Learning Abroad in Architecture — BDA

Learning Abroad in Architecture — BDA


Study Abroad Process

This is the basic process you'll complete in order to study abroad. The order in which you do things is somewhat flexible.

Academic Planning

Review the following suggestions from the Architecture BDA program before beginning your study abroad research.

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

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

Major Coursework

  • The Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) (fall and/or spring semester); the Architecture Track Program in Barcelona, Spain (CIEE) (fall or spring semester); and the School of Architecture's Oaxaca, Mexico program (spring semester) give 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. Visit the IDP website for more information.

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.


  • Earn major credit by taking the interdisciplinary Italian Design Studio (3 credits) taught by a UofM faculty member
  • Other courses include: Made in Italy: Design & Marketing of an Ideal, Sustainable Food Systems of Italy, or Sport & Society in Modern Italy
  • 3-credit internships are available in a variety of fields

United Kingdom, England

Study & Intern in London

  • Offered each fall and spring semester, academic year, and summer.
  • Students may take coursework plus a for-credit internship.
  • Students to focus on job training, career networking, and resume building in an international setting.

Additional Options to Consider

College of Design Study Abroad Programs

  • School of Architecture faculty lead programs for their students on a regular basis.
  • Check with the School of Architecture for more information on this year's programs.
  • Past examples include: Campus Planning in Malawi, Architecture in Baku, Architecture in the Floating World, and Turkey: Traditions & Modernity in Flux.

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.

Student Project for Amity among Nations (SPAN)

  • Work with University of Minnesota faculty to develop and plan your independent research abroad.
  • Design and conduct an independent research project in one of four countries.
  • Sites and faculty leaders vary each year.
  • Prepare for your summer abroad throughout the year, spend 6 – 12 weeks abroad collecting information, then complete the project at the University of Minnesota with the help of a faculty adviser.

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.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (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.

Work, Intern, and Volunteer Abroad Programs (non-credit)

  • An alternative or complement to study abroad.
  • Explore new interests or gain experience related to your field of study.
  • Consider paid and unpaid opportunities offered throughout the year at locations around the globe.

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

Mohammed B. Studies Architecture in Mexico
Architecture student Mohammed B. was a recipient of the Gilman scholarship, allowing him to complete a required studio course in the unique setting of Oaxaca, Mexico through a study abroad program designed for Architecture majors.

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