Study Abroad Programs

Our summer study abroad programs provide our students the opportunity to infuse their education with valuable inter-cultural experience while earning typically three to six credit hours toward their degrees.

BOSNIA-HERCEGOVINA: Conflict + Coexistence
[May 16 - 31] 2 weeks / 3.0 credit hours
Led by Associate Professor Emily Makas - School of Architecture + Assistant Professor Jill Massino - History


For hundreds of years, Bosnia-Hercegovina has been known as multicultural, multi-confessional, and multinational. While much of these centuries of coexistence were marked by cooperation or “antagonistic tolerance,” in the past century Bosnia witnessed significant intergroup division during a series of major international wars that pitted its people against one another and marked dramatic shifts in political context. Focusing on Sarajevo, this trip will explore the history and legacy of conflict and coexistence in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The built environment will provide a lens for understanding the continuing significance of these conflicts today. Students will visit and analyze public spaces and buildings significant to the conflicts as well as the museums and memorial landscapes dedicated to their history and memory. Though primarily based in Sarajevo, students will also visit other sites in Bosnia-Hercegovina and neighboring Croatia, including Mostar, Srebrenica, Banja Luka, and Jasenovac. SEE:    

COURSES: ARCH 4205 I 5205;  HIST 3001 | 5001

[May  – June ] 5 weeks / 6.0 credit hours
Led by Professor Jeffrey Nesbit—School of Architecture

Seoul, Korea

Set in the north-east Asian mega-city of Seoul, South Korea, SEOUL STUDIO was initiated in 2012 to  generate sensitive questions concerning current large-scale capital development strategies within this enormous megalopolis.  The goal of the studio is to investigate how architecture influences the city by Seoul-specific identities.  By traveling to and working within Seoul, students are fully engaged and establish a sensible understanding of diverse urban patterns while simultaneously responding architecturally within particular cultural, social, and political pressures.  Excitingly, Seoul Studio has been invited to participate in the Seoul Architecture and Urbanism Biennale 2017 - work completed in this program will be exhibited amongst the international works.  This intensive study abroad program charges the student to “see” differently.  Participants work through two primary modes based on (1) found and measurable understanding of Seoul’s complex urban strata and (2) employment of lessons learned into speculative design criteria in the form of a project.  Therefore, half of the program is conducted “in the field” (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday) and the other half “in the studio” (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). 

Seoul Studio offers two - 3 hr Arch electives, total 6 credits for the program:
(1) ARCH 4050/6050 - Measures and Mapping (3 Credit Hours)
(2) ARCH 4050/6050 - Urban Speculations (3 Credit Hours) 

The WEFT Wall: Ghana Design Build
[June 2017 – August 2017] Dates are Variable / 3.0 credit hours
Led by UNC Charlotte SoA Alumni Eddie Winn and Sam McPadden


In October of 2015, UNC Charlotte alumni Eddie Winn and Sam McPadden won a competition to design and build a small community art center in Ghana, Africa.  In June of 2017, they will travel to Ghana to build their proposal with the help of international volunteers and the NKA foundation.  The NKA foundation has done a few of these workshops in both Ghana and Tanzania.  Their design, based on the idea of weaving, will provide a space for community involvement, local artists to work and gather, and for community events to take place.  Students from UNC Charlotte are encouraged to participate and can gain independent study credit towards their degrees (ARCH 4890 / 6890).  For more information, please contact:

RIO 2017 Urban Design Global Studio: Hyper-density, Complexity and Verticality
[June – July 2017] 4 weeks / 6.0 credit hours
Led by Professor José Gamez

Rio de Janeiro

This interdisciplinary graduate program (MUD + LTAM) wraps up a 3-year initiative focusing upon differing global urban conditions within Rio de Janeiro with an emphasis upon the role of climate change in 21st century urbanism.  This program offers 6 credits of graduate coursework in Urban Design and Latin American Studies (3 credits of studio or independent study and 3 credits of urban topics seminar).

Past Study Abroad Programs