The KSA Italy program will utilize the University of Arkansas Rome Center, a fully-equipped design campus embedded in the heart of the city. The Rome Center is located in one of the oldest palaces in the city: Palazzo Taverna.

Constructed in 1286, ownership of the palace has passed between only three families in its history. The main entrance of the studio space opens into a courtyard with a baroque fountain by Antonio Casoni, built in 1618. The spaces we will use as classrooms housed the private collections of the painter Modigliani until 2012, and have been featured in movies such as The Life Aquatic, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and La Grande Bellezza.

The Rome Center is a full-service facility with amenities ranging from an excellent library to a surprisingly good coffee machine, all in an inspiring setting of fragrant orange trees, Baroque fountains, and grotesque wall paintings. It is centrally located with quick access to shopping, amenities, and sites from the Castel Sant’Angelo to Piazza Navona. The Rome Center contains facilities for drawings and computers that have most of the programs you use regularly. They do not have fabrication capabilities, though. The Rome Center staff can help with any difficulties and will be available Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm. The Rome Center is open to students from 8.00am to 8.00pm daily.


As part of the program fee, students will be housed in fully furnished apartments, including kitchen, wifi, linen, and washer, with 4-6 students per apartment in single or double rooms. Past students report that these amenities mean significant savings on day-to-day expenses relative to other study abroad programs. All apartments will be in the in the Prati neighborhood of Rome, a short walk from the Vatican. This peaceful neighborhood is home to a daily market, several grocery stores, and countless restaurants. Apartments are about a 15-minute walk and a 10-minute bus ride from the Rome Center.

You should remember that although the housing facilities are not directly provided by OSU (these are apartments, not dorms), your behavior reflects on the School and can affect future students’ living arrangements. Students are responsible for any activities taking place in their housing that violate Housing Rules and Regulations or University Policy. Students are allowed visitors from 8.00am until their apartment’s quiet hours, seven days per week; overnight guests are prohibited.