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Study Abroad

Take advantage of study-abroad programs at CCA. We have something for every discipline for both current students and visiting students. Take your work to the next level, add to your portfolio, and earn college credits.


Study-abroad programs for artists

Expand your horizons

Discover new ways of making and learning and expose your art to diverse audiences by studying abroad. You’ll explore new cultures and unique perspectives, meet other artists and designers, get introduced to historically and aesthetically significant cities, develop your artistic abilities, and broaden your understanding of what it means to be a creative citizen in the 21st century.

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Current students

We offer a variety of programs for CCA students to study abroad. CCA has partner institutions, domestically and all around the world, for you to choose from. You can study abroad for a semester or for a two- to three-week summer session.

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Visiting students

Curious to see what CCA has to offer? We welcome non-CCA students, both domestically and internationally, through programs like the AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) and the CCA International Exchange. If you’re currently at an accredited institution, please email the International Student Affairs and Programs Office at [email protected] for details.

Fall + Spring

Practice your art in a new environment

Spend a semester abroad

Explore new cultures while earning credits and fine-tuning your artistic abilities through CCA’s International Semester Exchange program. You can apply for either the fall or spring semester at one of our many partner schools in Germany, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Japan, and China—just to name few locations.

Scholarships for studying abroad

There are several scholarships available for CCA students interested in studying abroad, including:

For a full list, please email the ISAP office at [email protected].


Kickstart your art or design practice

Spend a summer abroad

Explore exotic destinations while earning credits through our unique summer study-abroad programs, designed and led by CCA faculty. From investigating urban mobility in Amsterdam to understanding the dynamics of contemporary living in Tokyo, immersive courses around the entire globe are available.

Note: CCA Summer Study Abroad is designed for current CCA students. However, if there are spots still available by March 4, we welcome strong students from other colleges/universities into the program.

AICAD Exchange

Study at another U.S. or Canadian art college

We're partnered with leaders in art and design

Immerse yourself in a new city and scene through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Exchange Program, where full-time CCA juniors have the unique opportunity to attend one of the 31 participating AICAD schools around the country, for one semester, at no additional cost.


Ready to assist you

Have questions?

Nina Sadek

Dean of Special Programs

+1 510-594-3773

[email protected]

Carol Pitts

Operations Manager, Special Programs, Summer Session

+1 510-594-3732

[email protected]

Ingrid Wells

AICAD Exchange Coordinator

+1 415-703-9581

[email protected]

International Student Affairs and Programs

[email protected]

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