Study Abroad


Student looks out over Korean city holding KU flag

The School of Architecture & Design offers a variety of study abroad programs for students in all of the School’s degree programs. These include internships abroad and summer and winter break options with KU faculty. Most students are able to fulfill graduation requirements and maintain progress toward their degree while studying abroad. All of these study abroad programs carry academic credit.

Where Can I Study?

Some past and current locations include Singapore, India, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Cuba, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Costa Rica, South Korea, and China. The University offers programs in approximately 70 countries throughout the world. For more information about the different programs, visit the Office of Study Abroad or contact us at arcd@ku.edu

How to Select Your Program 

You can participate in many programs as soon as the summer or winter break after your freshman year. If you are planning to study abroad for a semester please check with your area of study. Programs are available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Design Study Abroad

Row of German buildings with a market in front

Spring in Trier, Germany

KU students take classes alongside their International counterparts (students from around the world study at Trier) and have the opportunity to take a wide range of design classes from the mainstream to the experimental.
Row of colorful buildings in Havana

Design and Culture in Cuba

Participants will research how our perceived ideas of Cuba, developed through media (news, books, films, TV, tourism advertising, and propaganda), compare with the reality of place. We will study architecture, design and culture through city tours, museum visits, and adventures with locals in both Cuba and Miami.
Colosseum in Rome

Documentary Drawing in Italy

This study abroad program is an exploration in observational location drawing. Students will learn the fundamental ways to see and record the world around them in sketchbooks while using variety of materials. This course is designed to help students develop skills of visual observation, mark making and storytelling.
Wide image of the Paris

Photography in London & Paris

This program is a multi-dimensional experience that will not only focus on the creation and study of photographs but will expose participants to European art movements, architecture, culture, and food. We will focus on the cities of London and Paris, as well as significant surrounding sites, both known for their historic importance and world centers of contemporary photography.