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Choosing a Program

MICA offers students a wide array of study abroad opportunities, including MICA's studio art program in Italy, 40 exchange partnerships and affiliated programs abroad, and domestic exchange options at more than 30 institutions in North America.

Goals and Academics

  • What do you want to gain from studying abroad? Learn a language? Gain intercultural skills? Study or explore a particular subject? Prepare for graduate school? Preparation for a particular career?
  • How many and what kind of classes do you need to take in order to stay on track for graduation? Keep in mind that some host institutions abroad are very focused and you can only take classes in your major.
  • Do you want to study the country's history, culture, art, and language?

Community and Host Culture

  • In what country or region would you prefer to study and live?
  • Will you study primarily with host country students, international students, or other U.S. students? Would you prefer to be directly integrated into a university in the host country or do you want to take classes with other U.S. students?
  • Will you be with other art school students or a mix of majors and schools?
  • Are there historical or current societal or political factors that may impact your experience there?


  • Do the semester dates match MICA's, or are they different? Are you comfortable with the semester dates if the program extends into June or July?
  • Can you go abroad for an entire semester, or would a summer study abroad program be more practical?
  • How much can you afford to spend on housing and meals?
  • Are you comfortable finding and arranging your own housing abroad if the program does not offer assistance with this?
  • Would you prefer a country where English is the primary language or to gain/improve your skills in another language?
  • Does the host site require language skills? If so, are you fluent enough to follow classes entirely in that language? This usually requires at least 4 semesters of college-level language.
  • Can you integrate language and cultural studies into your degree plan?
  • Do you have special health or dietary needs?
  • What are the support services that are important to you and are they available at the host institution or in the host city/town? Do you need accommodations for a disability? If so, are the accommodations you need available abroad? Keep in mind that services and availability abroad may be different than in the U.S. Check with International Affairs well in advance if you think that you might need support services while abroad.
  • Do you prefer a program that has a full-time Resident Director on site to assist you if needed, or are you comfortable in a program that uses only the host institution's staff? Remember that at many overseas institutions, support staff may have very limited office hours and typically do not offer the same degree of assistance with personal matters that one finds at U.S. institutions. If you prefer a high level of student service, consider a program such as MICA @ SACI, where a MICA faculty member is in residence at the institution every semester.

This page was last updated on 01/06/2017.