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On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment where you'll be able to nurture your talents. You can take courses in a wide variety of subjects. Here, you'll experience incredible local restaura...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of Granada. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required. Live in a student apartment, or select a homestay or the student residence for an additional fee. Immerse your...

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Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student culture of Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales, or the University of Sydney. All offer an array of disciplines covering the spectrum from engineering to art history. Sydney will be your classroom....

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Join the Madrid Internship Program, and enhance your Spanish language skills while working in one of the most important commercial centers in Europe. Participants with sufficient language skills enroll in three courses while taking part in an internship. The program runs for 15 to 20 hours per week. Program participants will enroll in three four-credit courses offered through Madrid Spanish ...

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The Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University makes China accessible to international visiting and exchange students, no matter their study interest. With curriculum all taught in English, 14 academic departments, including science, engineering, culture, design, business, and more  all combined with Chinese language and cultural study and taught by some of Asia's foremost experts  the university is...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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Students on the summer program in Florence can gain a firsthand understanding of the artistic, economic, political, architectural, and literary trends and treasures of this fascinating city. Filled with history and incredibly quaint, Florence is one of the gems of Italy. Participants will have the outstanding support of onsite staff in a program that has been in existence since 1959, living in ...

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San Jose is the radiant capital of Costa Rica, one of the most lush and breathtaking countries in the world. We can't think of a better place to spend a summer. Dive into the country's rich culture and immerse yourself in a Spanish language exchange program (ranging from beginner to advanced). During your free time, take in the scenic coast and explore the majestic rainforests. Or, get active ...

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Study at the University of South Wales (USW) in Pontypridd. Join a low-cost program offered by CSA, and earn credits. The programme is open to all students and adults worldwide. A transcript will be issued by USW. Students can take Liberal Arts & Science courses taught in English. Cultural activities and excursions are included. Low-cost housing options are available. Semester, Year, Quarter, S...

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Founded in 1968, Universidad Veritas is a Costa Rican educational institution specializing in art, design, and architecture, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in digital animation, fashion design, architecture, product design, interior design, advertising design, photography, television, and film. The university Center for International Programs has more than 20 years of exper...

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Students who study with API in Rome at the Lorenzo de' Medici - The Italian International Institute, can choose from courses in Italian Language, International Business, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and Studio Arts. API students will have the opportunity to earn 12-16 semester credit hours, depending on their course selections. Courses are available at lower and upper-division levels. Language cou...

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The Semester Spanish Studies Program in San Juan, Puerto Rico is specially designed for students interested in Spanish language, culture and history. All courses are taught in English at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of study visits, language exchanges, volunteer and other cultural opportunities into the curriculum, so that you may more fully i...

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Take part in the Study and Intern in London program, and get the chance to deepen your learning while gaining practical experience internationally. It comes with courses in sociology, marketing, government, communication, cinema, business, art, and more. These aim to deepen your understanding of the UK’s culture. It also involves an unpaid internship or service-learning placement, allowing you ...

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This program is designed for students who wish to experience all that a beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean has to offer, while studying the Spanish language and the complexities of Spanish and contemporary European societies. The USAC program is located at the 30,000 student University of Alicante and offers two diverse academic areas: Intensive Language and Spanish and European Studie...

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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

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Studying Art Abroad

Every advanced society throughout human history has supported art, be it sculpture, painting, photography, mosaic, mural, or some combination. Study art abroad and you’ll be able to experience the pieces you’ve read about in books and seen in pictures with your own eyes, and develop a new understanding of their creation. From ancient iconography to Picasso’s Blue Period, the world is chock-full of museums and historical sites waiting for you to take in their beauty!

Why Study Art Abroad

Studying art abroad offers several perks, but none so great as the possibility to experience ancient and world famous art first hand. The history of art is a long and winding story, ranging in style, always reflecting the environment and society in which it was made. 

Art is a unique field that combines timelessness with a specific moment in time. Therefore, to fully understand a piece or artist, secondhand information can only take you so far. The most important benefit of studying art abroad is the chance to experience and learn in a way that just isn’t possible in a domestic education. Experiencing the culture and the day to day lives of the people of a city sheds light on the perspective of the artist who used to call it home. The same can be said for taking in the landscape, the weather, and learning about the time and mood of the work.

Even if you are studying a type of art born of your country, it is still fascinating to see other foreign artists' interpretations of the style, and give you a more well-rounded view and understanding of the art itself. The chance to experience the culture, society, and people that influenced an artist and their work gives you an incredible chance to get back to the source and the roots. With this advantage and a deeper understanding of the field in general, you can return to your home university and move forward with a bigger picture than any book or documentary could ever give you. 

Locations

When choosing where to study art abroad, it’s helpful to think of what art in particular interests you. When art and art history are concerned, choosing a city in Europe is never a bad idea. One, because the continent happens to be home to some of the richest collections of art in the world, and two, because the ability to hop from place to place will increase the sheer volume of sites and art work you can see. 

An obvious starting place for students really interested in studying artistic masters is Florence, Italy. Home to a few minor players, such as Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and Raphael, (obviously we were kidding about the “minor” part) you’ll find many studios and schools still operating, churning out these artists style of work today. While studying art in Florence, the city will become your gallery. Not only with the mammoth Uffitzi, housing major work, sketches, sculpture, and lesser known pieces, give you plenty of inspiration, but with frescoes covering church walls and ceilings all over the city you will be literally surrounded by art. You may even wish you never had to blink in this art-packed city. 

For students looking for a more varied experience, you’ll never run out of works of art to see in Paris, France. France’s capital city is home to the infamous Louvre, which houses over 35,000 works of art, including the Mona Lisa. Most tourists never the get the chance to see each piece, let alone study them. The chance to live  and study art in Paris for a semester or year will give you the gift of time with one of the world’s largest collections. If such classic work ever begins to bore you, there’s always Paris’ Belleville district, where you’ll find a modern art movement bursting with new talent and fresh ideas. 

London, similarly has the National Gallery, the Tate Modern, the Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the British Museum, just to name a few. A legacy of wealthy collectors, and of course the Royal Family, has left the city filled with collections big and small. Tere are even some collections you may stumble upon by accident; for example, if you find yourself in the world’s largest collection of Knight’s Armour or small pottery. There is enough artwork in London to fill several lifetimes, and it varies from early oil paintings to modern interactive sculpture installations. 

Of course, Europe isn't hogging all of the beautiful art in the world. Australia boasts art that is second to none too. Students who appreciate cartoon art will be remiss if they don't check out study abroad programs in Japan as well. Lastly, for those who love indigenous arts, Ecuador and Peru are incredible destinations to study art abroad.

Art Study Abroad Programs

Art students will have an easy time finding relevant courses to take abroad. Art study abroad programs focused on the history of art in a specific country, and even composition or studio art, are offered in any art heavy city around the world. Each city takes pride in teaching its own artistic traditions; it won’t be hard to find the connection between offered art courses and the surrounding artwork.

One common theme from program to program is the emphasis on learning from local practitioners and artists. The opportunity to study art abroad under a working artist or scholar in the midst of a fast-paced academic experience is priceless. Not a typical classroom, most art study abroad programs will involve class meetings at museums and various sites, for example the National Gallery, the Santa Maria Novella, or even the Louvre, to see work in its true home (instead of projected on a screen).

Many students will have the chance to participate in art internships during their study abroad program at museums and galleries in beautiful cities across the world, seeing a side of the art world that will give them a competitive edge in the future. If you’re looking for something more hands on, you could work to expand your portfolio by interning in a studio while studying art abroad, possibly working with new materials or subject matter. Using the world’s premier museums and masters as your teachers will be a truly priceless experience. You might feel less like a local and more like a tourist, but you’ll still see, smell, and feel original work yourself (actually, probably don’t touch). 

Benefits & Challenges

Traveling abroad always offers great opportunity as well as obstacles. For young artists, studying art abroad offers the chance to be introduced to new perspectives and worldviews. Seeing a new way of life and living a new lifestyle yourself can breathe new life into students’ creativity and artwork. Additionally, the chance to meet new people and learn from the artwork of others is exciting for an artist!

Depending on the length of your art study abroad program, you may need to pack your art materials in your suitcase. In some locations you may find lower quality art supplies or unfamiliar brushes, cancasses, pencils, etc.

Another challenge you may face in studying art abroad is the sheer volume of new work and experiences you may be exposed to; depending on the time you have, you may feel overwhelmed or your sense may feel overloaded. Instead of trying to take in every single thing, it may be helpful to take baby steps and look at your time as an opportunity to grow and learn from what you see naturally, rather than being focused on seeing everything.

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