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Study Away

Because global linkages are important to a fashion student's education, the Fashion School offers multiple opportunities for our students to be involved in international programs. Study tours to Europe and Asia are offered on a regular basis. An approved study-away experience is required for all fashion students prior to graduation.

Complete the Study-Away Pre-Approval Form

International/Study-Away Day 2018

September 1, 2018

9:00 AM - 1:30 PM in Rockwell Hall on the KSU Campus

Current and prospective fashion design and merchandising students and their parents are invited to attend this event to explore the growing number of study-away opportunities that the Fashion School is offering for the upcoming 2019/2020 academic year. Presentations will provide prospective students with information about the School's New York, Florence, Paris, Hong-Hong, Germany, South Korea, London, and Los Angeles opportunities. Information about advising, financial aid, and housing will also be available throughout the day.

View the 2018 Study-away day video 

Study Away 2017 Financial Information


The Fashion School's NYC Studio

Located in the NYC Fashion District, the NYC Studio provides full-semester academic programs for Kent State fashion students in the Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. Guest students, studying fashion at their home school, may also attend the program during Summer Session.

NYC Studio"My experience in New York has been the greatest thing I've done in my life so far. I've learned so much not only in school, but just about being in the city. All the mentors we had were wonderful and couldn't ask for better directors! I feel this experience has prepared me for my future career in NYC! Thank you."

—Kayla Shaw, Kent State University

Learn more about the NYC Studio

 

Download the NYC Studio program flyer for current fashion design and merchandising students

Download the NYC Studio program flyer for guest students

Download the NYC Studio Program Flyer for KSU JMC students

 


Florence StudentsKent State University in Florence

Summer 2019: May 29 - June 29
Fall 2019: Aug. 22 - Dec. 15
Spring 2020: Jan. 13 - May 6

  • Fall and spring semester classes are offered by the Fashion School in Florence each year.
  • Classes are held in the beautiful Palazzo Vettori, located in the historic center of Florence.
  • A study tour to other European fashion capitals, such as Paris and London, is included.
  • Junior-level design studio classes and junior-/senior-level merchandising classes are offered. Preliminary class offerings are posted the year prior to the experience.
  • Courses are taught by Florence-based multilingual faculty.
  • The cost of this experience includes tuition, housing arrangements and study tours. The actual cost is posted annually.
  • For more information about the 2019/2020 program, please download the preliminary program handout for Florence. You may also contact the Study Away Coordinator, William Perrine at wperrine@kent.edu, or make an appointment with your advisor.

Experience Kent State Florence


Kent State Fashion School/Paris American Academy Program

During thPAA Logoe summer, fashion design and merchandising students may earn six (6) Kent State credits while taking approved Fashion School courses at the Paris American Academy (PAA), in Paris, France. The month-long program, held in July, includes field trips, on-site experiences, hands-on workshops, lectures, and activities designed to expand an understanding of fashion. The PAA strongly believes in promoting international education as essential to "future global co-operation and understanding."

Study at the Paris American Academy

2019 Program Dates

Summer 2019: June 29 - July 26

Eligibility

Design and merchandising majors of sophomore, junior or senior academic standing are eligible to apply for the Summer 2019 KSU/PAA Program. Participants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon commitment to the program.

Course Offerings and Requirements

Program provides 6 credits for FDM Electives or Support Core Electives for FD. Learning experiences include:

Fashion Merchandising and Communications Specialization:
  • European Fashion Marketing, FDM 35902 (3 credits)
  • European Fashion Marketing Seminar, FDM 35903 (3 credits)

Fashion Design majors choose from one of two Specializations: Design Process OR Couture Techniques.

Courses for both Specializations include:
  • European Fashion Design Seminar, FDM 35905 (3 credits)
  • European Fashion Design, FDM 35904 (3 credits)

Program Costs

  • Tuition rates are determined by a student's in-state or out-of-state-status. Please refer to the Kent State tuition and fees schedule on the KSU Bursar's webpage
  • $1,500 Program Fee

Housing

Located within 1 mile of the school, in the Latin Quarter. Housing is arranged by the PAA. Students pay housing costs directly to the PAA. Housing options include:

  • Shared, private furnished apartment: $2,400
  • Shared, three-star hotel twin room: $3,400
  • Single, three-star hotel single room: $5,800

You may also visit the Paris American Academy website, in reference to the summer program offerings, at http://parisamericanacademy.fr.

How to Enroll

Deadline to secure enrollment is February 1, 2017. Please download the program flyer for the Paris American Academy for instructions and further program details.

Guest Students

Students from other colleges and universities must be enrolled at KSU as a guest student. Guest students should consult their academic advisor from their home institution to determine how this experience will count toward their degree.

For instructions on how to apply and register as a guest student, please visit the KSU Admissions and Financial Aid webpage. Guest students may request a transcript to send to their home school via the KSU Registrar

Scholarships

Through the generous support of the Bob Broadbent International Scholarship Fund, The Fashion School is pleased to offer one (1) $3,000, merit-based scholarship to apply towards the Paris American Academy (PAA)/Fashion School July program. Complete the Fashion School Scholarship Application to apply for the PAA scholarship.

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Kent State Fashion School/Regent's University London

Regent's University London Courtyard

Throughout the year, junior and senior level fashion design and merchandising students can earn Kent State University credits while taking approved Fashion School courses at Regent's University in London. Classes are held in royal Regent's Park and specialist studios in neighboring Marylebone Village and offer an inspiring setting for creative and commercial talent. Students can select either a design or merchandising specialization, as noted in the course offerings on the reverse side of this flyer. The program will allow students to study in the heart of the fashion capital, with access to rich resources used by industry professionals.

Learn more about Regent's University London

2019 Program Dates

Summer 2019: May 20 - June 28

Fall 2019

Spring 2020

Eligibility

Upon application to the program, students must be enrolled in 30000- and/or 40000- level fashion design and merchandising courses. Participants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon application with a 3.0 GPA preferred. 

Course Offerings and Requirements

Courses apply to fashion design and merchandising degree requirements. All Regent's University London participants must maintain full-time enrollment. 

Program Costs

  • $12,027 - Full rate tuition (fall 2019/spring 2020) 
  • $2,405 (summer 2019)

Housing

Housing prices vary per dorm. Please download the program flyer for Regent's University London for a complete list of options.

How to Enroll

Deadline to secure enrollment is January 1, 2019, for summer the summer session and February 1, 2019 for the spring and summer sessions. 

More information can be found in the Study Abroad Inbound section on the Regent's University website.

Download the London Study-Away Program Flyer

 


Hong KongExchange Program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Spring 2020: Jan. 13 - May 12

  • Four junior/senior students chosen annually to exchange between the two universities
  • The students register at their home university at the regular tuition.
  • Students from KSU chosen for this experience also receive a scholarship for financial support of items such as airfare.
  • Housing arrangements are made by both universities but must be paid for by the student living there.
  • Ask your adviser for more information if you are interested.
  • You may also view a flyer about the Hong Kong semester.

Visit the Hong Kong Polytechnic University website to learn more about PolyU programs, research and events.


Students posing inside a cathedralExchange Program With Germany Reutlingen University

SPRING 2020

Every spring term, up to five junior fashion design and merchandising students are selected to study in one of the world’s leading economies and gain valuable insight into one of the most sophisticated and highly developed fashion industries through an exchange program with Reutlingen University.  Open to all fashion students of any level who are in good academic standing.

Learn about and gain a new appreciation for Germany’s culture, history and fashion industry.

Why Study in Germany?

Through the Kent State Fashion/Reutlingen University program, students gain an important understanding of the role textiles play in many global industries. The Textiles and Design program at Reutlingen offers courses in International Fashion Retail, Textile Design/Fashion Design, Textile Technology-Textile Management and Transportation Interior Design. Students will gain practical industry knowledge in an international setting while working with Reutlingen faculty who are experienced with Germany’s leading textile companies. Reutlingen’s facilities are home to cutting-edge technical equipment and machinery providing students with an invaluable hands-on learning experience.

Eligibility

Upon application to the program, students must be enrolled in 30000- and/or 40000- level fashion design and merchandising courses. Participants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon application with a 3.0 GPA preferred. 

Program Costs and Fees

Tuition rates are determined by a student's in-state or out-of-state-status. Please refer to the Kent State tuition and fees schedule on the KSU Bursar's webpage.

Course Offerings

Courses apply to fashion design and merchandising degree requirements. Classes are in English and all Reutlingen Exchange program participants must maintain full-time enrollment.

Housing

Students can reside in one of Reutlingen University’s residence halls. All rooms are fully furnished and utilities are included in the rent. To reside in one of Reutlingen University's residence halls, students must submit a separate online application. For additional information on student residences at Reutlingen University and to submit an online housing application, please visit the Reutlingen University website

How to Enroll

Submit applications for the spring 2019 program by Sept. 30, 2018, and Sept. 1, 2019, for the spring 2020 program. 

View a flyer for the Reutlingen University program

 


Dankook University in South KoreaExchange Program With Dankook University in South Korea

During the summer, fashion design and merchandising students earn 6 Kent State University credits while taking approved Fashion School courses at Dankook University in South Korea. The month-long program, held in July, also includes optional cultural activities, including calligraphy, Korean traditional music, Korean traditional dance, making kimchi, Taekwondo, nonverbal musical, a tour of the DMZ, temple stay, mud festival, visit to a Korean company, folk village, and amusement park. Students may also complete internships in Seoul before taking courses at Dankook University.

Develop global competencies and gain insight into Korean culture

WHY STUDY IN SOUTH KOREA?

The Kent State Fashion School/Dankook University Program offers fashion design and merchandising students the opportunity to study abroad while gaining international experience in Seoul, South Korea’s capital and one of the world’s most modern and technologically advanced cities. Additionally, this program offers a number of cultural immersion activities that will enrich your experience abroad and bolster your resume and overall learning. Furthermore, Seoul is one of the safest capital cities in Asia, with one of the lowest recorded crime rates and safety threats to foreign travelers and students.

Eligibility

Design and merchandising majors of sophomore, junior or senior academic standing are eligible to apply for the Summer 2019 KSU/Dankook University Program. Participants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA upon commitment to the program.

Application Information

Applications are due Jan. 15, 2019 for the summer 2019 program. 

COURSE OFFERINGS

The Kent State Fashion School/Dankook University Program provides 6 credits that can be applied to FDM electives or support core electives.

Courses include:

  • Entrepreneurship & Design
  • Planning Branding Design

HOUSING

Students will be living in double-occupancy rooms in an on-campus dorm. All rooms are furnished with single beds, pillows, desks, chairs, wardrobes, telephone, Internet and a private bathroom. Laundry facilities, a cafeteria, a fitness center, a convenience store and reading rooms are also available in the dormitory.

Program Summary

2019 Program Dates:

  • Internship: June 3 - July 6
  • Academic: July 9 - Aug. 3

Pre-Approval Application Deadline: Oct. 15, 2018

Pre-Approval Application Notification: Nov. 15, 2018

Application Deadline: Jan. 15, 2019

Deposit Payment Deadline: Feb. 1, 2019

Program Fees

Tuition: $2,736 (Ohio resident), $4,908 (Non-Ohio resident)

View the South Korea Dankook University program flyer for a breakdown of all program costs and fees.

View a flyer for the Dankook University program

 


STUDY TOURS

Germany study tour

Summer 2019: May 25 - June 4

Sample Itinerary

The Summer 2019 German Study Tour includes travel to Berlin, Dresden and Potsdam. In Berlin, students will engage in academics at the Akademie Mode und Design (AMD) and visit iconic city sites. Students will attend daily lectures by fashion leaders and visit new and innovative fashion-related industries. The Study Tour will also visit textile and design museum collections and learn retail and merchandising practices from department stores. Time will be spent discussing trends, design, merchandising and other aspects of the retail industry. A day will be spent in both Dresden and Potsdam where students will learn about German fashion and culture in two smaller, but important cities. 

Eligibility

Fashion students of any level who are in good academic standing can apply. Participants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 upon commitment to the program.

Application Information

Students must fill out the online pre-approval application form (open from Sept. 15 - Oct. 15). Applicants will receive acknowledgment via email indicating acceptance. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Course Offering

Summer 2019 Germany Study Tour is a 3-credit FDM elective for both merchandising and design students. Coursework will be completed in Kent May 23 - 25 prior to departure. Students will then be in Germany from May 25 - June 4. 

Program Costs and Fees 

$2,700 program fee (please down the German Study Tour program guide for a breakdown of what this fee covers).

View the Germany Study Tour Program Flyer


Los Angeles Study Tour

Summer 2019: May 20 - June 7

The Program

The first part of the course will involve preparing for the L.A. field trip. This section will include lectures by the instructor and preliminary research by students on the L.A. fashion industry. The next section, on location in L.A., will include tours of fashion houses and meetings with fashion industry professionals. These visits will provide a comprehensive look at the fashion design and production process from initial concept to final product. Visiting a denim company that does all of its design and production on site, for example, will help students understand the variety of professions and responsibilities involved in the highly collaborative fashion industry. 

Eligibility

The 2019 L.A. Study Tour is open to all fashion students of any level who are in good academic standing. Participants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 upon commitment to the program. 

Program Costs and Fees

  • $893.46 program fee (includes hotel in Santa Monica, shuttle/professional driver, program costs and museum admissions)
  • Additional costs not covered by the fee include tuition, airfare, food, taxi to/from airport to hotel.
  • Tuition is additional. Tuition rates are determined by a students in-state or out-of-state tuition status. Please refer to the KSU Bursar's webpage for the tuition and fees schedule. 

Course Offerings

The L.A. Study Tour is a 3-credit FDM elective for merchandising and design students. The duration of the course is three weeks, consisting of two weeks on the Kent campus followed by one week in L.A.

  • May 20 - May 31: Coursework at Kent State
  • June 3 - June 7: On location in Los Angeles

Application Information

Students must complete the online pre-approval form, available Sept. 15 to October 15. After submitting the application, students will receive an email acknowledgment indicating acceptance. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis

View the Los Angeles Study Tour Program Flyer