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Study Abroad

Short-Term Programs

Short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities are offered for two to five weeks in the summer as well as during the academic year.

Programs for the Fall 2018 semester

Architectural Design in Mexico City, MexicoApply online by Thursday, March 15, 2018, for Fall 2018 semester

Architectural Design in Kigali, Rwanda Apply online by Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, for Fall 2018 semester
The proposed course, one section of Arch 401, will start with a study of the environmental, physical and social conditions in Kigali and focus on a neighborhood for architectural intervention. The studio will conclude with a two-week trip to Kigali, overlapping with thanksgiving break, in which students will conduct a design workshop with students at the university of Rwanda and visit important architectural sites to study contemporary sustainable design in the region.

Programs for the Summer 2018 semester

2018 Summer Academy BerlinApply online by Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, for summer 2018 semester
A five-week summer study-abroad program led by architecture Associate Professor Ulrike Passe in collaboration with faculty from Berlin, Germany, and other US architecture programs. The program explores the possibilities of designing an urban architectural environment for a low-carbon lifestyle and includes visits to energy-efficient buildings and professional design offices. It is open primarily to architecture majors, but students from other majors will be considered.

Graphic Design in Europe Apply online by Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 for summer 2018 semester
Assistant Professor Alex Braidwood and Associate Professor Paul Bruski will lead a three-week study tour of multiple European countries in summer 2018. Primarily a study of graphic design, this seminar also is a study of visual culture as observed in the art, architecture and design of each city and site. In addition to design studio visits, participants will study art and design at museums and historical sites and conduct site-specific research as well as observe and document visual culture in a range of public spaces.

Ghana: Developing Perspective Apply online by Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 for summer 2018 semester
Led by art and visual culture Professor Chris Martin, participants will be introduced to the unique culture and history of Ghana, including the various art and design traditions particular to different tribal groups as well as their traditional food, dance and governmental systems and the history of the slave trade. This two-week summer program will take place in May 2018.

Programs for the Spring 2018 semester

Exploring the City: Stockholm, Sweden – Final application deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018 for spring 2018 semester
Part of the ISU/US Department of State Cultural Heritage Documentation Project, offering all majors the chance to spend 10 days in Stockholm over spring break in March working on a project at the 1950s-era US Embassy, learning about its design, its role in the history of US diplomacy, its place in the Swedish capital’s urban fabric and its future as the primary physical link between the governments of the US and Sweden. The program will be led by Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, assistant professor of community and regional planning. Space is limited to 15 students, who will be selected by faculty and the Study Abroad Center staff, so apply early!

Senior Interior Design Workshop in Paris – Final application deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 for spring 2018 semester
Seniors and graduate students in interior design are invited to participate in the annual workshop for students interested in the art and future of international design practice. This week-long study abroad program in Paris, France, will be led by Professor Lee Cagley Jan. 16-22, 2018. Participants will tour Maison et Objet, the largest international furnishings exposition in the world, meet with interior design professionals and visit the Palace of Versailles and Opera Garnier.

Programs from the Fall 2017 semester:

Panama: Integrated Design Studio – Panama 2017

Architectural Design in Mexico City

Venice Biennale

Programs from the Fall 2016 – Summer 2017 academic year included the following:

Panama: Integrated Design Studio – Panama 2016

Italy: Venice Biennale Sessions 2016

Rwanda: Architectural Design in Kigali, Rwanda

United Kingdom: Department of State Cultural Heritage Documentation Project- London Fall 2016

Peru: Studio Andino 2017

Historic Preservation England:  International Perspectives and Design Issues

Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Switzerland: Graphic Design in Europe 2017

Historic Preservation Italy: International Perspectives and Design Issues

Germany: Summer Academy Berlin 2017



Jen Hogan
Director of International Programs
379 Design
(515) 294-8275

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