Study Abroad

A group of students in front of a mountain range

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.


Studio Mexico offers students the opportunity to explore the rich cultural and built environment of Mexico. It involves a nine-day trip to Mexico where students will visit the site of the semester's 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 and Community & Regional Planning practicums often offer brief, unique opportunities for students 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.


Through our Professional Residency Program [PRP], upper-level architecture students can expand their education through work experience in the architectural profession. Participating PRP firms are located across the United States and around the world, allowing students to immerse themselves within the firm and in a new place. Over the past 25 years, students have been linked with 300 firms in 30 countries. 


Exchange Programs offer students an amazing opportunity to study at a foreign university during a semester, year, or summer abroad. School of Architecture-approved reciprocal exchange programs exist at the following universities; the list is subject to change. Please speak with your SOA academic advisor before committing to an architecture or interior design exchange program. 


Administered by Texas Global, short-term faculty-led programs include May Term and Summer programs that range from three to 10 weeks, serve every major, and span the entire globe. In a faculty-led program, you are part of a group of UT students who take a course abroad taught by a UT faculty member.  Both immersive and intensive, short-term faculty-led programs give students an in-depth look at different subjects and geographic locations.