The following program options are discussed in detail at our Study Abroad Workshops, held every Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. in the Sullivan Center, 36 South Wabash Avenue, room 1203.

International Exchange

SAIC maintains exchange partnerships with art schools throughout the world. These partnerships allow students to continue enrollment at SAIC while studying at a partner school located abroad. International exchange programs are immersion experiences. SAIC students take mainly studio classes alongside local students, in the local language. For many programs, advanced foreign language skills are recommended. Since residence hall accommodation is typically not available through the host school, participants are responsible for researching and securing their own accommodations in the host city. For a list of our international exchange partners, please see Semester Exchange Information 2016 [PDF].

AICAD Exchange

As a member of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD), SAIC participates in the AICAD Exchange Program. This program gives students the opportunity to maintain enrollment at SAIC while studying at any number of AICAD schools located throughout the United States and Canada. Participation is limited to one semester only and not all AICAD member schools accept exchange students. For more information on individual AICAD schools, visit

New York Studio Residency Program

The New York Studio Residency Program (NYSRP) is sponsored by AICAD and provides upper-level SAIC students with the opportunity to spend one semester living and making work in New York City. Participants are assigned space within a private, 24-hour studio located in the DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighborhood of Brooklyn. Students earn 15–16 SAIC credits in a combination of studio and art history. The NYSRP experience is rounded out by an extensive visiting artists program, gallery visits, a weekly contemporary art in New York seminar, and a widely attended end-of-the-semester exhibition. NYSRP is an excellent option for students wishing to make contacts in New York and for those wanting to spend a concentrated period of time working in their own studio.

SAIC students interested in this program must first apply to and gain approval from the Study Away Review Panel via the usual semester away application process. Applications are due the semester prior to the proposed study away period: February 15 for fall semester away, September 15 for spring semester away. SAIC will subsequently nominate approved students to NYSRP.

For more information about the program, please visit the NYSRP website.

Affiliate Programs

Affiliate programs fill the gaps where SAIC does not have exchange partnerships. Students wishing to study away in a particular location that is not covered by an existing exchange partnership may have the option to do so either through the Tuition Transfer Program or on Independent Study Abroad. Tuition Transfer allows a student to maintain enrollment at SAIC while studying at an affiliate program or school. Independent Study Away allows students to apply to, enroll in, and pay the host program or school directly. Students on Independent Study Away take a Leave of Absence (LOA) from SAIC, and all credits must be approved in advance as transfer credit. For a directory of study abroad programs and scholarships visit