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Museum Studies

Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney

Fall, spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

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.


Italy – Studio Art Centers International (SACI): Florence

Fall, spring

Language: English with Italian language classes

Eligibility requirements: 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. 


Italy –  Florence: Arts, Humanities & Culture


Language: English, Italian language class

Eligibility requirements: 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: Museum Management and Cultural Heritage, Florence 

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: courses in conservation, restoration, arts management, baroque studies, musiness/management, exhibit design, museology and renaissance studies.  Practical training and internships can be arranged in museums according to the interest of the student. 


Russia – Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow

Exchange, fall, academic year

Language: Russian

Eligibility requirements: 2 years college Russian, previous course work in Russian history and literature in translation recommended.

Housing: campus dormitory with international students where students provide own meals.

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. 


United Kingdom – University of East Anglia, Norwich, England

Fall, spring

Language: English

Eligibility requirements: 3.0 gpa

Housing: campus dormitory with UK students and other international students; students provide own meals or eat in campus cafeteria.

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.


Domestic Programs

ACM: Chicago Arts, Chicago

Fall, spring

Eligibility requirements: Junior or senior standing preferred, approval through campus selection process, previous coursework relating to an arts discipline (including audio, literature, communication, performance, visual arts).

Housing: Program students housed in double rooms in apartments with cooking facilities located in Chicago neighborhoods; students provide own meals.

Details: Study with ACM program students; 4 units of credit: a city-centered Core Course, a choice of Seminar course topics; an internship connecting academics to the world of work; an independent study project related to the student’s academic goals, often linked to the internship. 


Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, Mount Carroll, IL

Eligibility requirements:

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. 

Last updated:  4/16