International Experience

Destinations & Programs

Planning your International Experience takes focus, time, and personal commitment.

Use this worksheet to compare Stamps Study Abroad programs in order to make a decision.

Costa Rica Semester Abroad
San Jose, Costa Rica
Typical Courses: Fine arts, design, ecology
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 349
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1 and March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Courses are taught in English and Spanish at Veritas Universidad. Select art, design, architecture, Costa Rican culture, mural painting and public art, tropical ecology and many more classes. Greater course selection is possible with Spanish language proficiency. Work in the Fab Lab, a rapid prototyping and advanced manufacturing laboratory focused on the management and development of design projects for social transformation and innovation.
DIS Copenhagen Semester Abroad
Copenghagen, Denmark
Typical Courses: Design, sustainability
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 321
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1 and March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes: Highly competitive
Foreign Language Required: No

Courses at DIS Copenhagen are taught in English by local faculty who are expert practitioners in their fields. Studio programs include furniture design, graphic design, and urban design. Study tours to near-by countries are built into each program. A wide range of academic topics are available to complement your studio work: Architecture, Art History, Computer Science, Entrepreneurship, Human Rights, Media Studies, Sustainability and many more disciplines.
DIS Copenhagen Summer Session 1, 2, 3, 4
Copenhagen, Denmark
Typical Courses: Design, sustainability
Term: Spring, Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 321
Credits: 3-9
Deadline: March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes: Highly competitive
Foreign Language Required: No

Summer Sessions at DIS are three, four or seven weeks long. Seven-week studio programs include architecture design, furniture design, graphic design, interior architecture, and urban design. Academic topics are taught all sessions: Entrepreneurship, Human Rights, Media Studies, Sustainability, Urban Design, Urban Studies, Visual Arts and many more.
Typical Courses: Animation, 3-D, fashion, games, graphic, industrial and product design
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 330
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1 and March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes: Choice of six colleges; highly competitive, portfolio required
Foreign Language Required: No

University Arts London (UAL) consists of six specialized colleges. Study at Central Saint Martins, Camberwell College of Arts, London College of Communication, Chelsea College of Art, London College of Fashion, or Wimbledon College of Arts. Topics include most fine arts and design subjects: 3-D design, animation, curation, drawing, fashion design, film, games design, graphic design, illustration, industrial design, interaction design, jewelry design, photography, product design, sculpture, textile design and much more.
Typical Courses: Fine art, graphic communication and illustration, textiles
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 334
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Winter term only
Foreign Language Required: No

The exchange with Loughborough School of the Arts is an immersive program in a highly rated British university. The School of Arts offers three undergraduate majors, known as "courses" at Loughborough: Fine Art, Graphic Communication and Illustration and, Textiles: Innovation and Design. The School is equipped with some of the best facilities available for visual artists and consistently ranks among the best in the U.K. for its art and design academic programs and the overall student experience.
Photographing Paris
Paris, France
Typical Courses: Documentary photography and history of French fashion
Term: Summer
Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Faculty-Led
Course #: ADABRD 313 and 383
Credits: 6
Deadline: January 31
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Faculty-led, requires summer term registration
Foreign Language Required: No
Course website

Paris may be the most beautiful city in the world. The City of Light has also been the muse and home to the best documentary photographers in the history of Photography. You will spend five weeks, working side-by-side with David Turnley, learning what he calls the “Dance” of Photography. You will create a world class portfolio of photographs, and experience a life changing experience living abroad in Paris, while photographing diverse neighborhoods, public parcs, life along the Seine, café culture, fashion, the most important museums, and Parisian nightlife. An art history course, Fashion History of France, complements the documentary photography course.
DHBW - Ravensburg
Ravensburg, Germany
Typical Courses: Media design, work practicum
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 354
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Winter term only, portfolio required
Foreign Language Required: No

Media Design courses are taught in English at DHBW Ravensburg. Students with proficient German language skills may be able to complete a work practicum in a German corporation.
Drawing from the Temples of India
Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Bangalore, India
Typical Courses: Drawing
Term: Spring
Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Faculty-Led
Course #: ADABRD 306 and 389
Credits: 3
Deadline: January 31
Tuition: U-M
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

This course uses drawing as a means to explore historic temples and culturally significant monuments in several states of India. Students will travel by bus to visit sites ranging from the 17th century Taj Mahal in Uttar Pradesh to ancient rock-cut architecture in Maharashtra. Many destinations have been designated as UNESCO world heritage sites. Students will also visit Bangalore, a thriving contemporary city known as the Silicon Valley of India.
Typical Courses: Design
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 335
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Winter term only
Foreign Language Required: No

Classes are offered in many areas: Digital Media Arts, Film, Human Centered Design, Interaction Design, Textile Design, Visual Communication and Strategic Branding, and more.
Stamps Summer in the Himalayas
Kullu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India (Northern)
Typical Courses: Ethnography, Film making, Cultural Heritage
Term: Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 337
Credits: 8
Deadline: 1-Mar
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Typical Courses: Fine arts
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 320
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1 and March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes: Independent Studio Space, Portfolio required
Foreign Language Required: No

Studio courses: drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media, art in context and live art. Art History, Creative Writing and Irish Studies available as academic courses. Access to studio space helps you prepare for your Integrative Project.
Typical Courses: Global Ecologies Studio
Term: Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 320
Credits: 6
Deadline: March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes: Independent Studio Space
Foreign Language Required: No

Explore your creative practice while examining concepts in ecology and earth systems in the midst of a unique physical environment, The Burren. Central themes include environmental and social justice, ecological thought, and activism. Global Ecologies Studio is co-taught by faculty with backgrounds in fine arts and science. Access to studio space helps you prepare for your Integrative Project.
Typical Courses: Fine arts, design
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 322
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1 and March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Studying at SACI, located in the heart of Florence, offers students the opportunity to enroll in a wide range of upper-level studio-based courses taught in English. Conservation, Fresco Painting, Graphic Design, Visual Design, Info Graphics, Installation and Performance Art, Animation, Photography (black and white), Sculpture, Book Arts and Museology, are just a sample of courses offered.
Studio Arts College International Late Spring Session, Summer Session
Florence, Italy
Typical Courses: Fine arts, design
Term: Spring, Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 322
Credits: 6
Deadline: March 1
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Studying at SACI, located in the heart of Florence, offers students the opportunity to enroll in two intensive studio-based courses. Batik, Conservation, Drawing, Etching, Fresco Painting, Jewelry Design, Painting, Photography (Black & White), Sculpture, Serigraphy, and Visual Design are a sample of Late Spring and Summer opportunities.
Typical Courses: Design
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 336
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No, but courses taught in Italian

Politecnico di Milano is a leading scientific-technological university, which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers. Extensive courses are available in industrial design, taught in the Italian language. Many faculty speak English but instruction will be in Italian.
Typical Courses: Fine arts, design
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 339
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Competitive program, portfolio required, limited space
Foreign Language Required: Japanese

Kyoto Seika University has four programs of study, called Faculty. Stamps students are only eligible to apply for two of these programs. Additionally, students apply for and enroll in courses in only one Faculty, either the Faculty of Art or the Faculty of Design. It is not possible to take courses in both Art and Design. Proficiency in the Japanese language is required because courses are taught in Japanese and critiques are conducted in Japanese.
Art for Social Change in Japan
Kyoto, Shigaraki, and Naoshima Island, Japan
Typical Courses: Engagement studio
Term: Spring
Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Faculty-Led
Course #: ADABRD 312 and 392
Credits: 3
Deadline: January 31
Tuition: U-M
Notes: Requires winter term registration
Foreign Language Required: No
Course website

The program goal is community engagement through art activities in Japan. Following weekly seminars taught on the Ann Arbor campus during Winter term, students will study in Japan for three weeks during the month of May. Much of the program will focus on Koka City, in Shiga Prefecture. It is a ceramics city, with 1300 years of continuous kiln operation, producing what is known as Shigaraki ware. Ceramics form a significant part of the art education programs for residents with disabilities. Koka City has also been recognized by the United Nations for its practical application of social responsibility. This region is well known for its support of art education and the close cooperation between schools, museums, government and non-government organizations. Shiga prefecture is also recognized for its progressive social engagement, and the use of art in training people with cognitive and physical disabilities.
Stamps Summer in Xalapa
Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico
Typical Courses: Sound recording, Cultural Identity and Migration
Term: Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 350
Credits: 8
Deadline: 1-Mar
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Eco Explorers
Kathmandu, Nepal
Typical Courses: Community engagement, design/build
Term: Spring
Open to: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Faculty-Led
Course #: ADABRD 311 and 391
Credits: 3
Deadline: January 31
Tuition: U-M
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

This course focuses on designing and building ceramic water filters. Students will work with communities near Kathmandu to build sustainable ceramic water filters from locally sourced materials.
Global Internship in Singapore
Singapore, Singapore
Typical Courses: Internship, Global Citizenship
Term: Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior
Course #: TBD
Credits: 6
Deadline: 15-Jan
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Stamps Summer in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea
Typical Courses: Traditional Fine Arts, Fine Arts
Term: Summer
Open to: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Course #: ADABRD 332
Credits: 6
Deadline: 1-Mar
Tuition: Host
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: No

Typical Courses: Fine arts
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 352
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: Spanish

The Universidad Miguel Hernandez de Elche has four campuses and enrolls about 14,500 students. The main campus is located in the city of Elche, about five miles from the Mediterranean coast. The Faculty of Fine Arts, where Stamps School students would enroll in studio-based courses, is located on another campus, in the coastal town of Altea. Studio-art based courses are available in the following subjects: painting, drawing, sculpture, metals, printmaking and photography.. Courses are taught in Spanish; proficiency in the Spanish language is required. This location is highly recommended for students who wish to be immersed in local culture and improve their language skills.
Typical Courses: Fine arts
Term: Semester
Open to: Junior
Course #: ADABRD 347
Credits: 15
Deadline: October 1
Tuition: U-M
Notes:
Foreign Language Required: Mandarin

The Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA) focuses on the training of professionals for arts performance and creative work. The College of Fine Arts offers undergraduate courses in ink painting, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, printmaking, and multimedia design. There is an emphasis on interdepartmental interaction and interdisciplinary integration in order to give students a broad perspective on the possibilities for their own creative work. Attention is paid to both concept and technique. Art history courses cover both Eastern and Western Arts. Courses are taught only in Mandarin; they are not taught in English. Students must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in the Mandarin language as part of the application process.