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Study Abroad Programs with Museum Studies

I had never gone to a museum on my own before. As I stepped foot into the gallery space [at the Queen’s Gallery] however, I knew that there was something special about being in a museum on my own. First of all, I was not remotely embarrassed to be alone. Now I will never hesitate to go to something I am interested in just because I do not have anyone to go with. Additionally, being in the gallery (which was exhibiting 17th century Flemish paintings of everyday life) confirmed that getting a degree in art history and working in a museum is the right path for me.

Mieke Miller, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom, Spring 2016


Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar)
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.
  • Housing: Dormitory or off-campus apartments.
  • Details: Combines study in museology with a broad selection of academic disciplines, with choices from Palaeontology, Geology, Biology, Ancient Mediterranean Cultures, Australian History, Environmental and Cultural Geography, and Indigenous Studies. There is an emphasis on integrating information technology with museum studies so as to provide an up-to-date background for museum practice.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

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

  • Semesters: Fall.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: Junior or senior standing, background in art history, studio art, modern languages or the humanities.
  • Housing: Host family; breakfast and dinner with family, students arrange own lunch.
  • Details: Study with Americans on the program; study of the Italian Renaissance through classes, scholarly papers, excursions, field trips, museums; Italian language course required, students choose other 3 courses from 6 electives including a drawing class in a traditional atelier.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

Italy – Lorenzo de’Medici: Museum Management and Cultural Heritage, Florence (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA.
  • Housing: Students choose from apartments with kitchen and 4 to 6 occupants, host family, or residence options.
  • Details: courses in conservation, restoration, arts management, baroque studies, business/management, exhibit design, museology and renaissance studies. Practical training and internships can be arranged in museums according to the interest of the student.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

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

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA, students in all majors are eligible, previous coursework in the arts is encouraged; students who want to take courses at the intermediate/advanced levels must submit slides of work done.
  • Housing: Shared furnished apartments with other SACI students in various locations in the city, students provide their own meals.
  • Details: Enroll in 5 classes selected from a wide range of subjects: 2-D, 3-D, photography, art history and Italian studies (including a museology course), conservation, creative writing, Italian language; up to three studio classes suggested; field trips to museums, churches and monuments, artists’ studios, and galleries in the region;  opportunities to exhibit work; access to modern art collections; optional trips to other areas of Italy; SACI library of books slides, CDs and videos; Artist in Residence program; evening lecture series.
  • Scholarships: Available for need, outstanding artistic and academic ability, slide portfolio required.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.

Russia – Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Academic year.
  • Language: Russian.
  • Prereqs: 2 years college Russian, previous course work in Russian history and literature in translation recommended. 
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Intensive study of Russian; small classes with international students; wide variety of courses available at the university with proficient Russian; Moscow in Transition explores trends in society and culture through the study of the city of Moscow; University museum and other museums in the city can provide for a rich research environment; easy access to cultural opportunities, and public transportation, 30 minute walk to Red Square.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Less.

United Kingdom – University of East Anglia, Norwich, England (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory. 
  • Details: the School of World Art Studies at UEA brings together staff, students and researchers interested in the history of Museology; students generally take three courses per semester; Norwich is a historical city, part of the League of Historical Cities; only a 2-hour train ride northeast of London. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United States - Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, Mount Carroll, IL (D)

  • Prereqs: TBD.
  • Housing: Single dorm rooms at the Center with shared bathroom.
  • Details:  Program focuses on artifact preservation and collection care, for which the Campbell Center is renowned.  Credit is offered through Walsh University. 


Italy - San Gemini Preservation Studies Program

  • Details: Courses in restoration of ceramics, paper and books.  Traditional painting materials & techniques, preservation theory, and field projects.



  • 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:  08/2016