Summer Study Abroad in Germany

Our faculty-led summer II semester study abroad program allows visualization, architecture, planning, construction, and university studies students to experience the life, culture, and industry of Germany.

The program offers courses in architecture, planning, and building construction. You’ll engage German art and history in your studies while exploring the culture of north and central Europe.

More details are available in the Education Abroad Portal

About the Program

Our program addresses multidisciplinary design principles in one of the most architecturally innovative cities in the world. We offer undergraduate and graduate courses that address German culture, art, history, and civilization. Although based in Bonn, you’ll have the opportunity to visit historic sites and contemporary architecture in nearby regions, including the Rhine Valley and Berlin.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Photography and sketching
  • Cultural immersion
  • Week-long extended study in Munich

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All students are required to take a total of 6-credit hours during the study abroad semester. Students should meet with their academic advisors to ensure they meet eligibility requirements and that the courses are degree applicable.

  • CARC 311 — Field Studies in Design Communication | 3 credits
  • CARC 331 — Field Studies in Design Philosophy | 3 credits
  • CARC 485 — Directed Studies | 3 credits (By permission of faculty)

View the Texas A&M course catalogue for information about each course. 

FAQ about Semester Study Abroad

What are the eligibility requirements?
  • Open to planning, architecture, construction science, and university studies majors
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA at time of application and until program start
  • Good standing with Texas A&M University   
  • Must attend all program meetings
  • Professor approval
How do I enroll in a study abroad semester?

Start your study abroad journey in the education abroad portal.

Does this satisfy the School of Architecture’s semester away requirement?

The program satisfies the school’s semester away requirement for university studies students only.

How long is the program?

The study abroad program in Germany spans five weeks.

Will this delay my degree plan?

No. The program allows you to complete the same coursework offered at the Texas A&M campus. Because you’ll be earning college credit over the summer, you’ll actually be getting ahead!

How much does it cost?

Learn more about the trip’s cost and funding in the education abroad portal.

What will I do during my study abroad semester?

The program is centered on living in Bonn, Germany. You’ll complete courses in design, planning and construction, as well as visit notable sites throughout the region during your stay. The program is focused on the documentation of German buildings, landscape, and culture. 

Who will I stay with?

You will be assigned a host family during your visit. The Academy of International Education in Bonn screens each family to find hosts who are excited to interact with their American guests. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, housing arrangements are subject to change. 

What if I don’t speak German?

Class instruction will be delivered in English. Many of the people you encounter during your travels will also speak English. The occasional language barrier will encourage your immersion into the Germanic culture.