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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Housing Options: Apartment/Flat Cumulative GPA: 2.3
Language of Instruction: English Host Country Language: Italian
Online Course Catalog Available: No Sponsor: Iowa State
Program Description:


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Summer Rome Program
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Since 1991, more than 2,000 students have studied in Rome through the College of Design's flagship international program -- the first fully licensed study-abroad program in the Iowa regents' system.

Full-semester study options are available for graphic design, interior design, integrated studio arts and BA students each fall, and for architecture, community and regional planning and landscape architecture students each spring. The summer program offers classes for industrial design students.

Students attend classes at our studio facilities located in the historic center of Rome at Palazzo Cenci-Bolognetti, a 16th-century building located in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River.

Living and studying in a foreign country contributes an important new dimension to students' learning process, broadening their perspectives and enriching their knowledge of each subject. Students have the opportunity to become real residents of the city, rather than tourists.

Benefits of Participation

Students who participate in the Rome Program benefit personally, academically and professionally. The program is often a maturing experience for students because they must learn to live in another country and integrate into another culture where English is not the primary language. Students learn to be more adaptable, handle stressful situations better and develop leadership skills.

Academically, students have the opportunity to take classes in Rome from College of Design faculty that are supplemented by local lecturers and critics. Participants also earn Iowa State credit, so there are no credit transfer issues.

In terms of professional development, students produce some of the best work of their college studies while in Rome. This work can then be included in their portfolios to show to prospective employers. It is also an advantage for students to list international experience on their resumes.

2016 Summer Program

Information about the 2016 summer program will be available here later in 2015. Students will have the opportunity to fulfill degree requirements while participating in a life-changing study abroad program based at the College of Design studio facility in the heart of Rome.  

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
In addition, the following requirements apply to the Summer Rome Program:
  • Junior classification (at the beginning of summer 2016)
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.

Academic Responsibilities of Summer Rome Program Participants
  • All participants must plan to study with a Rome Program workshop for its full duration (as noted by the start and end dates above)
  • All participants must participate in day trip and field trip components of the program.
U.S. citizens and citizens of certain other countries do not need to obtain a study visa to participate in the Summer Rome Program because the duration of the program is less than 90 days.  However, all Rome Program participants who hold a passport from a country that does not appear on the Schengen visa waiver list must obtain a study visa valid for the Schengen Zone. This will be done through the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago with the assistance of the program. Participants cannot obtain a study visa or any other type of visa on their own for use on this program. Participants will be provided with details on study visa application materials in pre-departure orientation. The college's International Programs Coordinator will guide participants through the application process and formally apply for study visas on their behalf. 
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:
Costs and Financial Assistance

In addition to tuition, students are required to pay a program fee to participate in the Rome Program. The program fee varies each semester and it supports the studio facility and provides funds for program expenses such as course materials, guest critics and lecturers, the exhibition of final projects, and for field trip expenses such as transportation, lodging and museum entrance fees. Students sign a financial agreement in the semester prior to studying in Rome, and there are certain financial penalties for withdrawing from the program after the financial agreement has been signed.

Participants can apply their financial aid packages to study in Rome 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 the summer program is available at the top of this page by clicking here.


Housing for program participants is arranged by the College of Design. Students are placed with roommates of their choice in traditional Italian apartments, which gives them the opportunity to integrate with local residents. The apartments are furnished and come supplied with basic amenities. They are located within a reasonable walking distance of the studio and typically accommodate six to eight students.

Contact and Additional Information

Questions about the Rome Program should be directed to Mark Chidister.

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