In their fourth year of study, qualified students may choose to pursue study abroad in English at one of two exciting locations. The Program participates in a consortium of architecture programs at the University of Arkansas Rome Center (UARC), which is housed in a sprawling palace in Rome’s historic center. There, they interact with American and Italian architecture students in absorbing the lessons of the “Eternal City.” Some students elect to join the international student body at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, headquartered in the bustling core of Scandinavia’s design mecca.
Both programs require design studio and related courses that assist students in getting the maximum exposure to the architectural and cultural riches of these European capitals. In addition, extensive travel itineraries permit students to see many other significant locations. It’s a chance of a lifetime!
In Rome. I also traveled to many locations within Italy as well as Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Denmark, and Spain.
It’s really hard to sum up the last four months -- new experiences, friendships, learning, and of course, all of the fun that has taken place over the course of the semester. I think that the best way to share this experience is to share the visual notes – photographs and sketches which help to express what I experienced. Studying in another country makes you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world but helps you see the difference that you can make in it.
When going home to the United States, to Philadelphia, I was able to take this experience and use what I learned to influence the way I see and experience life in my city.
After having lived in a foreign place, it opens up the possibility to living and working outside of where I had originally pictured myself.
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