Foreign study can be a richly rewarding part of any concentration in the Department of Art and Archaeology. Art history courses taken abroad (normally up to two per semester or four for a year in a study abroad program) can be pre-approved for departmental credit by the departmental representative. Students generally study abroad during the junior year or the first semester of the senior year. The Junior Independent Work can be completed under the supervision of a departmental faculty member with prior approval and ongoing contact with the faculty adviser. The Senior Thesis research in the fall of the senior year may be done overseas, but the spring semester work must be done in residence.
Students contemplating a semester or year abroad should contact the Office of International Programs for a list of potential programs and advice on the application and financial aid process. Since many programs entail instruction in the language of the host country, students should complete foreign language courses at least through the 108 level and preferably at the 300-level. For specific advice about offerings in art history in Study Abroad programs, please make an appointment with the departmental representative.
If students do not want to commit to a semester or year abroad, they have the option of pursuing summer programs. Again, any courses that a student intends to count as a departmental and/or university requirement must be pre-approved by the departmental representative. The form may be downloaded from the Dean of the College website.
All courses taken overseas do not count in the calculation of departmental honors or grade point averages. However, if a student intends to apply to graduate or professional school, transcripts for courses taken in foreign universities must normally be supplied.
There are many fellowships awarded by Princeton and external organizations to support study abroad and summer language study. Study Abroad Programs has additional details on the funding and charges for foreign study.