The School of Architecture encourages first-hand experiences of diverse peoples, places and cultures - nationally and internationally - so that we might better engage the world in which we live. Educational travel experiences can be integrated into degree plans in several ways, including, but not limited to, the following:
Studio Mexico explores the rich cultural and built environment of Mexico. It involves a nine-day trip to Mexico visiting the site of the design project as well as other places of significance. Students participating in this studio are required to take the class Mexican Architecture and Urbanism offered every spring. The class can be taken concurrently with Studio Mexico or during the previous spring semester. Studio Mexico is offered every other spring.
Advanced Studios also offer brief, unique opportunities each semester to travel abroad. Recent Advanced Studio international field trips have included site visits to Brazil, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Japan, Iceland, Portugal, and Spain, among others.
In addition to these programs, the University offers several other study abroad opportunities including the following:
Exchange Programs offer students an amazing opportunity to study at a foreign university during a semester, year, or summer abroad. UTSOA approved reciprocal exchange programs exist at the universities listed below; the list is subject to change. Please speak with your SOA academic advisor before committing to an architecture or interior design exchange program.
- Brazil: Pontifica Universidad Catolica Rio de Janeiro
- Brazil: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerai
- Brazil: Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
- Chile: Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile
- China: Tsinghua University
- Korea: Hanyang University
- Spain: Politecnica de Valencia
- Sweden: Uppsala University
Summer Faculty-led Programs are six to nine-week study abroad programs led by one or more UT faculty members. Some programs are administered by the Study Abroad Office (SAO) while others are administered by a college or department. The UTSOA currently offers the following faculty-led summer program:
- Sustainable Architecture and Design in Munich offers two integrated seminars on sustainable architecture and design, developing insight into the principles of high-comfort/low-energy architecture. The courses present examples of sustainable design on both theoretical and applied levels through case studies, field trips, and lectures.
Maymester Abroad programs are short-term study abroad programs that last four weeks in duration. Students take an intensive three or four credit UT course adapted to incorporate on-site learning such as company visits, guest lectures, and academic field trips. Maymester Abroad programs are considered part of the spring semester but begin in late May after completion of spring coursework.