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Nicaragua Design Build 2015

Winterim 2018 Courses

College of Architecture and Planning

The College of Architecture and Planning is offering two courses during Winterim 2018, the time between fall and spring semesters, in late December 2017-early January 2018.

ARCH 3691 - International Design Build Nicaragua
Read more about the class in the article in CU Denver Today

  • Engage with two non-profit agencies and two highly regarded Denver design firms
  • Integrate multiple disciplines to develop an architectural way of thinking to deliver a service-learning project
  • Understand the context, the political environment, the construction limitations and the educational needs of Jalapa, Nicaragua, by collaborating with CU Denver alumni

This course focuses on the relationship between design and delivery in an international setting. The course will include travel to Nicaragua for the construction of a community space near Jalapa, Nuevo Segovia, Nicaragua. Students will have the opportunity to engage in the culture, history and environmental conditions that will impact the rapid delivery of the built space.

The objectives of this course are to develop student's critical thinking skills in the daily changing conditions of a construction site, made more complex by being in an international, rural setting. Students will have the opportunity to gain a new perspective in the role of education from a global perspective as well as the benefits of service learning.

Course Information: 3 Credits
This program is directed by Jo VandenBurg. Contact her at Maria Delgado is the co-faculty for the course. You can contact her at​

Eligibility Requirements:
Undergraduate equivalent to junior standing
Successful completion of ARCH 3800 in the fall semester
Minimum 2.5 GPA

Housing: Hostel

2018 Cost: $3,090
Includes: Tuition and fees, shared accommodation, most meals, ground transportation, international health and evacuation insurance
Not Included: Airfare, some meals, personal expenses, visa fees (if applicable)

ARCH 6710 – CU Denver in Thailand: Architecture in Other Cultures

  • Explore the Royal Palace & Temples in Bangkok
  • Visit several magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Ayutthaya
  • Experience and learn about Thai culture while working with Thai students and professors
  • Study traditional architecture of Tang, Ranong, and Chumphon in southern Thailand

Thailand boasts a significant cultural and architectural history that spans thousands of years presently in the process of globalization and urbanization.  It is a dynamic and proud country engaged in modernization framed by cultural traditions. The architectural and cultural legacies will be introduced against the backdrop of dynamic contemporary challenges represented by the hectic pace of urban Bangkok.

This Workshop & Study Tour is a partnership with faculty members and students form the King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Ladkrabang (KMITL) in Bangkok. CU Denver students will be "imbedded" in teams doing research with KMITL students.

The program will be based in Bangkok with bus and train excursions to the central and southern regions of Thailand (total distance of around 3000 km). Research topics range from the vernacular to urbanism in Trang, Ranong, and Chumphon, temples and palaces of Ayutthaya and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Course Information: 3 Credits
This program is directed by Taisto Makela. Contact him at

Housing: Hostel & Dorm

2018 Cost: $3,040 
Includes: tuition and fees, shared accommodations, entrance fees, some meals, ground transportation, & international health & evacuation insurance
Not Included: airfare, most meals, personal expenses & visa fees if applicable

Financial Aid
CU Denver students may be able to use their existing financial aid for Global Study programs. Note that Winterim programs are considered part of spring term financial aid. For more information, contact the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office at 303-315-1850 or email the office. Please add “Study Abroad” to the subject heading when sending emails to this email address as this will ensure that your message is routed to a study abroad financial aid advisor. You can also schedule an appointment with the Financial Aid & Scholarships Office.

CU Denver Global Study Scholarship
CU Denver students participating on a CU Denver Global Study program during the Maymester, Summer, or Winter terms are eligible to apply for this scholarship from the Office of Global Education. Awards range from $500- $1,000. Apply here.

Additional Scholarship Information
We encourage you to seek additional scholarships for which you or your program may be eligible. See if your academic department or college/school offers study abroad scholarships, or visit the following websites to learn about external funding:

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