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Applying for Study Abroad

How do I do this?

First things first.  Interested students must attend a required group advising session.  During advising you will learn the differences between MICA's study abroad programs,  find out how and when to apply, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.  We suggest looking at some programs before you come (you can check out Choosing a Program for this) so that you can clarify any questions that come up during your program search.

Can anyone go?  

Students studying abroad through MICA must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Junior standing during the semester abroad.  Exceptions may be considered in some circumstances, please contact International Education to inquire.
  • Minimum cummulative 3.0 GPA.
  • Good financial standing with MICA.
  • Attendance at a required group advising session.  Group advising sessions will run most Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30pm.  Check International Education Events page for the location and further schedule details. 
  • Individual meeting with International Education.
  • Completion of all application materials by the deadline.

If you meet these criteria, you will be eligible to apply.  Remember, you must do your research as students may only apply to one program and study abroad for one semester.  Make sure that you understand the program you are applying to and that it is a good fit for you both academically and personally.  When you have decided on one program, you may begin your online application.  Please be advised that once an online application has been started, it cannot be deleted or switched to another program.  

There is no guarantee that MICA and/or the host program or institution can or will approve your application.  Some programs may have limited space and/or can be competitive. 

Make sure you visit the Application and Deadlines page for important dates and reminders.

How much does it cost?

Students on all semester study abroad programs pay MICA tuition (without fees) directly to MICA and pay no tuition at the host school.  Students will also keep their any financial aid and scholarships for which they are eligible.  Students are responsible for all other expenses (e.g., travel, housing, meals, health insurance, studio fees), some of which may be required and billed by the host institution.

How do credits work? 

Students will work with their advisor and department chair to understand how the course credit will fulfill their degree requirements and to obtain the required course approvals prior to study abroad.  As part of the application process, students will complete the Course Approval Form to determine the courses they will take and how credits earned at the host institution will be applied to their MICA degree plan.

What about grades?

All classes must be taken for a letter grade.  Pass/fail courses are not accepted.  In order to receive credit, students must earn a D or higher from the host school in order to receive a Pass on their MICA transcript (D or below is a fail).  For both SACI and the New York Studio Residency Program students will earn letter grades that will be calculated into grade point averages.  Be sure to read the Policies and Expectations for Study Abroad for full details.

Anything else I should know?

Plan early!  Studying Abroad requires some time to plan and follow through.  Also, starting the process early gives you time to plan financially, save money, and apply for scholarships!

This page was last updated on 07/19/2016.