To ensure our students are global learners and exposed to different cultures and perspectives as well as the canonical architecture discussed in their studies, all architecture students are encouraged to study outside of our Lubbock, Texas campus—which is typically done in the student's third and/or fourth years.
For undergraduate students, the CoA offers an exciting, semester-long program in Sevilla, Spain in addition to shorter, 6 to 8 week-long opportunities in a revolving list of culturally significant, design-centric international locations.
The Texas Tech University Center in Sevilla, Spain offers students the opportunity to take catalog Texas Tech classes taught by Texas Tech faculty but in a European setting rich in history, culture and architectural interest. The Center has a permanent staff as well as faculty that travel from Lubbock to Sevilla every semester (fall, spring, and summer). The Center is located in a building that originally dates back to the 1890s, and today has all of the modern conveniences a university facility needs.
Excursions and field trips are an integral part of programs at The Center. They range in length from half-day trips in and around town such as to the Roman amphitheater and ruins at Itálica or the Fine Arts Museum, to day trips to nearby sites of interest like Córdoba or La Rábida. Students also have the opportunity to participate in longer, multi-day excursions to places like Granada and Madrid. Staff at The Center coordinate and lead the excursions, and friends and family members who come to visit Texas Tech students at The Center are always welcome to join the group and participate in the excursions at cost.
You will take 12 credit hours during your semester in Spain. These courses include a 6-hour design studio, two 3-hour architecture electives, and one general university elective.
You and one other Texas Tech student will live with a host family while in Spain. Host families are typically middle-class families who provide cultural insight as well as linguistic help to you and are responsible for providing their designated students with 3 meals a day, laundering clothes, providing bed linens, and cleaning rooms. Most students find the host family experience to be one of the highlights of the study abroad program and form life-long friendships with their surrogate Spanish family.
Each summer, fourth-year students from the college travel abroad to sites in Europe, Asia, or the Americas to complete pre-professional curriculum requirements and galvanize greater interest in and awareness of global and cultural built environments and approaches to knowledge acquisition.
Coursework. Summer studio courses leverage the international sites' architecture, history and culture to inform the curriculum and encourage individual study.
Living Arrangements. Depending on the studio destination, students live in dormitories provided by a local university or with host families.
For Summer 2019, students traveled to Singapore City, Singapore; Montreal, Canada; and Seoul, South Korea. Past excursions have taken students to Berlin, Germany; Milan, Italy; Paris, France; Valparaiso, Chile; and other locales.