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Study Abroad/Travel Programs

Study abroad/travel programs provide students with unique opportunities to broaden their world-view, immerse themselves in another culture or environment and positively influence their work as designers and artists. MIAD offers short-term, faculty-led travel programs for students during the summer months and over Spring Break. Past programs have included Italy, Ireland, France, Thailand as well as travel exploring the Desert Southwest and digging for dinosaurs in Montana. Programs currently range in length from 9 days to 4 weeks for 3 to 6 credits. Financial Aid is often available as well as a select number of need-based grants. Most programs are open to students at all levels in all majors.

MIAD Study Abroad


In 2022-23, MIAD is offering the following opportunities for students:



4 weeks on-site in the West Coast of Ireland (early-May to early June) with scheduled pre- and post-trip class meetings at MIAD

  • 6 credits
  • FA396: Fine Arts Studio Travel Elective ORDS396: Design Studio Travel Elective PLUS HUM396 Humanities Travel Elective OR WRTG396 Writing Travel Elective
  • Credits can count towards minors in Book Arts, Sustainability, Writing, or Humanities.
  • Pre-requisites: Completed WR120, HUMT121, ARTH151 and other FYE Studio courses by time of travel and instructor approval


This four-week program is based at the Burren College of Art in County Clare, on the West Coast of Ireland.  The Burren College of Art is located in a restored 16th c. castle near the village of Ballyvaughan, providing a unique base from which to explore the geography of County Clare. The surrounding area, known as the Burren, comprises 250 square kilometers and is one of the largest limestone karst landscapes in Europe.  Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Galway Bay on the west and north, this wild and unforgiving topography is characterized by subterranean caverns, rugged hills, and dramatic seascapes, along with an interesting assemblage of plant and animal life.

Participants in this program will be inspired by the breathtaking beauty and complexity of the environment and how it has shaped the life and culture of the populations inhabiting it.  Working hands-on, with field trips and engaging with direct observation of the area, will provide students with an incredible and unique experience.

Book arts have proven themselves to be a natural genre for the interpretation of researched information into a visual format. Students will use a variety of methods to capture and generate images and will be introduced to a variety of sustainable practices of image-making and book forms.  The natural rural area of the Burren and the timing of the program offers students the opportunity to reflect on the work they are doing with extended studio time in space provided by the Burren College of Art.

Through writing, students will engage in a rich process of self-formation and deepening awareness. The HU/WR component of the course will use research and a variety of written forms to document and give meaning to the student experience. Students will look at other writers, historians, and storytellers to guide their self-directed inquiries.  Students’ on-site research and exploration will be expanded by discussions with faculty and guest artists, readings, journaling, sketching, photography and other means. An exhibition of student work will be installed prior to the start of the fall semester.




Leslie Fedorchuk has been a MIAD Professor teaching studio, humanities, and writing classes since 1994. As a practicing artist and scholar in the field of Book Arts for over 30 years, she has studied the history of the book as well as curated and exhibited in numerous book art exhibits. This will be her fifth year leading MIAD programming in Ireland.

Matthew Presutti is a print and paper artist originally from an area of rural southeastern Ohio nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The region’s rich history of social activism and the natural beauty of its forgotten landscape is the foundation for Presutti’s practice as an artist and the driving force behind his research into sustainable studio methods. He currently teaches a wide variety of print, book, and paper processes as MIAD adjunct faculty member and serves as MIAD’s Printmaking Lab Technician.

Estimated Travel/ Course Fee:  $5895

Includes 6 credits MIAD summer tuition, housing, field trips, studio access, travel health/safety insurance during program dates, scheduled transportation between Shannon airport and student housing, and some group meals.

Students are responsible for necessary passports or visas. Airfare is NOT included. Roundtrip airfare is estimated at $800-$1100 and will need to be purchased sometime in March. Students are typically housed in a group cottage while on-site, with WIFI and shared kitchen and laundry facilities.

Regular Application Deadline:  November 28, 2022, 12noon.

Interested students must apply for the program and complete an application packet available outside of office 265B. Completed application forms must include a deposit of $800 payable to MIAD Ireland Program, a statement of interest, 2 letters of support from MIAD faculty/staff and financial aid form (whether requesting aid or not).

Students must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5. Minimum enrollment must be met for program to run. Students are encouraged to submit their application materials earlier than the regular deadline.  Quality of submitted materials may also influence instructor approval. SPACE IN PROGRAM IS LIMITED.


*Students interested in being considered for this year’s Study Abroad Need-Based Grants MUST submit their complete application package by November 7, 2022.

ALSO…in the event that more students apply than there is space, students not applying for the need-based grant who submit applications by the November 7th Early Deadline MAY receive priority.

Application materials must be submitted to Jenny Krantz, Director, Academic Administration (265B) by designated deadline.

After a student’s acceptance into the program is confirmed, and signed commitment letter is received, the deposit is non-refundable.
Deposits will be returned if program is canceled for insufficient enrollment or if student is not accepted.

Financial Aid: 
Financial aid is available for qualified students. Interested students should inquire at the MIAD Financial Aid office ASAP to determine individual eligibility. Students should be aware that financial aid cannot be distributed any earlier than 5-7 days before the start of the summer term, so students should plan other means to cover earlier required payments and purchases. MIAD Scholarships and Grants that students may have for fall and spring semesters cannot be applied to summer programs.

*MIAD Need-Based Study Abroad Grants: 
Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA, no business office holds, be in good academic standing and a current full-time MIAD student to apply. Grant awards of $500-$750 will be based on a combination of factors including need, quality of written statement of intent, with consideration of student’s cumulative GPA. If a student is awarded a MIAD need-based study abroad grant, this award will be credited to course/travel fee owed AFTER deposit. Awards are contingent upon the program receiving enough applications to run. Students must return signed acceptance/commitment letter for the program and grant award.
Payment Schedule: 
Payments on balance of course fee and tuition* will be due in the MIAD Student Accounts Office. Sample payment schedule based on estimated tuition/course fee noted:
November 28, 2022 – 12noon (November 7, 2022 – 12noon for grant consideration) – $800 Deposit must accompany application (non-refundable after commitment letter signed)
March 1, 2023 – $1500
April 15, 2023 – $3595 FINAL PAYMENT**

Full payment is REQUIRED before program begins.
– Payments beyond initial deposit may also be non-refundable if expenses have already been paid on participant’s behalf.
** Students who are expecting financial aid for summer semester can elect to have this applied to their final payment.

  • Download more information here
  • Download the application here

Jenny Krantz, Director, Academic Administration –
Office – 265B



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