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 Mittle-Europa to Modern Milano: An Architectural Design Journey

Program Details

Embark on an immersive design adventure through Europe's architectural treasures. Explore Prague's timeless charm, sail the Danube on a culturally enriching and world renowned exquisite 8-day Viking River Cruise, delve into Vienna's imperial splendor, visit Budapest’s Castle District, analyze Carlo Scarpa's genius in Venice & Verona, walk in Palladio's footsteps in Vicenza, discover contemporary marvels in Milan and more! This isn't just a trip; it's a design odyssey that will transform your perspective. Join us for a 16-day architectural exploration like no other.

Destinations: Prague, Czech Republic · Regensburg, Germany · Passau, Germany · Krems, Austria · Vienna, Austria · Budapest, Hungary · Zagreb, Croatia · Venice, Italy · Vicenza, Italy · Verona, Italy · Milan, Italy

Program Dates: June 7 - June 22, 2024

Two-Phase Application Process

October 12: Interior Design Chapter · Members Only · Applications Begin

Applications will be reviewed by the panel and approved by October 16th

A $500 deposit is required to secure your spot. Please make your deposit to the Weber State Cashiers Office. You can make the payment over the phone or in person. Please email a receipt of your payment to

Deposit Payment Instructions (
Tell the cashiers office you want to pay directly into an account with the detail code: IL07. Include your W# as a note on the payment.

October 18: Applications open for all students, alumni, and community members. $500 deposit due at time of application. (Deposit will be refunded if program is at capacity or if the panel feels it is not the right fit for the applicant upon review.)


  • 18+ years old
  • Be responsible for carrying their own luggage 
  • Good physical condition
  • Additional application: Please fill out the Short-Term Study Abroad Application and submit the following answers in PDF format to this link beginning on the dates listed above. Any length and style is acceptable to convey your answers to the following:

1) Choose one specific location from the trip itinerary that you are most interested in and explain why it stands out to you.

2) Describe how participating in this experience could benefit your academic and personal growth.

3) Describe how you plan to prepare for this journey and the steps you will take so that you can fully immerse yourself in the architectural and design experiences this trip has to offer.

Physical Fitness: Moderate to Demanding. Physically challenging activities, including extensive walking. Activities by foot may contain difficult, uneven surfaces and/ or multiple stairs and steep inclines. Total time walking or standing will exceed 3 hours. Average of 7 miles, continuous brisk pace per day.


Items may vary and are subject to change.

Day 1: Fly to Prague, Czech Republic
Day 2: Prague, Czech Republic

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Old Town Square, Our Lady before Týn and the Old Town Hall Astronomical Clock
  • Charles Bridge
  • Prague Castle Grounds, Cathedral of St. Vitus; Royal Garden
  • St Nicholas Church at Malá Strana Interior Tour
  • Free Time for Lunch or Shopping
  • Dancing House
  • Old-New Synagogue
  • Municipal House (Obecní dům) Guided Tour
  • Powder Tower
  • Shopping in Old Town
  • Free Time

Day 3: Train to Regensburg, Germany

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 4hr Train to Regensburg, Germany
  • Board Viking River Cruise Ship: Begin ‘Romantic Danube’ Voyage
  • Free Time to stroll through Old Town; Shop
  • Dinner on Ship

Day 4: Regensburg, Germany

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Viking Guided Walking Tour in Regensburg
  • Lunch on Ship
  • Free Time in Old Town
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time on Ship

Day 5: Passau, Germany

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Viking Guided Walking Tour in Passau
  • Lunch on Ship
  • Free Time in Old Town
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time on Ship

Day 6: Krems, Austria

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Cruise through Wachau Valley, A UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Lunch on Ship
  • Göttweig Abbey Tour
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time on Ship or in Vienna

Day 7: Vienna, Austria

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Viking Panoramic Vienna Motor Coach; Walking Tour
  • Ringstrausse, Reichbrucke and Schwedenplatz
  • Walking through historic area
  • St. Stephen’s Cathedral
  • Free Time for Lunch for Shopping
  • Hofburg Palace
  • Sisi Museum
  • Hofburg Vienna
  • Austrian Parliament Building
  • Vienna State Opera
  • MuseumsQuartier
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time

Day 8: Vienna, Austria

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Hundertwasserhaus
  • Fleischmarkt 1,3,14
  • The Meinlhaus
  • Spanish School of Riding: Training with Viennese Music
  • Free Time in Naschmarkt Food Market for Lunch or Shopping
  • Secession Building Tour
  • Karlsplatz Pavilion Tour
  • Majolikahaus
  • Postparkasse
  • Möbelmuseum Wien (furniture museum)
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time on Ship
  • Scenic Cruise to Budapest

Day 9: Budapest, Hungary

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Viking Panoramic Budapest Motor Coach; Walking Tour
  • State Opera House
  • Heroes' Square
  • Chain Bridge
  • Fisherman’s Bastion
  • Mathias Church
  • Castle Hill
  • Free Time in Central Market Hall for Lunch or Shopping
  • Graphisoft Park
  • Dinner on Ship
  • Free Time in Budapest

Day 10: Bus to Zagreb, Croatia

  • Breakfast on Ship
  • Disembark Cruise
  • 6 hr Bus to Zagreb, Croatia
  • Free Time in Zagreb

Day 11: Zagreb, Croatia

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Morning walk to St. Mark’s Church
  • Ride on historic Funicular
  • Zagreb Cathedral under Earthquake Restoration
  • Croatian National Theater Tour
  • 6 hr Bus to Venice, Italy
  • Free Time in Venice

Day 12: Venice, Italy

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Carlo Scarpa Walking Tour
  • Palazzina Masieri
  • The Olivetti Showroom
  • Entrance to Architecture School
  • Querini Stampalia Fondazione: Architecture Route Guided Tour
  • 1hr Train to Vicenza
  • Free Time in Vicenza

Day 13: Vicenza, Italy

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Palladio Walking Tour
  • Teatro Olimpico
  • Church of Santa Corona
  • Basilica Palladiana
  • Palazzo Leoni Montanari
  • Corso Andrea Palladio
  • Piazza dei Signori
  • Free Time for Lunch or Shopping
  • 30 min. Train to Verona
  • Juliet’s House
  • Verona Arena
  • Free Time in Verona

Day 14: Verona, Italy

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Castelvecchio Museum
  • 2 hr Train to Milan
  • Free Time in Milan

Day 15: Milan, Italy

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • The Duomo di Milano: Archaeological Area + Duomo + Rooftops Tour
  • Showroom Barovier; Toso Tour
  • Free Time at Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for Lunch and Shopping
  • Museo Del Novecento
  • Porta Nuova District
  • Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest)

Day 16: Depart Milan

  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • 1hr Express Train to Malpensa Airport


Cost: $5,080

Deposit: $500

Suggested Payment Schedule:

  • November 1: $630
  • December 1: $630
  • January 1: $615
  • February 1: $615
  • March 1: $615
  • April 1: $615
  • May 1: $515
  • June 1: $345

Must be paid prior to trip departure

Hotel accommodations: Carefully selected in picturesque locations, ensuring a serene stay. Easy access to a variety of dining options and shopping venues for leisure time in the evening. Complimentary hot breakfast is served each morning.

8-Day Viking Cruise: Guided excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, cultural curriculum highlighting Austrian and Hungarian classics, expert lectures, cooking demonstrations, all port fees and taxes, all on board gratuities and tipping, free wi-fi.

Transportation: Train, bus, or shuttle throughout all scheduled destinations

Academic Program: Unique educational experiences for all participants. Option to earn up to 8 credit hours included in program fee.


Guided Tours, Cultural Immersion, Excursions, Cultural Events, Free Time, Language Support, Itinerary, Meals: See itinerary for a glimpse into the incredibly dynamic schedule that this trip has to offer. All meals listed on itinerary, not specified next to “free time” are included in program fee and are no additional price.

Insurance, Safety Measures, Emergency Planning: The University and the trip leaders take your safety seriously. Planning will be communicated pre-trip so that all participants feel confident about what to do and who to contact in any event.

Networking, Packing Tips, Group Dynamic, Pre-Trip Destination Knowledge: Even before the trip begins you will have the opportunity to learn about the other participants, the amazing places you are headed, and what you will need to take you there.

Not Included: Airfare (option with Viking Air ~$1,199), Passport, ETIAS (valid for 3 years), incidentals, excess baggage costs, any unscheduled travel, and some meals.

Academic Courses

Students may enroll in up to eight (8) of the following credit hours

  • IDT 2990 Design Seminar (1 credit)
  • IDT 3020 American and Modern Interiors (3 credit hours)
  • IDT 2860 Practicum (2 credit hours)
  • IDT 4830 Directed Reading (2 credit hours)

Program Directors

Ashley Badali

Ashley is an avid traveler with a deep passion for design, both historic and modern. She is a dedicated lifelong learner, constantly seeking to uncover the stories and intricacies behind architectural wonders.

Kristen Arnold 

Kristen is no stranger to European exploration. Her familiarity of local culture and design ensures you will explore unique sights, discover treasures, and gain a deeper appreciation for the architectural tapestry of Europe.

Trip Cancellations

If Weber State cancels a trip for any reason, all participants will be refunded 100% of funds paid to the school. If a participant withdraws from the program for any reason, they are subject to the refund policy found on the first page of the application.  Deposits are always non-refundable, unless the program is canceled by Weber State.  No refunds will be issued 30 days prior to program start date. 

Refunds will NOT be given to students due to COVID-19 concerns. Before programs were canceled in 2020, every student was given the option to withdraw from programs without penalty due to COVID-19. This year students are applying, cognizant of the pandemic. Weber State will not intentionally place students into high risk situations. We will work together with Program Leaders and Departments on canceling should the destination demonstrate increased risks, be they from COVID or any other concern. As such, students must abide by the standard refund policy.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8715.