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International Programs & Services

Rome Experience

The College of Design’s flagship Rome Program has been operating since 1991 and since then more than 2,500 design students have studied in Rome through the first fully-licensed study-abroad program in the Iowa Regents university system.

Full-semester and summer options are available for students in all majors.

Attend classes at our studio facilities located in the historic center of Rome at Palazzo Cenci-Bolognetti, a 16th-century building in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River and enjoy living in traditional Italian apartments within walking distance of the studio. Your classes will be taught in English by College of Design faculty members and Rome-based European instructors.

In addition to developing knowledge of numerous contemporary and historic sites, buildings and works of art, students gain a familiarity with the contemporary design culture of Europe through guided field trips, and complete major studio projects in their design area.

Non-design students

Qualified students from other Iowa State colleges or other institutions of higher education are welcome to enroll in various summer session options when offered.

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