Learning abroad for art students

The Studio Art Program encourages all majors to consider study abroad for a semester during the junior year. Planning for a semester abroad should begin with discussions with the student’s faculty advisor in the sophomore year. Some students combine a Fall or Spring semester with a summer study program, internship, or research project to extend their experience abroad. Majors who plan to pursue a Senior Thesis in Studio Art should plan to be on campus one semester of their junior year.

Study Abroad

For a list of where past and present majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource. The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives Study Abroad website is also an excellent resource for programs, application procedures, deadlines, financial aid, and more. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are readily available to qualified students.

Where to Study

The Studio Art Program recommends the following programs to Studio Art majors interested in studying abroad:

When to Study

Studio Art majors are encouraged to study abroad during the fall semester of the junior year, so that they can complete Advanced Studio (390) in the spring semester of the junior year in preparation for their senior year Studio Art coursework.

Credit Transfer

Students who want to apply credits earned from courses taken while studying abroad to satisfy a requirement (major, minor, language, or distribution) should contact the chair of the department before applying for the program. In some cases, the chair may require additional information, including a syllabus, before providing written approval for a course.

Summer Internships and Research Abroad

Studio Art majors are encouraged to explore a summer internship or research project abroad in the areas of design, museum work, or art conservation. Students who have studied abroad often return to their host country to pursue an internship or research project.

Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Form (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file.

Next Steps

Students interested in exploring possibilities for learning abroad are encouraged to contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. April Stroud is the primary advisor for study abroad, and Kirk Lange can offer guidance on internships or research abroad. Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.