College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Landscape Architecture

Study Abroad

Winter: New Zealand


New Zealand: Sustainable Transformation and Adaptation: Culture and Earth 

LARC 489N: 3 credits

This program investigates the unique land forms and geology of the stunningly beautiful country of New Zealand and its unique and varied geologic forms, including thermal springs, geysers, caves, glaciers, plant life, fjords, and beaches. This course explores the country and its culture, engaging students in tours, hikes, excursions, and visits to museums, universities, and farm demonstrations. Of equal importance will be an investigation of cultural issues related to the colonization of the Maoris by the English settlers. Students will track the history of colonization from the introduction of English settlers to the present through the influences and challenges that have unfolded. New Zealand is the land of extreme sports and remarkable natural beauty. Time and opportunity will be given to individual pursuits such as bungee jumping, sky-diving, and whitewater rafting. A special visit will be provided to the Hobbit village movie set that was used in the filming of The Lord of the Rings. Students will also explore Auckland, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Franz Josef glacier, Rotorua, Matamata, Hobbiton, Waitangi, 90 mile beach, and Waitomo.

Read what Chris Chima and  Ryan Brown experienced during their respective trips to New Zealand!

Applications and other details can be found at University of Maryland Study Abroad.

For more information, contact Dennis Nola, PLA, ASLA.

Summer 2017: Italy, Costa Rica

Terrapin Take Off: Italy: Public Spaces: Then and Now


Investigate public spaces of the ancient and modern world using Sorrento and Rome as a base of study! We will explore how people perceive space, what makes a successful outdoor space, how people have historically used space, and how modern life adapts and utilizes spaces from antiquity.

We will visit and investigate many piazzas, town centers, and historic monuments. Discover the ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii, the Greek temples at Paestum, the Amalfi coast, Florence, the Spanish Steps of Rome, the Campidogliio, the Forum, the Coliseum, St. Peter's Square, the Vatican Museum, the Ara Pacis, the Piazza Novana, the Piazza Popolo, the Pantheon, the Campo di Fiori, and the Villa D'Este.

This course visits architectural monuments and public open spaces to gain a better understanding of sustainable built, natural, and cultural systems. Included are tours of museums, archeological ruins, galleries, natural sites, farms, botanical gardens, and music venues. We travel by train, boat, and bus. The course ends with an Italian chef's cooking class and meal.

Italy: Landscape Architecture, Architecture & Music


We investigate Italy through the built environment, public piazzas, and music in this three- week, three- credit landscape architecture course (LARC489A or HONR338A). Students will communicate, through one of several methods, their observations, reactions and knowledge of the sites visited throughout Italy. Each student will communicate through either sketching, photography or writing and be responsible for researching and presenting one specific subject. In addition, students will be instructed in a one- hour daily lesson in conversational Italian.

Applications and other details can be found at University of Maryland Study Abroad.

For more information, contact Dennis Nola, PLA, ASLA.

Read some students' experiences in Italy! Find out what Kim Jacobs and Julia Yu thought of this trip! Or view video a BLA student, Max Berger, produced from his trip titled "Europe Behind the Lens."


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Read about Chris' experience in New Zealand! Click here!

Learn more about one of our alum's adventure in Costa Rica! Click here!

Learn more about one of our student's adventure in Italy! Kim J. |Julia Y.

Read about Ryan's experience in New Zealand! Click here!




Sustainable Futures - Monteverde, Costa Rica

This ten-week summer course of study is designed to offer students the opportunity to live and work on ecological and social projects in a rural, but rapidly developing region in Costa Rica. This is a multi-disciplinary program designed for students from various disciplines, including architecture, planning, landscape architecture, resource management, and international development. Students participate in a seminar on sustainable development, enroll in Spanish language classes, and take an intensive studio/internship with one of the many organizations in the Monteverde zone working toward sustainability. There is a final report, plans or design scheme, or actual environment intervention, depending on the nature of the work. In addition, there is a series of lectures and field trips to local cooperatives, ecologically managed farms, and various forest reserves.

This is a semester's worth of credits (12-13 credits) in a small rural community next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica. Students work with community residents on various projects jointly defined. Participating programs hosted by the Monteverde Institute include University of Maryland Landscape Architecture Program, University of New York at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning , University of Illinois Department Urban and Regional Planning and University of New York ESF at Syracuse. Fluency in Spanish is encouraged but not required.

Read what Shayda Musavi and Dorsa Afsharjavan experienced during their trip to Costa Rica!

For more information, contact David Myers, PhD, PLA, ASLA.


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