Department of Visual & Media Arts

Imagine having access to pure paint pigments found in the local marketplace in Morocco or India. Imagine spending time analyzing the architecture in Europe, inspiring your own meticulous and ornate compositions. Imagine meeting artists from all over the world attending the same international institution as you. Studying abroad can give art students an opportunity to replenish or forward creative inspirations and techniques. 

Art and Design Study Abroad Programs

London

University of the Arts London

Whether you want to focus your art on architecture, experimental, landscapes or still-life, studying abroad can instill a sense of independence and self-awareness that is critical to any budding artist. Keep on the lookout for artistic connections, you never know who might let you do an artist residency later on in life.

Academic Advice

FIRST YEAR AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS

First Year Students

The earliest you can go abroad is the summer of your first year.
Students may fulfill General Education Foundations and/or Issues requirements abroad.

Sophomore Students

  • Students may fulfill credits in their major as well as General Education Foundations and/or Issues requirements abroad.
  • Be sure to begin planning at least six months in advance.
  • Students do not need to speak a foreign language in order to study in a country where English is not the official language.
  • An internship abroad will not only give students experience and insights into their specific field of interest, but will help them develop desirable cross-cultural skills and competency.
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Keep in Mind

  • Once you have selected a program, be sure to meet with your adviser at least three months prior to departing for your program.
  • Be sure to explore both GVSU and External program options by browsing the Program Suggestions below. Students are not limited to GVSU study abroad programs.
  • There are several opportunities to intern and or volunteer while abroad.
  • Students are also able to fulfill General Education requirements abroad, including their General Education Issues requirement.

Scholarship Opportunities

Explore scholarship opportunities through our scholarships page 

Program Suggestions

You are not limited to the program options listed below. 
Explore other External program options by using the search engines listed below.

Ceramics

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

 

External

Australia

ISA: Australia

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

External

Italy

Direct Enroll: Accademia Riaci

Graphic Design

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

 

Partnership

England

Kingston University

External

Argentina

ISA: University of Belgrano (Taught in Spanish)

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

External

France

Paris College of Art

Illustration

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Partnership

England

Kingston University

External: Affiliate

Cyprus

Global Semesters: University of Nicosia

 

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

External

France

Paris College of Art

Metalsmithing

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

 

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

External

Italy

Direct Enroll: Accademia Riaci

Painting

Program Type

Country 

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

   

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

 

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

 

External

France

ASA: The Marchutz School of Fine Arts

   

External

Greece

Art on the Move in Athens

   

Printmaking

Program Type 

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

External: Affiliate

Cyprus

Global Semesters: University of Nicosia

   

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

 

External

Botswana

CIEE: University of Botswana

   

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

 

Sculpture

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Partnership

South Korea

Seoul National University of Science & Technology

 

External: Affiliate

Cyprus

Global Semesters: University of Nicosia

 

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

External

England

API: The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

External

France

Paris College of Art

External

Italy

CAPA: Florence Study Center

Visual Studies

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External: Affiliate

Cyprus

Global Semesters: University of Nicosia

   

External

Botswana

CIEE: University of Botswana

   

External

Czech Republic

CIEE: Communications & New Media

   

External

South Africa

CIEE: University of Capetown

Curatorial Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Summer

External

Singapore 

Global Works: Art Gallery in Singapore

Art History

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

Partnership

France

L’Université Catholique de L’Ouest (UCO)

External: Affiliate

Italy

John Cabot University

External: Affiliate

Greece

Hellenic International Studies in the Arts

   

External

Spain

International Studies at Universidad Pablo de Olavide - Seville

   

External

Cyprus

Global Semester: University of Nicosia

   

Art Education

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

External

Botswana

CIEE: University of Botswana

 

External

Cyprus

Global Semesters: University of Nicosia

 

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

External

Australia

KEI: Brisbane & Gold Coast

Foundations

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Semester

Academic Year

Summer

Non-Traditional Academic Year

Partnership

United Kingdom

Kingston University

 

External

Australia

ISA: Sydney, Australia

   

External

England

API:The University of the Arts, London (UAL)

   

External

South Korea

ISA: South Korea University

     

External

France

USAC: Lyon

 

Other Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Varies

Varies

Internships Abroad

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Not finding a program on this list that meets your needs? Explore other options.

IMPORTANT: You can also complete your General Education requirements abroad. 

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Department Contact

For all course equivalency requests, please email or submit the Study Abroad Course Approval Form in person to:

Department of Visual & Media Arts

1105 Calder Art Center

Katalin Zaszlavik / International Education Committee 
(616) 331-3486
zaszlavk@gvsu.edu