Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici, Summer Program
in Organized Crime & Psychology of Crime 

Florence, Italy

Summer 2019
Session I: May 30—June 27, 2019*
Session II: July 4—August 1, 2019*

Florence, Italy
Summer 2016


The John Jay College-Lorenzo de’ Medici Summer Program will take place in Florence, Italy, and is open to all majors.  Courses offered through this program include Organized Crime: Sociology & the History of the Italian Mafia and Psychology of Crime.  Florence, Italy is home to the Renaissance, numerous museums, and a diverse population.  As part of this program, students will be able to learn in and outside of the classroom.  LdM is located in the heart of the city center, allowing students access to all that Florence has to offer. 

Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.


Information sessions will be held from 1:40-2:55 (community hour), in the New Building.

  • Monday, March 4
  • Monday, March 11
  • Thursday, March 14



Organized Crime: Sociology and the History of the Italian Mafia (3 credits): This course examines organized crime in Italy from a historical, social and cultural perspective, tracing its growth from the nineteenth century to the present. Students will analyze sociological aspects of the mafia including language, message systems, the “code of silence” the role of violence, etc. Although the chief focus is on the Sicilian mafia, other organizations will be explored, including the mafia in the United States, and organizations in other Italian regions. Course offered during Session I and Session II.

Click here (pdf) for course syllabus

Psychology of Crime (3 credits): This course approaches the knowledge and understanding of criminal behavior and its impact on both society and individuals, from various psychological theories, including those from developmental, cognitive and behavioral perspectives.  Topics include, but are not limited to, criminological theories, biological and psychological models of criminal behavior, human aggression and violence, sexual violence, and criminal  homicide.  As part of this program, students will also analyze  etiology, risk factors,  and assessment and treatment methods  in relation to different criminal behaviors. Course offered during Session I only.

Click here (pdf) for course syllabus

Students may choose to take one or both courses during Session I.

  1. Minimum 2.8 GPA required
  2. Good judicial standing
  3. 30 credits completed at time of application


  • Housing: Students will be housed in fully-furnished apartments, within walking distance of the LdM main building and classrooms. Most apartments will have a washer, but it is quite uncommon to find a dryer. Clothes are air-dried on drying racks, or outside on terraces. All apartments have a functioning kitchen and wireless internet. Apartments house from 2-8 students, and all rooms available are double-occupancy. Apartments are non-smoking. More information can be found here.
  • Refund Policy:  Payment of the program deposit indicates the student understands and agrees to the Office of International Studies & Program’s payment and refund policies.  Students who withdraw from a John Jay College program after confirming participation, but before the program begins, will lose the non-refundable deposit and any unrecoverable costs. Refunds for the JJC-LdM program fees, follow the LdM schedule and policies. Click here for more information regarding JJC-LdM withdrawals and refund policies. LdM tuition and housing cancellation refunds must be requested in writing. If requests are not in writing, they will not be processed. 

    Florence, Italy
    Summer 2016
    Photo by: Ramon Guerrero

  • Housing Cancellation Policy: Be sure to review the LdM policy regarding Housing, as the policy specifies amount of days and the payment responsibilities of the student. Click here for more information regarding the JJC-LdM Program Housing Cancellation Policy for Short-Term Programs (Summer & January Intersession). LdM tuition and housing cancellation refunds must be requested in writing. If requests are not in writing, they will not be processed. 
  • The Office of International Studies and Programs (OISP) has the right to modify or cancel the program, including  changes to the program dates, costs, scheduled visits, program itinerary, etc., as dictated by economic and/or political situations, etc.
  • Fluctuating exchange rates and other fees may lead to program cost changes.
  • Program cost is based on a minimum number of participants for the program.
  • Students who wish to arrive earlier or depart later than the program dates are responsible for any, and all, additional costs including, but not limited to, accommodations, meals, etc. until the program start date and after the end date.
  • Since the course will be taught by a foreign, non-CUNY , faculty member, the credits earned will be posted as transfer credit on the student’s transcript.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of their airfare, and for their itinerary. Due to possible changes in program dates/itinerary information, students are not to purchase airfare until prompted by OISP.                                                     
  • Students are encouraged to apply early, due to limited space.
  • Attendance at on-site orientation is mandatory.
  • Exam dates can NOT be changed for any reason. Personal schedules must be organized accordingly.
  • Become familiar with the LdM Academic Policy and Rules of Conduct. There are no exceptions to these policies.
  • Information is tentative and subject to change, including **program cost(s), itinerary, etc.



Applications are available from the Office of International Studies & Programs (Haaren Hall, Suite 530). Applications can also be found here.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019However, qualified applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis until places are filled. Thus, due to limited places, students are encouraged to apply early.

Please note: An application fee of $50.00 is due at the time of application. Money orders, personal checks and cash are accepted. Applications will not be accepted if incomplete. More information can be found here.

All non-CUNY students will need to pay an additional $65.00 at time of application due to a non-degree application fee. 


Estimated Program Cost & 3 Credits: $1,260-2,175**
Estimated Program Cost & 6 Credits: $610-2,440**

**Subject to change. Includes tuition, double occupancy accommodations, international health insurance, and various LdM amenities. Does not include housing deposit, airfare, meals, textbooks, personal expenses, personal excursions, etc. 

Summer 2019 Costs

Please note: all non-CUNY students, please contact OISP for more information 


John Jay College Tuition and Fees
Undergraduate Tuition and Fees


Students should make an appointment with the Financial Aid Office to discuss the applicability of their financial aid to this program. 


Inquire at the Office of International Studies & Programs for information. If you are a John Jay student, you can apply for the JJC Study-Abroad ScholarshipJJC Student Travel Fund, and the CUNY Chancellor’s Global Scholarship. For more on scholarship opportunities click here. U.S.-wide scholarship opportunities can be found here.

Contact Mr. Michael Scaduto, Associate Director of Financial Aid, for more information in regards to the JJC Study-Abroad Scholarship and general scholarship opportunities for John Jay students at 212-237-8872 or email at mscaduto@jjay.cuny.edu


Ken Yanes, Dep. Director
212-484-1339, kyanes@jjay.cuny.edu 

Daniel Braslavsky, Study Abroad Coordinator
212-887-6105, dbraslavsky@jjay.cuny.edu


Office Location:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530

Mailing Address:
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Haaren Hall, Suite 530