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Paris Aerial


Quick Facts

  • Visit three beautiful European capitals: Rome Paris, and Amsterdam

  • Earn 6 credits via guided field trips and on-site seminars

  • Open to all students interested in studying design in a European context

  • May 15th to May 29th, 2019 

The College of Design at Arizona State University offers this program in ITALY, FRANCE, and THE NETHERLANDS to allow the participants to study the relationship between context and design in three great European cities: Rome, Paris, and Amsterdam. These cities are relevant referential points to all contemporary disciplines of design. The program structure, with guided field trips, seminars, in depth on-site analysis, and individual documentation of findings and reflections through sketchbooks will broaden the participants' perception of design as an active and dynamic part of larger cultural issues.

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.


Il foro Romano twilight

Eiffel Tower in Bloom

Amsterdam Canal

Location Details

ROME (May 15 - May 19)
Our trip begins in Rome, thus creating the foundation of a study from antiquity to present time. In the eternal city our group will study how design has contributed to shape the environment over centuries. The focus of our visit will be the exceptional monuments of the empire, the Vatican, the Baroque treasures, and contemporary work by Roger Piano and Zaha Hadid, among others.

PARIS ( May 20 - May 25)
At the French capital, the focus of our explorations will be several exceptional museums, among them: The Louvre, D’orsay, Pompidou, The Picasso Museum and Quai Branly, as well as the detailed study of major works by Le Corbusier, including the seminal Maison La Roche and Ville Savoye. The group will have ample opportunity to discover other relevant aspects of contemporary design in this city, including a visit to La Promenade Plantee, the inspiration for New York city's the highline . A field trip to Versailles is also included.  

AMSTERDAM (May 26 - May 29)
After the grandeur of Rome and Paris we will conclude our program in Amsterdam, structured around canals. This unique city flourished in the 1600's during the Dutch Golden Age in The Netherlands. We will visit the recently expanded Stedeliijk Museum, with a particularly important collection of XX century design; the Van Gogh Museum; and the Riijkmuseum, recently restored, to see some of the most relevant works by Rembrandt and Vermeer. We will also study the Voldelpark and other contemporary relevant landscape examples. 


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.





This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all the majors at The Design School, the Herberger Institute for the Design and the Arts, and other related disciplines. The program is open to non-ASU students. Application deadline is March 1st, 2019. Early applications are encouraged. 


The six-credit component will consist of a seminar, lectures, field trips, and object-context analysis. Each participant will select and explore a topic(s): tectonic and materiality, innovative practices, furniture, street graphic, a particular artistic movement and its relationship with society, the work of a particular designer, or other related issues, and will develop sketches, and notes interpreting what is seen and experienced. Relevant questions and findings will be discussed in seminars.
Students will be required to participate in all seminars and field trips, and to keep a sketchbook with daily entries and sketches from all the sites we visit.  

Students will take two courses from the list below:

    INT 494 Design and Context (3) *Required for all undergraduate students
    INT 494 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3)
    INT 594 Design and Context (3) *Required for all graduate students
    INT 594 B Contemporary Design Issues in Europe (3)

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.


Paris Sacred Heart



Faculty Director

Jose Bernardi
Associate Professor
The Design School
AED 396
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2105
Tel: (480)965-9140

Additional Faculty

Paul Coseo
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture

Jose Bernardi - Design&Context

Paul Coseo Design&context


Paris - Champs Elysees

Paris Hotel Design and Context

Program Housing

Lodging is prearranged for shared rooms (2-4 students per room) in 3 star hotels, centrally located in each city. Travel between cities will be by plane and train, and any excursions out of cities will be by 9 passenger minivans or taxis. In cities, public transportation (metro and buses) will be used. Students should anticipate walking extensively in these cities.


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.

San Pedro Vatican Rome


Cost Information

The Program Fee for Summer 2019 is $5,810.

Included in the program fee: ASU tuition for 6 credits, hotels, buffet breakfast, airline ticket from Rome to Paris, group transportation from hotel in Rome to airport and transportation from Paris airport to hotel, train ticket from Paris to Amsterdam, and transportation to the hotel in Amsterdam, entrance fees and health insurance. Not included: Airfare from Phoenix to Rome and return flight from Europe, transportation to hotel from airport in Rome when arriving and to airport in Amsterdam when departing, ASU student fees, additional meals, and 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
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 05/15/2019 05/29/2019
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** 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.