Summer 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.

[ May 26-June 30 ] 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) 

RIO 2017 Urban Design Global Studio: Hyper-density, Complexity and Verticality
[June 3-July 2, 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).

CHETICAMP, NOVA SCOTIA 2017: Thinking While Doing
[May 15-July 3]
Led by Professor Greg Snyder

Cheticamp, Nova Scotia

A five-year research project funded through the Canadian Research Council, Thinking While Doing brings together students and faculty from four universities - UNC Charlotte, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Arizona, and University of Dalhousie, Halifax - to investigate design/build as a mode of architectural education. The 2017 team will construct a gridshell structure for the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.


Past Study Abroad Programs