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Volterra

An international perspective will give you the ability to compete in an increasingly global profession, and provides a priceless opportunity where an entire country is your classroom.  Of our four complimentary hands-on curriculum themes, the one that students most often describe as “life-changing” is study abroad.  Students in all our programs have study abroad options that are fully integrated into the curriculum.  For our architecture students, we have two signature semester-long programs - a full exchange program with the Technical University of Warsaw, Poland, and a summer program at our own private facility in Volterra, Italy. 

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    Volterra, Italy

    There are multiple opportunites in Volterra Italy including semester, summer and workshop studies.

    The full semester of study in the hill-town of Volterra permits extensive interaction with the residents and provides a unique insight into their social, economic and political situation. Students live and work in our own private facility in Volterra, which makes the program very affordable.

    volterra_location Volterra is one of the finest hilltop towns tucked away in the heart of Tuscany, and is only a short distance from Florence 72 km (43 miles), Siena 50 km (30 miles), Pisa 64 km (38 miles), S.Gimignano 29 km (17 miles) and the Tyrrhenian coast. Volterra, 545 metres above sea level, dominates and divides the Cecina and Era valleys.

    alabaster studioThe hill upon which the city stands has been continuously inhabited for more than 3,000 years. The city has significant architectural monuments dating from the fourth century BC, onward. The current image of the city is still defined by the medieval layout, with winding streets, and well preserved defensive walls. The walls offer dramatic views of the surrounding landscape, on a clear day reaching as far as Pisa, or even the island of Corsica (70 miles away).

    Students typically travel throughout Europe for about two weeks before or after the program, and three additional trips are organized during their stay in Volterra to Florence, Siena and Rome. All program information is found at:

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    School of Architecture Technical University of Warsaw, Poland

    Academic exchange program

    The academic exchange program with the Technical University of Warsaw in Poland involves the annual exchange of ten-twelve students from each school for a term of study; classes are taken with professors from the visited school. The professor, who is also exchanged, teaches a design or visual communication studio to students from the host institution, as well as lectures about architectural issues in his or her home country

    The program was designed to ensure the maximum impact in both schools, not only for the participants but for the student body at large. Since its initiation in 1980, more than 300 students from each school have participated in the exchange.

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