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Department of

Landscape Architecture

Study Abroad

Semester in Rome

The College of Design Rome Program offers an optional course of study to students in the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program in the spring of the fourth year.

Participants engage in a design studio and seminars that emphasize the unique culture and environment of Italy and of Western Europe. Students gain an understanding of urban design, villas and gardens in the Italian tradition, and the identity of unique regional landscapes such as Tuscany.

Students attend classes at the College of Design’s studio facilities in the historic center of Rome at the Palazzo Cenci-Bolognetti, a 16th-century building located in the Piazza delle Cinque Scole near the Tiber River. Iowa State faculty members accompany students abroad and provide instruction for the majority of classes offered in Rome.

Landscape architecture students interested in going to Rome must take a one-credit study abroad preparation seminar in the fall semester prior to studying in Rome in the spring.