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ASU: Mediterranean Cities and Landscapes
Athens, Greece; La Spezia, Italy; Multiple Sites, Multi-Country; Naxos, Greece; Rome, Italy; Santorini, Greece; Venice, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Cost Sheets Summer
Areas of Study:
Program Type:
Faculty Directed
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
0 semesters
Minimum Class Standing:
02 - Sophomore
Internships Available:
GPA Requirement:
International Coordinator:
Rachel Giannakouros
College Sponsor:
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Department/School Sponsor:
The Design School
Available to Non-ASU Students:
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Cinque Terre - 2013

Quick Facts

The diverse approaches to planning and design of cities, villages, buildings, sites and landscapes found in Italy and Greece will be the focus of the international study program for 2017. Physical structure, social fabric and cultural context will be analyzed to understand historical precedents, cultural differences and planning/design priorities. Innovative and trend-setting projects in sustainable design and planning are of particular interest. Specific topics of study include:

  • Urban Design and Pedestrian Zones
  • Urban Park and Plaza Design
  • New Town Planning and Urban Development
  • Historical Palace and Estate Garden Design
  • Landscape Architecture and Landscape Planning
  • Vernacular Landscapes and Townscapes
  • Sustainable Planning/Design and Green Building


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.


Santorini, Greece

Location Details

Venice, Italy - May 14 - 16
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.
Cinque Terre (La Spezia), Italy - May 16 - 19
The five seaside villages of the Cinque Terre (Monterossa al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore) are squeezed between the sea and the hillside vineyards to provide outstanding examples of vernacular architecture and landscapes. Now dedicated as a national park and world heritage site, this harmonious blend of people, villages and landscapes is among the most picturesque places in the world.

Rome, Italy - May 19 - 23
The ancient yet vibrant city of Rome is a prime example of modern and old, past and present, side by side. Rome is one of world's most photogenic and walkable cities. Important sites include the Vatican and St. Peter’s Square, the Coliseum and Roman Forum the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and Piazza Navona. We will also take a day long excursion to Tivoli and experience the Roman countryside and  Villa D’Este and it’s incredible gardens. 

Santorini, Greece - May 23 - 26
Santorini is a unique island because of its incredible geologic and cultural history, but perhaps most importantly, how the beauty of the island is a result of dramatic interplay between the caldera of this volcanic island and the whitewashed vernacular buildings that spill down the cliffs. The beaches of black, red and golden sands and the particular soils that produce the special wines of Santorini are products of its volcanic history and what is thought to be the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history.

Naxos/Delos/Mykonos, Greece - May 26 - 29
Naxos is the biggest and the greenest island in the Cyclades with impressively high mountains, fertile valleys, lush green gorges, stunning seascapes and traditional villages perched high on mountain tops. Naxos is also an island of beautiful old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles coexisting harmoniously with Cycladic cubic houses. We will also make an excursion to Delos and Mykonos. Delos is one of the most important mythological, historical and archaeological sites in Greece and the excavations in the island are among the most extensive and impressive in the Mediterranean. Mykonos is Greece's most famous cosmopolitan island, a whitewashed paradise in the heart of the Cyclades.

Athens, Greece - May 29 - 31
Athens history dates from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. The city’s values and civilization acquired a universal significance and have formed the foundation for many of the pillars of science, philosophy and democracy that influenced contemporary western society. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments. Since, it has become an attractive modern metropolis with an extensive pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), adjacent to the ancient landscape and structures of the acropolis.

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.



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.



Faculty Director

Edward Cook
The Design School
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1605
Phone: 480-965-7662



Mediterranean Cities photo

Program Housing

Lodging is pre-arranged for shared rooms (2-4 students per room) in modest pensions or hotels. Travel between cities by trains, airlines and boat. In cities, public transportation (metro and buses) will be used.



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.



Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2017 is $5,125

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
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission 05/14/2017 05/31/2017
NOTE: Please do not purchase airfare until prompted by your program leader or International Coordinator.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.