With the first group of students in residence in Fall 1973, the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genova, Italy, has served as a model for off-campus architectural education for 40 years. The program balances the studio experience with the study of Italian architectural history, contemporary design, urban practices, culture and field sketching. Students spend about a third of the 15-week semester traveling in Italy. There is also time for independent travel.
A resident professor from Clemson is assisted by Italian professors who also practice architecture in Genova. Visiting critics and lecturers from Italy and Europe come to the center on a regular basis to lecture and critique student work.
Degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students may apply for grants to help with the cost of the semester in Europe.
Located at Via Piaggio 14, Genova, students live, eat, and work together in the Daniel Center. Built in 1899, "The Villa" accommodates up to 24 resident students, and contains living and dining rooms, a library, studio space, and related facilities. A large garden overlooks the city, harbor, and the Mediterranean.
Students studying in Genova pay tuition + academic fees at a rate of approximately in-state + 10%. For the 2011-2012 year, rates charged were $7,019 for undergraduates and $4,289 for graduate students. The Genova program fee for Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters is $9,200. This fee covers room, study abroad insurance, food while at the Villa, the required 10-14 days of study travels in Europe as well as local field trips, etc. Major items not included in the fees paid to Clemson include roundtrip airfare to Genoa and independent travel. Degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students may apply for grants to help with the cost of the semester in Europe. Scholarships and campus-based aid can be used for this program and federal financial aid is available.
If supplied with the necessary applications and documentation in a timely manner, Regina Foster, director of Off-Campus Study, will assist US citizens in securing visas for study abroad in Italy. Please note that the duration of the visa may rule out extended summer travel or spending two semesters in Italy.
If supplied with the necessary applications and documentation in a timely manner, Regina Foster, director of Off-Campus Study, will assist international students in securing visas for study abroad in Italy.
HOWEVER, DEPENDING ON YOUR HOME COUNTRY, YOU MAY NEED TO PLAN WELL AHEAD TO SECURE THE DOCUMENTS AND FILE THE APPLICATIONS NECESSARY TO SECURE A VISA FOR STUDY IN ITALY. IN SOME CASES, STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SECURE A VISA BEFORE THE START OF CLASSES IN GENOA AND WILL BE REQUIRED TO STUDY IN CLEMSON OR CHARLESTON.
Professor Henrique Houayek has compiled two books of student works from the Genova program - through drawings, sketches, and photography, the students offer a glimpse of their experiences in Genova. For an alternate take, check out the blogs created by students of the Fall 2010 and Spring 2009 Genova classes.