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  • Locations: Avignon, France; Barcelona, Spain; Florence, Italy; La Spezia, Italy; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Cost Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description
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Cinque Terre - 2013

Quick Facts

Throughout the Mediterranean countries of Italy, Croatia, and Greece, we will focus on the development of “critical seeing” skills, revealing relationships between culture (urban form, architecture, art) and the landscape over a wide span of history. Through a variety of methods of visual note-taking (sketching, diagramming, annotation, writing), students will enhance their observation skills; deepen their understanding of landscape, culture, history, and design; and enrich the experience of place.

  • May 27 - June 15, 2018: 20 days + 7 cities across the Mediterranean - Venice, Plitvice, Split, Dubrovnik, Santorini, Naxos and Athens.
  • Study of landscape, urban form, architecture, parks, plazas, gardens, monuments, materials, and details
  • Emphasis on seeing and representing as a means to deepen understanding of history, design, and place
  • Dual approach consisting of faculty-directed drawing/sketching workshops, and self-led drawing and discovery
  • Program ideally suited to landscape architecture, architecture, design, planning, geography, history, and art majors, and open to any student interested in deepening their approach to travel and experience of place

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.


Barcelona, Spain

Avignon, France

Venice, Italy

Location Details

We will explore the remarkable capital of Catalonia and experience its history from the Medieval to Modern times. We will explore the medieval Barrio Gothic, the public spaces along the Ramblas, commonly referred to as the ‘Best Street in the World,” Antoni Gaudi’s Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia, and Mies van der Rohe’s modernist Barcelona Pavilion.

The walled city of Avignon was once the center of the Catholic Church in the 14th Century. Explore the architecture of the city including the Papal Palace, the medieval bridge - the Pont d’Avignon, Avignon Cathedral, St Pierre Cathedral; and public spaces of the city - the Place de l’Horloge (clock tower square) in the heart of Avignon; along with the Palace Square and the shaded Place Pie with its mature Plane trees. We will retrace the steps of Van Gogh and Gauguin with a visit to nearby Arles, to view public spaces such as the Place Republique-town plaza; the Roman Arena and ancient Roman theatre ruins. 

From La Spezia, we will explore the five cliffside villages of Cinque Terre, meaning “Five Lands.” This rugged and beautiful landscape juxtaposed with the colorful villages built into the cliffs is a study in humans’ adaptation to the landscape. It is part of Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The villages are connected by boat, train, and footpath only; they are not accessible by automobile. We will hike and rail between the villages, taking in the majestic coast of the Italian Riviera, while experiencing one of the most picturesque places in the world.

In Florence, considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, we will explore design through history, from the Middle Ages, to the Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, and identify elements prevalent in design, including formal gardens, piazzas, and cathedrals. We will visit the Santa Maria del Fiore, Uffizi and Accademia galleries, Ponte Vecchio, and Boboli Gardens, and will travel on day trips to visit Siena, San Gimignano, and Renaissance-era villas near Florence.

Venice, the city of canals is another 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 as activity is present everywhere.

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 2.0
  • 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)

Students participating on this program may wish to enroll in the Gateway to French and/or the Gateway to Italian courses offered during the spring session B semester preceding the summer program.  These courses arer designed for non-speakers of French or Italian, respectively, to gain basic language skills to help them during their study abroad experience. For more information, please consult this flyer for Gateway to French and this flyer for Gateway to Italian.  Please note that enrollment in these courses is entirely separate from the study abroad program.

Villa Gamberaia Sketch


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


Cinque Terre - Water

Program Housing

We will be staying in hotels near the town center, with breakfast generally included. We will do the majority of our in-town travels by foot, so a significant amount of walking should be expected. Walking will mostly be in the city, so expect mostly flat terrain, with some hills, terraces, or gentle slopes. Transportation to destinations that are out of walking distance will be as a group, and on public transportation, such as bus or train.



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.

Ponte Vecchio


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2018 is $5,325.

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.


Dates & Deadlines

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.