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As the boundaries between nations become more fluid, our cultures, economies, and ecosystems are more connected than ever. That’s why international experiences are integral across our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Each program leverages its unique location by inviting architects, artists, and designers to join WashU faculty as instructors and visiting lecturers; by incorporating local sites into course assignments and studio projects; and by arranging excursions to nearby sites and cities. These international experiences coordinate with program curricula so students can make progress toward degree requirements.

Current Sam Fox School Programs

The following programs are offered as part of our degree programs in architecture, art, and design, providing a full curriculum for the term of study (semester or summer).


Undergraduate students can take advantage of study abroad opportunities in Florence, Italy. The School runs full-semester programs for architecture, art, and design students, as well as a summer program, open to all WashU students.

Global Urbanism Studio

The culminating studio of the Master of Urban Design program allows students to study global cities marked by an active cultural scene but a complex, challenging urban fabric.

Berlin Sommerakademie

This summer program for MFA in Visual Art students explores multiple modes of creative and cultural production in relation to the material, social, and political conditions of Berlin, Germany.


Building off of past international offerings, Master of Architecture students have the opportunity to study internationally in Barcelona, Spain in Spring 2023.

Additional Undergraduate Programs

With proper planning and approval, undergraduate students can also explore additional study abroad opportunities, either offered by other colleges at Washington University or by non-WashU programs. Visit the intranet pages linked to here for more details.

Where We’ve Gone

From trips related to a particular studio to full-curriculum, semester-long study, our Sam Fox School students have been all around the world.

World map with blue dots marking locations around the globe; see accompanying "Past Destinations" text.

This publication highlights the research and work of students in the Master of Architecture program’s International Housing Studio (419). Part of the three-semester core sequence for Sam Fox School graduate architecture students, the 419 studio draws from the expertise of Washington University in St. Louis faculty working in different cities around the world to provide students a unique opportunity to engage with—and make connections between—housing design projects in sites across the world. The publication focuses on the 419 studios from 2017-2019, with design projects centered on the following cities: San Juan (Puerto Rico), Halifax, Barcelona, Seattle, Dublin, Berlin, Cagliari (Italy), Santiago de Compostela (Spain). It features examples of student work from each studio, faculty bios, city profiles, and scholarly essays by López and Rivera, Javier García-Germán, and senior lecturer Michael R. Allen.