UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning (SARUP) is a vibrant community busy exploring opportunities for making, planning, and building. Approximately 600 students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels engage in real-world problem solving while also inventing approaches for projects yet to be imagined. Whether you are creating the future or working to change the world today, SARUP provides the space and faculty to support your agenda.
Why SARUP students should study abroad:
Resume Booster – The architecture and urban planning job market is no doubt competitive; students need something that helps them stand out in the crowd. Having international academics and international work experience will give students that extra edge to stand out among the crowd. Also, studying abroad shows that the student has experience in functioning and working with diverse cultures and peoples.
Learn New Concepts – A new education system can lead to learning new concepts that have yet to be covered back at UWM, giving way to learning new and exciting concepts. Taking architecture courses abroad will expose students to various practices and concepts all while enhancing their problem-solving skills, flexibility and adaptability to the new and different.
Improve Communication Skills, Learn a Foreign Language & Build your Network – Studying abroad can be a clear sign that students are working towards improving their communication; bonus points: the student learns a foreign language from that country. In a competitive job market, knowing a foreign language is a huge advantage. Additionally, talking to new people abroad can help you discover contacts that could make you end up working a great position. Not only this, but employers understand traveling abroad requires greater communication skills, giving you that extra edge.
Cultural Development – Studying abroad gives students the opportunity to work with people of diverse backgrounds and cultures. Studying abroad presents the perfect chance to appreciate diversity first hand, helps students recognize and dismiss stereotypes they may unintentionally have and it gives students the opportunity to understand their own culture while appreciating other cultures.
Foreign Language Skills – Maintaining a proficient level of vocabulary and conversational skills in a foreign language requires one to be constantly exposed to it. If knowing a foreign language is an important part of a student’s major, or if there is just a desire to learn a foreign language, studying abroad is a great way to learn, practice and expand on your skills.
Personal Development – Being able to determine your strengths and weaknesses are important from a career standpoint, but also from a personal development standpoint. Studying abroad can bring out the independent side of a student to help them function and live in a different country. Studying abroad can help students develop critical thinking skills and become adaptable. Being abroad can present new and various situations that students have never encountered before, and force them to step out of their comfort zone.
Scholarships – Scholarships are available to help finance your study abroad experience. Doing extra research can wield financial benefits and unique scholarship opportunities.
New Perspectives/Broadening Views of the World – Cultural diversity is nothing new to UWM students; studying abroad will give students first-hand experience. By going to their country of choice, students have the chance to interact with natives and learn about their way of life, broadening their view on the world.
Considerations While Abroad
If you choose a non-UWM program, you will receive transfer credit, and you are responsible for making sure your official transcript is sent to CIE.
Electives can be easily completed while abroad. Another option for students is to have some of the courses taken abroad be counted as degree or certificate requirements or upper level electives. Check out the Course Equivalency page.
There are some courses within each major that need to be completed on the UWM campus. It is recommended to meet with an academic advisor to determine the courses that need to be completed on campus before deciding to study abroad.
Asking the right questions is very important when deciding what program works best for your major, minor and/or certificate. The Study Abroad team recommends talking to your Academic Advisor, your Study Abroad Coordinator and a Financial Aid Specialist.