Theatre Arts majors should participate in study abroad programs that offer courses relevant to their major and/or general education requirements. Students are especially encouraged to fulfill their world languages requirements abroad, and should check out this list of pre-approved overseas language programs.
Summer and winter programs are highly recommended, especially for double majors and other students who don’t have time for study abroad during the school year. Students participating in summer programs are encouraged to enroll in multiple programs during the same summer, especially if the programs are in geographically similar locations and their dates align (e.g. the London Performance Study and the Irish Writing Program).
While we suggest you look at these recommended programs first, feel free to browse the programs section of our website, explore another online directory of study abroad programs, and/or consult materials in the Study Abroad Resource Room.Another short-term option is to enroll in the International Perspectives: Xicotepec course on campus at the U of I, which can be supplemented by participation in a one-week faculty-led travel opportunity in Mexico. Students enroll for a 10-week class during spring semester, then have the option to spend spring break presenting theatre projects in Mexico. Credit is earned for the on-campus course only. Hint: If you take Elements of Design and/or Costume Design II during the same semester, you can substitute certain Design assignments with a special project related to your International Perspectives presentation.
Double majors, check out the Major Advising Page corresponding with your second major for additional study abroad opportunities.
Candidates for the Performing Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate should consider taking business courses abroad (and check out programs recommended for business majors here).
University of KwaZulu-Natal Exchange
Durban, South Africa
This exchange program offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a summer, semester or academic year at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. The Summer Session offers special classes that provide an introduction to South Africa from a variety of academic perspectives, including political science, history, literature, Theatre, art history, and ethnomusicology. Academic Term Session students will be enrolled in regular University of KwaZulu-Natal courses.
The ISEP Exchange program allows University of Iowa students a semester or a year of study in regular coursework at the University of Ghana. One of the university's objectives for its own students is to ensure that they have an understanding of world affairs, in particular of the histories, institutions and cultures of African civilizations.
Regents Semester in Australia
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Newcastle or the University of Tasmania. Participants are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian peers. A large selection of English coursework is available, including creative writing.
The IES Paris-French Studies program is offered in the fall semester or for the academic year. Two years of college-level French is a prerequisite, and instruction 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, and more. Cinema, Theatre, Opera, and Aesthetics courses are also offered.
UI group wearing their saris for their last night in India
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.
The Irish Writing Program is a rigorous creative writing program requiring some talent, and especially commitment and discipline. Its goal is to help aspiring writers become better at their craft.
The program has two components: writing workshops, and an interdisciplinary Irish literature & culture course. It offers six semester hours of credit. Grades are issued by the University of Iowa on a University of Iowa transcript.
The creative writing workshop converts to 8N:192 Dublin Writing Workshop and applies to the Non-Fiction & Creative Writing area of the University of Iowa English major. The literature & drama course converts to 008:109 Literature & Culture of the 20th Century and fulfills the Transnational & Post-Colonial area of the major.
The Irish Writing Program will run from Thursday, May 30 (arrival) through Saturday, July 13, 2013 (vacate apartments and return to U.S. or independent travel in Ireland/Europe).
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 information about specific courses, visit the SACI website).
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.
This program offers students the opportunity to explore interdisciplinary and foundational learning in the areas of dance, design and music through interaction with and exploration of two main aspects of Brazilian popular culture: Samba and Carnival. Students gain first-hand experience with all aspects of preparation for Brazilian Carnival by exploring dance, music, historical and social contexts, production, critical theories of performance, religious backgrounds and theater making in the Carnival Parades, from current to centuries-old tradition.
Video From a Past Program
Students may enroll in the International Perspectives: Xicotepec course on campus at the U of I, which can be supplemented by participation in a one-week faculty-led travel opportunity in Mexico. Students enroll for a 10-week class during spring semester, then have the option to spend spring break presenting theatre projects in Mexico. Credit is earned for the on-campus course only.
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 offers courses in ceramics, dance, drama/theatre, 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.
Tower Bridge in London
This one-of-a kind summer program is designed to provide students with an intensive introduction to theatre in London, with English and Theatre Arts majors receiving credit towards the major. London Performance Study is also open to interested non-majors. The course is worth 3 s.h. of credit. The program is offered by the University of Iowa Departments of English and Theatre Arts and Study Abroad. Note: The price of this trip is a bargain!