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: Summer Intersession

The Liberal Arts Department and the School of Art History run a three-week intensive traveling course, where students study and write about the art they see in some of Europe’s greatest collections. Lectures accompany the museum visits, and students explore the extraordinary art and architecture of the cities they visit.

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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 the summer study abroad program will be in the areas of: Painting, Printmaking, Illustration, Photography and Art & Architectural History.

Program Highlights:

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

The departments participating in the 2016 summer study abroad are:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Art & Architectural History

Italy Fine Art Painting-Drawing or Printmaking Summer 2015 - Information Sheet (PDF)


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."