Art / Art History

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.


Spending time researching in Mongolia has allowed me to practice adapting to new environments, paying close attention to the workings of culture and globalization. I have worked to develop my skills as a researcher, and in the process have found myself more confident. In addition, my research in Mongolia has sparked a powerful interest in the understudied world of Mongolian contemporary art, a topic I would like to pursue in my future work.

Sarah Morgan '13, SIT Mongolia: Nomadic Culture and Globalization, Fall 2011


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

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

Exchange, fall, spring or academic year

Language: Courses in Spanish or partly in English

Prereqs: 2 years of college Spanish; enrollment in a Spanish course the semester or summer before; 3.0 cumulative gpa and 3.0 in Spanish; previous course work for studio art courses; courses with a Latin American focus strongly recommended.

Housing: Host family

Details: Orientation in Quito; Quito in Transition course; full range of science and social science courses, some with field study trips; study with local students; excursions; volunteer opportunities. 


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

Arts in Context:Spring, Florence: Arts, Humanities, and Culture: Fall

Language: English

Prerequisites: Juniors, seniors and advanced sophomores; previous course work in studio art, art history, theatre, history and literature strongly encouraged.

Housing: dormitory-style rooms in London, students provide own meals; host family in Florence.

Details: Study with Americans, limited curriculum; eight weeks in each city, one week break between cities; three-week intensive Italian option in early January for those who start in Florence. Study two cities through architecture, painting, sculpture, literature and theatre; wide range of field trips, plays and speakers. Both programs offer art history and at least one studio art course in Florence.  Students should check course listings for their intended semester abroad, as elective course offerings change from year to year.


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

 CIEE fall, spring; ISEP spring, academic year

Language: French

Prereqs: minimum 2 years college French, 3.0 gpa in French; ISEP requires advanced written and spoken French.

Housing: CIEE host family; ISEP campus dormitory with international students, stipend for cafeteria meals.

Details: Rennes is a large old university city located in Brittany; easy access to North coast and Atlantic beaches and historic sites; 2 hours to Paris by fast train.

CIEE: 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 through CIREFE, the university division for international students; 3-day orientation in Paris; cultural activities and field trips; university courses and internships possible for advanced French students.

Scholarships: for merit, need, travel.  

ISEP: 4 hours of French language per week, spring semester French courses available through CIREFE, the university division for international students; university course strengths in Arts and Letters, Languages, Social Sciences, Breton and Celtic Studies; 3 universities in Rennes Consortium for placement.  


Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex)                                          

Exchange fall, spring, academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework with an Asian focus.

Housing: Shared room in campus student hostel, students provide own meals.

Details: Study at the only Chinese liberal arts college with local and international students; live in a major international commerce center; basic Cantonese available; wide range of social sciences and humanities courses, no natural science; students encouraged to tak classes in Cultural Studies; excellent campus facilities; many student activities, excursions.  


Hungary – Eötvös Collegium, Budapest (Ex)                                                   

Exchange, fall or academic year

Language: English, Hungarian language class.

Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.

Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students, provide own meals.

Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city.  


India – ACM: Culture, Traditions & Globalization (P)                                            

Fall (July 10 – early December)

Language: English, intensive Marathi language during 5-week orientation

Prereqs: demonstrated capacity for independent study, fit of program to student goals, maturity; background in field research recommended.

Housing: Hotel for the first few weeks of orientation, host family.

Details: Study with other Americans on program; brief orientation in Chicago prior to departure; limited choice of courses taught at the ACM office by Indian faculty from local universities; regional emphasis in courses; certificate course in Marathi; private lessons in the arts possible; field trips, travel during breaks and holidays; airfare to Pune included in program fee.   


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

Fall only

Language: English, Italian language class

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.

Italy - Lorenzo de Medici

Fall, Spring

Language: English, Italian language instruction available.

Eligibility requirements: 2.8 gpa

Housing: Students choose from apartments with kitchen and 4 to 6 occupants, host family, or residence options.  Prices vary.

Details: LdM offers courses in the following academic areas: Liberal arts and social sciences, sciences, creative arts, design, and Italian language and culture.


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

Fall, spring

Language: English with Italian language classes

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 own meals.

Details: 15 semester hours chosen from a wide range of subjects: 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 to museums, churches, artists’ studios, galleries; opportunities to exhibit work; access to modern art collections; optional trips to other areas of Italy; excellent SACI library; Artist in Residence program; evening lecture series.

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

Fall, spring, all year

Language: English

Prerequisites: Completion of two years of college-level study before beginning your program.  3.0 GPA is generally required.  In some cases there are prerequisites for modules, or groups of modules.  Make sure to read and understand all requirements before choosing your modules. 

Housing: Students can stay in on campus housing, in residence halls across London.  Alternative accommodation to Goldsmiths halls is available. 

Description: Goldsmith exchanges run throughout the autumn term(11 weeks), and the spring term(19 weeks). Students can choose to study in the Art program or any other module that they are interested in during their semester. 


United Kingdom - ISEP: University of Sunderland

Fall, spring, all year

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.75 gpa

Housing: Single-occupancy dormitory rooms.

Description: covers both academic theory and practical skills.


Domestic Programs


Option Types
Ex = Exchange Program

D = Direct Enrollment

Ex/D = both Exchange and Direct Enrollment are available

P = Program Provider


Last Updated: 4/2016