The Department of Art strongly supports the University’s conviction that Study abroad should be an integral part of higher education as it diversifies and broadens liberal education in ways not possible to realize on the home campus. By offering students the chance to live and to study in a foreign setting, study abroad extends their intellectual horizons and encourages them to become more self-reliant, empathetic, and sensitive to other cultures. Such experiences have the potential to make students more open, thoughtful and competitive in an increasingly global and cosmopolitan world.
As artists and art historians, we realize that the once insular art world has become far more international in scope, and we recognize the advantage of studying works of art firsthand. We would like all students to have that experience. Our faculty is a diverse one with interests in cultures and countries around the globe. We therefore understand the life altering experience that study abroad can provide, and we encourage students to consider studying in the various programs offered by the University’s Study Abroad Office. We also urge students to explore opportunities to travel abroad provided by the Burch Fellows program, the Frances I. Phillips Travel Scholarship and the Department’s Allcott Travel Award.
The University expects each study abroad program to meet UNC-CH’s high academic standards and to integrate into the University’s curriculum. It therefore accepts the responsibility to coordinate among relevant academic and administrative units on and off campus. Currently the department has affiliations with the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland and in Florence, Italy, the Lorenzo de Medici Institute and SACI: Studio Arts College International. We continue to work to expand our affiliations and to increase the study abroad opportunities for our students.
UNC Art in Florence and Venice — Summer (Jim Hirschfield)