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A Guide to Architecture Degrees Abroad

Earning your architecture degree abroad can be the first step on a lifelong adventure of designing and building your signature constructions all over the planet. Architecture is a highly unique field wherein the discipline itself may be universal, but the traditions and requirements of each given location can prove infinitely diverse and challenging. Where will you choose to begin your journey abroad?

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

Architecture is different from other academic disciplines in that it requires many years of training and preparation before you become qualified to enter the professional sector. Before it is all over you may have to earn multiple degrees in order to become certified as an architect; why not venture abroad for at least part of this journey? As an architect you will have to follow wherever the work is, and this often expands into the international sphere. An architecture degree abroad is thus the perfect way to lay the adequate global groundwork for a very bright future.


While factors such as the language barrier may obviously affect what type of architecture degree programs are available, the good news is that most fundamentals of the trade translate fluidly across international boundaries. This means that wherever you travel to learn the art, you can bring that knowledge and skillset with you anywhere else down the line.

Many of the most prestigious architecture schools in the world are currently located in East Asia. For example countries such as Taiwan, China, and Thailand all boast a handful of the most prestigious academies where you can earn your architecture degree abroad. The greater continent of Asia is also a rapidly developing region, meaning that architects are widely needed for construction projects of all different types.

While architecture schools in Western countries such as Italy, England, and the Netherlands can be equally prestigious, finding work immediately after graduation in these areas is generally much more competitive because most countries are already industrialized and so there is less demand to build. While you can certainly earn a high quality architecture degree abroad in Europe then for example, you may simultaneously be missing out on valuable networking opportunities where the bulk of the global work is in less developed regions.

Academics & Degrees

As you may have already realized as a budding architect, the degree system can be a bit complicated, as you wade through a diversity of different program requirements, specializations, and frameworks for accreditation. This can also be heightened by international differences in certification requirements, so do your research very thoroughly about what types of degree programs you will be applying to.  

As an undergraduate you can generally earn a B.A. or B.S. in architecture, but this can either be a professional degree or pre-professional degree based on the accreditation system of your host university. Most accredited professional degrees, which you will need to become licensed as an architect, take at least five years to complete (less however if you have already completed a pre-professional degree and are moving on to a Master’s).

Some specialized pre-professional architecture degrees abroad that many international students choose to pursue include degrees in civil engineering, environmental design, or otherwise specific architectural studies such as Islamic, Gothic, or Renaissance architecture. Earning a professional degree usually requires several years of academic enrollment between the graduate and postgraduate level, and gaining full licensure as an architect will also generally require an extensive period of internship on top of this.

Benefits & Challenges

Global Groundwork. Life as an architect can require a lot of movement, as you will often have to follow wherever the work is available. Developing a solid international network while earning your architecture degree abroad can be a hugely valuable base to work from.

Architect’s Choice. Is there any one place in the world that excites you because of its historical or modern architectural integrity? This is your chance to go anywhere on the planet that you find most fascinating or promising as a future architect.

Learn From Travel. Earning your architecture degree abroad is the perfect opportunity to travel the globe extensively and learn firsthand about a huge diversity of architectural styles and influences. Get ready for a grand world adventure!

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Master Transportation Design - IED Turin

The two-year Master course in Transportation Design is an advanced training programme designed for Italian and foreign professionals. It provides specific analytic, critical and methodological skills for the creation of innovative and stunning vehicles while developing a personal design style. Thanks to an on-going relationship with companies and design centres, it contributes to the creation o...


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Middlesex University, London UK

At Middlesex, no matter where in the world our students come from, we give them the tools and opportunities they need to make their own path to success, to grow as individuals and to stand out from their peers back at home. We offer a broad range of industry relevant courses and our academics draw on their experience and employ practical teaching techniques. We provide our students with the op...


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Mente Argentina: Master's and Graduate Degrees Program in Buenos Aires

Mente Argentina's Masters and Graduate Degrees Program may be the perfect program for someone interested in studying in a new culture. Through this international program students will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in thier career. Individuals can chose to study from some of the most renowned universities in the Country: Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Universidad Argen...


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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding a program in New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. TEAN is an official representative of the be...


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Degree Programs at The American University in Dubai (AUD)

The American University in Dubai (AUD) degree programs are supported by appropriate technology and facilities. AUD is also accredited by the Commission on Colleges (COC) of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Students' success in a chosen field of endeavor is, in our view, the ultimate test of the effectiveness of the educational experience offered by AUD.


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Degree Programs at the University of Westminster, London

The University of Westminster is a diverse and dynamic university located in the heart of London, England. With a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to educating for professional life, the university has a distinguished 175-year history. It offers a wide range of bachelors and masters courses, ranging from Business Management and International Relations to Conflict Resolution and Mus...


Master of Architectural Design

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BA: Interior Architecture, Fashion Design & Graphic Design

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ISA Study Abroad in Lille, France

Lille is a charming city in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of Northern France that has retained its exceptional Flemish heritage while offering the luxuries of a modern city. Lille was developed around the Deûle River and has been home to a number or political influences and cultures, many of which can still be seen on the façades of its ancient and eclectic architecture. Once an industrial hub,...


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American University of Beirut

The American University of Beirut has long been admired for the strength and breadth of its academic programs and its commitment to a broad-based liberal arts education. All entering undergraduate students are required to complete a number of general education courses that provide them with the opportunity to explore many different disciplines. The University's Faculties of Agricultural and Foo...


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Semester Study & Intern in SPAIN

This study abroad program is perfect for a student, with at minimum intermediate level Spanish skills, who wants an authentic study abroad experience. Away from the crowds of American students who study abroad in more popular destinations like Barcelona or Madrid, you will find yourself fully immersed in the language and culture. You will take classes at an accredited Spanish university and tak...


Furniture Design - Specializing Master

This master course intends to form knowledgeable designers of the most advanced models of relationship between the product development processes, market dynamics, and technological developments. It also intends to complete the training of professionals in research and development, marketing, and brand management in the furniture sector, offering them a better understanding of design...


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Study a Full Degree at Deakin University in Australia

Earn a degree at a top-ranked university while expanding your horizons and opportunities through an international study experience! Whether you’re pursuing an undergraduate degree or a PhD, Deakin University has a wide range of study options awaiting international students. We offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, all taught in world-class facilities and informed by the latest resea...


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Cappex: American Scholarships

Cappex partners with universities in the U.S.A. to recruit international students and offer them guaranteed scholarships if accepted. Come to AmericanScholarships to get your scholarship matches and apply to multiple universities with a single, free online application. Cappex is the U.S.A. leader in helping students find the right college, apply for admission and discover scholarships. C...


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Degree Programs at UNSW - Australia

Enroll at UNSW, one of the leading research and teaching institutions in Australia. The University has been consistently ranked among the world's top 100 universities. Students can take courses from the following disciplines: - Arts & Social Sciences - Art & Design - Business School - Built Environment - Law - Engineering - Science - Medicine UNSW is renowned for its innovative wor...