ENVD Goes Abroad

Hello there!

This semester, I have had the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. The past month here has been an absolute blast, and I have greatly enjoyed being integrated into a new culture and exploring the city of Copenhagen. To get a better look at what its like to be an ENVD student abroad, I decided to interview three other students studying in different countries!

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Joey Bradford

ENVD Specialization: Architecture

Where are you studying abroad?

I am studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain, specifically at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia.

What studio/project are you working on abroad?

This semester, I am working in a group with two other students to develop a renewable energy source that can be utilized within the school itself.  So, our studio class is divided into two plant groups and two energy groups. My group is focusing on turning biogas into a viable energy source using materials within the building. With that being said, I would say this semester seems to be more engineering focused, however we will be designing a casing around this system soon.

What is the favorite place youve been while abroad?

Although I havent traveled outside of the country yet, my favorite place that I have visited this far would definitely be Montserrat, however, I am most excited to travel to Prague later this month.

What advice would you give ENVD students who want to study abroad?

The advice I would give to anyone planning to study abroad is to make sure and thoroughly research the place you are visiting before you depart. The language barrier as well as normal customs can be far different then you are otherwise told/expecting and its crucial to read up on the area beforehand.

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Abby Mies

ENVD Specialization: Landscape Architecture

Where are you studying abroad?

Prague, Czech Republic

What studio/project are you working on abroad?

Im in the Global Architecture and Design Studio.  We are designing a pavilion that will (hopefully) be built behind our school. This site will be used by both university students and the nearby kindergarten so its interesting to design something with both age groups in mind.

What is the favorite place youve been while abroad?

Besides Prague, Id have to say Switzerland has been my favorite trip so far! Definitely the most beautiful place Ive ever been. Looking towards the future, Im most excited to see Estonia over spring break.

What advice would you give ENVD students who want to study abroad?

GO! Its only been five weeks and it has already been the most fun and life changing experience. Living in Europe and diving into new cultures is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Everything you learn, places you visit, and people you meet are truly all part of an experience you can only get abroad.

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Ann Dang

ENVD Specialization: Architecture

Where are you studying abroad?

I am studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark! 🙂

What studio/project are you working on abroad?

I am currently working on designing a community culture cooking school with a cafe that serves as a gathering space for the members in the Norrebro neighborhood. My last project was to design a homeless shelter and an eatery that is incorporated in the same space.

What is the favorite place you’ve been while abroad? There have been so many places that I’ve enjoyed going to while being abroad that I can’t seem to choose a favorite place! Biking in the city of Copenhagen has been a great experience, going to a lot of the museums in Denmark and hanging out with my host family have been fun.

What advice would you give ENVD students who want to study abroad?

My advice would be to spend some time exploring the country you are studying abroad in and try to immerse yourself into their culture. It is tempting to travel to different countries over the weekends; however, there are plenty of places to sightsee and explore in the country that you are studying abroad in!

I hope learning about a few ENVD students and their journeys abroad has given you insight on whether or not to make the journey!

Farewell,

Winter