CSU IP Italy: Architecture
Program At A Glance
When: Late August to late May
Units: Students are required to take 15 units per semester, in addition to the 5 unit Preparatory Language Program (PLP).
Cost: Students pay the same tuition for CSU IP Italy as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Sheet.
Eligibility Requirements: Minimum 2.75 GPA; Program is only open to qualified students in Architecture and Design Studies from Cal Poly Pomona or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo; Students must be enrolled at a CSU campus no later than the spring term prior to departure, or eligible to enter from a community college by fall term of the program start date.
Course Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the architecture program at their home campus and be recommended to the program by architecture faculty at Cal Poly Pomona or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
The CSU IP Italy Architecture program is located in Florence at the CSU Study Center. This program is administered by a Resident Director and full-time local staff. Each year, about 100 CSU students participate in the CSU IP Italy program and attend courses at the Center. The fields of study offered are architecture, art history, history and classics, Italian language, international relations, Italian studies, literature, political science, and studio art.
The CSU IP Italy Architecture program begins with a required 5 credit Preparatory Language Program (PLP), offering students Italian language instruction at the beginning, intermediate or advanced levels. Participants are introduced to the culture of Florence and to contemporary Italian society through lectures during the PLP. In addition to the PLP, architecture students enroll in the 1 credit course “Drawing Techniques for Architects” to supplement their architectural drawing.
During the academic year, all courses are taught at the CSU Study Center where students pursue advanced design studies with Italian architecture faculty. In addition to the Italian language coursework during the PLP, students also take 6 credits of Italian language study during the fall term, and 3 credits of Italian language during the spring.
For more information about the academic program, students may refer to the IP Academic Bulletin for the previous year. Note that course offerings are subject to change and may not be offered during the year of intended study. To access additional course information, including syllabi for courses offered in the past, visit the IP Florence Center's website here.
The CSU IP Italy program is located in Florence, a center of intellectual and artistic activity and a city that retains much of its Renaissance character. Located in the Tuscany region of Italy, on the Arno River, Florence has a population of about 500,000.
Upon arrival in Florence, students stay in pre-arranged temporary housing. During orientation, the CSU IP on-site staff will help students find permanent housing in local apartments.
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