The School of Architecture strongly encourages study abroad experiences for our students for the valuable perspective gained through immersion in another culture and language.

Study abroad enables a student to be exposed to architectural subjects not readily available at Carnegie Mellon, allowing them the opportunity to study architecture directly in an indigenous context. Please visit the Office of International Education for more information about studying abroad.

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In the past, School of Architecture students have attended study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Chile, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland, Singapore, Spain, and Switzerland. 

Study abroad can fall into four categories:

  1. Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Summer Study Abroad Studios, in which a studio and school elective are taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty.

  2. Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture Exchange Programs which last either one semester or a full academic year.

  3. University Sponsored Programs, where students pay the regular Carnegie Mellon tuition plus room and board, and retain their eligibility for financial aid.

  4. Students may also independently find other study abroad programs occurring in the second semester of their fourth-year.


Architecture Exchange

Like other schools and departments at Carnegie Mellon, the School of Architecture conducts an officially recognized exchange program for fourth- and fifth-year students to study abroad.

Students may attend programs at the following institutes for one semester or an entire school year:

National University of Singapore
Acknowledged as one of the finest universities in the Asia-Pacific region, NUS is a comprehensive university that offers a broad-based curriculum underscored by a multidisciplinary courses and cross-faculty enrichment. It has 11 faculties, with an enrollment of more than 23,000 undergraduates and 9,000 graduate students. The Student Exchange Program (SEP) provides students from NUS Partner Universities the opportunity to study for as long as two semesters at NUS. NUS is a leading English language University situated in the exciting city-state of Singapore.

Students in the School of Architecture can attend NUS for up to one year, which would occur during the fourth year.

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
The range of courses includes studies for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in architecture, civil engineering and environmental engineering, postgraduate course cycles, and doctoral programs. The originality of teaching lies in the establishment of links between the disciplines in order to provide students with the tools required to design and build together. The disciplines united in the faculty are called upon to produce innovative solutions that enable them to face up to the most important challenge of our time: guaranteeing a sustainable environment. This multi-faceted field requires long-term research at a multidisciplinary and international level. This research is conducted in terms of a creative interaction between art, science and engineering.

The range of courses includes studies for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in architecture, civil engineering and environmental engineering, postgraduate course cycles, and doctoral programs. The originality of teaching lies in the establishment of links between the disciplines in order to provide students with the tools required to design and build together. The disciplines united in the faculty are called upon to produce innovative solutions that enable them to face up to the most important challenge of our time: guaranteeing a sustainable environment. This multi-faceted field requires long-term research at a multidisciplinary and international level. This research is conducted in terms of a creative interaction between art, science and engineering.

Students of the School of Architecture can attend the EPFL for one full year of study. Students will go abroad their fourth year and are required to have a working knowledge of the French language before they depart.