Learning Abroad in Architecture — BS

Learning Abroad in Architecture — BS

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 go over the 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

  • Any January, May, or summer term
  • Year Three: fall or spring 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 program) most closely resembles the UofM architecture curriculum. These programs keep students on track academically.

Internships and Obtaining Internship Development Program (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 Search to find courses that have already been evaluated or to submit courses online to be evaluated for liberal education requirements.

Be aware that 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. Be aware that study abroad courses may not meet multiple requirements.

Upon Return from Study Abroad

Meet with your academic adviser

  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss the study abroad return process and to go over re-entry resources to help you make your learning abroad experience a meaningful component of your academic and career pathway.


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.

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.

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.