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.  

COVID-19 and Study Abroad - Fast Forward to Spring 2021

Although study abroad and exchange programming has been canceled for fall 2020 due to COVID-19, the Office of International Education and our international partners look optimistically to accepting your applications for Spring 2021.

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. As a way to ensure your health and safety, the OIE will provide all students with virtual group and individualized advising - please read the next section (below) for further details.

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.

Virtual Advising and the Spring 2021 Application Deadline: September 15, 2020

Before you know it, the fall 2020 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 2021 no later than September 15, 2020.

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 group advising; and one-on-one 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. The 2 distinct types of advising we will provide are:

1. Required group advising: this type of advising is required of all students wishing to study abroad. Group advising can be described as “study abroad 101”, or as a basic information session for those who are curious and want to learn more. After you attend only 1 session, you will be permitted to apply to your chosen program. When you are ready to apply, all you need to do is email your study abroad adviser to receive the special application link to begin your application. For more information about group advising, please click the link below.

2. Individualized, one-on-one advising: here, students will receive specific information on how to plan and prepare their study abroad semester. Your study abroad adviser will help you chart the entire process and serve as your go-to person throughout all phases of your overseas experience - even when you return back to MICA! For more information about one-on-one advising, please click the link below.

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!

Meet Mike, Your Virtual Study Abroad Advisor

Virtual Group Advising: Everything You Need to Know About Study Abroad at MICA

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Office of International Education at MICA.

Many MICA students who study abroad return to campus with a greater understanding of themselves, develop new perspectives on world affairs, cultivate meaningful friendships, and contribute to the greater campus dialogue.

To get you there, and before you can start an application to study abroad, you need to attend a required Group Advising Session, so let's plan to meet virtually each Wednesday during the semester from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, to discuss the process. The first session, to kick off the fall 2020 semester will be Wednesday, August 2nd - the link to this meeting can be found below. Group advising is designed for both the "just curious" student and the student who has seriously considered studying abroad and wants to start an application.

We also co-host a variety of information sessions provided by our affiliate and exchange program partners, and we will post information on this site as it becomes available. Please take a moment now, to look at the next section (below) entitled: Study Abroad Information Series. Information sessions and advising are just some of the ways our office seeks to educate and inform the MICA campus community about the benefits of international education.

Study Abroad Information Series - Mark your Calendars!

At the start of each semester, the Office of International Education hosts study abroad and exchange partners on campus to learn about new programming initiatives. During these visits, our partners are genuinely excited to take time to meet with MICA students to discuss their respective 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.

We also provide weekly group advising sessions, each Wednesday during the semester, which are required for students who are serious about starting their study abroad application. Group advising sessions are an opportunity for you to learn about how to select a program; learn about the MICA academic advising process; learn how to select foreign coursework; and how to successfully complete the online application before the deadline.

Lastly, our office offers general study abroad advising walk-in hours: every Tuesday through Friday, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in Bunting, Room 200. From initial inquiry to advice on how to get a student visa, walk-in advising is a great option. Special Note: Each Monday, starting with Monday, January 27 to Monday, March 2, 2020, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, we will conduct lunchtime study abroad advising in room 100A Meyerhoff, which is the small conference room, located next to the Office for Student Engagement. Eat lunch, get study abroad info and leave full!

Take a moment to determine which information session below appeals to you, and mark your calendar - we'll see you there!

Spring 2021 Study Abroad Deadline: September 15, 2020

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 2021 application no later than September 15, 2020. If you have not done so, please attend one of our virtual group advising sessions or 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 spring 2021, please review information on this website to help get you started.

Get Started Right here to Learn More About the Process - Today!

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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