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Travel Abroad

International travel courses are an essential part of the course offerings within Taubman College, granting students the prospect of visiting other countries while gaining access to facilities, groups and individuals that might otherwise be closed to them.

The college has established partnerships and faculty exchanges with other architecture programs around the world in order to promote a global cross-cultural exchange. Courses are selected, organized, and directed by individual faculty members who have an interest in a particular country, region, or city. This diversity of interests leads courses not just to the traditional locations of Europe but to the villages and global cities of the developing world-and provides each group of students with exciting and unique educational, research, and service opportunities.

Architecture

International design studios are available to undergraduate architecture students in their junior year and all graduate students during the spring or summer half term. Additionally, architecture studios may travel to locations within the United States. Recent locations have been as diverse as Los Angeles, Chicago, camping in northern Michigan, and visiting Donald Judd’s installations in Marfa, Texas. Some non-studio courses also offer international travel opportunities.

The Master of Urban Design Program believes that experiencing urbanism at a variety of scales is fundamental to learning and practice. In addition to the American cities listed below, the program's studios have engaged Venice, Italy and the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Rize, where the program has been involved in sponsored projects.

Faculty and students visit cities and towns across the U.S.A. as part of studios and seminars to help sustain research into an array of urban morphologies. Because sprawl is an increasingly important global issue, suburbs and low- and medium-density cities are included among program trips. 

In addition, M.U.D. students may choose the international studio option during the spring half term to satisfy their elective requirement. Past and planned locations for international studios include:

  • Brazil
  • Czech Republic
  • China
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand

Urban Planning

International studios are an important part of the Urban and Regional Planning Program's course offerings, granting students the prospect of visiting other countries while gaining access to facilities, groups and individuals that might otherwise be closed to them. The college has established partnerships and faculty exchanges with other architecture programs around the world in order to promote a global cross-cultural exchange. Studios are selected, organized, and directed by individual faculty members who have an interest in a particular country, region, or city. This diversity of interests leads studios not just to the traditional locations of Europe but to the villages and global cities of the developing world-and provides each group of students with exciting and unique educational, research, and service opportunities.

U-M International Center

Visit the UM International Center website for information on additional travel opportunities available to students of Taubman College.