International Studies: Outgoing

Studying internationally and off-campus through PNCA Global Studios provides a rewarding, valuable, and life changing experience that gives you the opportunity to learn about and understand a different culture, broaden your education with new perspectives, and develop a network of friends and contacts both globally and nationally, which in turn enhances your employability giving you a competitive edge in today’s job market. On a personal level, your time spent outside of PNCA raises a new awareness about yourself, your own culture and a new understanding of art in society which encourages self-confidence, maturity, and knowledge that you can share with the PNCA community upon your return. Opportunities through PNCA include both Short-Term and Semester Long Programs.  

Your education — and your life as an artist — will expand well beyond the PNCA campus as you investigate the world through art while earning college credit towards your degree. You might study in Germany for a semester, work with a mentor artist in New York City, or travel to Asia with a group of your fellow students and faculty to learn from designers and artists in other cultures. From France to Australia, from Dakar to Tokyo, PNCA offers a wide range of study abroad options for both Short Term and Semester Long Programs. The AICAD Mobility Program (U.S. and Canada) gives PNCA students additional opportunity to pursue classes at other affiliated colleges of art and design while fulfilling PNCA requirements.

PNCA grants and travel loans may be used to supplement your financial aid grants and loans for study abroad affiliates and exchange partners. Study Abroad Scholarships may apply. PNCA Global Studios Team will help match the off campus program that best suits your educational and artistic goals or assist you in developing an individual experience through internship or service learning.

All Short Term and Semester Long Programs are credit bearing and require application to both PNCA and the host institution. Connect with us in the International Office, and join Global Studios Program Homeroom site to get you on your way to experience an exciting, educational journey

Short-Term Programs

International Instructor-led Programs

International Instructor-led programs immerse you in cultural and studio projects with related studies at PNCA. This program reaches beyond the traditional fall/spring academic calendar, generally preceding or immediately following a given semester.

International Summer Programs

International Summer Programs* include both Affiliated and Independent Non-Affiliated programs in Fine Art, Design, Liberal Arts or Art History.

International Internships

International Internships provide yet another opportunity for PNCA students to study abroad while gaining supervised practical experience in the creative professional field.

Service Learning

Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy for PNCA students that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility and strengthen communities.


Earn 3-6 credits on Short Term programs. Recent Short Term Programs: Beijing & Shanghai, China; Dakar, Senegal; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Tokyo, Japan; Parma, Italy. Both Service Learning and Internships may be pursued as domestic programs. These two programs are administered by BridgeLab Career Services in consultation with the International Office. 


Semester-Long Programs

International Semester Exchange

International Semester Exchange is usually one semester of the junior year. These programs have been vetted to fulfill requirements and electives for a variety of majors. Not every major is supported by each partner. As an example, The Basel Institute of Design does not support Fine Arts. Conversely Victorian College of Art, a special Faculty of University of Melbourne, does not support design. With International Exchange students pay their tuition to the home institution and go tuition free to the host institution.

Non-Affiliated Semester Programs

There are a number of Non-Affiliated Semester Programs provided by reliable independent vendors. The Global Studios Team will assist with helping develop your academic plan and financial aid. While these programs are not supported with PNCA Grants, all Federal Aid and Loans may be used, if the credits are transferable to fulfill graduation requirements.

International Internships/Service Learning

See details under Short Term Programs, above.

AICAD Mobility Program

AICAD Mobility Program allows PNCA students to spend one semester in their junior year at a sister art school within the U.S. or Canada subject to the discretion of the Host institution. Participating schools are members of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design.


Earn 12-15 semester credits while studying abroad on Semester-Long Programs.


Exchange Partners

PNCA has formal agreements with the following institutions for International Exchange (Affiliated and Exchange) with comparable curricula and cultural immersion. 

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design (Stockholm, Sweden)
Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)
Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Universiti Sains Malaysia (Penang, Malaysia)
York St. John University-Faculty of Art, Design and Computer Science (York, United Kingdom)
The Basel School of Design (Switzerland)
Arts University Bournemouth (Poole, United Kingdom)
University of Bergen-Faculty of Art, Design and Music (Norway)
Icelandic Academy of the Arts (Reykjavik, Iceland)
LUCA School of the Arts-Brussels and Ghent Campuses (Belgium)
Design School Kolding (Denmark)
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem, Israel)

When do I start?

Students may participate in Short Term Programs beginning in their sophomore year or after completing 30 credit hours. Freshmen may participate in May programs that begin after the second semester of their first year. Therefore, initial planning and locating resources should begin when you enter the college. The earlier the student begins the more successful they will be in participating in some type of international programming. Those that wait until their junior year to begin planning have less than 25% chance of participation and their opportunities are often limited to summer programs and short-term programs.

Students anticipating a Semester Long Program, also known as Semester Abroad should plan on going during their junior year with application beginning in the second semester of their sophomore year. The deadlines for application for eligibility and admission to the host institution is generally March 1 for the following fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Note: applications must be made to both the home and host institutions by the deadlines. Participation in semester programs are not guaranteed and admission to host institutions is very competitive.

The success rate for students that participate in International and Off Campus Studies is increased significantly by early planning. To begin, identify the value study abroad will add to your academic degree and education as you leave the institution. These might include international networking, enhanced life skills, intercultural communication and firsthand knowledge as well as verifying self directed projects and skill acquisition. You may even learn a new language or discover new career possibilities. Participation in a study abroad program may be a factor in job interviews or application to graduate school.

▲ Destination Planning

The first step students usually do is pick a destination. While this is a good step it needs to find purpose in your academic goals to be truly successful. Your options are also determined to some degree by your graduation requirements and outstanding credits that you need to fulfill. As a transfer student you may have already fulfilled your allotment of electives and will need to find a program that meets the equivalency for a requirement.

Sometimes Short-term Programs are the only option due to credits or time constraints. A number of PNCA short-term programs are offered each academic year and they are called Global Studios. To keep current of program offerings that the College offers, join Global Studios Program in Homeroom. This is where you will find information and application forms for study abroad, affiliate and partner schools and current information on short-term program offerings, eligibility and deadlines.

As you research programs and begin to identify those that might suit your needs, budget and academic goals, it is time to schedule some time with the Director of International Studies to develop a strategy for a successful program and to gain further and specific information about your selected program.

In some cases, academic goals cannot be served by the PNCA program offerings and the student will be best served by Service Learning or a Semester Long Program with a Non-Affiliated Program. Program support is provided for all types of programs not just PNCA vetted programs. The Global Studios Program Team will work on an individual basis with each student to assist them in all aspects of International and Off-Campus Studies or provide referral to the appropriate agency to assist in your academic progress.

This is where the other two components of planning come into play. What will transfer to graduation requirements and how will I fund the program?

▲ Academic Planning

Students need to meet with an Academic Advisor before applying for Short Term Programs or Semester Long Programs in order to ensure that credits earned will apply directly to graduation requirements if they anticipate needing Financial Aid to support their program. Financial Aid, in the form of student loans, is only available for credits that will apply directly to graduation requirements. If federal financial aid is not an issue the student is free to engage any program they wish, as long as they fulfill the program criteria.

▲ Financial Planning

Students need to meet with the Director of Financial Aid for Short Term Programs or Semester Long Programs to identify resources of aid such as: PNCA Aid, PNCA Travel Grant, Loans, External Scholarships and/or Grants and determine how the Cost of Attendance (COA) for a particular program fits within the student’s individual financial aid package. It is important to prepare a budget for tuition, room and board, international travel, in-country travel, books and materials as well as miscellaneous & contingency expenses. Financial aid can only be allocated for credits that fulfill requirements or needed electives.

PNCA Travel Grant

The PNCA Travel Grant may be used one-time as a full-time, matriculated student. This is granted as a forgivable loan and due upon leaving PNCA, unless the student graduates and the loan is forgiven. The loan is about $1,500 for Short Term Programs and about $2,000 for Semester Long Programs with exchange partners and affiliates. PNCA Travel Grant may not be used to support independent or non-affiliated programs.


PNCA Aid that you receive to support your tuition at PNCA may be used to support Semester Long Programs with affiliates and exchange partners. With international exchange partners, student pays the home institution and goes tuition free to the partner institution. With affiliates, the student pays the host institution tuition through PNCA. With non-affiliated programs the student pays the host institution directly. PNCA Aid may not be applied to non-affiliate tuition.


Semester Long Programs: March 1 & October 1 of each year
Short-Term Programs: Variable but usually 3-4 months prior to program start date.

Get Your Passport Now!

Passports usually can be received within 6 weeks of application, but may take up to 3 months if there are complications with documentation.


Visas are required for most if not all Semester Long Programs and many Short Term Programs. It may take up to 8 weeks to get a student visa and a passport is required before visa application.

Students keep updated: Global Studios Homeroom

  • Applications, Abstracts, and Handbook
  • Calendar and meetings
  • General Information including eligibility, procedures, financial aid


International Studies Office

​Prof. ​Orleonok (Lennie) Pitkin
Director of International Studies
503-821-8884 | Office
503-821-8929 | Fax


Quyen T. Le
Assistant Director International Office
International Student and Scholar Services
503-821-8909 | Office
503-821-8929 | Fax


Rianna Robertson-LeVay
International Admissions Associate