Photography

"If seeing is believing, why not see the world and let others see it too?"

- Megan Lendman, Photography major

photogrsphy major minor

Costa Rica

Imagine photographing ancient architecture while roaming the streets of Rome, photographing the serene and colorful stillness of a Chinese temple on a mountain near Shanghai, or photographing the vibrantly modern fashion in London or Paris. As a young photographer, every path is open to you. Whether you want to focus your photography on documentary, architecture, fashion, landscapes or still-life, studying abroad can instill a sense of independence and self-awareness that is critical to any professional photographer. 

The phrase “a picture is worth a thousand words” is more resonant than ever in moments where language is limited and visual communication is key. Opportunities for photography students range from fascinating electives like “Architecture of Rome” to “Ecological Photography” in Costa Rica. Exciting internships like a fashion photographer’s assistant or an archaeological excavation photographer can cultivate inspiration for independent studies or thesis work. 

The visions of the world are incredibly diverse and rewarding in each their own way. In a field that requires creativity, ingenuity and originality, what better way to fuel the senses than taking time to experience some place completely new!

Academic Advice

  • Department input requested
  • Consider fulfilling your Issues General Education requirement abroad. Find out how!

Restrictions

Photography students may take courses abroad. No restrictions have been specified by the Photography program. Courses will be reviewed on a case by case basis through the course equivalency process.

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 non-GVSU 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.

Program Suggestions

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

GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Faculty-Led

United Kingdom

Communications

Summer

Non-GVSU Programs

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

Affiliate

Greece

Hellenic International Studies of the Arts

Summer

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

AIFS: Richmond, The American International University in London

Semester

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

Nottingham Trent University

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

Italy

CIS: Summer in Art and Photography in Florence

Summer

Non-GVSU

Italy

KEI: Istituto Europeo di Design

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

Australia

CIS: Summer Photography in Australia

Summer

Non-GVSU

France

IES: Summer in Arles

Summer

Non-GVSU

New Zealand

ISA: Massey University-Palmerstone North

Semester, academic year or summer

Non-GVSU

United Kingdom

Nottingham Summer School

Summer

Internships

Program Type

Country

Program, Host Institution, or University Name

Term Available

GVSU

Paris

EUSA Internship-France

Summer

GVSU

Dublin

EUSA Internship-Ireland

Summer

GVSU

Madrid

EUSA Internship-Spain

Summer

GVSU

United Kingdom

EUSA Internship-London

Summer

GVSU

Czech Republic

EUSA Internship-Prague

Summer

Non-GVSU

Various Destinations

Institute for Global Studies- Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Various Destinations

IGS: Art and Design Internships

Varies

Non-GVSU

Various Destinations

API: Internships Abroad Spotlight

Varies

Non-GVSU

Various Destinations

CIS: Internships Abroad

Varies

Non-GVSU

Various Destinations

World Endeavors:Visual Art Internships Abroad

Varies

Explore Other Program Options

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

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

Browse More Programs

To determine the GVSU course equivalencies for courses taken abroad, please view the “How to Request Course Equivalencies” page. For more information email Department Contact below.

Department Contact

Anthony Thompson


 (616) 331-3606
 thompsoa@gvsu.edu



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