I've been feeling the need to get out of Waterloo and explore a bit - so I've been tossing around the idea of an exchange term abroad at another University (ideally, this term would consist largely of studio urban design and arch courses).
This URL is a list of universities that have existing agreements with my Faculty at the University of Waterloo, so if any names there in particular jump out, let me know (Royal Melbourne certainly impressed me from the brief look I had at its programs, and Oxford-Brookes looked interesting too). Otherwise feel free to suggest other institutions.
Some background: I'm enrolled with the School of Planning of the Faculty of Environmental Studies. I like design and architecture but architects are as plentiful as lawyers and I don't really like the idea of earning an architecture degree only to design mundane tract homes. Not sure about the USA, but in Canada we just have a glut of architects lounging about. In any case, I'm specializing in Urban Design with my HBES at Waterloo (http://www.fes.uwaterloo.ca/planning...l#urbandesign). Electives I've enrolled in include classical literature, cognitive science, existentialist experience, amongst others. I'm looking into enrolling into a 6-hour per week fine arts studio drawing class for next term but it remains to be seen whether or not there is room.