fiu study abroad in genoa

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.

G.K. Chesterton

FIU's study abroad in Genoa is based on the experience of living in an Italian city with a rich present and a complex history, and without a large US student population. It goes beyond a touristic experience as the students are encouraged to engage with the city (to "live here") and with the students and faculty of the University of Genoa. Genoa serves as a lens through which to gain a perspective on contemporary issues, whether in the field of architecture and design or the humanities and social sciences.


FIU and UniGe architecture students after urban design workshop, 2010

student views: FIU architecture fall 2014

Making Genoa my home for this past semester was truly a life changing experience, both personally and professionally. Its authenticity inspired me and allowed me to find out a little more of who I am and what I want. Through our many trips in Europe, I have acquired a new vision of architecture and I believe this has made me a better and more conscious designer. My experience was everything and more than what I had hoped for. Thank you!

Alexis O., Fall 2014

Comments by Fall 2014 Architecture students; video shot in the garden and in our classroom in the convent of S. Maria di Castello; video editing by Gio Guadarrama (Master of Arts in Architecture 2014-2015)

student views: FIU architecture fall 2013

ajimade animashaun / graduate student



genoa and its subtleties; architecture, urban context and hierarchies of scale; facades and public space


vanessa salcedo / accelerated graduate student



life in genoa; public and private space; seeing architecture; new understandings of sustainability



darius bounds / graduate student



genoa and italian cuisine; architecture; drawing and seeing; the value of study abroad



haley perry / accelerated graduate student



place and cultural differences; learning through firstand experience; drawing and seeing schematically; academics and approaches



gabriela verdu / accelerated graduate student



comparing US and italian standards of living, learning to adapt to new ways; seeing architecture spatially through drawing; studio and urban relationships



dean mcmurry / graduate student



a concise evaluation of the experience....