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  • Locations: Basel, Switzerland; Cinque Terre, Italy; Eveux, France; Florence, Italy; Genoa, Italy; Lyon, France; Milan, Italy; Munich, Germany; Nervi, Italy; Pisa, Italy; Rome, Italy; Turin, Italy; Vals, Switzerland; Venice, Italy; Verona, Italy; Vicenza, Italy
  • Program Terms: Architecture Fall, Architecture Spring
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  • Restrictions: FIU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Language of instruction: English Academic Level: Graduate
minimum GPA: 2.0 Undergrad, 3.0 Graduate Open to: FIU students only
Click here for a definition of this term Program type: FIU study abroad Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Architecture
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Physical Activity: 3.Moderate
Program Description:

Genoa Architecture

Program Description

FIU’s Genoa program is a unique and central component of the School of Architecture’s Upper Division curriculum. The Architecture facilities are located in a newly renovated renaissance monastery complete with cloisters, studio space, classrooms and sweeping views of the port city of Genoa. Located in the historic center of the city and near the University of Genoa’s School of Architecture, the FIU complex is ideally situated for the study of architecture in this extraordinary city that is the sister port city of Miami.

Over the course of the Fall/spring semester, students will study artistic, urban and architectural models of exceptional and enduring value to Western culture. The student’s cultural exposure while living in Genoa will provide the background necessary to appreciate an architectural and urban environment which has continuously reflected Italian social, intellectual and artistic values. Genoa remains one of the very few cities in Italy that maintains both an extraordinary range of historically significant works of architecture and landscape architecture as well as an ever increasing wealth of major contemporary works by the world’s foremost designers, including; Renzo Piano, MVRDV, Aldo Rossi, Ignazio Gardella, Vittorio Gregotti, Franco Albini et al. This duality; a city equally enriched by “history” and by “contemporary” culture and practice makes Genoa an ideal locus for the study of architecture, interior design and landscape architecture.

Curriculum & Courses Offered

Courses at the Genoa Program are taught by faculty from FIU, the Wolfsonian Museum and the University of Genoa. The program of study consists of a required course load of 15 credit hours of an architectural design studio and three seminar courses. A normative course load consists of a seminar dedicated to travel, drawing, one to Italian contemporary and historical design cultures and one to Italian language and cultural studies.

There is a set curriculum of four courses offered for a total of 15 FIU credit hours. These classes are FIU classes and count towards your GPA.  All students will take the same courses, but the assignments may be modified to meet each student’s individual academic needs.

Fall Courses
The following courses are offered onsite:
ARC 5343(Arch Design 8) 
ARC 5734 (Culture and Art in Italy) 
ARC 5745 (Urban Arch 20th Century) 
ARC 5756 (Architecture of City)
ARC 6356 (Arch Design 10) 

Spring Courses 
Master Track 
ARC 6970 (Master Project Studio)
ARC 6280 (Professional Office Practice)
ARC 5734 (Culture and Art in Italy)
ARC 5933 (Graduate Seminar)

ARC 5362 (Design 9: Sustainable Practices) 
ARC 5621 (Environmental Systems in Architecture 2)
ARC 5745 (Urban Architecture and the 20th century)
ARC 5734 (Culture and Art in Italy) 


Students live in shared accommodations with other FIU in Genoa students. Accommodations are fully furnished student apartments with two or three students per bedroom, shared kitchen, bath and living space. Apartments are located throughout Genoa and are within walking distance of the studio, train station, and shopping. Space is at a premium in Italy so you should expect student apartments to be much smaller than Miami but still meet your needs and be fully furnished. Studio space is in the Convento di Santa Maria di Castello, near the UNIGE School of Architecture. Each student has his/ her own workspace with free Internet access but you must bring your own laptop computer. Students will have daily studio access (unheard of in Italian academic programs), Internet access, individual tables, and small-scale printing and scanning capabilities. Housing sign-up will take place during the mandatory pre-departure sessions conducted prior to departure.


This program is designed as an immersion experience and you will spend most of your time living in Genoa. However, several trips will be included in the cost of the program. These trips are academic travel and are required. Academic travel possibilities include Rome, Florence, Venice, Verona, Turin and Milan. Travel, hotel, breakfast and entrance fees are included in these trips with your program fee. Genoa is centrally located on a main rail line.  Milan is 2 hours away, Pisa is 2.5 hours, Florence is 3 hours and Venice is 5 hours by rail.

Program Dates

The program takes place during the Fall/spring term from late August through mid December and from early January to late April.

Arrival Sunday August 25, 2019
Final Review Friday December 2019 TBD 
Departure Saturday December 14, 2019 
Arrival Sunday January 5, 2020
Spring Break March 2020 TBD
Final Review Friday April 2020 TBD
Master Project Books due Friday April 2020 TBD
Departure Sunday April 26, 2020


The cost for the program for Fall 2019 is $7000 and Spring 2020 is $7000. This includes your housing, studio space, internet access and included program travel (as described above), health insurance.

This does not include your FIU tuition for your credit hours (graduate in-state tuition rate for 2019-2020 (205.57/undergrad credit, 455.64/graduate credit)), international airfare, meals and personal expenses. The amount that you pay for your meals will depend upon your personal eating habits and preferences. A good estimate to use is $3000 for the semester. International airfare will be approximately $1200

Fall 2019 Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: June 1st 
2nd Payment: August 1st 

Spring 2020 Payment Deadlines:
1st Payment: June 1st 
2nd Payment: October 1st 

Other Helpful Genoa Sites

FIU in Genoa Website:
Genoa video:


Contact Information

    Office of Study Abroad
    SASC 230
    T: (305) 348-1913
    Jason Chandler, Chair
    Architecture, PCA 279A
    T: (305) 348-1913

Note: FIU is not responsible for delays, changes in itinerary, changes in the content and cost of the program or other matters that are beyond their control.

Genoa Architecture

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Architecture Spring 2020 08/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 01/05/2020 04/26/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.