Department of Art & Art History

Study Abroad

Our study abroad programs in Rome and Paris expand students’ perspectives through international travel and study and offer unique opportunities to practice art and art history in these global communities. Developed by art and art history faculty, the Art in Rome and Art in Paris programs offer amazing opportunities for students to study works of art in person while experiencing new cultures. 


Art in Rome
Art in Paris

Student Testimonials

I am so glad that I chose to join the Art History department's study abroad trip to Paris this past year... It was amazing to see everything that I had learned about in my classes in real life. There is such a difference in seeing an object on a PowerPoint slide versus in real life. No reproduction or photograph can capture the color or the brushstroke of an artist. To be immersed in the art and history of Paris is every student's dream...Studying abroad is all about getting outside of your comfort zone and immersing yourself into the local culture.”

Madeline Burkhardt, Art in Paris Summer 2015

Art came alive during those two weeks in a way I had never experienced or imagined. Coming face to face with prized art collections and pieces rendered by the masters was absolutely surreal. Without a doubt, a piece of my heart was left behind somewhere between the Eiffel Tower and Monet’s Gardens!! I know that I want to return to Paris very soon. The culture, the people, the language - all are so special and beautiful.”

Mary Grier Illges, Art in Paris Summer 2015

Nothing else in my life has grown me up faster. Immersing myself in unfamiliar customs, language, and history opened my eyes to a vast realm of possibilities I never could have encountered through my schooling in Auburn alone. Buon viaggio!”

Rachel Little BFA ’14 Art in Rome Summer 2013

I would encourage every college student to study abroad, but I think it is even more important for art students. There is so much inspiration found in a new environment, and there is no substitute for seeing such monumental works of art, first hand. Witnessing their existence in person changes the way you see these works. View my five weeks in Rome, Italy with Auburn's Art program.”

Caroline Steele, BFA ’11 part of 2011 inaugural Art in Rome

Last Updated: March 29, 2021