Department of Landscape Architecture

Welcome to the study abroad page. Students in the Department of Landscape Architecture are provided unique opportunity to study abroad every year. Please check out the different study abroad program below.

Italy Program

     Landscape Architecture Italy Fall 2014


The Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture Italy Program will conduct its
22nd session during the Fall, 2014 academic quarter. Participants in the  Landscape Architecture Italy program will again reside and study at the Santa Chiara Study Center in Castiglion Fiorentino, about forty miles southeast of Florence in the Tuscany region. The session is an excellent opportunity to visit one of the oldest and culturally accomplished cultures. The art, architecture, and landscapes of Italy are a remarkable blend of Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and contemporary expressions. In addition, the Italians continue to engage time-honored landscape practices that exemplify sustainable methods and alternatives.

The design and planning activity of the Italy program will focus on be the region surrounding Castiglion Fiorentino. We will spend part of the quarter learning about the environmental and social systems of the urban, suburban and rural components of the community. With this knowledge, the class will develop design and planning strategies for the landscape environment surrounding the city. Graduate students will have the opportunity to investigate the planning and design aspects of the Porto Conte regional park on Sardinia.

Weekly Schedule

The twelve-week academic program will begin on Friday, August 29, 2014 and conclude on Wednesday, November 19, 2014.** The weekly schedule consists of studio and lectures M-TU-W (Th). from 8 A.M. to 6P.M. with an hour break for lunch. Dinner occurs each evening at 7:30 P.M.- 8:30 P.M.; we normally devote the evenings to the painting and graphics class.  Wednesdays or Thursdays are relegated to field trips to sites within the region; F-S-Su are open for individual travel and study. Two three-day field trips, one to Rome and the other to the Venice, will occur in September and early November respectively.  Fall break occurs from October 18-28; students have the opportunity to visit the Amalfi Coast and Pompeii/Herculaneum or other destinations during the break.
** Dates may vary; confirmation by the beginning of spring quarter, 2014.




Courses include fifteen hours of academic study, These include LA 401/l senior design, LA 463 senior seminar, LA 423/l history (the urban landscape), LA 464 Professional Practice, and LA 499 graphics.  Graduate students enroll in LA 512, and may enroll in the LA 499 graphics class and the LA 423 Urban History course. All classes are taught by Cal Poly Pomona Landscape Architecture faculty members.  



An important component in your travel to Europe is a valid US passport, or a visa for individuals not holding US passports. You should begin the process
of acquiring a passport or visa by January, 2014. As we approach the summer season, the passport offices become backlogged with applications. Passport forms may be acquired at post offices. Individuals requiring visas must apply to the Italian Consulate in Los Angeles.


Each participant is responsible for acquiring transportation to and from
Italy. Several airline companies offer competitive rates to students.
Generally, Airline flights cost  $900-1300.00 round-trip LA-Italy. Less
expensive fares are possible by traveling to London, Paris, or Frankfurt.
These destinations would give you the opportunity to take the train to Italy
and to experience a range of landscapes along the route. Individuals who intend to fly directly to Italy may arrive at Florence or Rome and then take a  
train directly to Castiglion Fiorentino.




Part of the academic program includes Italian language instruction. However,
participants are encouraged to acquire as much language facility 
before arriving in Italy. Italians are accommodating and encourage
the use of Italian language regardless of your level of facility. Knowing
the language will enhance the quality of your experience.


For further information regarding the program, including cost estimates for the session, please contact Phil Pregill at 909) 869-4431 or by e-mail at

We look forward to your participation.

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