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Study Abroad Programs with Art / Art History

Being in Turkey and studying the history of art and civilizations, my environment truly was my classroom. Every day I didn’t have class was an opportunity to find the sites and physical remnants of historical events and places that I had discussed the day before.

Emma Mooney, Yeditepe University, Turkey, Spring 2016

For all students interested in art, the opportunity to experience new works of art, places, and cultures directly deepens and enhances their perception and understanding of the visual. Studio art majors find new insights and perspectives into the process of making art, exploring different ideas and practices, and adding a wider set of experiences on which to draw for their own work.

For art history students, the study of other cultures becomes real and concrete through direct experience, allowing for more sophisticated understanding and interpretations of individual monuments and broader theoretical questions.


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Ecuador - Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ)  (EX) 

  • Semester: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: Spanish. Some courses taught in English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA, 3.0 average in Spanish. 2- years of college-level Spanish or equivalent; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before enrollment. Prior study of studio art for studio art courses; prior study of Latin America strongly recommended.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Quito in Transition course taught remotely by a Beloit College faculty member. Some courses have field study trips.  Excursions and volunteer opportunities. Art history and studio art course offerings.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

England/Italy – London & Florence: Arts in Context (P)

  • Semester: Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Previous course work in studio art, art history, theatre, history and literature strongly encouraged.
  • Housing: Host family in Florence, dormitory in London.
  • Details: Students who begin the program in Florence can take a drawing course. Both cities serve as the classroom and as text. Florence portion focuses on art and architecture; London focuses on the city as visual text, theatre, and museum collecting. Italian course in Florence.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Significantly higher.

France – Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes, France - CIEE (P)

  • Semester: Fall, Spring
  • Language: French.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA in French. 2-years college-level or equivalent
  • Housing: host family; 
  •  Details: Rennes is a large university city located in Brittany with easy access to North coast and Atlantic beaches and historic sites. 2 hours to Paris by fast train.
  •  Four levels of language & pre-session courses focusing on oral and written proficiency. Elective courses in civilization and culture, history of France, art history and film studies are taken through CIREFE, the university division for international students.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong (Ex)

  • Semester: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts university in a vibrant city. Elementary Cantonese courses. Curricular strengths include cultural studies, history, and political science. Excellent campus facilities. Art history students can take relevant courses in Lingnan's visual studies department. No studio art. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.

Hungary – Eötvös Collegium, Budapest (Ex)

  • Semester: Fall, academic year.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course recommended.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Hungarian language course. Choose from Eötvös Lorand University courses and Collegium courses offered in English. Independent study project possible depending on students' preparation and interests.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses:  Same.

Italy – Florence: Arts, Humanities & Culture (P)

  • Semester: Fall.
  • Language: English. 
  • Prereqs: junior or senior standing at time of enrollment. Background in art history, studio art, modern languages or the humanities.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Learn to read a city by studying medieval and renaissance Florence. Italian language course. Studio art options include a Drawing and Portraiture class, an workshops in restoration techniques or gilding.  Emphasis on reading art and architecture.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

Italy - Lorenzo de Medici (D) 

  • Semester: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs. 2.8 GPA.
  • Housing: Apartment, host family, or dormitory.
  • Details: Courses in Italian language, art history, and studio art (painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, printmaking, restoration, sculpture & ceramics).
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

Italy – Studio Art Centers International (SACI): Florence (P)

  • Semester: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA. Studio art experience.
  • Housing: Apartments.
  • Details: 2-D, 3-D, photography, art history, Italian studies (incl. museology), conservation, creative writing, Italian language; no more than 3 studio classes suggested. Field trips, Artist in Residence program; evening lecture series. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses:  Higher.

United Kingdom - Goldsmiths College, University of London (D)

  • Semester: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing. Dormitories.
  • Details: Courses in art (studio art), creative & cultural entrepreneurship, design,and visual cultures. Fall semester:  Mid-September-mid-December. Spring: January-early June. 
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of Sunderland (D)

  • Semester: Fall (mid-September to mid-December, Spring (January to late May).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Fine arts (studio art), illustration & design, animation & games art.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Same.



  • D:  Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P:  Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-Tuition Educational Expenses:

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider: airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher:  Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher:  $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last Updated: 07/2016