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Study Away

Study-away opportunities are offered in New York, London, Paris, Florence and Hong Kong.

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. Beginning with the freshmen cohort of 2016-17, an approved study-away experience is required for all fashion students prior to graduation.

Complete the Pre-Approval Application Form


Study Away Day 2017 Introduction

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

Florence StudentsKent State University in Florence

Summer 2018: May 30 - June 30
Fall 2018: Aug. 27 - Dec. 16
Spring 2019: Jan. 14 - May 12

  • Fall and spring semester classes are offered by the Fashion School in Florence each year.
  • 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.
  • The cost of this experience includes tuition, housing arrangements and study tours. The actual cost is posted annually.
  • For more information about the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 program, please download the preliminary program handout for Florence. You may also contact the Study Away Coordinator at, or make an appointment with your advisor.

Experience Kent State Florence

Kent State Fashion School/Paris American Academy Program

PAA LogoDuring the 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

2017 Program Dates

Summer 2018: July 2-28


Design and merchandising majors of sophomore, junior or senior academic standing are eligible to apply for the Summer 2016 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

  • $2,736 Estimated Tuition (Ohio-Resident), $4908 Estimated Tuition (Non-Ohio Resident)
  • $1,300 Program Fee


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: $2,100
  • Shared, three star hotel twin room: $2,600
  • Single, three star hotel single room: $4,800

You may also visit the Paris American Academy website, in reference to the summer program offerings, at

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.

Guest students must also complete and submit the Transient Admission Application form (including $10 application fee) to apply for Guest Student Status. Guest students will receive an official letter from Kent State University verifying admittance to Kent State. This letter also includes information on setting up your Kent State student account.

Download the Application
Guest students may request a transcript to sent to their home school via the One Stop for Student Services.


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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Hong KongExchange Program with Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Spring 2019: Jan. 14 - 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.
  • Download the application form for the Spring 2018 semester in Hong Kong. Print this form and bring it to the Fashion School by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 3, 2017.
  • 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

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.

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.


Students can reside in one of Reutlingen University’s residence halls. All rooms are fully furnished and utilities are included in the rent.

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


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.


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


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. All housing fees are WAIVED for Kent State participants.

View a flyer for the Dankook University program