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Sponsored & Hosted Programs

The ISU Rome Center hosts numerous faculty-led study abroad programs from ISU and other universities/institutions in a wide range of disciplines, including Agriculture, Architecture, Art History, Anthropology, Athletics, Business, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communication, Design, Education, Food Science, History, Italian Studies, Landscape Studies, Photography, Studio Art, and Urban Design. 

The ISU Rome Center, in contrast with the College of Design, which was a purpose-built building on a university campus that has the intention of educating university-age students, the ISU Rome facility is part of a community.  The building used to be apartments that people lived in and there is at least one family that still lives in the building. The other apartments have different purposes and the area itself is multipurpose, such as a high school and local businesses and shops.  Located in the historic city center, on the banks of the River Tiber, the Rome Jewish Ghetto, home to ISU Rome, is an extremely desirable place to live. Boutique stores, delicious kosher bakeries and ancient Roman ruins sit cheek by jowl with each other creating a chic, bustling neighborhood where everyone is welcome.  

Benefits & Opportunities of the ISU Rome Center:

  • Fully licensed facility
  • Member of AACUPI (Association of American Colleges Universities Programs in Italy)
  • Highly customizable
  • Cost-effective for Rome
  • Dedicated onsite staff and Resident Director
  • Managed from the College of Design in Ames, Iowa

Past guests include faculty and staff from other ISU colleges, the University of Oregon, California Polytechnic State University, University of North Carolina and California College of the Arts to name a few…

Rome Studio Hosted Program Opportunity

The Rome Summer Design Studio provided an opportunity for Chinese students to establish a global design vision. The summer 2019 program had fifteen students from Wuhan University, Tianjin University and Lanzhou Jiaotong University. In the intensive one-month program, students concentrated on designing an exhibition space in an archaeological museum in downtown Rome.

A number of guest lectures and museum visits were conducted to encourage students’ design thinking. An Italian culture and history course offered fieldtrips and cultural activities for in-depth understanding of Italian culture.

Students were divided into five teams. Three prizes and honorable mentions were awarded. All are documented and presented in this brochure.

For more information about ISU Rome Center, please contact Jen Hogan at or 515 294-8275.