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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/13/2019 07/27/2019

** 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: 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)

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?

AI offers summer study abroad programs in Florence for 6 weeks in June and July.

Students can take up to 7 credits (2 classes from the following courses:
-Fashion Illustration (3 credits)
Photographing Florence (3 credits)
-Life and Works of Michelangelo (3 credits)
-Painting (3 credits)
-Life Drawing (3 credits)
-Italian Language (4 credits – all levels offered)


One of our intensive courses, which are 6 credit hours:

-Intensive Fashion Design (6 credits – includes 3 credits of Fashion Illustration, Color Theory and Collections)
-Intensive Italian Product Design (6 credits – includes 3 credits of History of Italian Design + 3 credits of design studio)

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
In summer, classes meet Mondays thru Thursdays.

NOTE: For airport pick-up service, students need to arrive on start date between 11:00 PM and 2:00 PM 


Cost and Scholarships

ItalyWhat does it cost?

The ISU Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $3600. 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.

For more information, see the Accademia Italiana Housing Information Sheet


Dates and Contacts


Summer 2018

June 13 Arrival & airport pick-up
June 14-15 Orientation
June 18 Classes begin
July 26 Last day of final exams
July 27 Earliest departure date

For airport pick-up service, students need to arrive on start date between 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM


How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

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