London Paris Rome: Architecture, Art & Design

This 3 semester hour class is a 30-day short term program that features 18 days in the London, 4 days in Paris, and 7 days in Italy (5 days in Rome and 2 days in Florence). The itinerary in London includes 5 days of an internship or a focused study program in your academic area. This is a key class activity that provides a unique learning opportunity for architecture and design students as well as a customized learning experience for students in other majors. The short-term format allows students to return in time to work and/or take other summer classes, and is intended to be an alternative to the traditional full-semester study abroad programs but still giving students time to develop a true feel for the experience of life in these great cities.

However, for those students interested in a full summer program the class time-frame will enable you to stay in Europe and participate in other programs such as the BGSU SACI program in Florence.

For BGSU architecture majors this course can count as a architectural elective or can be used to count towards a cooperative education substitution if combined with an independent study and additional work experience over the academic term. Architecture majors at other institutions should consult their academic advisor(s) to determine how the course will apply in their specific curriculum and/or degree-track.

Partial Itinerary:


  • St. Pauls Cathedral,
  • Westminster Abbey,
  • The British Museum,
  • The Tate Modern Museum,
  • the Tate Britain museum,
  • The British National Gallery.
  • Somerset House
  • London City Hall
  • The Victoria and Albert,
  • Select additional Churches by Christopher Wren and Hawksmoore
  • Lloyds of London Building
  • RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)
  • Canary Wharf
  • Greenwich: (including the Painted Hall, Painted Chapel, Royal Observatory, The Queen's House, and The Millenium Dome (O2 Center)
  • Select exhibitions and presentations at London architecture colleges.


  • Gothic Paris: Notre Dame, San Chappele, St. Denis
  • Baroque Paris: The Louvre, Place de Voges, the Pantheon
  • Paris of Le Corbusier and other modernists: Villa Savoye, Cité de Refuge, the Pompidou Center, La Defense
  • Other locations: St-Etienne-du-Mont, Église St-Gervais-St-Protais, Eglise St Sulpice, Sacre Couer, Tour Eiffel, Canal+

Rome and Florence

  • The Colliseum and the Roman Forum
  • St. Peters and the Vatican
  • Sant'Andrea al Quirinale
  • Santa Maria Maggiore
  • The Camadodiglio
  • The Pantheon
  • Piazza de Spagna: The Spanish steps
  • Piazza De Nuovo
  • The Trevi Fountain
  • San Quattro al Fontanna, and more
  • Jubilee Church
  • Palazzo Barberini


  • Laurentian Library, attached to the church of San Lorenzo.
  • The Ptti Palace and Boboli Gardens (Giardino di Boboli)
  • Piazza della Signoria and Michelangelo's David
  • The Uffizzi Palace and Gallery
  • Brunelleschi's Florence Cathedral (Santa Maria Del Fiori)
  • Brunneleschi's Spedali degli Innocenti
  • Santa Maria Novella
  • Pallazzo Vechio
  • Ponte Vechio