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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.

2014 HONG KONG_Facade Tectonics
[June 1-18, 2014]

Led by Prof. Kyounghee Kim

This two-and-a-half week study abroad program will be based in Hong Kong, a city rich in high performance building, innovative facade design and cultural heritage.  Students will explore the tectonics of high performance facades in urban settings, both within Hong Kong and neighboring cities via high speed rail to Guangzhou and Shenzen.  Highlights include buildings by Norman Foster, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Zaha Hadid, OMA, KPF, SOM, IM Pei and Cesar Pelli.  Students will also visit a number of cultural sites and built heritage to better understand how historic facades have been preserved and how they have influenced the evolution of some of the most significant contemporary building facades in the world.  As part of this study, students will also travel to highly regarded manufacturing plants to see first hand the processes of material fabrication, building assembly methods, and façade technologies.
2014 ROME_Surveying the City
[May 19-June 20]

Led by Profs. Jeff Balmer, Chris Beorkrem, Eric Sauda, Jim Frakes, and Aspen Hochhalter

"Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life... Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome." – Goethe

ROME 2014: Surveying the City will spend five weeks based in the historic center of Rome. As with our previous program in the Eternal City, ROME 2014 will provide a collaborative effort between the School of Architecture and the Dept. of Art & Art History. For 2014, we are adding to this disciplinary mix with our ongoing project, VAIROMA, in collaboration with the UNC Charlotte VIsCenter research team, headed up by Chair Bill Ribarsky. Students will engage with one of the most culturally resonant urban environments in the world, learning from this city, examining it directly while immersed in daily on-site lectures, and observing, drawing & encountering Rome at close range, over a sustained period of time.  Students will benefit directly from the knowledge and experience of faculty who have taught in Rome for over two decades, as well as world-reknown guest lecturers. Without a doubt, ROME 2014 is an opportunity not be missed.
2015: India_Historical and Contemporary Architecture + Urbanism
[Dates of Travel: TBA]
Led by Prof. Peter Wong with Manoj Kesavan
A unique opportunity in a part of the world as yet unexplored by students at the School of Architecture.  This program will collaborate with the University of Ahmedabad. (5 weeks, 6 credits).  Details will be announced at a later date.

2016: Rome_Surveying the City
[Dates of Travel: TBA]
Led by Profs. Jeff Balmer, Chris Beorkrem, Eric Sauda, Jim Frakes, and Aspen Hochhalter

An interdisciplinary and collaborative study abroad program between faculty and students across three academic units, in architecture, art and computer science. (5 weeks, 6 credits).  Details will be announced at a later date.


Past Study Abroad Programs