Office of International Education

Studying abroad will challenge and inspire you, and like many students, you will probably look back on your experience abroad as one of the major highlights of your MICA undergraduate experience.

MICA is widely recognized for administering an impressive selection of semester and summer study abroad and exchange opportunities - a reflection of our strong commitment to educating artists and designers who wish to gain a global perspective to influence their practice.  Studying abroad has positive impacts on the whole person - as an artist, you explore new perspectives to inform your artistic directions; as a person, you gain insight on what it means to  be a global citizen.

The Office of International Education (OIE) manages study abroad and exchange programs in over 30 countries, as well as off-campus study opportunities in the United States through our partnership with the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) consortium. In addition to international program management, we offer comprehensive study abroad advising, information sessions and workshops hosted by experts in the field of education abroad,  and logistical advice and support throughout every student's off-campus, or international experience. We partner with various student service offices on MICA's campus to condense the process, so students and their parents feel confident understanding how academics, financial aid, and others, apply to their overall experience. 

Featured Programs and Information

ETIAS: MANDATORY Eurpoean Travel Information and Authorization System

Information About the European Travel Information and Authorization System

What is the ETIAS?

ETIAS travel authorization is an entry requirement for visa-exempt nationals traveling to any of these 30 European countries. It is linked to a traveler passport. It is valid for up to three years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first. If you get a new passport, you need to get a new ETIAS travel authorization. The ETIAS is a simple online transaction that produces a travel document, for a nominal fee, that travelers must print and include with the following documents when meeting the customs officials of their host country:

• The ETIAS document itself
• Valid, unexpired passport
• Visa/consulate letter provided to you by the MICA Office of International Education – our office will provide you this shortly after being accepted to your program – more details to come
• Acceptance letter, email, offering admissions from your study abroad/exchange program

With a valid ETIAS travel authorization, you can enter the territory of these European countries as often as you want for short-term stays - normally for up to 90 days in any 180-day period. However, it does not guarantee entry. When you arrive, a border guard will ask to see your passport and other documents and verify that you meet the entry conditions. Again, these documents include (as stated directly above):

• The ETIAS document itself
• Valid, unexpired passport
• Visa/consulate letter provided to you by the MICA Office of International Education – our office will provide you this shortly after being accepted to your program – more details to come
• Acceptance letter, email, offering admissions from your study abroad/exchange program

The Office of International Education (OIE) will require that all students make every single effort to acquire the ETIAS before they travel. In some cases, it can take up to 4 weeks for authorization, therefore, timing will be difficult for those who will be traveling in mid-January. You will need to email your program in the European Union to see what advice they might have, after you’ve been accepted, to see what visa and immigration services they offer. Your first question, in addition to “How can you help me acquire a student visa”, should be “What advice can you offer me regarding the ETIAS and my entry to your country for study”?

Again, timing will be critical and the uncertainty of when the EU ETIAS system will be made available to the general public for use. All students should be extremely mindful, between now and January 1, 2024, of when the site will go live. All students should be checking for updates to the ETIAS program on a regular basis, because failure to obtain the ETIAS in a timely manner will jeopardize their semester abroad. All MICA F1, international students will need to also have their I-20 document signed by the OIE prior to their departure from campus to attend their study abroad/exchange program.

When will the E.U. start accepting applications for the ETIAS authorization?
The official ETIAS website says the E.U. will open applications “from 2024.” An exact date has not been announced yet. The Office of International Education (OIE) will require all students to begin checking to see if they can register for the ETIAS starting January 1, 2024. You will be required to check every day, prior to your departure from your home country, to see if the ETIAS website has begun the ETIAS registration service. Once you are issued your ETIAS, which should take place directly after registering on the site, the OIE will require that you upload a copy of the purchase receipt for it.

Failure to get the ETIAS authorization will result in refusal to enter the host country of your study abroad site. You will be sent home and your semester will be lost; all applicable cancellation fees through your program or your exchange program, including MICA, will be charged back to you. The ETIAS is required for travel – there are no exceptions to this rule. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the ETIAS and there is very little the OIE can do if you forget to obtain it and are deported back to your home country.

Start researching today to learn more about the ETIAS and remain mindful of any announcements for the date in 2024 when the authorization website officially opens for issuance of the ETIAS. The OIE will also send notifications as soon as we learn more. Check your MICA Gmail account throughout the semester to learn more.

Who needs to apply to visit an E.U. country?

Any national of the visa-exempt countries to the E.U. who is looking to travel to an E.U. country for a short-term stay must apply for ETIAS authorization. These visa-exempt countries include the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Mexico. A full list can be found here.

A short-term stay is defined by the European Union as any stay (or combination of stays) up to 90 days within a 180-day period. Stateless people living in and with a travel document from one of the visa-exempt countries or Ireland will also be required to apply for ETIAS authorization.

ETIAS can also be used in place of a visa for certain people who are nationals of visa-required countries. The full list of those eligible for this exception includes students on a school trip who are nationals of visa-required countries but reside in any of the visa-exempt countries, Switzerland or Liechtenstein.
The full eligibility requirements can be found on the ETIAS website.

How much does it cost to apply?

There will be a fee of 7 euros, or roughly $8, attached to the online application for ETIAS authorization. This authorization is valid for three years or earlier, if the travel document used to fill out the application expires before the authorization does. Once used, this authorization is only valid for short-term stays, or 90 days of travel within a 180-day period.

When you pay for the authorization online, make sure to print several copies of any transactional paperwork and be sure to carry them with you at all times while in transit to your host country. Fold up a small copy and carry it with you as a form of additional validation in your passport should you engage in inter-country travel throughout the EU and EU cooperating countries.

What information do I have to provide to ETIAS?

To apply, prospective travelers will have to provide personal information, including their name, date of birth, nationality, address, parents’ names, email address and phone number. They will also be asked to share their current occupation and level of education, as well as details about their intended travel and stays in E.U. countries. Applicants must also include details of the document they will be using to travel, such as a passport. There are special requirements for eligibility for travel documents from some countries (not including the U.S.). ETIAS applicants will also be asked to provide details about any criminal convictions, among other personal information.

How do I know I’ve been approved?

Once the system is up and running, ETIAS applicants will receive an email confirming their application has been submitted. This email will have an application number that is important to keep for future reference. Once an application has been processed, travelers will receive a second email with the authorization decision.

How long will it take for ETIAS to approve me?

Most applications should be processed within minutes of applying, but prospective travelers should expect to receive an application decision within four days. Exceptions are if additional documentation or information is needed, or if applicants are asked to be interviewed. If approved, travelers should confirm that all their personal information is correct; if there is a mistake that isn’t corrected before travel, the authorization will not be valid to cross into the E.U. If an authorization is for some reason rejected, applicants can appeal the decision.

How far in advance do I need to apply?

Starting in 2024, prospective travelers should apply for ETIAS certification at least a month before their planned travel date, and ideally before that. This is because it could take an additional 30 days beyond the normal turnaround time if you’re flagged for an interview. In the case of a rejected application, an appeals process would be necessary to travel.

Travelers must be in possession of their ETIAS authorization throughout their entire stay in the E.U. Although the authorization is necessary to enter the E.U., it does not guarantee entry at border control. Travelers must still meet established E.U. entry requirements, which include having a passport or other travel document that is valid for the duration of their stay and at least three months afterward.


Will ETIAS requirements slow me down at airports?

Because ETIAS authorization is a new process, there’s a chance it could slow down the line at passport control, potentially creating problems for tight flight connections. Right now, if a U.S. traveler is flying to one country in the Schengen zone by way of a connecting flight in another Schengen zone country, they will have to go through passport control before getting on their connecting flight.

Can I trust unofficial ETIAS sites?

According to the European Union, there are “dozens” of unofficial ETIAS sites that offer information on the upcoming system, with some illegally using the E.U. logo and publishing inaccuracies.

Though the E.U. does allow commercial intermediaries to apply for ETIAS authorization on behalf of customers, these third parties could be operated by scammers looking to misuse personal information required in the application.
To avoid any potential scams, travelers should prioritize applying through the official ETIAS website once it becomes available in 2024.

• Travel Europe, ETIAS Official Website
• Washington Post

Study Abroad During the Summer of 2024 in London, England with MICA Faculty: Application Deadline February 15, 2024

Study illustration in London with MICA during summer of 2024: the trip is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. The program yields 3 credits towards Studio Elective requirements. For most MICA summer faculty-led programs, an additional 3 credits can be elected for Art History at the student's request. For questions regarding the specifics of the program, please contact Rebecca Bradley:

Study Art History During the Summer of 2024 in Venice, Italy with MICA Faculty: Application Deadline February 15, 2024

As you absorb the sights and sounds of contemporary Venice, and the surrounding locale, you will practice the craft of art criticism while at sites of great artistic significance.
The program includes day trips to nearby towns such as Ferrara, Trieste, and Rovereto.

Lessons are held both in the classroom and on location throughout the program. Local experts, curators, art historians, and participating artists in this year’s Biennale will provide special lectures. This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. The program yields 3 credits towards Art History and General Elective requirements. The program will run from June 2 to June 29, 2024. For questions regarding the specifics of the program, please contact Dr. Jennie Hirsh:

Apply for a Passport NOW: Processing Time 12 Weeks or More...

If you intend to study abroad fall 2022, obtaining a passport, in addition to academic advising, should be at the top of your to-do list. According to the U.S. Department of State, ordering a passport for the first time could take more than 12-weeks to process due to limited staffing and operations at passport centers. Order your passport today!

Study Abroad Alumna Interview: Savannah Imani Wade, Cape Town, South Africa

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Take some time to listen to our podcast featuring MICA's own, Savannah Imani Wade, study abroad alumna. Savannah shares a personal narrative of her journey and discusses her transforming experience where art and activism intersect.

2023/2024 Study Abroad Virtual Info Sessions

At the start of each semester, the Office of International Education hosts study abroad and exchange partners to learn about new programming initiatives. During these meetings, our partners are genuinely excited to take the time to meet with MICA students to discuss their respective international programs. We highly recommend these information sessions, because you are getting in-depth information from an organizational colleague who works directly with the program's administration, both stateside and internationally.

Successful information sessions are driven by your questions and curiosities. To get the most out of this type of session format, we ask that students take time to do basic research on the specific program, and help develop the conversation by sharing questions. All sessions are via Zoom. You can attend as many sessions as you like - we'll see you there!

Spring 2024 Study Abroad Deadline: September 15, 2023

The study abroad deadline is fast approaching! In order for us to approve, nominate and support your application with one of our exchange partners, or programming affiliates, the Office of International Education must receive your Spring 2024 application no later than September 15, 2023. If you have not done so, please attend any one of our information sessions (below) to research a program that is right for you. Preparing a study abroad application requires time and great effort. You will need in-depth advising from your academic advisor to select overseas courses for MICA credit; time to speak with the faculty chair of your respective major department for overseas course approvals; obtain letters of recommendation from select faculty; and time to talk with a study abroad advisor to help chart your progress to completion. If you intend on studying abroad in Spring 2024, please review the information on this website to help get you started.

Friday, September 8, 2023, 12 (noon) to 1 pm: Study Fine Art at the Enchanting Burren College of Art

Welcome to the enchanting and wonderful world of the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland! Take time to meet Dr. Lisa Newman, Director of Admissions and Marketing, as she leads students in a discussion about this unique Fine Arts program located in a small harbor village on the southern shore of Galway Bay. Register for this meeting using the Zoom link below.

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Friday, September 8, 2023, 1 to 2 pm: Osaka, Japan

Learn about the CET AICAD in Japan program from CET representative, Tim Baird. Register for this event using the link below.

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Friday, September 8, 2023, 1:00 to 2:00pm: Bard in Berlin, Germany

Learn about Bard College Berlin and what a semester in Germany could look like from Bard representative Lauren Cooke. This eclectic program celebrates the vibrant art scene and culture of Berlin on a global campus managed by Bard College, and local artists and experts.

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Friday, September 8, 2023, 2:00 to 3:00pm: Prague, Czech Republic

The CET FAMU Prague program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. According to CET, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill university—it’s one of Europe’s foremost film academies. Your day-to-day reflects the fast pace, fluidity, and occasional unpredictability of industry life. Come learn more about this exciting opportunity from CET representative, Tim Baird. Register via Zoom below.

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Monday, September 11, 1:00 to 2:00 pm: Osaka, Japan

Learn about the CET AICAD in Japan program from CET representative, Tim Baird.

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The Office of International Education - Study Abroad and Exchange Programs

Mike Rini, Education Abroad and Exchange


Office of International Education 1401 W. Mount Royal Avenue Bunting Building, Room 200 Baltimore, MD 21217