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Spring Travel Courses

All currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply. Taubman College provides a $1,000 stipend to each Taubman College student enrolled in the travel courses.

Spring Travel Courses

The spring travel courses are available to all U-M undergraduate architecture students as well as all graduate students during the spring or summer half term. These international travel courses are an essential part of Taubman College's course offerings, granting students the prospect of visiting other countries while gaining access to facilities, groups and individuals that might otherwise be closed to them. The college has established partnerships and faculty exchanges with other architecture programs around the world in order to promote a global cross-cultural exchange. Courses are selected, organized, and directed by individual faculty members who have an interest in a particular country, region, or city. This diversity of interests leads courses not just to the traditional locations of Europe but to the villages and global cities of the developing world-and provides each group of students with exciting and unique educational, research, and service opportunities. More than a quarter of the students enroll in travel abroad courses during their study. 

"Prior to entering the University of Michigan the only cities I had visited in my 22 years of life were San Diego and Cancun. After entering the University of Michigan in just 2 years I had visited Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston, Essen, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Paris, Caen, and Barcelona. I have been so fortunate."

Jonathan Hanna, B.Arch ’15 and MUD ’16

"Traveling to Hong Kong, Hanoi, and Manila exposed me to an unimaginable collection of intense interactions between the human, architecture, and the city. We can read, discuss, and study images of these urban conditions remotely, but it is not until you step foot into these spaces that you really internalize the amazingly diverse ways in which human life operates within built space."

Henry Peters B.S.’ 18

"Being able to experience the architecture in Italy that I've studied in history is invaluable. I was able to learn from the masters through observing and touching the real thing."

Aimee Wolf B.S.’ 16, M.Arch. ’18

To get a more of a visual impression of what these courses are like, view images from our travel courses on social media. Please check out #taubmantravel on Instagram.

 

Important Info:

Application Deadline for 2017 Spring Travel Courses: February 6, 2017

  • The final decisions of enrollment in each course will be confirmed on February 17th. The size of the class is kept small enough to be manageable by the faculty. We make every effort to give each student their first choice.
  • All students who have been approved for a spring travel course must submit a deposit of $500.00 to the Taubman College business office on or before March 10th. This deposit is only refunded in the event that the course is cancelled. (While not common, this can happen due to under enrollment, conditions changing at the destination making travel there unwise, etc.) Taubman College students receive a travel stipend of $1,000, this cannot be used for the deposit.

 

2017 Spring Travel Courses

  • Mexico and Cuba with Dawn Gilpin and Yojairo Lomeli - PDF
  • Japan with Peter Halquist - PDF
  • Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria with Erik Herrmann - PDF
  • China and India with Mary Ann Ray - PDF
  • New Zealand and Australia with Neal Robinson - PDF
  • Rio de Janeiro and Detroit with Anya Sirota and Anne Choike - PDF
  • Suriname with Kasey Vliet - PDF

Past Travel Course Offerings

2016 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Italy with Neal Robinson

Japan with Tsz Yan Ng

Eastern Europe with Ashley Bigham  |  Travel Blog

Spain with Ana Morcillo Pallarés

Hong Kong, Philippines, and Vietnam with Cyrus Peñarroyo  |  Travel Blog

View pictures from these courses on Flickr:
Taubman Travel - 2016

2015 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Brazil with Mitch McEwen

Turkey with Kathy Velikov

Singapore and Hong Kong with Claudia Wigger

France with Clément Blanchet

Mumbai with Mary-Ann Ray  |  Travel Blog

Finland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark with Peter MacKeith  |  Travel Blog

Thailand with François Roche

View pictures from these courses on Flickr
Taubman Travel - 2015

2009 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Florence with Neal Robinson

Beijing with Mary-Ann Ray

Senegal with Coleman Jordan

Barcelona with Craig Borum

Argentina with Gerardo Caballero/Juan Rois

Holland with Malcolm McCullough

Iceland with Orri Gunnarsson

Berlin with Lars Graebner

U-M International Center

Visit the UM International Center website for information on additional travel opportunities available to students of Taubman College.