International Immersion in Barcelona | Full Academic Year
We offer an opportunity for international immersion through our year-long program at the Technical University of Catalunya in Barcelona (UPC). Our exchange with School of Architecture at Valles (ETSAV) enables seniors at the Illinois School of Architecture to spend one year in residence in Barcelona and to integrate into ETSAV studios and classrooms. Each year ETSAV students also join the academic life of the Illinois School of Architecture.
ETSAV is located in Sant Cugat, a well-to-do small urban center at the outskirts of Barcelona. Sant Cugat is well served by entertainment, shopping, and sports facilities, and boasts good parks and hospitals. It also has a well-preserved historic center with a medieval monastery, now converted into a museum of local history and art. San Cugat is an important hub where a large number of technology companies, cultural and financial services, as well as educational institutions are located.
Sant Cugat is separated from Barcelona by Serra de Collserola. However, it is only 15 minutes by train from downtown Barcelona and it is connected with the city center by the S1 or S2 trains that run every six minutes. An excellent transportation network connects Barcelona to other destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe.
ETSAV was founded in 1974. It is housed in a bright modern building and is located near the trains to downtown Barcelona. Like the architecture curricula at the Illinois School of Architecture, ETSAV closely integrates aesthetic and technical aspects of architectural design. ETSAV is also recognized for its outstanding program in sustainable architecture as well as its urbanism, history, and theory programs.
The Illinois School of Architecture currently offers three primary semester-long or summer international exchange opportunities for graduate students and upper-level undergraduates.
Stockholm – Our international exchange with KTH Royal Institute of Technology enables graduate students and faculty to participate in classes, studios, and research at Sweden’s premier technical university.
Munich – Our spring exchange program with the Fakultät f. Architektur of the Technische Universität München (TUM) enables Illinois School of Architecture graduate students to take studios and seminars at one of the leading German schools of architecture.
Shanghai – Upper-level undergraduates and graduate students take advantage of our international study program in China in cooperation with Tongji University in Shanghai.
Each year faculty develop studio projects on a range of international sites, often connected to organizations and universities in those locations. These studios give students the opportunity to address architectural problems in a variety of cultural contexts. They also offer the potential to visit other countries and engage with students and faculty from universities around the globe. Some recent studio sites include:
São Tomé and Príncipe