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  • Locations: Florence, Italy; Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: U of A applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year U of A Application Deadline U of A Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 02/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 05/12/2020 05/25/2020
NOTE: EARLY APPLICATION IS STRONGLY ADVISED. We retain the right to close applications before the published deadline above if all spots are filled. Program start and end dates are subject to slight change.

** If you are applying for an external program, please note the U of A application deadline listed may be different than the external program provider's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Advisor: Brian Poepsel Program Type: U of A Faculty-Led
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5 Credit Hours Available: 3 Credit Hours
Area of Study: Apparel Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Program Duration: 2 weeks
Credit Type: U of A Credit Language Courses Offered: NO
Language of Instruction: English Open to non-U of A students?: NO
Housing Options: Hotel/Hostel
Program Description:
AMPD Italy 1


Since the Europe Tour is offered every other year, applications open early-September for the summer 2018 term.

AMPD Italy 3
Once applications open, click the "Apply Now" button at the top of the page to begin. Once your application is completed, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made. You will be notified of the decision through the HogsAbroad portal.

If you don't yet have your passport, don't worry! You do not need a physical copy of your passport in order to apply for the program. However, if you don't already have a passport, please be proactive and begin your passport application today.



AMPD Italy 6
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development (AMPD) students will have the opportunity to broaden their international knowledge of the apparel industry by participating in this study tour. Students will visit manufacturers and designers, as well as local museums, in Rome, Florence, & Milan. This study tour course provides an on-site study of the Italian fashion manufacturers and markets. The course will examine the design, production, distribution and retailing of fashion goods from couture fashion to mass Italian markets.



Students must:
  • Course pre-requisite is AMPD 4901 with a C or better. 
  • Complete a minimum of 24 credit hours by the beginning of the program abroad
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better at the time of application


Credit Issued By: University of Arkansas
Credit Hours: Three (3) credit hours
Courses: Offered at the Undergraduate level
               AMPD 491V(H)   Apparel Studies Study Tour

A 13-day field study of Italy’s fashion markets for apparel merchandising and product.  Course examines the design, production, distribution and retailing of fashion goods from couture fashion to mass markets.  

• To gain an awareness and appreciation of the vastness of the Italian fashion market.
• To examine the role and responsibilities of the designer, manufacturer, and retailer.
• To observe processes in the development and production of fashion goods.
• To observe and become familiar with the role of wholesalers and wholesale markets at an international level.
• To examine marketing techniques used at an international level within the fashion industry.
• To examine methods of promoting and selling fashion products by trade advisory associations and the fashion press.
• To identify trends in design and fashion production, wholesaling and retail marketing.
• To explore career alternatives in the fields of design and fashion, including the qualifications, responsibilities, rewards and trends. 


Faculty leaders have worked with the AMPD Advisory Board over the past 16 years and have developed networking opportunities and relationships with the members. These relationships have opened the door to many of the appointments available to students on the study tours. Students will participate in a guided tour of the Vatican and St. Peter's Basilica, and will visit the Coliseum, Roman Forum, Palantine Hill, and Trevi Fountain.


Financial aid and scholarships are available to U of A students.

In many cases, you can also use your current scholarships and financial aid to help finance your program. If you receive scholarships, grants, or loans as a U of A student, please contact your Financial Aid Advisor in Silas Hunt Hall (479-575-3806) to see how much of your current aid package you’ll be able to utilize towards this summer study abroad program or to apply for loans. Participants on this program may also be eligible to apply for these institutional and national scholarships below. Criteria for scholarships vary, and students should read eligibility requirements carefully. 
U of A students should check out other funding opportunities on our website.
This list is not comprehensive nor will all students be eligible for the listed scholarships.


For additional information about courses or program content, contact faculty leaders:

Laurie Apple 
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
School of Human Environmental Sciences 
Lance Cheramie
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
School of Human Environmental Sciences

For assistance with the application process, costs, travel arrangements, etc., contact the Office of Study Abroad.


"We had many professional appointments with designers and manufacturers that broadened my knowledge in the field. The tour gave me a firsthand look into the industry, and because of that my field is much more interesting to me than it was before."
"My experience showed how what I learn in my classes is applied on the job, especially at an international level. Participating in an international program was the greatest experience of my life. If you have the opportunity to participate in one, then do it, because it will have such a positive effect on you and your future.”
“This study tour offered insight into sourcing, manufacturing, and how businesses operate, which was a great learning opportunity for my future career in apparel merchandising and retail business. This study tour will enhance my resume. Besides academic learning, I personally feel more confident in myself after the study tour.” 
"It was an incredible trip; I would do it another 10 times and love it!"

"It's a once in a lifetime experience!"