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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

Important Info:

Application Deadline for Spring Travel Courses: February 7

  • The final decisions of enrollment in each course will be confirmed the last week of February. 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 8th. This deposit is only refunded in the event that the course is canceled. (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.

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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.S. ’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.

Proposed 2019 Spring Travel Courses

Architectures for Content

Instructor: Laida Aguirre
Contact information: laida@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Mexico City, Mexico and Havana, Cuba
Travel Dates: 5/7/2019 - 5/28/2019

Ancient Architecture

Instructor: Dawn Gilpin
Contact information: dgilpin@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Colorado, USA, Mexico City: Oaxaca: Yucatan, Mexico
Travel Dates: 5/10/2019 - 6/4/2019

Baltoscandia Circle

Instructor: Peter Halquist
Contact Information: halquist@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Lithuania
Travel Dates 5/10/2019 - 6/5/2019

Climates & Their In-between

Instructor: Liz Galvez
Contact information: egalvez@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Punta Arenas, Torres del Paine, El Morado, Valparaiso, Atacama, Chile
Travel Dates: 5/6/2019 - 5/31/2019

Cultural Landscape of Andalucia

Instructor: Athar Mufreh
Contact information: amufreh@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Cordoba, Seville, Granada, Cadiz
Travel Dates: 5/13/2019 - 6/3/2019

Territory & Architecture of New France-Nunavik

Instructor: Gabriel Cuellar
Contact information: gcuellar@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Quebec, Canada and Nunavik Region Canada/USA/First Nations
Travel Dates: 5/13/2019 - 6/3/2019

Double Dutch

Instructor: Daniel Jacobs
Contact information: danielpj@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Netherlands and Belgium
Travel Dates: 5/28/2019 - 6/22/2019

Domestic Domestic

Instructor: Jeffrey Halstead
Contact information: jeffwhal@umich.edu
Travel destinations: USA
Travel Dates: 5/10/2019 - 5/31/2019

Scenography and Statecraft

Instructor: Brittany Utting
Contact information: ubritt@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Italy
Travel Dates: 5/5/2019 - 5/26/2019

Total Architecture

Instructor: Peter Yi
Contact information: peteryi@umich.edu
Travel destinations: Netherlands, Germany, and Russia
Travel Dates: 05/9/2019 - 5/30/2019

More information on the 2019 Spring Travel Courses will be made available after opening presentations.

Past Travel Course Offerings


Australia and New Zealand with Neal Robinson

Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine with Ashley Bigham

Germany and USA (Detroit, Cleveland, and Chicago) with Maria Arquero de Alarcon and Claudia Wigger

Germany, Switzerland, and France with Viola Ago

Japan with Peter Halquist

Mexico City with Yojairo Lomeli

Morocco, Algeria, and France with Brittany Utting

Portugal, Spain, Morocco, France, and Italy with Dawn Gilpin

Venice, Milan, Vienna, Prague and Berlin with Laida Aguirre

Paris, Geneva, and Venice with Sandra Manninger and Matias del Campo

Sri Lanka with Jono Sturt and Laura Anne Wong

New Mexico with Sarah Rovang

USA: Indiana, Tennessee, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, and California with Jeff Halstead


Mexico and Cuba with Dawn Gilpin and Yojairo Lomeli  |  Travel Blog

Japan with Peter Halquist |  Travel Blog

Switzerland, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria with Erik Herrmann |  Travel Blog

New Zealand and Australia with Neal Robinson |  Travel Blog

Rio de Janeiro and Detroit with Anya Sirota and Anne Choike

View pictures from these courses on Flickr:

Taubman Travel - 2017


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


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

U-M International Center

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