There are many opportunities for undergraduates to get involved in the art world outside of the classroom. Study abroad programs allow students to experience in-depth the art of a particular culture, including Italian, French, Japanese, and Russian. Students interested in studying abroad should also read the university guidelines at the Overseas Programs website.
Should I Study Abroad?
The Department of Art History and Archaeology strongly encourages majors to consider studying abroad. Students commonly go during their junior year, for one or two semesters, and may receive up to 30 hours of credit. Washington University has programs in Germany, France, England, Spain, Greece, China, Japan, Africa, Australia, and elsewhere. There are also many other non-affiliated programs available, and in most programs, language is not necessarily an impediment since courses are frequently offered in English. For some programs, the department does require that students complete at least one semester of language study prior to the term they go abroad. Art history students should not be shy about petitioning to attend programs that are not pre-approved by Overseas Programs for art history. Petitions to attend additional programs and to get full academic credit are often granted for sound academic reasons.
How many credits can I take abroad?
Students intending to study abroad should consult with their major advisor before planning their courses, as the granting of art history major credit for courses taken abroad is at the discretion of the department. According to College of Arts & Sciences rules, at least half of the credit hours for the major must be completed in residence. Furthermore, the final 30 units toward the degree must be earned at Washington University.
Can I Take a Capstone Course Abroad?
Majors are expected to take their two capstone seminars on campus, usually in the senior year. On occasion a seminar of exceptional rigor may be proposed as a substitute. However, the credit will only be granted once the course is complete, and the syllabus and research paper(s) have been reviewed and approved by the Study Abroad Advisor (and perhaps by relevant faculty). Students are therefore advised that they should not assume that any seminar course taken while on study abroad will count toward this requirement when planning their course program.
Upon returning, the student should submit a dossier to the current Study Abroad Advisor of all course materials from classes for which art history credit is sought. This usually includes notes, syllabi, writing assignments, and exams. It is the student's responsibility to get these materials while abroad, and to return to campus with them. These are the secondary materials the Department's Study Abroad Advisor will use to determine the amount of credit earned abroad.
Do Courses Taken Abroad Count Towards My GPA?
Students need to remember that in courses taken abroad, credits transfer, but grades do not. The only exception to this rule are courses taught by Washington University faculty teaching abroad in the Florence program.
Can I Go Abroad And Complete An Honors Thesis?
Returning students who wish to write a senior honors thesis will need to take extra care in planning their major.
College Year in Athens (CYA)
College Year in Athens (CYA): Summer Courses
Middlebury School in France: Paris
Syracuse University in Florence
University College London, University of London (UCL) (Exchange)
University of Edinburgh (Exchange)
Utrecht University, Netherlands (Exchange)
WU Archaeology and History of Central Asia Summer Program (Kazakhstan)
Still have questions?
Contact Study Abroad Advisor