Anna McCuan hikes the Pyrenees Mountains during her Barcelona Studio semester in the Spring of 2020.

International Education

International Education

Georgia Tech offers more than 80 exchange programs and more than 50 programs led by its own faculty, sending 1500+ students abroad each year.  All students in the School of Architecture are encouraged to engage in international studies, and undergraduates should consider participating in Georgia Tech's International Plan, an intensive, degree-long program designed to prepare graduates professionally and personally for successful lives in the global environment of the twenty-first century.

Tech Moving Forward

As the Georgia Tech community phases in a return to in-person teaching, learning, and working, we will be here every step of the way, providing safety guidelines, information, and updates.

For all information about the Fall 2020 semester, including updates about international education programs, please refer to the "Tech Moving Forward" resource page.

Georgia Tech: A Leader in International Education

Georgia Tech is a leader in the percentage of its students who study abroad (52% for undergraduates) and the School of Architecture encourages all of its students to consider a study abroad experience.  The cultural exposure you will gain, the flexibility you will experience, and the confidence you will build while abroad are critical components of the strongest, most advanced preparation for architectural practice and research you can obtain.

Your Opportunities with the School of Architecture

The School sponsors several international programs that are organized and led by its own faculty and also provides advising and mentoring for students considering other programs hosted by Georgia Tech or offered by other institutions. 

The Georgia Tech Architecture programs fall into several categories:  three of them are primarily undergraduate programs and one is primary a graduate program; three of them are summer programs and one operates during the academic year.  All offer twelve credit hours of study or more, thus comprising full-time enrollment for the same tuition one would pay in Atlanta. Travel, lodging, and food expenses are additional.

Students in the Spring 2020 Barcelona studio go on a group hike.

Architecture Undergraduate International Studio 

The Architecture Undergraduate International Studio provides undergraduate architecture majors with a faculty-led semester abroad, eleven weeks in an exciting design-oriented city, where, to a large degree, the city is the classroom.  The Junior/Senior-level vertical design studio is supported by three elective courses, each focused on a different scale:  the City, the Building, and the Hand.  This spring, the program is based in Barcelona.

Students walking with their suitcases in an airport ready to begin their international education experience.

GT Exchange Program

The GT Exchange Program urges its majors to consider a truly immersive experience studying at an institution abroad for either a semester (ideally, the spring semester of junior year) or a year.  In addition to or as an alternative to participation in a Georgia Tech faculty-led program, enrollment in a foreign university brings with it greater exposure to another culture, more foreign language practice, and the opportunity to build confidence living and working in another country. 

Students visit the Parthenon on the 2019 Art and Architecture in Greece and Italy international education program.

Greece-Italy Study Abroad Program

The Greece-Italy Study Abroad Program was initiated over twenty years ago. Since 1993, Georgia Tech’s Architectonics in Greece and Italy program has introduced works of art and architecture from the Classical Greek, Roman, Renaissance and Baroque world to undergraduate and graduate students from all over the Institute. The program is open to all majors; taught entirely on-site with no classrooms; takes place over seven weeks of travel throughout Greece and Italy; and covers four courses in the History of Art and Architecture for twelve semester credit hours.

Exterior of the Design Develop Build project Guga S’Thebe Children’ Theater, Langa, Cape Town, South Africa

Design Develop Build Program

The Design Develop Build Program, offered to date in South Africa and Ghana, centers on understanding a place and its people for the humanitarian purpose of providing low-cost, efficient architecture that serves unmet community needs.  Students experience the realization of architecture from pre-design and conceptualization studios through construction on site, engaging materials, production schedules, financing, and cost control as part of the process.

Taipei skyline image by Remi Yuan on Unsplash

International Urban Design Studio

The International Urban Design Studio is a joint studio for graduate and undergraduate students in architecture and planning. The studio is conducted at Georgia Tech with a field trip during spring break to the project site, combined with a collaborative workshop with a local architecture and planning school. Recent projects have been in China, India and Taiwan. Open to all graduate students in Architecture, Urban Design, and City Planning. 

Group photo of students on the Modern Architecture in the Modern City program in Paris, Summer 2019

Modern Architecture and the Modern City Program

The Modern Architecture and the Modern City Program concentrates on celebrated works of architecture in their equally successful urban contexts.  Students live in five cities (which may include Barcelona, Berlin, Copenhagen, Paris, Rotterdam, or others) and visit dozens of significant modern and contemporary sites representing avant-garde design ideas.

Tokyo Skyline photo from Unsplash by Ryo Yoshitake

Tokyo Smart City Studio

The Tokyo Smart City Studio in Spring 2019 investigates one of Tokyo’s central city redevelopment sites. The project aims to develop a smart and ecologically sound community as a pilot project to demonstrate how a smart urban community is designed, evaluated, and implemented in Japan by incorporating experts and stakeholders in the areas of urban design and modeling, urban analytics for big data, IoT (Internet of Things) technology, smart home, smart mobility, eco urban performance evaluation, and green finance industry.

Michelle Rinehart and students stand in front of the Shanghai skyline

Tongji University-Georgia Tech Exchange Program

The Tongji University-Georgia Tech Exchange Program is a two-semester program of study that prepares Master of Architecture and Master of City and Regional Planning students for global practice. Architecture students earn an accredited Master of Architecture degree from Tongji University, while City and Regional Planning students earn a Master of Urban Planning degree from Tongji University. 

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