Increasingly, architects are called upon to operate in settings that require an understanding of different cultures and languages. The opportunity to study abroad provides future architects with a competitive advantage in an increasingly globalized milieu. The SoA has a strong tradition of providing students with a variety of study abroad options.
Following an undergraduate's second year of study or a graduate's first year, students may enroll in a range of programs that are offered every summer. These programs are four to five weeks in length, and typically consist of a pair of three credit electives and history courses. Over the past four years, we have run faculty-led summer programs in Rome, Central Europe, Scandianvia, and China and will offer an urban design summer program in Brazil 2015-2017. We also offer occasional spring break trips to cities such as Berlin.
The school also offers an opportunity for students to study abroad during the regular academic year. UNC Charlotte has several longstanding student exchange programs in England, Denmark, China, and other countries. Typically, these exchange programs allow two or three fourth-year architecture students to study abroad during the spring semester, with extensive possibilities for personal travel and research.
To learn more about our Rome Study Abroad program, one of our most popular and often-repeated faculty-led summer study abroad programs, offered in collaboration with the Department of Art & Art History, please watch this Rome Video 2010.