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Study Abroad For Art & Design Students


  • Saving a few of your free electives, studio electives, art history electives, or professional electives to take abroad will provide you with more flexibility of program options.
  • Strong art and design coursework is typically found in Italy, France, Spain, and Denmark - however, you are not limited to these locations!


CAD Study Abroad Info Sheet – Highlights major/college-specific study abroad information such as the best time to go and popular programs.

  • If you’re interested in one of the programs highlighted, login to the Compass (application database), click on the ‘Search Programs’ tab, and type in the program name in the keyword box to learn more and start an application.
  • Remember that this tool is a starting point as you explore programs and you are not restricted to studying abroad on the programs listed on these sheets.
  • Don’t see a program you’re interested in on the sheet? Do a Compass search to expand your options (choose your field of study from the drop-down list).

CAD Study Abroad Pathway - Developed by CAD to help students in each major identify an ideal time to study abroad. If the suggested time frame for your major doesn’t work for you, work with your academic and study abroad advisors to determine an alternative time frame.

    Faculty-Led Programs
    The College of Art & Design (CAD) and other RIT colleges offer faculty-led study abroad programs designed, developed, and led by RIT faculty. The travel portion of these programs is usually shorter in length (between one to five weeks) taking place over summer, winter break, or spring break. 

    Rome: Examining Art & Design in the Eternal City Rome, Italy Summer Contact faculty director Marissa Tirone (


    Programs in Focus - Interior Design Majors
    These affiliate study abroad programs have strong discipline-specific coursework in interior design that is a good match for RIT students.

    Study Abroad Scholarships for Art & Design Students

    • RIT School of Design Study Abroad Scholarship
      Awarded to a 2nd (sophomore) or 3rd year (junior) School of Design undergraduate student enrolled in a study abroad experience during Spring, Summer, or Fall semester. Email Peter Byrne, School of Design Administrative Chair, for more information, application instructions, and deadlines. (deadline is typically in early December).
    • RIT Education Abroad Travel Grant
      Awarded to students going on RIT Global Campus, exchange, or faculty-led programs.  You will be able to “opt-in” for this scholarship consideration as part of your application.
    • Honors students are eligible for a $500 travel grant to study abroad. 
    • Other featured study abroad scholarships - keep in mind that scholarship deadlines are often early, so it’s best to investigate these now. We also have a scholarship advisor in our office who can provide feedback on your scholarship essays to make sure they are competitive.

    CAD Global Ambassadors 

    Study Abroad Global Ambassadors are returned CAD study abroad students who can answer any questions you may have from a student perspective – feel free to reach out to them via email or social media.

    Hunter Mascia 3D Animation Summer Psychology in Croatia (RIT Global Campus) Study Abroad Blog Post
    Oh No, My Passport!
    Megan Harton Photographic & Imaging Arts Florence University of the Arts (SAI) Study Abroad Blog Posts
    Experiential Learning in Italy
    Top 5 Things to Do in Florence, Italy
    Scilla Raymond-Gazave Illustration CAD Honors Leadership (Cuba)
    Work Abroad (France)  

    Additional International Opportunities

    These highlighted international programs and fellowships include options for undergraduate students or after graduation opportunities. 

    Contact Jenny Sullivan (, Director of Education Abroad, for more information on these opportunities and to assist you in the application process.

    Search for more fellowship opportunities at