Study Abroad

students tour the city of Madrid on a summer study abroad program.

Whether testing ideas in Madrid or engaging the built landscape of Tokyo, the School of Architecture and Planning offers a wide range of life-changing study abroad and travel opportunities. Options include exchange programs, summer study abroad as well as research-specific and course-related travel opportunities both domestic and abroad.

Summer Study Abroad Programs

Led by our faculty, global summer studios offer in-studio and on-site experiences that engage buildings, cities, and countries with striking natural, constructed, and cultural landscapes. Summer abroad participants can graduate early and prepare for careers in an increasingly global field.

  • Costa Rica
    This 10-week summer course of study is designed to offer students the opportunity to live and work on ecological and social projects in a rural, but rapidly developing region in Costa Rica. 
  • Estonia
    This immersive summer study course for undergraduate and graduate students in urban planning, architecture, and other disciplines offers students a three-week study abroad experience in Estonia. Taking European and Baltic cities as examples, the course examines the built environment, natural environment, and social environment of Estonia, giving special consideration to national policy and local initiatives in a post-Socialist context, since Estonia was part of the Soviet Union until its disintegration in 1991.
  • Ireland
    It is the intent of the Dublin, Ireland study abroad program to investigate the myriad forces at work in contemporary architectural practice by studying both urban and coastal environments.
  • Japan (Summer)
    The Japan study abroad program is designed to reinforce direct personal observation and experience as a way to study the architecture, urbanity, culture and history of Japan. The program is divided into both urban and rural experiences. While Tokyo is the home-base, the program will include at least 3 weeks of travel to rural areas to study Japan’s significant historical traditions, in addition to a week-long excursion via high-speed rail to visit several of Japan’s most important historical and culturally significant architectural sites. Locations include; Ise, Nara, Kyoto, Kobe, Himeji, Kurashiki, Naoshima, Teshima, and Hiroshima.
  • Spain
    The Spain summer study abroad program involves architecture students with the context and production of Spanish architecture and its practitioners. 

Exchange Programs

Our exchange programs allow students to complete a semester of coursework while immersed in the local culture and environment.

  • Aarhus, Denmark
    The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, and the School of Architecture (Arkitektskolen i Aarhus) in Aarhus, Denmark, have a formal agreement outlining an exchange program for students and faculty.
  • Bauhaus (Weimar)
    The international exchange program with the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar enables students to spend up to one year studying abroad in Weimar, Germany.