Learning Abroad in Architecture — BDA

Learning Abroad in Architecture — BDA


Department Recommendations 

Current Architecture Students

  • Architecture courses abroad may not meet architecture course requirements at the University of Minnesota. Students should meet with their academic adviser to review their study abroad academic planning prior to the study abroad experience.

Prospective Architecture Students

  • Once admitted to the College of Design, your architecture academic adviser will work with the architecture faculty to help you evaluate major related coursework. Architecture courses abroad may not meet architecture course requirements at the University of Minnesota.

Best Times to go Abroad

  • After sophomore year
  • Any January, May, or summer term
  • Year Three: fall or spring semester
  • Year Four: fall semester

Fulfill Requirements

Be sure to meet with your academic adviser to fill out an Academic Planning Study Abroad (APSA) form.

Major Coursework

  • The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) (fall and/or spring semester) gives students the opportunity to take studio courses that can be used to satisfy workshop credit. Check with your academic adviser for more information.

Internships & Obtaining Internship Development (IDP) Credit

  • If you are interested in pursuing an architecture internship abroad and you would like to obtain IDP credit, you are encouraged to contact the Minnesota Internship Development Program (IDP) coordinator. 

Liberal Education

  • You can fulfill liberal education requirements while abroad. Decide early which requirements you want to satisfy through courses taken abroad so you don't fulfill them on campus. Consult the Learning Abroad Center's U-Credit Abroad database of study abroad courses that have already been evaluated or submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

Study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements

  • Some University of Minnesota courses are approved to meet multiple requirements. For example, one course may count toward your liberal education requirements and meet a requirement in your major. Study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements.


Asia and Oceania


Study & Intern in Sydney

  • This program is available each summer term.
  • Students complete a 6-credit internship, which allows them to integrate with Australians, experience the local culture first-hand, and gain professional skills.
  • Students to focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.



Study Abroad in Denmark - Architecture & Design Program, Copenhagen

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, as well as academic year.
  • Designed for students majoring in architecture, interior design, interior architecture, and, for pre-architecture, in fine arts or studio art.
  • Students have the opportunity to develop professional skills and knowledge through interaction with Danish architects and designers in studio, classes, and on field studies and study tours.
  • No language prerequisite.


Study & Intern in Rome

  • Program Term: Summer
  • Students participating on the Design Standard Track enroll in a the 3-credit interdisciplinary Italian Design Studio and one other 3-credit Area Studies Course. This track is 6 weeks long.
  • Students participating on the Design Internship Track will take the 3-credit Italian Design Studio, plus the 3-credit Internships in Rome course. This track is 8 weeks long.
  • An optional 1-credit Survival Italian course is available for all students

Additional Options to Consider

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

  • Check with the School of Architecture for more information on this year's programs.
Global Seminars
  • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
  • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
  • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings!

Freshman Seminars

  • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
  • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
  • Seminars are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad.

Directed Study Abroad

  • Study abroad opportunities are not limited to formal instruction.
  • Directed study allows students to create a contract between themselves and a faculty member that outlines a project and credits to be earned.
  • This provides students the opportunity to work independently on a project of their own design while abroad, under the direction of a University of Minnesota faculty member.

International Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (I-UROP)

  • UROP offers financial awards twice yearly to full time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member.
  • It encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special research projects.

Non-Credit Opportunities

  • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience(IAESTE)

  • IAESTE United States is an organization dedicated to developing global skills in tomorrow's technical leaders.
  • IAESTE coordinates paid international internships for students in technical fields such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, natural/physical sciences, architecture, and agricultural science.

Student Experiences

Visit the Learning Abroad Center's Student Experiences web page for details on other students' experiences studying abroad.