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Italy: Architecture
Florence, Italy (Outgoing Program)
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Program Sponsor: CSU International Programs 
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Academic Year 2019-2020 02/01/2019 03/01/2019 TBA TBA
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Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: None
Areas of Study: Architecture Special Notes: Must be an Architecture major from Cal Poly SLO or Cal Poly Pomona.
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Academic Year Applications
February 1: Priority Deadline
March 1: Secondary Deadline 
April 1: Late Applicant Deadline

Note: CSU IP recommends that students apply by the priority deadline as available spaces may be limited on popular programs.


GPA Requirement
2.75 Cumulative GPA 

CSU Class Standing
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior. 

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.


Subjects Available

CLICK HERE to view the online course catalog. 

Academic Credit
Students are required to take the equivalent of 15 CSU units per semester.

CLICK HERE to view the Academic Bulletin for this program for further details regarding course credits and academic policies.  

Students pay the same tuition for Italy: Architecture as the tuition paid for their home CSU campus. For more information on costs, including accommodations, travel and other expenses, see the Budget Estimates above.

Program Dates
CSU IP students spend an Academic Year abroad on this program. The traditional Italian academic cycle begins in February and ends in November. 

Academic Year: July to June.


The 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 Italy: Architecture 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. 

Italy - ArchitectureThe 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 CSU 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 Italy: Architecture 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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