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Texas A&M University College of Architecture

Semester Away

Study Away Experiences

Global perspectives are encouraged by a mandatory semester long (fall or spring) study away experience in the undergraduate program. This experience includes study abroad, study away from the Texas A&M campus and internship opportunities. Graduate students may also participate in study away programs.

Study Abroad

The majority of undergraduate students in the Department of Architecture elect to study abroad, participating in the College of Architecture's Italy or Spain programs. Additional information and programs satisfying the study away requirement can be found at the College of Architecture Study Abroad website. All sophomore students are required to attend a one-credit hour semester away informational class (CARC 481) in the spring semester prior to their study away.


The College of Architecture offers a program in the Tuscan hill town of Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. The town, located south of Florence, is accessible to the rest of Italy by train. The semester-long program provides students with an opportunity to live and study abroad while taking courses that satisfy design curriculum requirements. The town of Castiglion Fiorentino offers a typical Italian small-town environment encouraging exploration and social interaction.


The College of Architecture offers an interdisciplinary program in Barcelona, Spain. Located in the Spanish region of Catalunya, Barcelona is an exciting city with a long history of innovation in building construction and design. Rich in historic sites, Barcelona also offers a large number of contemporary buildings that merit study. From Barcelona it is possible to travel to a large number of European destinations by making use of its centrally located train station or its state-of-the-art airport. The semester-long programs provides students an opportunity to enjoy one of the cultural capitals of Europe while taking courses satisfying undergraduate and graduate curriculum requirements. Spanish language instruction is part of the curriculum, though courses are taught in English.

Reciprocal Exchanges

A number of international reciprocal exchange agreements between Texas A&M and other universities around the world provide opportunities for fall and spring international study. Due to the reciprocal nature of these programs, students pay tuition at Texas A&M University.


Internships provide exposure to the discipline of architecture with work experience and can fulfill the semester away requirement. Students are required to find his or her internship, and negotiate the terms and conditions of their internship with the employer. Approval by the College of Architecture's Assistant Dean for International Programs and Initiatives must be obtained prior to the beginning an internship.

Other Opportunities

Other opportunities for study away experiences will be discussed during the CARC 481 informational class. Students may also present proposals for study to the College of Architecture's Associate Dean for International Programs and Initiatives.