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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
Spring 2018 10/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/10/2018 05/12/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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
Iowa State
ISU Course:
Program Description:
Study Abroad Center, 3224 Memorial Union, (515) 294-6792
A Semester in Italy: Accademia Italiana
for Design and Fashion/Apparel Merchandising students)
Summer programs are available in Florence and Rome. For more information on summer programs please see
Summer in Italy: Accademia Italiana.

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.

Program locations:

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.

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

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

Spring 2017
January 11 arrival in Florence
January 12 – 14 orientation
January 16 classes begin
February 27 – March 3 mid-term exams / evaluations
April 14 – 17 Easter vacation
May 8 – 12 final exams
May 13 departure for USA
NOTE: Spring fashion show is April 21.

Fall 2016
Tuesday, September 6: students arrive in Florence and move in to student apartments
Wednesday to Friday, September 7 to 9: Orientation
Monday, September 12: classes begin
Saturday, September 24, Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano
Saturday/Sunday, October 15/16: Overnight trip (destination to be decided)
October 24 – 28: mid-term exams
Tuesday, November 1:  National holiday – AI closed
Saturday/Sunday November 5/6: Overnight trip (destination to be decided)
Saturday, November 26: Day trip  (destination to be decided)
Thursday, December 8: National holiday – AI closed
December 12 – 16: Final Exams
Saturday, December 17: return to USA

Program Fee
The ISU Program Fee for Spring 2017 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.

Scholarships for study abroad: see


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

More information

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