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 one's second year of study, 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 programs in Rome, Italy, and Shanghai/Beijing, China.
The School of Architecture also has a longstanding relationship with Brian Mackay-Lyons' Ghost studio, an intensive two-week design-build workshop in Nova Scotia that takes place every June.
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, The Netherlands, Mexico, Finland, Belgium, and Germany. 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.