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Architecture/ENVD Major Guide

Environmental Design Study Abroad Guide

Study Abroad Quick Facts

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CU-Boulder Study Abroad offers over 400 programs in over 70 countries! You can go abroad for a semester, year or summer (the latter ranges from 2-12 weeks). In addition to taking classes abroad, you can choose an internship or volunteer program (or combine classes with internship or volunteer options)! Please visit the following web pages for more information and to get started.

  • To start researching options and to learn about next steps, visit the Getting Started page.
  • Academic Information provides more details about courses, credits, and grades.
  • The Finances page provides extensive information regarding program costs, billing, financial aid, and scholarships.
  • Answers to most other questions not answered in this guide can be found here.

General Advice for Environmental Design Students Going Abroad

  • On any CU-Boulder program that offers ENVD coursework, you can take courses in theory, history, systems, environmental design, graphics, and other areas. These courses may fulfill certain college requirements, or they may count as ENVD electives.
  • Courses in Humanities and Social Sciences are commonly offered on study abroad programs. Students can often fulfill one or two non-ENVD electives while abroad, in combination with ENVD coursework.
  • It is possible to fulfill Studio 3, 4, or 5 credit on most programs.
  • Don’t miss the growing list of over 6,000 courses pre-approved for various majors!

Planning and When to Go


  • Talk to your academic advisor and start planning for study abroad!
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  • Study abroad during sophomore year is less common, but absolutely possible.
  • Before going abroad on a full-semester or year-long program, ARCH students should take all core requirements and Studio 1 and 2, and all ENVD students should take the following courses: ENVD 1004, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2100, and 3210.
  • Summer programs and faculty-led programs are available to students after their first year of study!


  • Full-semester programs are available to students starting in their third year; for this reason, students are encouraged to go abroad during their third year. However, there may be opportunities for students to study abroad during their fourth year as well.


  • The first semester of your senior year is also a possible study abroad term; work closely with your advisor to ensure that you can complete all requirements. If you study abroad during your senior year, be sure that you know when the credits may be transcripted, as this can delay your official graduation date.

Summers in between

  • If you are unable to study abroad for a full semester, participation on a summer program is a great alternative!

Getting Courses Approved

  • Remember to first check the pre-approvals lists for major/minor and A&S core (over 6,000 courses total)!
  • To submit additional major/minor courses for review, you will work with your Academic Advisor. You can view more information about the process here.

Recommended Programs

Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW)

  • Study at a prestigious Australian university while living in the vibrant city of Sydney!
  • Courses offered in Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, Traditional Architecture, and more!
  • Students may take Studio 3 credit and may petition for studio 4 or additional studio credit.

Copenhagen, Denmark: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)

  • Semester and summer program available
  • Courses taught in English - no prior knowledge of Danish required
  • Experience a charming and dynamic city with plenty of cultural and social opportunities
  • Take part in pre-arranged study tours that explore design in various European locations
  • Option to live with a Danish host family or with Danish students
  • Complete Studio 3 credit or, with prior faculty approval, Studio 4 or special studio credit. Other courses may be applied towards methods, theory, design, or history.

Rome, Italy: Urban Site Analysis and Design (faculty-led summer global seminar)

  • Learn about urban design in the heart of Italy's ancient city of Rome
  • Visit the famous area of Rome called Ostia Antica and participate in other excursions around Rome
  • Take a 6-credit studio with Professor John Barbour, senior instructor in Environmental Design at CU-Boulder and a 3-credit course taught by an Italian faculty called "Layers of Rome"
  • Earn 9 total credits that count as your praxis requirement

Prague, Czech Republic: Global Architecture & Design (CIEE)

  • Study at the Architectural Institute of Prague (ARCHIP), the first international school of its kind with students representing nearly 20 nationalities
  • Take part in the Future Cities Design Studio, which features an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Explore a range architectural styles at sites including the historical halls of Charles University, Prague Castle, Old Town, and more
  • Earn studio and/or praxis credit

Berlin, Germany: Global Architecture & Design (CIEE)

  • Take part in the Future Cities Design Studio, which features an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Study at Spreefeld on Berlin’s riverside, a unique experiment of cooperative self-organization and community participation, to learn about its innovative combination of private and public spaces, temporary and permanent projects, and urban farming and culture
  • Enjoy excursions to architectural sites throughout Germany, including Moritzplatz, a new creative center in Berlin, and Betahaus, a co-working space for the creative industries
  • Earn studio and/or praxis credit

Barcelona, Spain: Architecture & Design (CIEE)

  • Study architecture and design in a dynamic European metropolis
  • Understand the role that culture plays in architecture and design
  • Enjoy a bicultural and multilingual life in Catalonia, one of Spain's most vivacious and prosperous regions
  • Earn studio and/or praxis credit

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