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 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 UI, 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 on the Business MAP).
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.
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, but more importantly, 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.
SACI was started in 1975 and is now a U.S. non-profit educational institution. It is accredited through NASAD, is affiliated with Bowling Green University, and 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 on Korean Painting, Ceramics, Finer 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 UI, 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.
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 the Study Abroad office. Note: The price of this trip is a bargain!