Inside SCI-Arc

Study Abroad

Each year, SCI-Arc students are offered the opportunity to participate in one-semester traveling studios with other institutes and universities around the world. Among the schools with which SCI-Arc has established exchange programs:

Tokyo Study-Abroad

While in Japan, students take a full semester's worth of courses, including a SCI-Arc studio with a site in Tokyo and a project that directly engages many of the contemporary urban issues present in the great city. Students also interact with Japanese architecture students and attend lectures by Japanese faculty, as well as participate in visits to important historic and contemporary works of art and architecture throughout Japan. After a final review in Tokyo, students present their work to faculty and peers during the final week of studio reviews in Los Angeles.

International Institute of Architecture, Vico Morcote

The program is based in a villa in the medieval hill town of Vico Morcote in Ticino, the Italian-speaking canton of southern Switzerland known for its modern and post-modern architecture. The program takes advantage of its location in the center of Europe: guided architectural tours to destinations including Berlin, Rotterdam, Prague, Barcelona, Paris, Urbino and Siena are an essential part of the curriculum, along with guest lectures, panel discussions and films.

Milan Study-Abroad Program

Organized more like a series of field trips than typical academic seminars, the course follows the development of design fields through a series of site visits to world leading Italian and American designer studios and cities that shaped the design field at large in the past century. In the first week of the program, students visit and interview architects in Los Angeles. They then travel to Italy for 2 weeks, during spring break, where they get to know and interview leading Italian architects. Upon returning to Los Angeles, the students and instructors put together a monographic publication of the course.

Universidad Ibero-Americana, Mexico City (UIA)

One of Mexico’s leading universities, UIA provides the opportunity for SCI-Arc students to look closely at problems of organization, architecture and planning in an economy adjacent to the U.S. Established in 1943 by Jesuits, the university’s flagship campus is in the Santa Fe district of Mexico City and it offers 36 academic programs.

Inha University, Incheon

Founded in 1954 as a technical school, today Inha is a major university with 20,000 students and specializes in industry, engineering and technology. It is a member of the Global U8 consortium, which focuses on cross-cultural education through student exchange and the adoption of common curricula. Incheon is a major seaport on the west coast of South Korea, near Seoul.

University of Applied Arts, Vienna

The University of Applied Arts in Vienna is home to more than 1,000 students, many of whom come from other European and overseas countries. The range of courses available at the school encompasses architecture, fine art and design.

SCI-Arc also offers exchange programs with the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark, Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.