Ensuring a fun and reliable adventure for our students, LAI specializes in tailored pre-college summer programs for students 14rs-18yrs and personalized cultural immersion programs for all ages 18yrs and above.
With firsthand knowledge of the transformational benefits and equipped with years of direct involvement navigating the unseen challenges of study abroad programs, from pre-departure through program completion, LAI was established to provide direct support in the preparation and completion of educational experiences abroad.
Our programs are currently based in Florence, Italy.
LAI dedicates itself to promoting the educational significance of cultural immersion by providing students, parents, and institutions value-added resources and services to facilitate customized learning experiences abroad.
Curiosity: We are eager to continuously explore and learn about the world – past, present, and future.
Cultural Immersion: We crave human connection and celebrate the identities of others through cross-cultural exploration, satisfying the sense of belonging ingrained in all of us.
Shared Knowledge: We believe the possibilities of learning from each other are limitless and will lead to an improved and exciting future by collaborating with one another.
To transform the traditional classroom and improve learning outcomes by immersing students in a global setting.
About the Founder
Having studied abroad after graduating from college, Lauren realized the significance of international immersion sooner than later. Upon transitioning from a study abroad student to a university staff member Lauren’s four years in Florence, Italy as a Student Life Coordinator, Alumni Director, and Admissions Counselor provided the opportunity to discover her true passion – international education. Based on the profound impact of her unique experience abroad, Lauren identified the need for personalized services supported by industry experience, to assist students, parents, and institutions to successfully navigate the expansive process of studying abroad confidently.
Prior to her time in international education, Lauren’s professional roles focused on student-based experiential marketing (Dalton Agency, MRY, Uproar PR) granting her the opportunity to explore tech startup incubation at UF Innovate | The Hub. Her path eventually landed her back at her alma mater (UCF), working for the office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, cementing her appreciation for advancing student success and personal growth through educational experiences.