Semester Away

SAIC will move forward with semester-long exchange programs scheduled for spring 2023. These programs are open to undergraduate students who have completed 30 credits. A recording of the information session offered related to the application process and deadline an be accessed here.

Deadline to apply for spring 2023 semester away is September 21, 2022.


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) encourages students to explore the world beyond Chicago. One option for gaining this experience is to participate in a semester or yearlong study abroad program. Preparation for study abroad can be both exciting and challenging. The Study Abroad office encourages students to share their goals for international education with family, friends, and SAIC advisors as early as the interest sets in. Specifically, it’s wise to inform SAIC Academic Advisors and Student Financial Services Advisors so that study away can be considered as you build your academic and financial plans.

To be eligible for a study away program, undergraduate students must be enrolled full-time, have completed at least 30 credits at SAIC including upper-level studio work, have completed their Contemporary Practices courses, and be in good standing. Junior or senior status is highly recommended.

Semester-Long Exchange Information Session (Link to recording below)
Monday, September 12, 2022
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Click here to view the recording

Thursday, September 8, 2022
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Click here to view the recording

Study Abroad will provide an overview of the application process and available programs for spring 2023. Semester away through one of SAIC’s official exchange programs is one option to fulfill the six credit off-campus study requirement. During the program, students are enrolled at SAIC and financial aid is available. This program is open to undergraduate students who have completed 30 credits at the time of application. If you are unable to attend the information session, a recording will be available on this page for your review.