International Study

The Arts Administration program is committed to engaging its students with the global art world. As part of the curriculum requirements, students from the US are required and international students are encouraged to take an International Travel Study Course. Using the resources of Boston University and other partner institutions abroad, recent courses have been offered in Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; Brussels, Belgium; London, England; and Havana, Cuba. Currently, MET AR 587: Arts in Barcelona is offered in the Spring semester, and MET AR 577: Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration (London/Paris) is offered during the Summer term.


Students are responsible for their own travel and meal costs during the travel courses. Housing at very reasonable rates are available through the Program and billed to students’ accounts. Students may also arrange their own housing with advance notice to the program. The cost of cultural venue admissions and performances are covered by the program.

Because Arts Administration travel courses are offered at a lower tuition level than most of the other graduate courses in the program, the overall cost for our travel courses is only modestly higher than the normal tuition for other courses in the program. Please note: due to the booking commitments made by the University on behalf of the students enrolled in these courses, they are not subject to the normal drop/add period. Once enrolled you can no longer drop them.

Beginning in 2022, enrollment in the travel courses will also be open to interested program alumni on an audit basis, subject to availability.

Time Commitment

Because our program is designed to accommodate full-time working adults, we have designed our travel courses to be intense, short-term study experiences. Each course involves a series of on campus preparatory classes, with travel outside of the US typically taking 7-9 days. Students may arrange their schedules to stay abroad for a longer period if desired.