Semester Away

Semester-Away for SAIC students are programs open to undergraduates who have completed 30 credits to study for one semester at one of our official exchage partners. 



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 year-long 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 
Thursday, February 2, 2023
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Join via Zoom

December 8, 2022
View the recording here.

Study Abroad will provide an overview of the application process and available programs for future terms. 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.