When studying off campus, learning does not start or stop at the classroom door or even at the edge of the campus—it includes an exploration of the people, history, and geography of the unfamiliar.

Not only is studying off campus fun and full of rewarding learning experiences, but studies show it enhances creativity as well. It is your chance to learn from new faculty members and peers while also oftentimes fulfilling your major requirements. Many abroad courses are taught in English as well as in the country's native language, and each site provides facilities for creators as well as a wide range of cultural activities and excursions.

Plus, it's affordable. Your tuition stays the exact same as what you pay to attend MCAD, including scholarships and financial aid.

I chose to study abroad for an academic perspective that differs from MCAD's. It was challenging and exciting, I would recommend that anyone who wants the chance to be in Europe study abroad and travel as much as possible. -Josie Tollaksen, Netherlands

Things to Know

  • There's no extra tuition cost! 
  • You'll receive the same financial aid as you do at MCAD
  • You need to be of at least junior standing (60 or more credits)
  • You typically need a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Abroad programs take place in the spring semester, and application deadlines are in September
  • AICAD Exchange can take place in the fall or spring semester, and application deadlines vary

It's hard to put into words what the study abroad experience meant to me because it was without a doubt one of the greatest experiences of my life. The five months I spent abroad gifted me the most amazing best friends from all over the world, allowed me to travel to new countries I had never seen, and instilled a confidence in myself that I did not know I had. -Samantha Rickner, Bauhaus

Explore the Programs

I decided to go abroad because I've really only ever known Minnesota and wanted to break out of my comfort zone to experience something new. I really enjoyed my experience that I had while studying at the University of Brighton. It opened me up to new ways of creating as well as gave me the opportunity to make some amazing new friends from around the world. It has also made me realize that there really are jobs within the art and design field outside of the US, and that it could be possible to relocate and live abroad. I would highly recommend that if you're already thinking about studying abroad to go for it! You have the opportunity to possibly come out of the program as a new and changed person, with a different perspective on the world as well as inspired from the different culture. -Chloe Willnecker, Brighton

Are You On Board?

To learn more about off-campus study and to begin your application, contact Britt Nelson at