Study abroad with VCUarts.

VCUarts Faculty Led Summer Programs

From Florence to Korea, VCUarts faculty members hop all over the globe with students. These programs, which vary each year, are credit bearing. This means you pay tuition and fees to participate. They are administered through the Education Abroad office in VCU’s Global Education Office.

Summer Programs

Semester Exchanges

Students can participate in a semester of exchange at one of VCU’s International Partnership Universities or at a university with which VCU has established an exchange in a particular department. Options for students within the arts include:

  • University of the West of England in Bristol, England
  • Curtin University in Perth, Australia
  • University of Westminster in London, England (for Fashion Merchandising)

For more information, and to learn about other options please visit the Education Abroad website.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

Over 300 universities in 50 countries participate in ISEP student exchanges, which range from a semester, summer or year in length. Some programs are taught in the local language while others are taught in English.

Check out the various universities at which you can study. For more questions about ISEP student exchanges, please contact Education Abroad.


Approved VCU Affiliates

Students may wish to consider a program provider with whom VCU has an established agreement. Options are available in various countries with courses often taught in English. Pre-approved providers include the following:

Non-VCU programs

Students may choose to study abroad through an institution or provider beyond those previously mentioned. They must receive approval from the Education Abroad office before applying to any program, and must meet with their advisor to discuss course offerings. Students may do a search on a study abroad search engine for an appropriate program:, and

Doha Exchange & Conference Participation

Every year up to 10 students are selected from a pool of applicants to study in Doha for a semester. This opportunity is open to rising juniors and seniors in the following majors: Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Art History and Painting + Printmaking. Other majors may be able to participate with approval.

Conference Participation

Select students are identified to participate in the biennial international design and art conference, Tasmeem Doha, held in Doha, Qatar. For years that the conference is not held, a group of Art Foundation students travel to Doha over spring break to participate in workshops and charettes. The criteria used to select students to participate in Tasmeem Doha varies from year to year, and the selection is run by each department.

For questions and deadlines, please contact Jody Symula at, and the application can be found at the VCU Study Abroad Office.


National Scholarship Office

The National Scholarship Office supports VCU students and alumni who are interested in applying for prestigious national and international scholarships such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater and Fulbright.

Having an interest in the world beyond the U.S. is a criteria shared by all scholarships. For more information, and to request an appointment with the Director, please visit the VCU Honors College.

Dean’s International Study Grants

Every year, the VCUarts dean’s office awards up to $25,000 to 10 students traveling abroad to pursue areas of special interest and research as it relates to one’s work.

These grants will not be awarded to students who are traveling with a group on a credit-bearing trip, but are for solo travel and independent inquisitive research. Students who wish to participate in a faculty led trip with an instructor not affiliated with VCU, teaching a subject not offered at VCU, may be considered.

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