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  • Locations: Athens, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Naxos, Greece; Plitvicka Jezera, Croatia; Santorini, Greece; Split, Croatia; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
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Dubrovnik, Croatia Coast

Quick Facts

The diverse approaches to planning and design of cities, villages, buildings, sites and landscapes found in Italy, Croatia, and Greece will be the focus of the international study abroad program for 2019. We will explore design elements, such as form, space, materials, details, and light. Students will exercise their observation skills to deepen their understanding of landscape, culture, history, and design over a wide span of history using a variety of methods, including sketching, diagramming, annotation, writing, and photography.

  • May 26 - June 15, 2019
  • 3 countries (Italy, Croatia, Greece), 7 cities
  • What we'll do:
    • Study landscape, urban form, architecture, parks, plazas, gardens, monuments, materials, and details
    • Sketch, photograph, explore, map, hike, discover, wander, write, and reflect
    • Develop understanding of history, design, culture, and place
  • Open to non-design students, all skill levels welcome
  • 6 credits
  • Space is limited. Apply early!

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, click the "Apply Now" button above. This will generate an online application with the requirements listed below. Please also refer to the "Academics" tab for specific eligibility information. Note: Non-ASU students should consult these instructions before applying.


Venice, Italy

Plitvice Jezera

Dubrovnik, Croatia City Wall
Santorini blue dome
Naxos, Greece

Location Details

Venice, the city of canals, is a world heritage site that is a premier example of human adaptation to environment. As a center for the exchange of ideas, goods and wealth in the renaissance, Venice boasts numerous renaissance villas studded in the urban fabric of the city. Life is lived on the water and the land and activity is present everywhere. It is a city of magic and mystery, and the ideal starting point to understand Venetian culture and architectural influence over the entire Adriatic and Mediterranean region, which we will experience in Croatia and Greece.


Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest national parks in Croatia. A UNESCO World Heritage site, the park is world-famous for its sixteen cascading lakes, and it is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. The park is accessible by miles of hiking paths and boardwalks. We will spend a day at the park hiking and exploring this magnificent landscape.

Split is a dynamic mix of modern and ancient and is the second-largest city in Croatia. It is the location of Diocletian’s Palace, one of the world’s most impressive Roman monuments. Over the centuries, the 4th century palace was taken over as the city itself; the hallways became streets, and the rooms and spaces of the palace became shops, restaurants, residences, and public plazas.  While here, we will explore the remains of the palace, experience the promenade along the water’s edge, and take a day trip to Stari Grad on the island of Hvar.

Dubrovnik, known as the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, is situated on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia and was an important sea power from the 13th century onwards. The city has preserved its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces, and fountains.  Because of its pristine nature, it has become a major tourist destination and is one of the film settings of the series Game of Thrones. We will stay in the Old Town of Dubrovnik, with its intact city wall and its rich and unique history as a major medieval power that never had its own army. We will walk the wall, explore the city center, and visit Lokrum Island just off the coast.

The island of Santorini, with its settlements perched on the cliffs of the caldera of a volcano that erupted in the 16th Century, is a study in humans’ relationship and adaptation to a severe landscape. We will study and experience ancient archaeological sites, settlements, and the relationship of the island’s culture and landscape.

Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands. It is relatively unheard of, which makes it a welcome respite from the crowded tourist destinations of Santorini and Athens. Its Byzantine history, Venetian monuments, hilltop villages, celebrated food, and pristine sandy beaches offers no shortage of opportunity for exploration as well as a bit of relaxation. 

Athens is one of the world’s oldest cities with its recorded history spanning over 3,400 years. It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. We will stay near the ancient city center, within walking distance to the Acropolis, Agora, and the world-famous Plaka.

Visa Information

It is each student’s responsibility to independently determine if a visa is necessary for travel to any foreign countries visited on this program. Limited information may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office, your faculty director, and/or partner organizations/institutions. Where visas are required, failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Payment and Withdrawal Policies

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas. If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.



Eligibility Requirements:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (below 3.0 considered with instructor approval)
  • Sophomore year completed

Undergraduate students register for the following course:

  •  LAP 485 | International Field Study  (6 credits)
Graduate students register for the following course:
  • LAP 598 | International Field Study  (6 credits)


Med Cities Academics


Faculty Director

Allyce Hargrove, ASLA
Clinical Assistant Professor | The Design School
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Mail Code: 1605
Office: Design North, 260, Tempe Campus
Phone: 602-620-3104

Teaching Assistant

Silvia Neretti
Ph.D. Student | Instructor | The Design School
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Mail Code: 1605
Phone: 480-410-9414

Faculty, Allyce Hargrove

PhD Student, Silvia Neretti


Venice Housing

Program Housing

We will be staying in hotels near the town center of each city, with breakfast generally included. Rooms will be shared: either double, triple, or quadruple occupancy. Every attempt will be made to make room assignments fair and with roommate compatibility in mind. NOTE: Not all of the hotels will have elevators, and a climb of several stories to access hotel rooms is to be expected.



Accessibility Information

Individuals with disabilities may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from what you find in the United States. Depending on the program, there may be a great deal of walking or the regular use of public transportation. The Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program.

Although ASU cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites, students with disabilities can and do study abroad. Upon request, the ASU Study Abroad Office can provide information about the availability of accommodations and accessible facilities on the specific program and can help you determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

This program includes a significant amount of walking, up to 8-10 miles in a day.  Walking will be mostly in the city, with the exception of Plitvice Lakes National Park. The surfaces may include cobblestone, gravel, uneven concrete, steep inclines, and many steps. Transportation to destinations that are out of walking distance will be as a group, and on public transportation, such as bus, train, ferry, or vaporetto. The hotels are not guaranteed to have elevators, and a climb of several stories to access hotel rooms is to be expected.

Croatia Housing


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is TBD.

Program Fee includes: ASU tuition, all housing; entrance fees, transportation between locations, and international health insurance. Not included: airfare to/from Phoenix and Europe, most meals, passport, books and your own personal expenses.

Faculty Directed program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the Program Fee listed above. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student. Be sure to reference the program cost sheet for information on program fees and any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sight-see or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.


Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. View the program Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  2. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  3. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  4. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  5. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  6. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

This program also qualifies for travel abroad scholarships offered by The Design School. Please see the following web page for more information: 


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.