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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.

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.

Check out Cy the Mascot on his adventure as he studies abroad for the first time in Rome!

Enjoy an extended stay in Rome through the College of Design’s Rome Program. Attend studio and lecture classes taught by ISU and visiting European faculty for Iowa State credit on a daily basis just like in Ames.