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. See: Global Studios Fact Sheet.

Connect with the PNCA Global Studios Program Team 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 Summer Programs
  • International Internships
  • Service Learning

Earn 3-6 Semester Credits on Short Term Programs.

Recent Short Term Programs: Beijing & Shanghai, China; Dakar, Senegal; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Tokyo, Japan; Parma, Italy

Semester Long Programs

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


Exchange Partners

Australia Australia | Melbourne

Victorian College of the Arts, a faculty of University of Melbourne

“The School of Art had its origins in the National Gallery School, which was founded in 1867. The School of Art occupies a custom-designed studio complex housing its specialist studios on a single site, which has immediate access to Victoria’s most important art venues.”
Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Intermedia, Drawing, Sculpture

France Belgium | Brussels

Hogeschool Sint Lukas, Fall Semester Only
“Sint-Lukas Brussels University College of Art and Design was founded in 1880. Originality, individuality, pushing back boundaries form the cornerstones of Sint-Lukas’ educational philosophy. A philosophy that is based on the development of a student’s ideas and beliefs. At Sint-Lukas art and creativity are not taught but elicited.”
Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Intermedia, Drawing, Sculpture, Communication Design, Illustration, Animation


Malaysia Malaysia | Shah Alam

Universiti Teknologi Mara
“The Faculty of Art and Design (FSSR), founded in 1967, has brought fame to the university and to the country through various artistic activities and achievements. Ever since its creation, the School of Art and Design has espoused the philosophy of Institut Teknologi MARA, namely the belief that talent and interest, if nurtured properly and openly with the instillation of Islamic values, will produce individuals who are valuable to themselves, to society and to the country.”
Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Intermedia, Drawing, Sculpture, Communication Design, Illustration

NewZealand New Zealand |  Auckland

“Unitec offers a fantastic opportunity to meet new friends and experience living and studying in another culture. You will be able to credit study to your home degree while exploring the beaches, mountains and forests of New Zealand. Unitec’s Department of Design and Visual Arts can give you the skills, experience and guidance you need to realise your creative potential.”
Animation, Design, Illustration, Video


Switzerland Switzerland | Northwestern Switzerland

Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst (HGK), faculty of University of Applied Sciences and Arts)
“The Basel Visual Communication Institute, with its tradition of craftsmanship and artistic quality in Graphic Design, Typography and Photography, works within what has become a complex field for those seeking a profession of image making in the broadest sense.”

Switzerland Switzerland | Zurich

Zurich University of the Arts
“Zurich University of the Arts is a vibrant centre for teaching, research, and production excellence. While firmly anchored in Greater Zurich, our influence extends well beyond Switzerland to the wider international stage. We offer a broad range of degree programmes and further education courses in education, design, film, art & media, dance, theatre, and music. Closely interrelating teaching and research, we provide an ideal setting for transdisciplinary projects.”
Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Intermedia, Drawing, Sculpture,Communication Design, Illustration

United Kingdom United Kingdom | York

York St. John University
“York St John University has a long tradition of welcoming international students. There are many reasons why students choose to study here – the beautiful location, the wide variety of courses, the superb teaching, the vibrant and dynamic student life – all combine to make York St John University an attractive destination.”
Painting, Sculpture, Product Design, Performance, Sound

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

Sarah Lonnquist
Associate Director of International Studies

503 821 8909 Office
503 821 8929 Fax

Quyen Le
Academic Advisor International

503.821-8909 Office
503.821.8929 Fax