Study Abroad as an Art History Major

The Department of Art History encourages international study and allows up to three credits taken abroad to count toward the major. Below, please find programs that we particularly recommend for all students of Art History.

study abroad student

Emma Sargent studied art history in the Czech Republic.

Working with your academic advisor and the Office of International Education (OIE) you can plan an experience that fits your academic and personal goals.

Why study abroad?

Students of all majors benefit from studying abroad. As an Art History major, you can:

  • view works of art and architecture as well as archaeological sites in person
  • take classes from noted Art History professors abroad
  • enhance your intercultural communication and improve world language skills
  • broaden your world view and deepen your understanding of yourself
  • examine your values and beliefs in new ways
  • prepare for life after college by becoming a globally engaged citizen

How will study abroad count toward my major? Will it take me longer to graduate?

With planning, you can study abroad and graduate on time. Your academic advisor will help you to plan for study abroad and determine how many credits you may apply toward the major. Many students take general education and elective classes in addition to one or two credits in the major. The precise distribution of credits can vary widely based on your program of interest and your individual degree requirements.

An OIE advisor can help you to find a program that matches your academic needs and helps you to meet your personal goals and interests as well.

When should I study abroad?

Programs are offered during the summer, fall or spring semester or for a full academic year.

Art History majors who study abroad for a semester typically do so as juniors in either fall or spring semester.  Note that ARTH 115 and 117 must be taken prior to the senior year and are only offered in fall semester. Students should discuss their plans to study abroad with their academic advisor.

Summer programs are open to students at all levels, unless otherwise noted.

Can I afford to study abroad?

Yes! Willamette-sponsored semester programs are comparable in cost to being on campus for a semester and most forms of financial aid can be applied. See the OIE website for more details about program costs and additional expenses to consider.

Scholarships for study abroad are available and can be found on the OIE website. It is critical to begin to research scholarships early, even before you apply for study abroad.

How should I choose a program?

Explore! Just as you spent time researching colleges before deciding on Willamette, you will want to spend time investigating programs abroad to ensure a good fit.

  • Research class offerings to know whether there are classes that meet your academic needs.
  • Consider your personal goals for the experience and seek out programs that will help you to meet them.
  • Investigate which programs offer support services you may need during your time there.
  • Meet with an Art History professor and an OIE advisor. 

Programs particularly recommended for Art History majors

Students seeking to take courses outside the major may also choose from a variety of other programs. Most programs are open to all majors.

Programs with a * indicate Willamette University sponsored programs.


Czech Republic


  • ACCENT: London
  • *Global Education Oregon (GEO): London    (formerly AHA International)
  • Boston University, London and Paris: Architecture and Urbanism Program
  • King's College: London
  • University of Leicester: Art History and Museum Studies


  • Institute for American Universities: Aix-en-Provence
  • ACCENT: Paris
  • *CUPA: Paris (Intermediate French required)
  • IES: Paris




The Netherlands:

New Zealand:


  • *ISEP: Puebla   (see more information about ISEP)


  (See more information about ISEP)


Students seeking to pair their studies with immersion in other languages than noted above or to take courses outside the major may also choose from a variety of other programs. Most programs are open to all majors.

Office of International Education

Visit the Office of International Education’s website to learn more about program options, scholarships how to apply and more.

Credit considerations

Art History allows up to three credits taken abroad to count toward the major. Majors must consult their academic advisor about the courses they take abroad.

Resources for study abroad:

Willamette student in Athens, Greece

Melissa Riede, '18, studied abroad in Athens, Greece, in spring 2017.

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