Global Studies

Florence, Italy

Why Florence? 
Florence is an ideal location for an education-abroad program in architecture and design. The city is small enough that students feel very Palazzo dei Cerchicomfortable to live there and walk around, and yet it is only a short train ride from Rome, Venice and Milan. Convenient airfares across Europe make Florence also an ideal springboard for travelling throughout many other European nations and cultures.

As the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence is one of the most beautiful cities of Europe. The city has more than a hundred museums that cover the fine arts — painting, sculpture, tapestry and many crafts, as well as architecture, science, geography and more. The center of the city is itself a museum filled with the meticulously preserved architecture dating from the medieval and Renaissance periods to the present.

Each year the College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) provides the opportunity for all students within the college to have an educational experience in Florence, Italy. Students experience the historical evolution of European art, architecture and urbanism, as well as the contemporary “design scene” and the on-going modernization of European cities.

Both in the fall and in the spring, the programs are structured as semester long, with the opportunity of earning a full semester credit load, fitting conveniently into the student curricula, as well as resulting in a more efficient investment to study abroad. The "semester format" provides a more comprehensive, rich and impactful experience for the students, compared to shorter programs.


The fall semester program offers:

  1. a graduate program in architecture and urban design, open to CAED students and students from other universities;
  2. an undergraduate program in architectural studies, open to CAED students and students from other universities;
  3. an undergraduate program in architecture and interior design, for students from other universities, with a curriculum similar to the CAED undergraduate program in architecture and interior design offered in the spring semester.

The spring semester program offers an undergraduate program in architecture and interior design, specifically tailored for CAED students.

Faculty from other universities interested in learning more about the Florence programs and how they may be integrated with your curriculum, please contact the KSU CAED Global Education Coordinator (see below).

Graduate Architecture of Europe

The Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) offers a graduate program in architecture and urban design, with a focus on the contemporary European experience. The program, normally offered in the fall semester, is available to students enrolled in the following CAED graduate programs:

  • MArch 44 Professional Degree
  • MArch 44 Professional Degree with emphasis in Urban Design
  • MArch 44 Professional Degree & Master of Urban Design Dual Degree

Graduate students enrolled in other programs are also encouraged to apply. Admission is granted upon academic qualifications and available positions; see the admissions page for requirements.In addition to the regular fall semester curriculum, the program features The Richard Role Lecture and the Kent State Forum on the City, which is a series of dialogues on current transformations underway in contemporary cities. The forum aims to disseminate experiences in urban design, urban architecture projects, urban landscape designs, developments and policies in major cities worldwide. The program is also complemented by a field study course. Visiting faculty and critics, field-trips guest-guides, guest speakers and design reviewers expose the students to European design practice.

For more information:

Lisa Pozo - CAED Global Education Administrative Secretary,, 330-672-3765

David M. Thal, AIA - CAED Global Education Coordinator,, 330-672-0879
Kent State "Semester in Florence" (video clips)