Drexel in Italy: Design in Florence
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.
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.
- 3.25 minimum GPA
- ITAL 101 language requirement
- Junior year
- Fashion Design, Product Design, or Design & Merchandising students only
Students take courses at the Accademia Italiana ("Accademia"), one of the best fashion and design schools in Italy.
Courses are available in the following subjects:
Fashion Design Majors
have been pre-selected by Drexel's Fashion Design Department and are required for all Fashion Design majors.
Design & Merchandising and Product Design Majors
You are required to take Italian and can select 4 other courses from the Liberal & Studio Arts Course List
. You can view the course descriptions here
: 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 ITALIANA FALL 2016
Tuesday, September 6: students arrive in Florence and move in to student apartments
Wednesday to Friday, September 7 to 9: Orientation
Monday, September 12: classes begin
Saturday, September 24, Day trip to Siena and San Gimignano
Saturday/Sunday, October 15/16: Overnight trip (destination to be decided)
October 24 – 28: mid-term exams
Tuesday, November 1: National holiday – AI closed
Saturday/Sunday November 5/6: Overnight trip (destination to be decided)
Saturday, November 26: Day trip (destination to be decided)
Thursday, December 8: National holiday – AI closed
December 12 – 16: Final Exams
Saturday, December 17: return to USA
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 350 - 400 Euro per month.
All students are required to apply for an Italian visa 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.
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.
- 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.
- Check out this blog from a Drexel student studying at Accademia Italiana during Fall 2014.