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!
Alexander Dolan (’12), DIS Copenhagen in Spring 2011
Where did you study abroad? I studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. However during my stay in Europe I was able to travel to 15 different countries.
What was the best thing about studying abroad? Cultural immersion, I was able to experience different ways of life, participate in fascinating cultural festivities, and meet people from all over the world.
How did this enrich to your PhilaU experience? It gave me a global perspective of the field of architecture and design. I realized that to truly understand any type of design you must experience it.
What’s next for you? Graduate school.
Gabrielle Kemberling (’12), UARC, Rome in Fall 2010
Where did you study abroad? I studied in Rome, Italy at University of Arkansas Rome Center.
What was the best thing about studying abroad? The best thing about studying abroad was experiencing different cultures and a different way of living. Studying there for an extended period of time allows you to truly experience and immerse yourself in the culture instead of just visiting and being an outsider as one might on a short vacation.
The other amazing perk to studying abroad was seeing and visiting pieces of history that have been around for thousands of years. It is a history that is not seen here in America and to see these magnificent structures that we have only seen pictures of is simply mind-blowing.
How did this enrich to your PhilaU experience? This has allowed me to be a better student and person by opening my eyes to the diversity of the world and the importance of experiencing different places and cultures. It has provided me with experience and knowledge that I have been able to relate to many situations both in class and in everyday life.
What’s next for you? Traveling and studying abroad has only strengthened my desire to travel… [A]fter school I am hoping to work abroad for a period of time, most likely somewhere in the UK. Study abroad has changed my life in ways I never expected and I would highly recommend to anyone, especially anyone studying in the Architecture field.