Drexel in Italy: Design in Florence
About the Program
In the Design in Florence program, Drexel students take courses with other design students from around the world, taught by Italian faculty at the Accademia Italiana. This is a great opportunity to be exposed to a global design perspective and be immersed in a different culture. Approximately 40% of Accademia's student body is Italian, 20% is American and the remaining 40% hail from across the world. This diverse make-up contributes to a unique learning environment in which students have an opportunity to exchange ideas and express their individual creativity within an international forum. The diversity also presents a unique level of immersion and the opportunity for students from multiple cultural backgrounds to explore the Italian language and culture together.
Florence is one of the most beautiful and ancient cities in Italy, and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. While living in Florence, students will have opportunities to be exposed to students from around the world, gain a global prospective of fashion, and learn a foreign language. Students have the opportunity to explore their host country through organized study trips, which are included in the program fee, to Italian destinations such as Venice, Milan, Bologna, Lucca, Siena, Naples, Pompeii and more. They will have the opportunity to visit the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, two of the most famous picture galleries in the world and be inspired by superb collections of sculpture at the Bargello, the Duomo Works Museum and more.
- 3.0 minimum GPA
- ITAL 101 language requirement
- Junior year
- Fashion Design, Product Design, Interior Design, or Design & Merchandising students only
: Students take courses at the Accademia Italiana ("Accademia"), one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy. Students are required to take Italian language and 4 other courses from the list of courses for American students (e.g. Liberal Arts Courses for American Students).
Fashion Design Majors
have been pre-selected by Drexel's Fashion Design Department and are required for all Fashion Design majors.
: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.
: Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take if the course is not on the course equivalency spreadsheet (linked above). For example, if you want to take a Art History course at Accademia for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Art History department at Drexel.
Students are taught by local Italian faculty. Grades are noted as credit/no credit (CR/NCR) on their transcript and will not affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn the equivalent of an American "C" or above. Students are not permitted to take more than 5 courses at Accademia.
Fall Semester Dates and Itinerary
|Program Start Date
|Program End Date
||Mid to Late December
Accademia offers a housing referral service that assists students in obtaining apartment housing in Florence. Students are placed in a double-room in a lovely, fully-furnished apartment within walking distance to the school and many historical sites. Student apartments are located in buildings which are home to Italians, allowing for a lively exchange of culture as well as the opportunity to immerse in the language. Students may request to share an apartment with Italians, an international mix, or with other Americans. Each apartment varies slightly in size and amenities. The apartment owners will be able to provide you with all of these details. Students must pay their landlord directly for monthly rent which averages 400-800 Euro per month. Students are not required to use this service.
Accademia offers airport pick-up for groups of students arriving by a certain time. Students who choose to arrive independently will receive instructions on when and where to meet up with the group on-site.
All students are required to apply for an Italian visa and residence permit in order to study abroad at Accademia. Students are advised to begin the visa process as soon as they receive an acceptance letter from Accademia. Italian visas may take between 4-6 weeks to process.
Students can apply for their visa at the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia
. The Consulate is only open for appointments on weekday mornings and appointments book fast. Accepted students should make an appointment for the month of July in anticipation of applying for their visa.
Estimated Program Costs
Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.
Tuition & Financial Aid
This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.
Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).
Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.
For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.