Italy Study Abroad Program
- LARC 4401/LARC 6401 — Urban Design (4 credits)
- LARC 4404/LARC 5316 — Materials and Details (4 credits)
- LARC 4000 — Internship (Variable, 1 to 6 credits)
- LARC 4001/LARC 5001 — Landscape Architecture Problems (Variable, 1 to 4 credits)
- LARC 6302 — Landscape Architecture Special Problems (3 credits)
All students must register for LARC 4401/6401 and LARC 4404/5316. The remaining credits can be acquired from either internship or problems. Studio attendance is mandatory. All classes are taught by Texas Tech Landscape Architecture Faculty.
Note: TTU students must have completed GEOG 3303 (Geographical Information Systems) since it is a pre-requisite for the Spring design course LARC 4402.
The academic program will begin in late August or early September 2012 and conclude in late November or early December 2012**. Two three-day field trips, one to Rome and another to Venice, will allow students the opportunity to visit other destinations on their own or in small groups. The fall break will typically occur after the structured three days in Venice. This will allow students the opportunity to visit other destinations in Italy or the European continent.
The weekly academic schedule will consist of Studio and Lecture from 8 A.M. to 6 P.M., M, T, W, Th, with a one-hour lunch break typically at 12:30 P.M. Structured field trips will occur on either Wednesday or Thursday, with Friday, Saturday, and Sunday open for individual travel and study.
**Dates are subject to change.
Each participant is responsible for acquiring transportation to and from Italy. Several airlines offer competitive rates for students. The two primary airports that are in close proximity to Castiglion Fiorentino are in Florence and Rome. Travel to the center from Florence and Rome airports is by train. The travel time is about 1 hour from Florence and 2 hours from Rome.
An important component in your travel in Italy (Europe in general) is a valid U.S. passport. The program is scheduled to last fewer than 90 days, so a visa is NOT REQUIRED. If you plan to spend more than 90 total days in any European country, you will be REQUIRED to have a visa. Visas can be acquired through the Texas Tech Study Abroad Program. You must obtain the visa ahead of time. Please discuss this item with both Professor Billing and Elizabeth McDaniel at the TTU Study Abroad Office. Begin the application process of acquiring a passport immediately; it can take up to six to eight weeks to acuire this REQUIRED document.
Travel outside of Italy should be restricted to European countries only.
Part of the academic program and experience includes non-credit Italian language instruction. The Italians are friendly and encourage use of the Italian language regardless of one’s proficiency level. Knowing some Italian can be very valuable.
Estimated costs for the program include the following. Dollar values are based on a 1.50 average Euro exchange rate.
Texas Tech University Tuition and Fees
12 credits, in-state(1), with an assumed tuition increase of 5% for Fall 2012.
Room and Board, Structured Field Trips
Laundry service, room cleaning, lunch, dinner, etc.
Lunch and dinner served M-F; Saturday and Sunday, only dinner is served.
Room and Studio Damage Deposit
Paid by each student upon arrival and Santa Chiara and returned at the end of the semester if no damage; US dollars.
Association Management Fee
Non-refundable; U.S. dollars paid on arrival at Santa Chiara.
Italian Language Lessons
Monday – Friday
Lunch on Saturday and Sunday
Paid by each student on an individual basis.
Museum, Villa and Cultural Site Admission Fees
Dallas to Rome, round trip; individual arrangements.
- Some fees are waived.
- Participants should be aware that the budget does not include individual spending money. Individuals should budget accordingly — best estimate is $500/month.
As a way of securing a place in the program a deposit will be required. At this point in time a specific amount has not been determined. Assume an amount of $500 to $1000 U.S. dollars, which will be charged by Texas Tech University Study Abroad to your student business accountFor further information, please contact Associate Professor John Billing, Department of Landscape Architecture, at 806-742-2858, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org