Study Abroad and Exchange at MICA

Studying abroad will challenge and inspire you, and like many students, you will probably look back on your experience abroad as one of the major highlights of your MICA undergraduate experience.

MICA is widely recognized for administering an impressive selection of semester and summer study abroad and exchange opportunities - a reflection of our strong commitment to educating artists and designers who wish to gain a global perspective to influence their practice.

The Office of International Education (OIE) manages study abroad and exchange programs in over 30 countries, as well as off-campus study opportunities in the United States through our partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) consortium.  In addition to international program management, we offer comprehensive study abroad advising, information sessions and workshops,  and logistical advice and support throughout every student's off-campus, or international experience.  We partner with various student service offices on MICA's campus to condense the process, so students and their parents feel confident understanding how academics, financial aid, and others, apply to their overall experience. 

We recommend that you take a look at our Study Abroad Information Series below to learn more about up-and-coming events, learning opportunities, and ways to begin charting your journey abroad.  

HAW Hamburg Travel Stipend - Study in Germany Spring 2022

MICA students can complete their Junior Spring Semester abroad in Hamburg and get credits for the HAW Hamburg classes towards their degree in Baltimore. You are not required to speak German to participate in the program. The Hamburg classes are project-based and can be
completed in English.

1,000 Euro Travel Stipend

Due to the pandemic, MICA students had to return home in 2020, and exchange was canceled throughout 2021. In order to reestablish student exchange for Spring 2022, HAW is offering the chance for one MICA student to be awarded a 1,000 Euro travel stipend.

Interested students should submit the following documents no later than *October 1, 2021:

• Resumé
• Statement of motivation (1.5 pages)
- Explaining in detail why you want to study at HAW Hamburg
- What classes you want to take and why - how do they fit into your curriculum and/or career plans?
• Copy of your MICA transcript – can be obtained from your MYMICA
• (1) Letter of recommendation from a MICA professor

Please send application materials to:
- Ingrid Weatherall:
- Mike Rini:

For information about the classes in English and other information about studying abroad at HAW:

Watch our trailer “Lose your heart to Hamburg”:

Read what MICA alumna, Blair Nakamoto, said about her time in Hamburg:

Email Blair Nakamoto to learn more about her study abroad experience:

SACI Program Closure

Dear MICA Community:

It is with great regret and sadness that the Board of Trustees of Studio Arts College International Inc (SACI) announces that it has initiated the closing process of its art and design school in Florence, Italy as a consequence of the financial challenges caused by the COVID 19 global pandemic. More details outlining this decision can be found at the link below. All students who had originally planned on attending SACI should contact Mike Rini, Assistant Director, Study Abroad and Exchange Services, for more details:

Suspension of Fall 2021 Outbound Study Abroad and Exchange Programming

To the MICA Campus Community and Our Colleagues Worldwide:

Warm wishes from the Office of International Education at MICA. We hope that you are all doing well and remaining healthy at this time. The Office of International Education shares this update about the fall 2021 semester regarding study abroad and exchange.

After much deliberation, MICA has made the difficult decision to suspend our fall 2021 outbound study abroad and exchange programming due to COVID-19, and the uncertainty that exists about international mobility. We will, however, look optimistically to working with all of our students and international community members to deliver programming for spring 2022.

We hope that the spring 2022 semester will yield better opportunities for our students to expand and explore their art at new destinations both at home or abroad. To this end, the Office of International Education will be pleased to work with all students through email, phone, or Zoom advising to help them identify program options. To schedule an appointment to discuss study abroad or exchange opportunities, please refer to our Calendly link below.

All of us at the MICA Office of International Education wish you continued health and wellness during this unprecedented time. For further details about this decision, please refer to the Provost's April 2, 2021, campus communication below.

Apply for a Passport NOW: Processing Time 12 Weeks or More...

If you intend to study abroad spring 2022, obtaining a passport, in addition to academic advising, should be at the top of your to-do list. According to the U.S. Department of State, ordering a passport for the first time could take more than 12-weeks to process due to limited staffing and operations at passport centers. Order your passport today!

COVID-19 and Study Abroad - Fast Forward to Spring 2022

Although outbound study abroad and exchange programming has been canceled for fall 2121 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of International Education and our international partners look optimistically to accepting your applications for spring 2022.

In collaboration with MICA leadership and our international partners, the OIE will monitor and evaluate the state of affairs regarding COVID-19, offering our students up-to-date information on the availability of programs and potential alternatives.

For more information on MICA's response to COVID-19 as it relates to international affairs, and matters concerning the MICA community, please visit the link below.

Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Savannah Imani Wade, Cape Town, South Africa

Welcome. Bienvenidos. Willkommen. 欢迎. Bienvenue. 어서 오십시오!

Take some time to listen to our podcast featuring MICA's own, Savannah Imani Wade, study abroad alumna. Savannah shares a personal narrative of her journey and discusses her transforming experience where art and activism intersect.

Virtual Advising and the Spring 2022 Application Deadline: September 15, 2021

Before you know it, the fall 2021 semester will be well underway at MICA! In order for our office to approve, nominate, and support your study abroad plans, the Office of International Education needs to receive your completed application for spring 2022 no later than September 15, 2021.

Preparing a study abroad application requires time and diligence - something that cannot be done overnight. Before you can submit your application, you must be able to demonstrate that you have received the necessary advising and permission: academic advising; permission from the faculty chair of your major department; required study abroad advising provided by our office.

As a way to serve our students in a safe and thoughtful way during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Office of International Education will provide all students with remote advising via Zoom.

Are you curious about what the study abroad application entails? Don't worry - it's not too bad! Click the link below to get a glimpse of the actual study abroad application and its contents. If you have questions at any time, we are here to help you!

Study Abroad Virtual Information Sessions - Mark Your Calendars!

At the start of each semester, the Office of International Education hosts study abroad and exchange partners to learn about new programming initiatives. During these meetings, our partners are genuinely excited to take the time to meet with MICA students to discuss their respective international programs. We highly recommend these information sessions, because you are getting in-depth information from an organizational colleague who works directly with the program's administration, both stateside and internationally.

Successful information sessions are driven by your questions and curiosities. To get the most out of this type of session format, we ask that students take time to do basic research on the specific program, and help develop the conversation by sharing questions.

Take a moment to determine which information session(s) below appeal to you, and complete the quick and easy sign-up form - a link for the sign-up form is provided below each session. When you sign up, a Zoom link will be sent to you as well as a calendar invite to the event that syncs with your MICA Gmail. You can attend as many sessions as you like - we'll see you there!

The School for International Training: DEIG Critical Conversations Series

Our study abroad partner SIT, is pleased to announce that they will be launching the Fall 2021 SIT Critical Conversations Webinar Series on the topic of DEIG beginning on September 14! Over the next few months, SIT will host 15+ webinars designed to inspire community-wide dialogue on global, interdisciplinary topics within their Critical Global Issues Framework. SIT structures its undergraduate and graduate programs using this framework so that the next generation of leaders is equipped with the expertise and intercultural understanding to craft enduring and meaningful responses to these issues. This semester, SIT continues to focus its attention on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as it pertains to students, partners, and the global community. These efforts can be seen throughout the series with several events that are focused on a variety of DEIG topics of great importance.

Sign Up for Critical Conversations Today - Scroll to the Bottom of the Registration Page for Up-and-Coming Events

Spring 2022 Study Abroad Deadline: September 15, 2021

The study abroad deadline is fast approaching! In order for us to approve, nominate and support your application with one of our exchange partners, or programming affiliates, the Office of International Education needs to receive your spring 2022 application no later than September 15, 2021. If you have not done so, please attend any one of our information sessions (below) to research a program that is right for you. Preparing a study abroad application requires time and great effort. You will need in-depth advising from your academic advisor to select overseas courses for MICA credit; time to speak with the faculty chair of your respective major department for overseas course approvals; obtain letters of recommendation from select faculty; and time to talk with a study abroad advisor to help chart your progress to completion. If you intend on studying abroad in spring 2022, please review the information on this website to help get you started.

Schedule a Virtual Study Abroad Advising Session

Wednesday, September 8, 2021: Study Film Production in Prague - Live Zoom Meeting

The Office of International Programs is excited to co-host the CET FAMU Prague program. The program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. According to CET, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill university—it’s one of Europe’s foremost film academies. Your day-to-day reflects the fast pace, fluidity, and occasional unpredictability of industry life. Learn more about this exciting opportunity from CET representative, Tim Baird. Don't forget - the study abroad deadline is September 15, 2021, so email Mike Rini to schedule a virtual advising session TODAY!


Thursday, September 9, 2021: Study Traditional Japanese Art in Osaka, Japan- Live Zoom Meeting

The Office of International Programs is excited to co-host the CET AICAD in Japan program. Imagine - studying textiles and dyeing, print art and woodblock printing, glass blowing, animation and manga, and Japanese culture next semester! Learn more about this exciting opportunity from CET representative, Tim Baird. Don't forget - the study abroad deadline is September 15, 2021, so email Mike Rini to schedule a virtual advising session TODAY!

REGISTER HERE TO JOIN US ON Thursday, September 9, 2021, FROM 12 TO 1 PM

Friday, September 10, 2021, 12 to 1 PM: Study Art and Design in Copenhagen, Denmark with DIS - Live Zoom Meeting

Study Architecture and Design, Art and Visual Culture, Graphic Design, and Humanistic Studies in Copenhagen, Denmark! Register for this virtual information session to meet Peter Shapiro, DIS Institutional Relations Manager, to get more information on the variety of opportunities that exist at the DIS program. Don't forget - the study abroad application deadline for spring 2022 is September 15, 2021.

Register here to join us on Friday, September 10, 2021, from 12 to 1 PM

Friday, September 10, 2021 - SIT: Social, Political and Environmental Study Abroad Programs - LIVE ZOOM MEETING!

For those interested in social justice, politics, and the environment, join us on September 10, 2021, 1:30 to 2:30 PM, to meet our institutional relations manager, SIT Study Abroad to discuss the programs that MICA co-sponsors. SIT programs are academic intensive and require students to take a set curriculum of professional topics and research methodologies courses, all of which culminate in to a capstone project or international internship. This type of programming is best suited for those students pursuing Humanistic Studies majors who desire a strong research component. Please email Mike Rini ( for details on how to login to the meeting. Please reference this page to learn about the various programs MICA co-sponsors below. We'll see you there!


Summer Travel Intensives Offered by the Office of Open Studies

Check Out these Excellent, MICA Faculty-Led Summer Opportunities

Summer Instensives are open to undergraduate and graduate students, and life-long learners at least 18 years of age, who have completed at least one year of college study. Students travel with MICA faculty to places of great aesthetic and historical resonance, and to centers of contemporary art and design to earn undergraduate- or graduate-level college credit, enhance their art-making, and connect with art and other artists through MICA's Summer and Winter Travel Intensives.

For more information, visit the Office of Open Studies link (below), and contact: Sabrina Dépestre Director, Marketing & Recruitment:

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