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A Guide to Art History Degrees Abroad

Earning your art history degree abroad may seem like a daunting prospect upon first consideration, and uprooting from home to go full expat in a faraway country is indeed not for everyone. But for the ambitious handful who undertake this venture, immersing yourself in a different country for a few years will give you entirely new perspective on just how influential art and culture can truly be.

Why Earn Your Degree Abroad

For budding art historians, the opportunity to earn your art history degree abroad is a unique chance to place your academic pursuits within any global context your heart desires. Art and culture have played an undeniably influential role on each other throughout history, meaning that your studies will expand far beyond the four walls of a classroom; earning your art history degree abroad is rather an entirely unique approach to understanding the country you will be temporarily calling home on a much deeper level.


No matter the form, art has played a fundamental role in the history of every country and culture on earth. Art history as an academic discipline, however, is today more fully realized in those countries that have sufficient educational resources and a long tradition of  study in the field.

Because of its ancient roots, world class universities, and huge collections of art from around the world, Europe is the first choice of many where to earn their art history degree abroad. Countries such as France, Italy, and England  are all home to some of the finest artifact collections and most prestigious art history programs on the planet.

Asia also boasts some of the finest art history degree programs out there, amid much different cultural manifestations of art stemming from ancient civilizations that developed distinctly from their European counterparts. Japan, China, and India for instance all have incredibly unique art histories, so can be very enriching places where to earn your art history degree abroad.

These are only a select few locations; there are many other countries around the world that can be equally great places where to earn your art history degree abroad. Where you choose to study will greatly affect the content of your education, as every culture boasts its own unique manifestation of artistic development. Do your research and choose wisely!

Academics & Degrees

Art History is a very broad field of study that encompasses many sub-disciplines relevant to its genre. Some of the most commonly explored topics within an art history degree abroad include the historical development of design, format, and style as they relate to artistic manifestations such as painting, sculpture, and architecture. There is a great diversity of courses within this general arc that you can enroll in, the specific subject-matter of which will depend largely on the location where you study abroad.

Students of the subject can earn their art history degree abroad at the undergraduate, Master’s, or Doctoral level. Often these programs bleed into one another, such as a combined graduate program that encompasses both a Master’s and a PhD. Art History is a commonly offered degree course both at large universities and at smaller art schools.

The language barrier is an important factor to bear in mind when searching for the perfect school where to earn your degree abroad in art history. While English speaking programs are offered commonly around the world, immersing yourself entirely in a foreign university and way of life will always require you to learn the local language. Don’t fret, becoming bilingual certainly never hurt anyone!

Benefits & Challenges

Choose Your Context. Art History is an academic subject which is greatly influenced by the country in which you study it. Each culture has their unique contribution to the field, and here’s your chance to pick the one that you find the most interesting.

Expand Your Perspective. While art may manifest in a wide diversity of ways throughout the world, the creative potential which lies innate is universal. Earning your art history degree abroad will push the boundaries of what you thought you knew about art.

Push Yourself. It is easy to study art history from the comfort of home, and much harder to fully immerse yourself in an entirely new country. In the end, which will be the better growth experience?

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Master in Curatorial Practice - IED Venice

The global scenario of the art system includes today a growing number of physical and virtual venues representing a wide range of curatorial projects opportunities: museums, exhibition areas, public and private galleries, biennals, fairs, platforms, websites, etc. The Master in Curatorial Practice promoted by IED Venezia is a program dealing with the exhibition design direction and managemen...


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Earn Your American Bachelor’s Degree in Rome, Italy at JCU

International experience is becoming increasingly valuable in the job market. Earning your degree abroad at John Cabot University will not only teach you flexibility, independence, and intercultural skills that are highly marketable to employers, but will also allow you to join our student community representing more than 70 countries. As an American university in the historic center of Rom...


MA in Art History: Florence, Italy

Study MA in Art History at Studio Arts College International (SACI) and experience Florence, which revolutionized art during the Renaissance. This remarkable Italian city has since served as a catalyst and inspiration for scholars and artists. Students will work in an environment of rigorous technical and critical inquiry, both individually and as part of an institution that is renowned for its...


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Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies at AUD

Through the Certificate in Middle Eastern Studies program at The American University in Dubai (AUD) students will develop an understanding of the environment, cultural, politics, and history of the Middle East. This understanding will serve any students well whether they are seeking employment within the Middle East (regardless of their profession) or have a strong interest in the region. P...


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Study Abroad at Bangor University in Wales, UK

Many students choose to study at Bangor University, North Wales as visiting study abroad scheme students. Every year, well over 100 students from North, Central and South America, Asia and mainland Europe undertake a semester or a whole year at Bangor and transfer the credits achieved to the home University. This means that students who are taking a degree course at another university can vi...


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TEAN: Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in New Zealand

For those wanting to study abroad beyond a semester, TEAN can assist you in finding a program in New Zealand to earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD. Our services are free to you. We do not charge you for the work we do on your behalf. By utilizing TEAN's services you are saving money on international postage, phone calls and more. TEAN is an official representative of the be...


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Earn your Master's Degree in Central London

Looking to gain your master’s degree abroad? Study at Richmond, the American University in London. We are a private, nonprofit institution of higher education with American accreditation and a range of excellent postgraduate programs. At Richmond, we deliver the very best of American and British higher educational systems. We offer programs that prepare you to think creatively, critically a...


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International Master's Degree Programs in Helsinki, Finland

Broaden your academic knowledge further with a graduate study in Finland! Enroll in any of the University of Helsinki’s 33 Masters Programmes, which are taught entirely in English. Complete your full-time study in two years and earn 120 ECTS credits. Our annual tuition fees are 13.000, 15.000 or 18.000 €, depending on the program. The International Master's Degree Programs at the University ...


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BA (Hons) in Media and Communication Design

In the continuously evolving media landscape, the possibilities and opportunities for media designers are diverse as long as they have strong creative skills, knowledge of new methods and approaches and have up to the minute knowledge of emerging mediums and technologies. This interdisciplinary programme offered in partnership with the prestigious University of Westminster prepares students to...


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IES Abroad London - Study London Semester/Year Program

Come supplement the value an undergraduate degree with a study abroad or international internship experience in London! Programs include: Economics, Health Practice, International Business, Womens Studies, Film, Communications, Literature, and Performing Arts. The possibilities are numerous. Choose between a semester or a full year program with the ability to participate in subject-specifi...


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Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus

Saint Louis University is a Jesuit institution with campuses in St. Louis, Missouri and Madrid, Spain. The student body on the Madrid campus is a multicultural community of approximately 750 students from over 60 different countries. Students at SLU-Madrid can complete a fully accredited American degree abroad in Business, Communication, International Relations, Psychology and more. SLU-Madrid ...


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University of Otago - Study Abroad

The University of Otago welcomes study abroad students from universities throughout the world, and enrolls international students in degrees from bachelors through to PhD. Live among local students of the university, all within 15 minutes walk of campus and the Dunedin city center in New Zealand. The two to six-bedroom houses or apartments typically have at least one local student living in the...


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Accademia dell'Arte - Study Abroad in Arezzo, Tuscany, Italy

The Accademia dell'Arte is a performing arts school and cultural center. Housed at Villa Godiola, a Renaissance era villa that overlooks the city of Arezoo, the Accademia dell’Arte offers study abroad programs in: - Physical Theatre - Dance - Music - Summer Intensive Programs: Physical Theatre and Dance - Interdisciplinary Summer Programs We also host faculty-led study abroad progra...


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Semester Abroad with The University of New York in Prague

University of New York in Prague is the largest and leading English language Higher Education Institution in the Czech Republic. Teaching takes place in English and currently, more than 800 students from more than 60 countries study at UNYP. Lecturers come from the United States, EU and the Czech Republic (more than 20 countries in all), and bring with them both academic and professional backg...


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ISA (International Studies Abroad)

Arts & Humanities internships with ISA Internships encompasses a wide range of academic interests including philosophy, cultural studies, and sociology, among many others. The breadth of international internships in arts and humanities allows participants to explore career options in a wide range of industries and specializations, while refining career interests.