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The University of Maryland Architecture Design Studio Program

UMD ARCH Architecture RGBThis program provides students at the junior level of the undergraduate program and graduate students in the Maryland-in-Florence Architecture program an opportunity to live, study, and discover the unique architecture, urbanism, landscape, art, history and culture of Florence, Italy. The program is open only to degree-seeking students who are enrolled in one of the School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s pre-professional, professional, or post-professional programs in architecture. The studio courses and electives are taught by practitioners and academics who deliver an approved curriculum that is substantially equivalent to Maryland’s program in College Park, with the significant exception that the courses are taught and explored through an Italian context. Credits awarded in the program are recorded as University of Maryland courses and credit hours, so there is no need to apply for transfer of credits. Periodically faculty members from College Park visit the program in Florence to provide perspective and ensure continuity of instruction.

Participants are required to enroll in the following courses:

  • Design Studio (6 credits)
  • Survey and Drawing: Mapping Florence Architecture (3 credits)
  • Italian Language: The Florence Experience (4 credits)
  • Approved History/Theory Elective (3 credits)

Students in this program also interact with other University of Maryland students in the Maryland-in-Florence program as well as students from other institutions, thereby broadening their academic and extracurricular experiences. Education Abroad and the Architecture Program both offer numerous financial and scholarship opportunities to assist students who apply to this program.

For more information about this program visit the program’s web page.