Summer Study Abroad in Germany | Emphasis in Urban Development

Our faculty-led summer II semester study abroad program allows university studies students to experience the culture, industry and sustainable development of Germany. While living in Bonn, you’ll explore master-planned communities while taking courses in design communication and philosophy.

More details are available in the Education Abroad Portal

About the Program

Our program addresses multidisciplinary design principles in a country that leads in sustainable development and new technology innovation.  Although based in Bonn, you’ll have the opportunity to visit historic sites and contemporary architecture in nearby regions, including Berlin, Cologne, and Trier.

Areas of Emphasis

  • German cultural immersion
  • Design communication and philosophy
  • Trips to the Rhine Valley and Berlin

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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 5 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 examine contemporary urban spaces and redevelopment projects. 

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.

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.