Why YOU Should Study Abroad

Study abroad programs provide an opportunity for you to develop a valuable skill set that can give you an advantage over the competition by:

  • Exposing you to unique and diverse cultural environments and differences in the human condition worldwide;
  • Expanding your knowledge and/or skills in diverse subject matter;
  • Challenging you to adapt and persevere under unfamiliar social and cultural circumstances;
  • Potentially improving your language and cross-cultural skills for effective communication across populations;
  • Enhancing your resume / portfolio with the invaluable experience of going abroad

A Message from the School of Art

“ASU’s many opportunities for study abroad are impressive. Studying abroad will transform your student experience and allow you to develop both professional and personal competencies critical to the global 21st century. Through study abroad, you learn to see the world as nuanced and inclusive, to communicate across boundaries and perceived differences, to live together more humanely and more equitably, and to build your assets as global citizens. Studying abroad changed the way I see the world and shaped my career path. I urge you to study abroad and expand the way you see the world!”

- Joanna Grabski, Director of Herberger School of Art

Planning Your Program 

When to study abroad

When to study abroad

With advance planning, and working closely with your academic advisor, you should be able to fit study abroad within your four years at ASU. As a Fashion major, there are a number of terms available for you to study abroad. Check out our recommended options below:

Year Term Recommended Student Action
Year 1 Fall -Spring Begin researching study abroad programs
Year 2

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall-Spring
  • Early in Fall, apply to Winter Break or Spring study abroad programs
  • Option 1: Complete a winter break, spring semester, spring break or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 2: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 3

Optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring Option 3: Complete a semester, winter break, spring break, or post-spring study abroad program
Summer Option 4: Complete a summer study abroad program
Year 4

Non-optimal year to study abroad
Fall - Spring
  • Option 5: Complete a fall or winter break study abroad program
  • Your final semester should be back at ASU to ensure you complete all remaining degree requirements

General Advice

General Advice

Advice from the Fashion program

Across the diverse programs in which students may choose to study abroad, most major specific courses need to be completed at ASU. Typically, study abroad courses are best applied directly toward your General Studies, Business/Merchandising requirement, Fashion Electives or Upper Division Electives.

Advice from the Study Abroad Office

  • Be sure to view the list of recommended steps for getting started on your study abroad journey.

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 info session to get all the basic information from a Study Abroad Student Recruiter on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Discover times and locations.

  • Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad workshop to get information on program fees and deadlines, how financial aid can apply to study abroad, how to utilize community-based funding and tips on finding and applying for study abroad scholarships. Discover times and locations.

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

Meet With Your Academic Advisor

How to make an appointment

Key questions to ask

  • What are my remaining degree requirements?
  • How many elective credits (lower vs. upper division) do I have left to complete my major?
  • What classes are only offered in Fall or Spring that study abroad may impact?
  • Are there any that I cannot take abroad?

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meet With the Study Abroad Office

Meeting with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors are ASU students who have studied abroad on various types of programs and who are here to help you get started on a journey of your own!  They are prepared to help you understand the different types of programs offered, narrow down your program options, guide you on the application process, discuss program costs, and speak about student life abroad.

No appointments are necessary to meet with a Peer Advisor.

  • Stop by the Study Abroad Office anytime Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Contact a Peer Advisor by email.
  • Call a Peer Advisor at (480) 965-5965.

Meeting with an International Coordinator

Your International Coordinator can answer your questions about specific programs, can talk you through the application process, and can help you find funding resources for your particular program on the Study Abroad Office website. Your International Coordinator is happy to meet with you multiple times to answer your questions, and he/she would be glad to schedule meetings in person, by phone, or via Skype.

  • Find the name of your International Coordinator listed on the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program of interest.
  • Schedule an appointment online. Click on the International Coordinator name for your program of interest and follow the prompts to schedule your appointment.
  • Visit an International Coordinator during walk-in hours in Student Services Building, Room 278.

Key questions to ask the Study Abroad Office

  • What are the eligibility requirements for my program(s) or interest?
  • What is involved in the application for my program(s) of interest? Is admission to the program competitive?
  • How will I get ASU credit and grades for the courses I take abroad?
  • What courses are available on my program? How can I get courses approved for my program(s) of interest?
  • What is the cost of participating in my program(s) of interest? What do I need to consider in preparing an estimated budget for my program(s) of interest, and what expenses do I need to plan for upfront?
  • Where can I find more information about scholarships for study abroad?

Research Your Funding Options

Research Your Funding Options

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad.

Review Cost Sheet

You can find a link to your program’s Cost Sheet near the top of the Study Abroad Office webpage for your program. The Cost Sheet will highlight the costs that are billed to your student account as well as additional estimated costs that are not billed to your student account but that you might expect to spend while abroad. Be sure to note what expenses are included in the fees charged by the Study Abroad Office, and remember to budget additional money for airfare, passport and visa fees and personal expenses since these are not included in any Program Fee.

Research Funding

Once you have reviewed the Cost Sheet for your program and are aware of the costs you might expect to spend on your program, you can begin to make a plan for financing your study abroad program. You can receive funding for studying abroad through financial aid, scholarships and grants and community-based fundraising efforts. We encourage you to:

  1. Speak to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services (FASS) about financial aid;

  2. Use our Scholarships and Grants page to search for general study abroad scholarships and scholarships that are unique to your program;

  3. Read the Community-Based Funding Guide for creative ways that past ASU students have funding their programs.

Financial Aid

We encourage you to speak to a Financial Aid Counselor, who can help you figure out how your financial aid might be applied to our study abroad program. Be sure to seek answers to the following questions from a Financial Aid Counselor:

  • How do loans work for study abroad? What kinds of aid/loans do I currently receive, and are there any restrictions on this aid if I study abroad?

  • Have I reached the maximum of (insert name of) loan allowed per academic year?

  • When will funds be released for my semester of participation?

  • How will additional scholarships impact my ASU financial aid?

Community-Based Funding

Check out the Study Abroad Office website to learn more about community-based funding, including tips and tricks for crowd-source funding. There is funding out there… you just have to ask!

Attend Financing Workshop

Would you like help learning about your financing options? We offer bi-weekly in-person and online Financing Your Study Abroad Workshops. Join us in the MU on Monday afternoons or log in through Adobe Connect (find login information here) on Thursdays to learn how to finance your study abroad program through financial aid, scholarships and grants, and community-based funding.

Helpful Links

Recommended Programs

Although Fashion students can participate in any ASU study abroad program, the following programs are recommended.



Program Type: Faculty-Directed
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Czech Republic
Unique Features: The Sun Devils in Prague: Internship (English-Speaking) and Study Abroad Program is unlike any other study abroad opportunity at ASU. Students are placed in custom-selected professional internships based on their own industry preferences, career goals, skills, and academic background.  Additionally, students participate in a customized application-oriented experiential curriculum designed around international organizations, globalization, and sociocultural immersion, with the Czech Republic, Central Europe and the EU as their classroom. This program is open to all majors across the university.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: France
Unique Features: The American Business School in Paris allows students the opportunity to prepare for a successful international career in one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world. This program offers a wide variety of business, management, and humanities courses. In addition to these courses, students are encouraged to enroll in French language courses and/or humanities courses that include excursions throughout Paris.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring, Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: Take classes in a variety of subject areas, including Italian language courses at all levels. Elective courses are taught in English, with some offered in Italian for advanced speakers. Internships are available. Florence has preserved the essence of the Renaissance and gives the impression of living in an outdoor museum. The city is a cultural, historical, and academic hotspot in Italy. Florence is perfect for first-time travelers, art lovers and people who prefer a smaller city that's easy to navigate.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Country: United Kingdom
Unique Features: Experience an urban campus located in central London! Courses are taught at the University of Westminster by local university professors, and study abroad participants will take classes alongside British and other international students. During your stay, visit exciting cultural points of interest in and around London, as well as other parts of the UK, including royal palaces, museums, art galleries, theaters, orchestras, sporting events, and abundant parks and open spaces.
Program Type: Partnership
Available Terms: Summer
Country: Italy
Unique Features: The Florence University of the Arts (FUA) was founded in 1997 as one of Italy's leading private institutions for higher education. During the summer, students can take courses in Fashion Design, Marketing, and Management among others. Students participating on this program will live in Florence--a small city that has preserved the essence of the Renaissance and gives the impression of living in an outdoor museum. Students can choose between four different summer sessions where each session is three weeks long.
Program Type: Exchange
Available Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Country: Australia
Unique Features: Located in Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, which is renowned for its restaurants, sports, trams, and a thriving nightlife, RMIT is a global university of technology and design. With over 83,000 students, RMIT has a large university feel with programs in a variety of fields. On weekends, students can learn to surf, see koalas and kangaroos, go hiking, or shop. In winter, snowboarding and skiing are also available.

Key Contacts and Resources