Study Abroad Options in Visual Arts

Studio Arts Program in Venice

The semester-long program offers coursework in graphic design or painting in a city whose museums, walkways, and canals form a truly unique classroom. Unlike other art programs in Italy, in which American students only work and study with other Americans, BU in Venice is based on interaction with the Italian community of students, teachers, and artists as well as working with Boston University professors. Graphic design and printmaking courses are taught at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, glassblowing work is done on the island of Murano, and art history lectures are held on-site in Venice’s grand piazze and churches as well as on excursions such as to Padua, Florence, and Rome. Students also profit from BU’s new center near Campo Santa Margherita, which includes studio space, classrooms, and administrative offices.

World Travel Grant

Each year, one to two graduate students are chosen from a competitive process to spend one week in a pre-selected international destination. One destination is the Tiputini Biodiversity Station in the rain forest of tropical Ecuador. The remote location provides unparalleled flora and fauna to observe and study. Ecuador hosts nearly 2,000 species of freshwater fish, 680 species of amphibians and reptiles, 1,435 species of birds, 30 species of mammals, nearly 20,000 species of flowering plants, and tens of thousands of insects. The week-long excursion offers an interested student a unique opportunity to draw, photograph, and paint in diverse locations.