Department of Interior Architecture Study Abroad

The practice of interior architecture requires a deep understanding of how the design of buildings interacts with the physical and cultural contexts of human traditions, landscapes, settlements, cities and suburbs. Study abroad programs allow you to examine historical and contemporary design, and learn from scholars and practitioners with expertise in the diverse cultures of building across the globe.

The department offers programs which may fulfill professional degree requirements including intermediate level design studios in Rome or Vicenza, Italy and Vancouver, British Columbia. The Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen also fulfills intermediate design studio credits.

Other non-studio programs with professional content are offered by other departments within the school. Students can participate in an exchange program with the University of Stuttgart, take an independent practicum in a design firm or non-profit organization abroad, or participate in the university’s IE3 international internship program. Credits earned in approved international programs offered by other accredited interior design schools in the U.S. can be transferred to fulfill departmental degree requirements.

Undergraduates are encouraged to enroll in international programs offered by or affiliated with the university to fulfill general education requirements.

In addition to travel in association with credit-granting international programs, students have participated in school-sponsored study visits to British Columbia, China, Egypt, Finland, India, Italy, Korea, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey.

Rome, Italy

University of Oregon architecture and history of art and architecture faculty members teach a full curriculum of courses and studio during a summer term program in Rome. The 12-credit program consists of a studio, a media course and a seminar. Rome is the laboratory for each of these courses. In addition to these classes, the Rome program also offers field trips with opportunities to explore other cities in Italy. This program is available to interior architecture students who have successfully completed at least four design studios.

Copenhagen, Denmark

The department offers students the opportunity to study in Denmark through the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). The DIS program offers interior design and furniture design studios. Students may choose from summer, fall, and spring semesters as well as academic year programs in Copenhagen. Instruction is in English.

Barcelona, Spain

Investigate how bottom-up urban design strategies provide a framework for the participation of workers and residents to create an integrated community in Barcelona’s 22@ information activities district. Visit and diagram three urban typologies at the scale of the urban room, district, and neighborhood, including maritime metropolis, modernism, and contemporary pluralism, along with a comparative study of similar typologies in Granada, Andalucía. Participants reside in and experience everyday life in the pedestrian waterfront neighborhood of Poblenou.

Vancouver, British Columbia

The Vancouver architecture and urban design program is an integrated, design-based program open to undergraduate and graduate students in interior architecture who are eligible for their 4/584 studio sequences. Granville Island serves as the site for both the urban and architecture design projects, and is the location of the academic and studio facilities.

Vicenza, Italy

The spring architecture program in Vicenza offers a unique opportunity to experience Italy's contribution to architectural, urban and landscape design and gives students a first-hand introduction to Italy's culture, people and language. Excursions in Vicenza and nearby regional towns complement the studio, allowing students to expand their knowledge of Italy outside the classroom, and providing a vehicle for hands-on study in the history and media classes.