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Study Abroad

Take advantage of exchange and study-abroad programs at CCA. We have something for both current students and visiting students. Take your work to the next level, add to your portfolio, and earn college credits.


Study-abroad programs for artists

Expand your horizons

Discover new ways of making and learning and expose your art to diverse audiences by studying abroad. You’ll explore new cultures and unique perspectives, meet other artists and designers, get introduced to historically and aesthetically significant cities, develop your artistic abilities, and broaden your understanding of what it means to be a creative citizen in the 21st century.

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Current students

We offer a variety of two- to three-week programs for CCA students interested in studying abroad. Available during the summer, these programs are led by faculty who often have intimate knowledge of destination cities. In addition to study-abroad opportunities, students can also participate in an AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) Exchange Program at another U.S. or Canadian college.

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Visiting students

Curious to see what CCA has to offer? We welcome non-CCA students, both domestically and internationally, through the AICAD (Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design) Exchange Program. If you’re currently at an accredited institution, please email Student Records at [email protected] for details.


Kickstart your art or design practice

Spend a summer abroad

Explore exotic destinations while earning credits through our unique summer study-abroad programs, designed and led by CCA faculty. From exploring European design capitals to experiencing the historical counterculture of contemporary design in South Korea, immersive courses around the entire globe are available.

Note: CCA Summer Study Abroad is designed for current CCA students. However, if there are spots still available by March 2, we welcome strong students from other colleges/universities into the program.

AICAD Exchange

Study at another U.S. or Canadian art college

We're partnered with leaders in art and design

Immerse yourself in a new city and scene through the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design Exchange Program, where full-time CCA juniors have the unique opportunity to attend one of the 31 participating AICAD schools around the country, for one semester, at no additional cost.


Ready to assist you

Have questions?

Nina Sadek

Dean of Special Programs

+1 510-594-3773

[email protected]

Carol Pitts

Operations Manager, Special Programs, Summer Session

+1 510-594-3732

[email protected]

Ingrid Wells

AICAD Exchange Coordinator

+1 415-703-9581

[email protected]

International Student Affairs and Programs

[email protected]

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