesting issues that intersect with the broader experience. Students will explore the beauty and power of the Italian language, the relations between cutures, ancient Rome as an inspiration for later Italian culture, Italian gastromic geography, and the ways writing can capture engagement with new places.  



Academic Profile

Lorenzo de'Medici The Italian International Institute in Florence

Course Offerings

Students spend a month at each location, moving from Tuscania, to Rome, to Florence in the fall or Venice in the spring. They follow a structured and integrated program of five 3-credit courses: two courses at the first two sites and one at the last site.

Classes meet every day Monday through Thursday for a total of 45 contact hours per course. In Tuscania, students take an Italian language course (all levels available), and Italian Regional Food, a course with hands-on learning that situates Italian cuisine in its geographical and social contexts. In Rome, students take a course on Intercultural Communication, and a course about Ancient Rome and its imprint on this city and on the nation of Italy. The Three Cities experience culminates in the third site, Florence or Venice, where students distill their experiences through a course on Travel Writing.

Course Sequence

MONTH 1 - Tuscania
- Italian Language (offered at all levels)
- Italian Regional Food

MONTH 2 - Rome
- Intercultural Communication
- Ancient Roots of Italy

MONTH 3 - Florence (Fall)/Venice (Spring)
- Travel Writing (Spring)

The program is open to all students and has no special prerequisites.

For a complete list of scheduled courses, please consult the following link:

Language of Instruction: ENGLISH


Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Students who choose this option are able to spend quality time in all three magnificent locations: Tuscania, Rome, and either Florence or Venice. The group that participates in this course will create a community that will share their experiences as they become a part of each area of Italy. All of the locations are rich in what they have to offer and they express the very interesting and very different faces of Italy. This is a unique educational and personal experience!


Housing is included in the Program cost. The housing described below is for all three locations of the program: Tuscania, Rome, and either Florence or Venice.

LdM is pleased to facilitate students in making their housing arrangements for a spot in a student apartment. Students will be assigned to a spot in a double room in a furnished apartment that is to be shared with other students enrolled at LdM.

Apartments are furnished and equipped with bed linen, basic pots and pans, kitchen utensils, washing machine and Tv. Towels are generally not-included in the apartment and we recommend students to bring their own set of towels to Italy with them. Although apartments are of the same standard and have similar facilities, no two apartments are alike. The student shared apartments are usually suitable for a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 6 persons. They are not all located in the same building, but within walking distance from the school facilities.

*For housing arranged by LdM, the housing coordinator assigns roommates based on the completed housing profile. Students can request to room with a student they already know as long as both students make that request.



Three Cities Semester Program Details


Fall 2016: August 30 - December 9, 2016

Spring 2017: January 31 - May 12, 2017 

Application Deadline(s)

Fall: April 15 
Spring: October 15

Financial Aid

Please check out the following websites for scholarship opportunities:

Eligibility Requirements

  • 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • 2 letters of recommendation for Semester
  • Statement of purpose
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age
  • Minimum class standing - students must have completed at least one semester (minimum 12 semester credit hours) of college-level coursework at the time of application. 


English (except Language course)


Students at CCIS Member Institutions:

For Fall 2016 and Spring 2017
TBA per semester 

Students must take five courses for a total of 15 credits.

Students at Non-CCIS Member Intuitions pay an additional $400 fee.

Students registering at the College of Staten Island as Visiting Students or at a School of Record may have to pay additional costs based on residency and matriculation status.  Please contact the College of Staten Island for more information.

Course offering, dates, and costs subject to change.

Costs Included

Tuition and administrative fees, housing (LdM arranged double), orientation in US and Italy, sickness and accident insurance.

Costs Not Included

Airfare ($1,300 approx.), books ($380 approx.), Permit to Stay ($220 approx), meals ($1,700 approx.), personal costs ($1,700 approx.), and school of record fee for Non-CUNY/CCIS if applicable.
Note: Students from CCIS member institutions apply through their home campus; SUNY students should apply through Broome Community College.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.


Your Adventure in Italy Begins Here

Submit Application Materials To:

College of Staten Island/CUNY
Center for Global Engagement
Building 2A, Room 206
2800 Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10314
(718) 982-2100
(718) 982-2108 (fax)

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by downloading the forms. To download, right click on the application or recommendation form and click "save as", then save the form to your desktop or downloads. Once you have completed your form, SAVE IT FIRST!!!! DO NOT CLICK "SUBMIT" until you have SAVED your form or the recipient will receive a BLANK form. Once you have saved it, click "submit" and THEN email your completed form as an attachment to the contact email address associated with the program in which you are applying. If for some reason you do not see the email address pop up when you click "submit", then email the application to the program sponsor listed here on this page.


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CCIS Online Application & Instructions

CCIS Online Student Recommendation

(Students: DO NOT send the student recommendation form to your evaluators as an attachment. Please only send the page URL. The student recommendation form can be found under the "Apply Now" tab.) 

Application Deadlines:
Semester Programs:
April 15 – Fall Semester
October 15 – Spring Semester

Please note:
Academic Level: Undergraduate
No previous knowledge of Italian is required.

Students from CCIS member institutions apply through their home campus; SUNY students should apply through Broome Community College.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.