This program will examine design – its past, present, and future – from an Italian perspective. Travelers on this program will explore the culture of Italy and its influence on architecture, design, and fashion.
Students who travel on this program can expect to
Collaborate with local design students at Politecnico di Milano during their Design Week
Expand their international design perspective and apply it to their own design thinking
Explore current trends and learn how to recognize emerging trends in design and fashion
Recognize the importance and influence of cultural branding
Upon completion of the program, students will have developed both individual and collaborative projects that engage each of the week’s themes through careful reflection and story-telling. Student deliverables include videos, posters, a campaign, and an analytical report on design trends. Students will learn from internationally-recognized artisans and professionals based in Milan.
This program is based in Milan, Italy. Students will explore and experience the cosmopolitan and increasingly diverse city of Milan, Italy and its surrounding regions. This city has been at the leading edge of contemporary design and is always looking to the future through designers’ eyes. Students will collaborate with international design students, tour the city’s architecture, visit design offices and artisans, visit design and cultural landmarks in-and-around northern Italy and reflect on what they see and do within a collective digital diary. Students will visit such impressive sites as the Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, the Fondazione Prada, and the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Students will be housed in a nearby hostel. Students will be responsible for most of their own meals.
Admitted participants are required to register in 3 hours of Design 5798 (Study Tour Design Education Abroad to Milan, Italy) for Summer 2018.
In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must be juniors majoring in the Department of Design and meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $1,975 program fee. The program fee includes accommodations, excursions,in-country transportation, and supplemental insurance. It does not cover international airfare, meals, or personal expenses.
This program has been generously subsidized by the College of Arts and Sciences.
The detailed breakdown of costs can be found on the budget sheet.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
U.S. Department of State: travel.state.gov (travel warnings/country-specific information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: cdc.gov/travel (geographic health recommendations)
Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of an issuance or change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Warning, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.
I learned a lot about the way people live in Europe. I became more familiar and in touch with their culture and traditions. My biggest take away was an elevated sense of style and taste in design. I learned about the phenomenon of trends and the delicate balance between classical and contemporary art. I walked away with a sense of refinement and a new passion for design.
— Summer, 2017 Participant
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: Program dates are tentative and include travel to and from the US.