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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Milan, Italy; Rome, Italy; Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 06/06/2019 06/20/2019

** 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.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short Term Faculty Directed Area of Study: Fashion Merch & Design (FMD)
Minimum Required GPA: 2 Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Hotel Language Courses Offered: No
Click here for a definition of this term Internship or Service Learning: None College Designation: COB
Click here for a definition of this term Open to Non-MSU Student: Yes MSU Registrar's Term: Summer
Program Description:


Students will explore all aspects of  the fashion industry and witness it firsthand through various visits to local manufactures, Italian Fashion Week events (accessible to the public), trade shows, designer showrooms. The class will visit fashion and textile museums, showrooms and galleries to analyze fashion evolution from ancient to modern times.Visit local boutiques and flea markets to explore how cultural environment influence aesthetics and styles of garments and accessories. 

Program Fee: $4,920

Program Fee Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Accommodations
  • International Programs Academic Fee
  • In Country Transportation
Program Fee Excludes:
  • In-state tuition for the course(s) itself
  • Transportation to/from designated airport
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Meals
  • Ground transportation for personal trips
  • Souvenirs & other personal purchases (e.g. coffee, clothing, etc.)
  • Immunization
Course(s) Offered:
  • MFD 302 (3)
Maximum Credit Hours: 3

Viktoriya Hawkins
Merchandising and Fashion Design


Pre-Departure Meeting Dates Pre-Departure Meeting Topic
TBD During the Spring semester, 2019, the instructor will hold several meetings prior to departure
Program Itinerary   
June 8 L’Accademia di Costume e di Moda. Famed Italian designer Valentino opened L’Accademia Valentino. L’Accademia is located near the designer’s atelier on Via dei Condotti, and holds regular art and fashion exhibitions. Students will be able explore possibilities of summer study away programs offered by L’Accademia.
June 9 The Micol Fontana Foundation houses an important collection of haute-couture creations realised in the period 1940s to the 1990s. In addition one can view a photographic collection of models, events, actresses and stars and more than 2000 sketches. Moreover, the Foundation promotes the formation of new fashion talents. To this end it organises courses at the centre for students who study fashion design at university or other higher education institutes
June 10 Cultural sites of Rome: Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Forum, Colosseum, Pantheon, Castel Saint Angelo, Villa Medici.
June 11 Scuola del Cucio (Leather School). Guided technical visit that provides an outlook on the historical and cultural background of the leather craftsmanship in Florence as well as demonstration of various techniques used in production of their collections.
June 12 Galleria del Costume (The Costume Gallery). The Gallery display the exhibitions of the collections of historical clothes and accessories. The collections cover the period between the 18th century and the present-day.
June 13 Gucci Museo (Gucci Museum). A byword of Italian craft and luxury, Gucci is an international fashion phenomenon. Discover the codes that marked its history through the Museum’s rooms. Ferragamo Museum. Museo Salvatore Ferragamo is a corporate museum devoted mainly to the Ferragamo company’s history, the life of its founder, Salvatore Ferragamo and his creations.
June 14 Men’s Fashion Show Week Events available to the public. Cultural sites of Florence: Duomo - Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell'Accademia, Leaning Tower of Pisa.
June 15 Visit factory L.B.M. 1911. Lubiam is one of the Italian companies which produces menswear and women’s dresses and suits. Lubiam has its production site in Mantova where they assist to the entire manufacturing process, from the beginning to the end. 
June 16 The Textile Museum of Prato. Prato is where the production of textiles is still important even today. Museum represents the antique and contemporary art of textile production. A visit to the Textile Museum in Prato will allow a vision of rare and unique pieces of work. The art is documented from the paleo-christian era to that of today with approximately 600 pieces in excellent condition. The collection of the various pieces was put together with a passion that surpasse generations and fashion styles.
June 17 Burano Martina Lace Factory and Museum. Guided tour. The museum of our Atelier shows ancient lace pieces like table cloths, collars, linen, handkerchiefs, fans, wedding veils, which used to embellish the most prestigious mansions of Europe and adorn ladies and knights at the most important times of the day. In our personal lace collection you will find some old and new artefacts, an overview of the history of Burano lace by the hands of our lace workers and their ancestors. An art and tradition bequeathed over the centuries until today.
June 18 Centre for the History of textiles and Costume. Guided tour. Fashions and Behaviour in Eighteenth-century Venice. Within the former home of the aristocratic Mocenigo family, the visit explores original clothing, accessories and fabrics which reflect the taste of an era, a time when Venice was one the main centres in Europe for the production not only of textiles but also of cosmetics and spices preparations. This is the world that underlies the exhibition within the museum, where one can see rare and precious garments, plus a vast range of fabrics produced using highly skilled techniques. Cultural sites of Venice: St. Mark’s Square and Basilica, Doge’s Palace, Grand Canal.
June 19 Fortuny Showroom and Palace Fortuny purchased land on the island of Giudecca in Venice from Giancarlo Stucky, a close friend and owner of the wheat mill next door. The land was home to an ancient convent that had been closed by Napoleon. Although the factory itself allows no visitors in order to maintain Mariano Fortuny’s trade secrets, the showroom is open to the public on week days, and the adjacent gardens can be visited by appointment.
June 20 Depart Italy for United States 
Post-Program Meetings Topic
TBD One meeting will be held after return.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Financial Aid and scholarships are only available to currently enrolled MSU students. If you are a visiting student from another institution, you will need to work with your home institution Financial Aid Office to identify any available aid.

The seven colleges at Missouri State University are pleased to announce their respective Study Away Scholarships. A scholarship fund has been established by MSU’s President, International Programs, and the respective college to assist students with their study abroad. Search available college scholarships here!

Other Financial Aid:
Study Away Programs works closely with the Office of Financial Aid to make funding readily available for our study away students.  Before students can schedule an appointment with Financial Aid, you must submit an approved STFD Budget Worksheet to Study Away Programs.

Study Away students may be able to use their institutional aid, grants, or loans for their study abroad.  Students are encouraged to meet with Financial Aid as soon as possible to plan appropriately for their time abroad.  Please request a Study Away Financial Aid Counselor when making an appointment.


Billing & Procedures

  • Tuition fees are not included in the program fee and will be charged to your University account separately and will be subject to MSU's billing and payment policies.
  • The program fee will be billed within approximately one week of the application deadline.  This fee includes the International Programs Academic Experience Fee. 
  • The program fee is due in full according to the standard program payment deadline (please refer to the "Financial Responsibility, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy" signature document). If a student is planning on financial aid to cover some or all program costs, the student must provide documentation to Study Away at least two weeks prior to the program payment deadline.
    • Students who have not paid the MSU portion of the program fee will be withdrawn from the program and dropped from the course.
  • MSU students will be billed through their University accounts.
  • Non-MSU students and program guests must pay through the Study Away storefront.
Cancellation & Refund Policies
  • If a student withdraws from the program, the participant will be liable for 15% of the total program fee, the International Programs Academic Experience Fee, and any non-refundable purchases made on the participant's behalf. 
  • When the program begins, no refunds will be issued under any circumstances.

All withdrawals must be complete the STFD Program Withdrawal Form with the Program Director's signature to Study Away Programs, Plaster Student Union 209.