Study Abroad Programs

Complete your Liberal Arts requirements in Europe. Study Abroad: Seminar in Europe exposes students to the art of featured regions within the broader context of European history and artistic culture. Explore the extraordinary architecture and visit the extensive collections of paintings, sculptures, and decorative objects housed in Europe’s world-renowned museums.

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Liberal Arts: England & Scotland

The Liberal Arts Department and The School of Art History are excited to announce that England and Scotland will be the Study Abroad destination for Summer Intersession 2014. (May 26–June 13, 2014)

LA 276 & GLA 903 Seminar in England and Scotland (3 units)

In this three-week intensive traveling course, students will study and then write about the art collections of England and Scotland. Lectures will accompany visits to the museums. Students will explore the extraordinary architecture of Great Britain and visit the extensive collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative objects housed in Great Britain's world-renowned museums. Prerequisites: LA 108, minimum 2.75 GPA & successful completion of at least 1 art history course (LA 120, LA 121 or LA 222 with a C- or better) prior to departure. (Students with start terms of SP13 and beyond must achieve a C- or higher in LA 108)

Note: Extensive walking is a required component of this program.

Highlights include:


  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower of London
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery and Sir John Sloane’s House & Museum
  • British Museum
  • St Paul's Cathedral
  • National Gallery
  • Tate Modern
  • Tate Britain
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Courtauld Institute of Art
  • Full-day guided excursion to Windsor Castle & Oxford

York, England

  • Visits in York to Castle Howard, York Minster, & Durham Cathedral
  • Hadrian’s Wall and the Jedburgh & Dryburgh Abbey ruins

Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Guided sightseeing walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Guided visit to the National Portrait Gallery
  • Visits to sites such as Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral & the Scottish National Gallery

Glasgow, Scotland

  • The Mackintosh House
  • Hunterian Art Gallery
  • Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.

Academic Requirements:

  • Have completed one Art History class with a C- or better
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Have completed LA 108 with a C- or better (or have waived the class)
  • Non-native speakers of English must have completed ESL 4 (UG) or ESL 604 (GRAD)

Academic Fulfillment:

  • Undergraduates will receive 3 units of Liberal Arts credit
  • Graduates will receive 3 units of GLA credit
  • Study Abroad fulfills one Art History requirement


Cost of the tour is based on program enrollment. The following factors determine the total cost of the trip.

  • Cost of the Tour: The cost of the tour is based on enrollment and is payable to AIFS.
    If 40 or more students enroll, the fee will be $3,665 per person
    If 30–39 students enroll, the fee will be $3,915.
    If 20–29 students enroll, the fee will be $4,415
  • Tuition: Discuss with your advisor. Tuition is payable to the AAU.
  • Airfare: Optional Round-trip airfare from SFO to LHR (London, Heathrow) is available $1,494. You are free to book your own airfare and meet the class in London.
  • Personal spending allowance. Budget for lunch and dinner daily, and other personal expenditures.

Cost of the tour includes:

  • Accommodations in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast in London, York, Edinburgh and Glasgow
  • London Transport Travel pass
  • Group welcome and farewell meals
  • Private coach transfer from London to Edinburgh via York

How to get started:

For more information, or to express your interest in the program, please start by completing this questionnaire.

Seminar in Europe Questionnaire

Additional Questions? Contact

Fine Art Intensive in Italy

This program is offered as a study abroad program in Florence, Italy during 7.5 weeks of summer semester. Classes are offered Monday through Thursday during the semester. Students will have the opportunity for two weekend trips to Venice and Rome, all of which are included in the program.

Proposed classes during this study abroad may include Location Painting, Location Drawing/Sketching, and Location Cityscape or Printmaking and Book Arts.

Program Highlights:

  • Weekend trips to Rome and Venice
  • Day excursions to small Italian towns
  • On-location painting and drawing or printmaking and book arts classes with Academy instructors
  • Museum visits

Fashion Scholarship Exchange

Through the Sister City Scholarship Exchange Program, the School of Fashion awards scholarships to study in Paris with Studio Berçot and L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. These scholarships are a tremendous honor and awarded only to the very best students.

Program Highlights:

  • The School of Fashion awards scholarships to study abroad in Paris with Studio Berçot and L’Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne
  • The scholarship awards full tuition for one year
  • Living and travel expenses are the responsibility of the student
  • All instruction is in French


  • All seniors
  • Juniors who are enrolled in or have completed Fashion Design 4
  • MFA and BFA students
  • Candidates must speak French

Study Abroad Testimonials

Liz–Painting MFA

"Joining the Fine Art in Italy program is one of the best decisions I have ever made. The best part of the program was forming relationships with fellow students and incredibly talented professors. If there is anyone out there trying to decide whether to study abroad with AAU - do it!"

Cindy–Photography BFA

"Study abroad enriched my online studies and was a life changing experience. Seeing the classical works of western art history in person, in their context is incredibly important. Regardless of your age, locale, or major—stop thinking about it, just go! I promise you won't regret it!"

Malorie–Animation BFA

"The Study Abroad Program was absolutely amazing! The experience of seeing the art and the culture of the people around it can't be compared or replaced by anything else. I made some great connections and friends that remain to this day."