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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Milan, Italy; Prague, Czech Republic; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy; Zurich, Switzerland
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Hotel/Tourist Lodging Cumulative GPA: 2.3
Language of Instruction: English Online Course Catalog Available: No
Iowa State
Program Description:
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Graphic Design in Europe

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design Alex Braidwood & Associate Professor of Graphic Design Paula Curran will lead a three-week study tour of multiple European countries in Summer 2017. While this seminar course is primarily a study of graphic design, it is also a study of visual culture, as observed in the art, architecture and design of each city and site. Through a range of design studio visits and museums, students will be exposed to the variations in philosophy and methods of European design firms. In addition to the office visits, students will study art and design in museums and historical site and conduct site-specific design research as well as observation and documentation of visual culture in a range of public spaces.

Students receive 3 undergraduate or graduate credits; BFA students can use this to waive the internship requirement.

Students must register for ARTGR 495 section IT in Summer 2017.

Tentative 2017 Itinerary

May 18: fly from Des Moines to Rome 
May 19-23: Rome
May 24-25: Venice
May 26-28: Zurich
May 29-31: Prague
June 1-5: Berlin
June 6-June 10 Copenhagen

June 11: fly from Copenhagen to Des Moines

Program Prerequisites and Criteria for Participant Selection

Participants in all College of Design international programs must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 18 years of age

  • Accepted into departmental program of study

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3

  • Clear academic record including no status of academic warning or probation in the semester prior to or the semester of international program participation

  • Course prerequisites as listed in the ISU Catalog

The College of Design may check a participant's current GPA and/or academic status at any time. Failure to maintain the required GPA of 2.3 or the failure to maintain a clear academic record may affect participation in an international program.

Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in Graphic Design in Europe. The program fee will cover the following items: lodging, breakfast at hostels, trains, and local transportation. It does not cover museum entrance fees, and students will purchase their own airline tickets. However, students should not purchase airline tickets until the final itinerary with confirmed dates and arrival and departure cities is announced.

Participants may be able to apply their financial aid packages to study in Europe and should contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for further information. The college offers financial assistance in the form of scholarships specifically for students studying abroad.

Budget information for this program is available by clicking here.


All participants in this program will be automatically enrolled in CISI, an international health insurance and emergency service plan. This insurance plan is required for all undergraduate and graduate students participating in ISU study abroad programs. The cost of the plan is $1.22 per day, and it has been built into the cost of the program fee. More information is available at the links below:

CISI Participant FAQ

International Insurance 101

CISI Policy Information

Withdrawal Penalties

The application deadline for the 2017 program is January 29, 2017. Students must commit to participate by 3:00 pm on January 30, 2017. Those students who commit to their offer are officially part of the program and will be responsible for the penalties outlined below only if withdrawal occurs. The withdrawal penalty will be applied to the U-bill and will be due in full on May 22, 2017. In addition to withdrawal penalties, the participant is also responsible for all program payments the college is obligated to make on his or her behalf. 


Withdrawal Penalty

After confirming offer in ISUAbroad and before February 12, 2017:


On or after February 12, 2017 and before March 11, 2017:  

50% of program fee

On or after March 11, 2017:

Full program fee

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about Graphic Design in Europe should be directed to program director Paul Bruski.


This program is currently not accepting applications.