Explore the layers of Rome and the rich diverse cultures of the Italian peninsula with Cal Poly’s Rome Architecture Program at the AIA Rome Center. You will learn about contemporary design and sustainability in the context of 2,800 years of living history.
The AIA Cal Poly Architecture Program offers a limited number of dedicated students the opportunity to live and study in the heart of Rome, Italy for 15 weeks. It is very active and focused, with hands-on courses and activities that investigate sustainable solutions to contemporary, real-world problems. This program provides students exclusive access to many of Italy’s extraordinary sites and experts. Personal attention from instructors and staff put students in touch with authentic local culture. Field trips and admission to many cultural sites are included in tuition.
Students enroll in four courses for 15 quarter credits. The 15 weeks including two weeks of field trips in Italy and nine days of break for independent travel. All instruction is provided by local professionals, and students will study Italian language with a native speaker. Courses go beyond academic issues to focus on the student’s professional and personal development.
Rome: Old & New, Big & Small
Rome offers thousands of years of sustainable design solutions to human culture and environmental design. In Rome students can explore exciting design problems both in the heart of historic city, in its modern suburbs, and in other unique settings around Italy. In Rome you can experience and study over 2,000 years of design expression from the works of ancients through the contemporary designs of Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, Massimiliano Fuksas and Zaha Hadid. Rome offers the chance for peer-learning workshops with Italian students and hands-on seminars in historic conservation and urban development.
15 Weeks in Italy
Each week you will visit museums, archeological and other cultural sites in Rome, and many more on field trips. All entrance fees to program visits are covered by tuition.
Earn Cal Poly Credit
Creative Design Studios
Beautiful Urban Facilities
You will work in fully equipped facilities located in an elegant historic palace in the very heart of Rome.
The program provides comfortable housing within walking distance of the facilities.
Fun Italian Language Class
Extracurricular activities include multi-course group dinners, Italian films, cooking lessons, and more. Student life includes concerts, soccer games, etc.
Professional Management and Student Support
- The AIA staff ensure the program runs smoothly and help students get settled in their new home in Italy.
Academic travel is an important part of learning outside of the classroom. Field trips are structured around the themes of the Arch480 course, and student earn credit for the work they do while traveling with their instructors. Here is some of the travel we typically take:
The AIA Architecture program is competitive and dedicated to academically disciplined and motivated students. Acceptance is merit based and selection is made from applicants who have been pre-screened by their home university.