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Semester Away

Study Away Experiences

The Department of Architecture encourages global and industry perspectives by including a mandatory semester-long (fall or spring) study away experience in the undergraduate program. This experience includes study abroad, reciprocal exchanges, and internship opportunities. Graduate students may also participate in Semester 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. The College of Architecture Study Abroad website provides additional information and programs satisfying the study away requirement. All sophomore students must attend a one-credit hour semester away informational class (CARC 481) in the spring semester before 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 allows students to immerse themselves in the Italian culture while taking courses that satisfy design curriculum requirements. 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 Catalunya's Spanish region, 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, students travel to a large number of European destinations by using its centrally located train station or its state-of-the-art airport. The semester-long programs allow students to enjoy one of Europe's cultural capitals while working with architects in Spain and taking courses satisfying undergraduate and graduate curriculum requirements. Although Spanish language instruction is part of the curriculum, the course delivery is in English.

Reciprocal Exchanges

Several international reciprocal exchange agreements between Texas A&M and other universities worldwide provide fall and spring international study opportunities. 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 must find their internship and negotiate the terms and conditions of their internship with the employer. Approval by the College of Architecture's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs must be obtained before beginning an internship.

Other Opportunities

Students may also present proposals for study to the College of Architecture's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.