CoAD Study Abroad

In today's world, there is a growing demand for well-rounded and globally-oriented architects and designers. Both our undergraduate and graduate students have benefited from the University's strong relationships with international institutions. Students acquire a better understanding of an increasingly international environment through foreign study. In conjunction with their professional studies, students also develop cross-cultural communication skills and increase their fluency in a second language by studying and living in another country. Enhanced communication skills enable a graduating student to compete and excel in a multinational or multicultural business environment.


University of Siena, Italy

The Siena Summer Studio is CoAD's premiere study abroad program. In 1993, NJIT signed an agreement of scientific and academic cooperation with the University of Siena in Italy to promote student exchange between the two universities. The focus of this program is the Siena summer study program through which 30 CoAD students, graduate and undergraduate, spend six weeks in Siena as part of a 12-week program dedicated to the study of art and architectural history and urban development.

The students spend six weeks in Newark learning analytical techniques and studying Italian language and culture prior to embarking for Italy, where a two-week stay in Rome precedes the intensive Siena residency. Students may register for up to 12 credits in design studio, history, and advanced graphics. In exchange, NJIT is host each year to one or more students from the University of Siena to continue their studies in Newark. The instruction in Siena is by CoAD faculty who rotate in two-week stays with coordination by one full-time faculty member. Students pay tuition to NJIT and a fee to cover travel costs including air fare, accommodations, bus tours and admissions.