Portsmouth School of Architecture

International Opportunities

International exchanges, projects and collaborative opportunities are at the heart of the School of Architecture’s values.

As a school we welcome students from diverse locations around the world. Over 20% of our student body and 10% of our staff are international from around 40 countries across the world. We believe this diversity creates a vibrant and rich design community and this in turn informs how learn and teach.

International exchanges, projects and collaborative opportunities are at the heart of the School of Architecture’s values. We continually seek to create international experiences for our students to explore different cultures in response to the fast moving global world. Cultural awareness is cultural.

We have strong connections with other Schools and organisations across the world and actively promote cultural exchange. This ranges from international teaching networks supported by Erasmus and partnerships with Universities further afield to international collaborative workshop projects within the design studio.

European Opportunities

Erasmus+ offer opportunity to study or work in Europe as part of your course.

Field Trips

Each year the school offers a diverse range of study visits run by specialist staff to locations across the globe. These are activities are optional and designed to enhance you design understanding. Each explore a city, place of building in a particular way from city visits to Rotterdam to study housing to the in in-depth study of local vernacular building in Morocco. We also respond to special events such for example running a workshop during the Venice Biennale in Italy.

Partner Institutions and Collaborators

  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Denmark 
  • Solvenia
  • Germany
  • France
  • Turkey
  • Sweden
  • Spain

For more details, please visit our Erasmus page.

Science without borders

The School of Architecture welcomes incoming Brazilian Science Without Borders (Ciência sem Fronteiras) students wishing to undertake study with us. Details can be found at the Science Without Borders page.

Study Abroad 

We welcome student showing an interest in our school. If you are interested in studying with and we do not have an exchange agreement with your current institution. The Study Abroad Programme can facilitate an incoming exchange. Details can be found at the Study Abroad page.


Architecture - Erasmus
Designers learn by exploring the world around them. What better way to do this than alongside your studies?

Erasmus is the European Commission's educational programme that enables students to study or gain work experience in a different European country while completing a degree.

The School has a number of longstanding European partnerships all with top ranking schools of architecture and design. These partnerships provide opportunities for students and staff to exchange and collaborate across Europe.

There are many benefits to enhancing a degree with international participation, including the chance to learn another European language, understand the global context we live in, explore design from a different perspective and to experience life within a different culture. 

Students can participate in the following ways:

Study abroad (incoming/outgoing students)

Every year the school welcomes students from our partner institutions and supports outgoing students planning undertake a study exchange. This opportunity is currently available to postgraduate students only. Outgoing students can undertake a semester of study with one of our ten Erasmus partners and incoming students can select from a rich range of postgraduate studio choices.

Work experience abroad

For students who wish to gain some practical work experience related to their studies, the Erasmus work placement scheme also offers internships abroad for a min of 3 months in any of the 33 countries involved in the Erasmus programme. This allows students to better understand the industry they’re interested in, while, also improving their language skills in a working environment.

This opportunity is available during the summer period between 2nd and 3rd year of the BA (Hons) degree in Architecture or the BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design course.

For general information about Erasmus, for both incoming and outgoing students, please visit the University's Study Abroad pages. Current students in the School of Architecture can find additional guidance on applying for Erasmus Exchanges and Placements in the Moodle Architecture Common Room, Erasmus section.

Erasmus Partner Institutions

For Student and Staff Exchanges
Technische Universitat Wien
Aalborg Universitet, Architecture & Design
RWTH Aachen University
Otto Friedrich Universität, Bamberg
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskaplige Universitet, Trondhiem
Univerza v Ljublijani, Fakulteta za aritekturo, Lubjana
For Staff Exchanges
Ecole National Superieure de Architecture, Paris Val de Seine, Paris
Universidad de Sevilla
Mimar Sinan Guzel Sanatlar Universitesi, Istanbul

Collaborative Projects

If a study or work placement is not for you then the School offers numerous other collaborative opportunities for students to get involved in, from international competitions and collaborative projects to visiting professors teaching in studio.