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:

Study in Italy is a semester at the Santa Chiara Study Center in Tuscany, approximately an hour from Florence. The program allows for an intensive study of design, history, and visual communication, while the Center's historic structure provides a congenial campus environment and a base for travel throughout Italy. Program contact: Smilja Milovanovic-Bertram

Europe/Paris Program is a semester of study that emphasizes a broad and integrated experience covering the buildings and landscapes as well as the urban fabric across Europe. With a unique itinerary every fall, each city visited presents its own special study opportunities with regard to design, history, and visual communication. Program contact: John Blood
2018 program cost information (for reference and planning)

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.

Studio Madrid | Austin is an urban design studio that involves a nine day trip to Spain.  The focus of the studio is to learn through traveling, design and research about the Compact City model that Madrid represents, contrast it with the Landscape City model of Austin and develop higher density urban design strategies for the city of Austin.  This studio will be offered every other spring.

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 currently in review and subject to change. 

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.