International Programs

Architecture: Academic Programs

Host Institutions
  • Chile: The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC)
  • Denmark: Denmark's International Study Program (DIS), an affiliate of the University of Copenhagen

  • Germany: Universität Stuttgart
  • Italy: CSU Florence Study Center
  • Mexico: Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), campus Querétaro
The Program in Chile

Chile stretches along the South American coast. In the east, the Andes Mountains provide a natural border with Argentina and Bolivia. Santiago is Chile's capital and is located in the middle of the country. The old downtown remains the heart of the city, but one can still get a glimpse of Santiago by wandering through the pedestrian thoroughfares that lead to the old Plaza de Armas.

All participants take 15 units per semester, consisting of regular offerings at the PUC, supplemented by language support courses designed for visiting international students. In addition, all IP students take an interdisciplinary course in Chilean culture. All instruction is in Spanish.

Students with advanced Spanish language proficiency can enroll in architecture courses for the year at the PUC, Campus Lo Contador. See:

The Program in Denmark

Denmark's capital, Copenhagen, has been the home of Danish kings and queens since the 1400s and is graced with an array of towers, castles and parks. The spirit of the royal city has been maintained with many well-preserved buildings, old winding streets, open squares and relatively few high-rise structures. In recent years, a number of important cultural and commercial buildings have been erected, such as the Royal Library and the Danish Design Center. It is a sophisticated yet friendly city.

The program is arranged by Denmark's International Study Program (DIS), an affiliate of the University of Copenhagen. Architecture courses are supplemented by instruction in the Danish language. The program includes study tours. Details of the academic program are provided in the IP Bulletin.

The Program in Germany

Germany's central location is Europe and its vibrant cultural life has made it attractive to students from around the world. IP is affiliated with the German state of Baden-Württemberg, in southwest Germany. It is the third largest state in Germany and one of the most economically powerful with a focus on research and development.

Students with advanced German language proficiency can enroll in architecture courses for the entire academic year at the University of Stuttgart. Students less proficient in the language concentrate their studies on German language during the fall semester at the University of Tübingen and then, provided that they have made sufficient progress, enroll in architecture courses in Stuttgart spring semester.

The Program in Italy

Creative energy and genius have characterized the history of the Italian peninsula for centuries. Florence retains much of its Renaissance character thanks to careful preservation and planning. The works of artists, thinkers, and writers such as Dante, de Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, Petrarch, and Raphael represents the city's rich cultural history.

IP, through its own study center in Florence, provides academic programs exclusively for CSU students. Though affiliated with the University of Florence, the study center has its own faculty and is administered by the resident director and local staff. Each year about 100 CSU students study in Florence in one of five academic concentrations: Architecture, Art History, Studio Art, Social Sciences, Literature or History and Classics.

The year begins in late August with a required eight-week Preparatory Language Program (PLP). Architecture students also enroll in Figure Drawing for Architects (1 unit). During the academic year, students must enroll in a minimum of 15 units per semester. Architecture courses are supplemented by mandatory Italian language instruction and electives. Three levels of Italian language are offered each term. All students also take Italian Conservation during the fall semester.

The Program in Mexico

Querétaro, a city of approximately 800,000, lies about 125 miles north of Mexico City in the heart of Mexico. One of the most well-known and beautiful colonial cities in Mexico, UNESCO has named it a World Cultural Heritage Site. It is located near the ancient capitals of the Aztecs and the Toltecs and is growing as an important business and industrial center.

The program is held at the Querétaro campus of the Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), also know as "the Tec." Students with proficiency in Spanish may enroll in architecture courses for the entire academic year. Students less proficient in Spanish enroll in Spanish language classes during the fall semester and then, provided that they have made sufficient progress, take architecture courses during the spring semester. Detailed information about the architecture program is available on their Web site.