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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Gemignani, Christine Program Director: Gemignani, Christine, Ringholz, Allison, Thye, Ann, Wise, Chris
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Cumulative GPA: 2.5
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Italian
Online Course Catalog Available: Yes Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:


A Semester in Italy: Accademia Italiana

(for Design and Fashion/Apparel Merchandising students)
For more information on summer programs please see Summer in Italy: Accademia Italiana.

Program Features

ItalyWhy Italy?

Accademia Italiana is an international school of art and culture welcoming students from all over the world and from every region in Italy. It is among the most highly qualified European institutes in the field of design, art, and professional training at the university level. It provides students with unparalleled professional opportunities to advance in the fields of art and design.

The Accademia Italiana collaborates with some of the most important art and design universities in the world and with important companies internationally. This international flavor favors cultural exchange and the development of new ideas that have always characterized the activities of the Institute. Today, thousands of ex-students hold important roles within companies, and they have achieved huge successes in the professional and artistic fields world-wide. Fashion students attending the Florence location in Spring Semester have the opportunity to participate in an annual fashion show. The show is a major fashion event in Florence and in Italy, is attended by current top designers, and is an unparralled experience for students.




There are two location options:

Florence is Accademia Italiana's oldest and main location. The institution is in Florence's historic center. 

Accademia Italiana's Rome location is just outside the historic center of Rome.



ItalyWhat courses?

For a complete course list for both locations, see Accademia Italiana Courses.
Accademia Italiana 2016-2017 Course List.pdf
AI 2016-2017 Liberal Arts & Studio Arts.pdf
AI 2016-2017 Interior And Product Design .pdf
AI 2016-2017 Fashion Design And Textile Design.pdf

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED.
For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts



Cost and Scholarships

ItalyWhat does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Spring 2018 is $8,800. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, airport pick-up service, and ISU's CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.

The ISU Program Fee is charged to students' ISU bill. The ISU Program Fee is assessed in 2 fees indicated as "qualified" and "other." "Qualified" figures are automatically added to the 1098T tax form that appears on students AccessPlus accounts. "Other" includes all other fees.

For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

Find scholarships here.



ItalyWhere will I live?

Shared student apartments are available. Apartments typically house between 2 to 6 students. Single bedrooms are available. Apartments are furnished and include kitchens.


Dates and Contacts


Spring 2018 dates:

January 10                          Arrival in Florence, transfer to apartments

NOTE: For airport pick-up service, students need to arrive on start date between 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM

January 11 and 12              Orientation
January 15                          Classes begin
February 10                        Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano
February 26 – March 2       Mid-term exams
March 3 and 4                    Overnight trip to Mantova and Verona
March 17 and 18                Overnight trip to Sorrento and Pompeii
March 24 – April 2              Spring break
April 20                               Fashion Show
April 25                               National holiday       
May 1                                  National holiday
May 7 – 11                          Final exams
May 12                                Departure for USA


How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

To learn more about this program, contact Christine Gemignani in the Study Abroad Center: email, phone (515) 294-6792.