The University of Iowa administers a large number of study abroad programs, and programs offered by other US colleges and universities are also available to UI students. The School of Art and Art History has worked closely with Study Abroad to select programs that fit art and art history majors particularly well. All areas of emphasis within the art and art history majors include options for study abroad. Consider your area of emphasis, your career interests, and your academic goals. Use these webpages and links, talk with your major adviser, and work with an adviser at the Study Abroad office and you will find a program that fits your needs.
The programs listed below were chosen because they offer a diverse representation of issues in art and art history, unique cultural experiences, or specialized internship options. While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse the Study Abroad website, explore an online directory of study abroad programs, and consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.
The specific programs recommended below may change, so check with your major advisor and Study Abroad for the latest updates.
Non-UI: IFSA Butler - National University of Cuyo
As a part of this program, students live with a host family and take intensive language and culture classes. The National University of Cuyo is well known for its Fine Arts programs, which include classes in ceramics, dance, drama/theater, and studio art. Students interested in this program should have completed four semesters of university-level Spanish. Visit the IFSA Butler website for more information.
Non-UI: CIEE Salvador da Bahia
Bria Davis in front of Christ the Redeemer, Brazil
This program is designed for students who have had two years of college-level Spanish or one year of college-level Portuguese. A broad range of Liberal Arts courses are offered, including Art and Art History. The program begins with a four week intensive language course. Students spend the duration of the program with homestay families. For more information, visit the CIEE program homepage.
Non-UI: Institute for American Universities, Aix
The IAU Aix program has many of options for students interested in Art or Art History. For example, the Marchutz School is an interdisciplinary approach to the teaching of art that combines readings in literature and philosophy with studio work. Other courses include Digital Photography, “The Tragic Vision,” Modern Art, Cezanne and Van Gogh, Impressionism, Western Art Survey, Ceramics, Studio Art, Painting & Drawing, and Ancient Mediterranean Art and Culture.
For more information on the classes available at Aix, visit the IAU webpage or check out additional information about the Marchutz School.
Non-UI: Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art
The Pont-Aven School of Contemporary Art (PSCA) has been in operation for 11 years. It averages 35-40 students in the summer, and 20-30 during each semester. PSCA offers semester-long BFA and BA programs as well as summer sessions. PSCA considers their courses to be similar to junior and senior-level courses in the US. Areas of study include Painting, Drawing, Experimental Works on Paper, Sculpture/Installation/Site work, Conceptual Art, Art History/Contemporary Issues, and French language. For more information, visit the PSCA website.
Non-UI: IES Paris
The IES Paris program is offered in the fall semester or for the academic year. Two years of college-level French is a prerequisite, and instruction at IES Paris is in French. There are several Art and Art History courses offered, including, Drawing for Beginners, Paris Museums, History of French Art, Modern Art, French Architecture, Art in Francophone Africa, Islamic Art. There are also classes on Cinema, Theater, Opera, and Aesthetics. Visit the IES Paris website for more information.
Study the History of Art, Drama, Dance, Print-making, Textiles, and Therapy of South India, Tamil Nadu! This UI sponsored program is offered over winter break and gives students with tight schedules the opportunity to pursue their education abroad. Instruction is in English, taught by UI faculty.
University College Cork's (UCC) History of Art Department was started in 2001 and has quickly developed into an interesting and vibrant program, thanks in part to Cork's exciting artistic community, which includes the Crawford Art Gallery, the Triskel Arts Centre, and the National Sculpture Factory. For information on specific courses, visit UCC's History of Art website.
For UI Credit: Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence
SACI was started in 1975, and is now a US non-profit educational institution. It is accredited through NASAD and is affiliated with Bowling Green University, and it has a good record of enabling students to gain credit toward their major . SACI is housed in several buildings in Florence, including an air-conditioned palazzo with a gallery, library, studios, and a conservation lab. Other facilities include a design center, craft center, and fresco studio. SACI offers semester and year-long programs, as well as a post-BA program. Courses are organized by subject/media:
- Two-Dimensional (drawing, painting, printmaking)
- Three-Dimensional (ceramics, sculpture)
- Media Area (animation, digital multimedia, photography, video)
- Design Area (graphic design, illustration, interior design, environmental design, design workshop)
- Art History (including museology)
- Art Conservation
- Italian Studies
- Italian Language
- Crafts (batik, jewelry, weaving, book arts)
For more info on these areas and on specific courses, visit the SACI website.
Non-UI: Lorenzo de Medici
Since its formation in 1973, the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici has expanded to become Italy's leading study abroad institution, with centers in Florence, Tuscania, and Rome. Students may enroll in the Lorenzo de Medici program. Many classes are taught in English and include courses in art history, history of architecture, film and multimedia production, graphic arts, jewelry, painting, drawing, mixed media, photograph, printmaking, restoration, sculpture and ceramics.
Located in the heart of the Eternal City, in the beautiful compound of the Italian National Academy of Sciences, John Cabot combines the best qualities of American liberal arts education, with the history and rich cultural heritage of Rome. Classes are taught in English and there are a wide variety of courses offered in both art history and studio art.
The American University in Rome seeks to offer students quality education and to promote cross-cultural exchange. Courses in everything from painting to web design to Baroque architecture are available, and all instruction is in English. Additionally, the American University in Rome has an active Internship program, so students may be able to gain work experience while also fulfilling degree requirements. Summer sessions are also available.
At Ewha, international students are required to take between 9 and 18 credit hours. At the School of Fine Arts, classes are taught about Korean Painting, Ceramics, Fiver Arts, Painting, and Sculpture. There is also a school of Design and a Department of Clothing and Textiles. Intensive language courses are also offered, and there is a directed independent study option. For more information, visit Ewha's homepage.
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Designed for juniors or seniors with four semesters of college-level Spanish, students take a required CIEE intensive language class, and can then choose from courses concerning the theory of art, modern art, primitive art, Greek art, and contemporary art, among others.
Non-UI: Semester at Queen's University Belfast
Queen's University Belfast's History of Art Department offers a variety of interesting classes, including Irish Art and Modernism, "From Vellum to Video," and Women and Visual Culture. For more information, visit the QUB Art website.
At the University of Edinburgh, the History of Art Department offers 5-year MFA and MA degrees that combine theoretical, historical, and studio work. UI students may participate in these classes, and options may be available for work placement and portfolio development.