Off-Campus Learning



We are delighted you're considering participating in an off-campus program. Traveling to and learning about another place and culture — either domestically or internationally — is an exciting adventure that can lead to tremendous personal growth and development of a new perspective through which you'll see the world around you. Our programs challenge you to leave your comfort zone and tackle the unfamiliar. Participating in a program often results in increased self-confidence and cultural competencies. Best of all, it could be one of the most memorable times of your college years. Alumni who have participated in off-campus programs often tell me it was by far the most impactful experience during their undergrad years.


CCAD has a variety of opportunities both internationally and domestically for students to learn about and apply for. These programs are competitive, as such it is important that students spend time crafting their off-campus application with strong supporting documents. Contact Off-Campus Learning to set-up an appointment today to talk about your off-campus study plan.

Applications for spring programs are due Sept. 21.

Applications for summer and fall programs are due Feb. 21.

Students should begin the planning process 12 months prior to the term they wish to study off-campus.


Benefits of Studying Off-Campus

International experience can be a big résumé and transcript booster. Many employers feel that studying abroad shows great initiative, independence, and development of a global perspective, which are all valuable in today's international marketplace.

Participating in an off-campus program is a great way to learn about and experience different cultures first-hand. It's also the best way to practice or learn language skills, which is another valuable skill in our international economy.

Spending time abroad is a good way to develop maturity, self-confidence, and personal independence. Also, time abroad is an exercise in being flexible, dealing with ambiguity and the unfamiliar, and adapting to a new way of doing things.

Students learn a lot about themselves and what they're capable of by living in a foreign environment. Being outside of one's familiar environment and culture gives students a chance to observe their own culture through an outside lens and reflect on cultural differences.

Study abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Period. You can visit another country any time in life, but to study and immerse yourself in a topic/location is a unique opportunity that doesn't normally lend itself to non-students.


Getting Started


Off-Campus Learning Information Sessions occurring Spring 2018 all held in Canzani Multipurpose Room:

Come hear about the different Off-Campus Learning programs at CCAD!

Tuesday, February 13 11 a.m. - noon DSB Broad St. Classroom


Program Options

CCAD has several opportunities for students in every major to explore — both domestic and international.

Short-term Faculty-led Programs

These programs are integrated into a semester length course. The course is taught on campus at CCAD during spring or fall semester. Travel to the particular region or countries happen before, after, or during a break in the semester. These programs range in length from 10 days to 2 weeks, and are led/taught by CCAD faculty. The amount and type of CCAD graded credit varies by program. Each program has a program fee that covers a variety of services that are associated with the course/travel.

CCAD Approved Programs

CCAD has approved select overseas programs that are administered specifically for U.S. students. Generally, curriculum and instruction in these programs are U.S.-style. Pre-arranged housing opportunities, extracurricular activities, and administrative support services are typically available on these programs.

Current Programs

The following programs have opportunities for students in any major:

SACI - Florence, Italy

UAL: University of Arts London - London, England

UAL: London College of Fashion - London, England

Domestic Programs

CCAD participates in the network administered by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), which provides students the opportunity to study for one semester at one of more than 30 participating art and design institutions throughout the United States and Canada.

Current Programs

AICAD Exchange Participating Institutions & Non-Participating Majors:

Alberta College of Art & Design Art Academy of Cincinnati
Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University California College of the Arts
Cleveland Institute of Art College for Creative Studies (Excluding Transportation Design Majors)
Columbus College of Art & Design Cooper Union School of Art
Corcoran College of Art & Design Emily Carr University of Art & Design (Excluding Communication Design and Animation Majors)
Kansas City Art Institute (Excluding Interdisciplinary Majors) Laguna College of Art & Design
Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Maine College of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Memphis College of Art Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art & Design Montserrat College of Art
Moore College of Art & Design NSCAD University
OCAD University Oregon College of Art & Craft
Otis College of Art & Design Fashion Design (Excluding Toy Design Majors) Pacific Northwest College of Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Rhode Island School of Design
Ringling College of Art & Design (Excluding Computer Animation, Game Art & Design, and Motion Design Majors) San Francisco Art Institute
School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Excluding Cooperative Education Majors) School of the Museum of Fine Arts
University of the Arts Watkins College of Art, Design & Film


Semester Length Faculty-led Programs

These programs are taught by a CCAD faculty member while the group is abroad for the full semester. The amount and type of CCAD graded credit varies by program. Each program has a program fee that covers a variety of services that are associated with the course/travel. See specific programs for more information.

Upcoming Programs


Previous Programs

Studio Roma Fall 2014

Students will gain an international outlook spending a semester in one of Europe's greatest capitals. Imagine an afternoon walk strolling past ruins of Imperial Rome and Renaissance palaces, into a Baroque church with three Caravaggios on the wall, then stopping for gelato or espresso at a sidewalk café. Picture sitting in a piazza designed by Michelangelo sketching the view, and then going to pizza baked in a stone oven. Rubens and Degas went to Rome at crucial points of their careers, as did many other important artists; Rome has been home to Raphael, Bernini, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Corot as well as Fellini and other filmmakers and designers. Great art and architecture of the last 2000 years sits side by side with chic Italian contemporary design in this warm, friendly accessible city.

Summer Programs

CCAD offers several opportunities for students to earn credits while studying abroad during the summer months. This is a great option for those looking for an immersive experience without dedicating a full semester to studying abroad. Check out the available summer programs below, and be sure to meet with Financial Aid to determine which program is right for you.

Upcoming Programs

Burren College of Art: Art and Ecology

Applications for Summer 2017 programs are due Feb. 15, 2017.

Previous Programs

Ireland: Global Ecologies Studio - Summer 2016

UAL: University of Arts London - Over 30 programs offered

SACI: Studio Arts College International - Over 12 programs offered


If your question is not answered below or you would like more information, do not hesitate to contact



Students should begin learning about Off-Campus Learning programs their first year on campus (see next steps). The planning process can be lengthy, depending on the type of program you are interested in. Plan to begin this process at least a year prior to applying to study off-campus.



Read through the information on this page, attend information sessions, and set up a meeting with Off-Campus Learning to talk about your goals, interests, and to make a plan.



The application deadline for all spring semester programs is due Sept. 21. The application deadline for all summer and fall programs is due Feb. 21. These dates are consistent each year.



To participate in any off-campus program, students must apply through CCAD using the Off-Campus Learning application and be accepted. If a student is accepted through the CCAD process, they may be required to fill out an additional application for our host partners.



The cost of studying off-campus varies depending on the program, how long you will be off-campus, where you will be studying, and what services are provided in the cost of the program. Students who are approved to participate in a spring or fall program have access to use their Federal Financial Aid. Please visit the Financial Aid office to see if other forms of aid, scholarships, and grants that you may have can be applied.


Passport Information

If you are interested in studying abroad, you will need a passport. If you do not have one, get one today! Soon after being accepted into a study abroad program, students will need to have a valid passport in order to secure international arrangements. This process can take several weeks, so get your passport today! Information and directions can be found here.


Financing Off-Campus Learning Programs

Myths about financing

The Association of International Educators created a page about common misconceptions related to financing off-campus and study abroad experiences.

Scholarships & Grants


Mary M. Lane Endowed Scholarship for International Education

Thanks to a generous gift by Mary M. Lane, CCAD can provide financial support for students seeking to study off-campus. Scholarships are awarded based on individual student needs and availability of funds.

To be considered for the Mary M. Lane International Education Scholarship, simply submit a personal statement about why you should receive support along with your most recent FAFSA report to the Director of Off-Campus Learning no later than one month before your departure date.


Institute of International Education

With an easy to use search engine that includes a field of study search option that has a varying array of art majors to choose from.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

This single scholarship aims to help students study abroad. It is open to all undergraduate students in the U.S. receiving a Federal Pell Grant at a two- or four-year college.

Here you will find a list of various art-related scholarships and their applications. Each scholarship has a short description that provides contact information, application deadlines, and the maximum amount the scholarship or grant offers.

Go Overseas

Here you will find a list of 63 grants that give students the opportunity to study abroad. Each grant offers a short description and a corresponding link that leads you to more information about the grant offered.

Career One Stop

Although not just study abroad related, here you could search by keyword for more than 7,500 opportunities for funding. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.



Applications are due Sept. 21 for spring programs and Feb. 21 for summer and fall programs. A complete application includes the following:

  • Paper Application
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • Course Evaluation Form

All semester-long programs require students to apply using the CCAD Off-Campus Study Application. In addition, students must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Be a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior
  • Have a minimum of a 3.0 CUM GPA
  • Be in good standing with the college (financial, academic, and behavior)
  • Apply and be accepted

Application review process

Off-Campus Learning programs are very competitive. Because there are a limited number of spots available for each program, applications are put through a review process. Each application is reviewed by members of the Off-Campus Learning application review committee, a combination of CCAD faculty and staff members.

For this reason, we stress the importance of spending time on your Off-Campus Learning application and supporting materials.


Off-Campus Learning Application