Undergraduate Studies

Study Architecture Abroad

Study Architecture Abroad

Study Architecture Abroad – building your portfolio

Our  Architecture Abroad Programme is designed for creative students wanting to gain an architecture  degree in the most highly-rated institutions in Europe, the UK and the USA.

Our programme focuses on working with Mentors in order to produce an excellent portfolio and prepare for interviews to study in the UK or the USA, or  at Europe‘s most prestigious and outstanding schools of architecture. Architectural admissions departments nearly always request to see a portfolio ,which can include drawings, sketches and  photographs, and you will often be invited to take part in an interview, so be prepared to discuss the contents of your portfolio when you get there. Competition to gain a place on an architecture degree  course is fierce, and a good portfolio can make all the difference.


If you want to study architecture abroad - start from knowing your possibilities! Contact Elab and discover all your options.

If you’re not sure where to study architecture, consider future career opportunities, architecture trends, and course options. Are you more drawn to ancient styles or modern principles? Some programs lean more towards drawing and design, others on technological resources, and others focus on practicality and environmental sustainability.

We  will help  you apply to the world’s   best universities for studying architecture, such as UCL, London, the University of Edinburgh, MIT, Delft, UC Berkeley, or the Politecnico di Milano. We can assist you  with your applications to these or any other renowned schools of architecture, and ensure that you have chosen the right architectural degree course.

Our portfolio workshops run for 120 hours at weekends, in conjunction with local schools of drawing, to help you put together a striking, unique and modern portfolio. We also provide one-to-one sessions with foreign portfolio experts, should you wish to avail yourself of this service.

Study Architecture Abroad - Popular career choices include:

  • Town planner
  • Historic buildings inspector
  • Production /set designer for films and theatre
  • Architectural technologist
  • Interior and spatial designer
  • Conservation and environmental officer
  • Building surveyor
  • Urban planner

Outline of the programme

The Architecture Abroad  Programme was designed specifically for creative applicants who want to gain an architecture degree and carry on to pursue a career in architecture.

One of the most important elements of your application to study architecture is your portfolio. Admissions tutors will decide whether or not to invite you to interview based on the quality of the portfolio you submit. Elab will not only help you ensure your application is excellently crafted, but will also review your portfolio and guide you on how to improve and present it.

Our  Architecture Abroad Programme is divided into a number of stages to maximise your chances of admission to the best institutions for taking an architecture degree. The programme comprises:

Complete a thorough diagnostic test designed to highlight your strengths and interests and determine suitable career directions. 

Mentor feedback will provide Elab with additional insights and information and allow us to build up a detailed picture of  your abilities and expectations

You will receive a personalised report with feedback and recommendations from the assessment process including:

 – potential courses and universities

 – profile, descriptions, comments and relevant statistics on selections. 

Discuss findings with a Mentor and Consultant and make a final decision on the course you wish to study and the universities you wish to apply to, based on our suggestions and your predicted grades.

Working with local art schools or using one-on-one tutors, we can devise a personalised plan to create a unique and diverse portfolio

Complete necessary documentation and submit a professional application with close support from an Elab Consultant (see below)

Prepare you for the interview where you will present your portfolio and discuss related experiences, motivation and influences. 

Receive advice on finding accommodation, financing and settling in. 

Application Documentation

Once the assessment and diagnostic stage is complete the Consultant and applicant will start working together  on the application documents, which differ from country to country, but normally include:

  • A Personal Statement, demonstrating that you are a suitable candidate for a place on the course
  • Predicted Grades
  • References
  • Proof of English language proficiency

Architecture Abroad - Universities and needed documents:

The documents you need will depend on whether you are applying to the UK, the USA or European universities. Remember, too, that if you intend to take an architecture degree in the USA, the majority of courses require high SAT scores and your course will run for five years.  

Architecture degree courses across the world vary greatly in their emphasis, from Landscape Architecture to Urban Planning, Restoration Architecture to Industrial and Commercial Architecture. Whichever field interests you,sustainability and human needs are key to modern architectural practice. Many architecture degree courses include placement years and offer studio-based project work, where social as well as technical abilities are honed  through individual and team work. 

Becoming an architect is an exciting prospect and an excellent career move – and your chances of starting this journey will be maximised if you produce an outstanding portfolio. So take the first step and join our Architecture Programme.

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The success of each application will depend on a number of factors, most importantly how a candidate presents their experience, character and future plans .We will help you clarify, develop and expand each of these elements, in order to make your application striking and effective.

Contact Elab for further information or to book a consultation.

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