Study Away Programs
UArts recognizes that in an increasingly global society, experience abroad can make a significant impact on an artist’s work. Immersion in another culture provides intellectual enrichment and exposure to new ways of making and creating. Study Away programs take you out of your comfort zone to expand on the lessons you’ve learned on campus and broaden your world view.
The University of the Arts encourages students in the exploration of the borderless and timeless language of the arts. In an increasingly global society, experience abroad can make a significant impact on an artist’s work. Immersion in a new culture provides students with historical, intellectual and technical enrichment as they discover their role in the global narrative. With a variety of locations and areas of study, UArts has a study abroad opportunity that will help you meet your artistic and academic goals. Members of the UArts community can access additional information on the UArts Portal.
UArts Semester Abroad
Participate in our expanding list of direct exchange programs, encompassing various artistic disciplines. Visual arts students may consider a semester at the National University of the Arts in Korea or at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, music students may spend a semester in the Netherlands at the Prince Claus Conservatoire, and animation majors may study at the Ecole Européenne Supérieure de l'Image in France. Direct exchange opportunities like these are expected to double within the next year.
UArts-affiliate institutions offer students a number of arts-focused study abroad programs designed by American or foreign institutions. These programs include semester-long and summer programs. Explore a wide range of design and media disciplines at the University of the Arts London, visual and performing arts in a variety of locations through Arcadia's College of Global Studies, and fine arts in Florence through the Studio Art Centers International.
Academic Planning and Application
Most students find that a semester abroad works best in their third year of study. Planning should begin in the fall of the second year – or even the first year at UArts. Petitions to study abroad take some time to complete. Whether you plan to be abroad in the fall OR spring term, the deadline for petition approval is March 15 or the next business day. So begin planning now for your adventure abroad.
The Short Travel program consists of faculty-led Study Away courses that meet during academic breaks: Winter (mid-December to mid-January), Spring (generally the second week in March), and Summer (generally mid-May through Mid-August). Six to ten travel experiences are offered each academic/calendar year. Short Travel course packages range from $3,200 - $4,500 for a two-week experience.
Upcoming Short Travel courses
Short Travel course packages typically include:
- International or domestic airfare or ground transportation
- Transportation from site to site, city to city
- Accommodations and special meals
- Immersive cultural experiences and free time to explore
- Knowledgeable tour guides
- Admission to cultural sites
- 24-hour emergency assistance
Please note: some additional fees apply. Additional tuition fees apply when auditing, course overloading, and in the summer semester ($134 per credit hour for the first three credits). You'll receive credit in the semester of the experience. Most of the courses are open to UArts students outside of the program major.
World Strides UArts Travel Partner
UArts has partnered with an organization called WorldStrides ISA Custom Programs because of their expertise in logistics for university groups, their commitment to educational excellence, and their unmatched record for safety. You can learn more about WorldStrides ISA Custom programs here.
Nearly 50 years of experience
- 6 million student travelers (lifetime)
- More than 300 university partners
- Strong curriculum development
- Commitment to keeping students safe, including a 24/7 emergency contact
Comprehensive emergency and medical support
- Comprehensive $50-million liability insurance
- Primary and emergency medical embedded in every program to ensure the safety and security of all travelers.
- Access to doctors on call from George Washington University 24/7 while in country
- Partnership with integrated risk management firm, iJet, for in-depth crisis consultation and evacuation assistance.
- 30+ offices around the world
Financial Aid + Scholarships
- Student Financial Services will review your application and provide you with any available options and recommendations. Funding may include Pell Grants, federal loans, and state grants.
- If you need additional assistance with the cost of the program or need funds for educational expenses related to the trip, you should go over private loan options with your Student Financial Services Counselor.
- For summer travel, complete the part-time aid form with the Student Financial Services office to see what aid you might be eligible for (this might include surplus from the current semester). Using summer funds may impact your lifetime aid limits, Student Financial Services will review this with you.
You should budget for passport application fees, any non-included meals (see your itinerary for details), an international cell phone plan, optional Travel Protection Plan ($199 per person), luggage overage fees and hotel incidentals.
Cancellation & Refunds
Deposits are non-refundable. If the class is canceled or if your application is denied, your deposit will be refunded. You can use financial aid to pay deposits.
How to prepare for Study Away experiences
- Attend the Travel Fair, info sessions, or pre-departure sessions to learn more.
- Review the program policies.
- Review the Study Away Educational Accessibility information.
- Prepare your travel documents.
- Check on visa requirements for your expected travel dates and destinations.
- Make sure you have a valid passport that expires at least 6 months after your program return date.
- Consider health preparations and insurance.
- Make financial preparations—meet with Student Financial Services as soon as you know you want to participate in a Study Away program.
- Compile the contact information to use in case of emergency and keep it handy.
- Prepare for your trip with language support and assistance—the UArts Library website has a great resource for learning languages called Pronunciator.