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: Italy Summer Intersession 2015

The Liberal Arts Department and The School of Art History are excited to announce that Italy will be the Study Abroad destination for Summer Intersession 2015. (May 26- June 12, 2015)

LA 279 & GLA 903 Seminar in Italy (3 units)

In this three-week intensive traveling course, students will study and then write about the art collections of Italy. Lectures will accompany visits to the museums. Students will explore the extraordinary architecture of Italy and visit the extensive collections of paintings, sculpture and decorative objects housed in Italy'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:

  • Milan
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Siena
  • Rome

Academic Requirements:

  • Have completed one Art History class with a C- or better (UG only)
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better (all students)
  • Have completed LA 108 with a C- or better (or have waived the class – UG only)
  • 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


The total cost of Study Abroad is based on the following 4 factors:

  1. The tour with AIFS (excluding tuition & airfare)
    • Based on an enrollment of 30 to 34, the fee per person is $4,495.
    • Based on an enrollment of 35 to 39, the fee per person is $4,395.
    • Based on an enrollment of 40 to 45, the fee per person is $4,195.

  2. Tuition: Discuss with your advisor. Tuition is payable to Academy of Art University.
  3. Personal spending allowance. Budget for lunch and dinner daily, and other personal expenditures.
  4. Airfare: You have the option of flying from SFO with your instructors or meeting the group in Milan


Cost of the tour includes:

  • Accommodations in centrally located hotels with daily breakfast
  • Entrance to all museums, galleries, and other key sites
  • Group welcome and farewell meals
  • Private coach transfer between locations

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 a weekend trip to Venice, which is 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:

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 Academy of Art University - 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."