Study Abroad


May Term 2017 -- The Art of Paris: Gothic Cathedrals

Led by Professor Karl Whittington, The Art of Paris: Gothic Cathedrals program will be taught with a week in Columbus and two weeks engaging directly with works of art in Paris, France. The focus of the course will be on the architecture, decoration, and cultural function of gothic cathedrals from medieval Paris during the 13th and 14th centuries.



Undergraduates studying art history are encouraged to incorporate experiences abroad into their curriculum. Students may apply to programs both within and outside of Ohio State.

The Office of International Affairs can help students explore options for studying abroad. Opportunities are available for the entire year, a single semester, May session, and summer.  Many study abroad courses may be counted towards the major or minor in History of Art.

The History of Art Department is working to create more of its own study abroad programs that focus specifically on studying works of art in their original contexts. Currently, the department offers a May term study abroad course to Paris; the 2013 offering focused on Gothic art and architecture.  A small group of students spent two weeks with a faculty member visiting and examining Gothic Cathedrals, including their architecture, sculpture, stained glass, and decorative arts.  This program will be offered again in May 2017, and further study abroad opportunities led by History of Art faculty are being planned.

Maymester 2017

Laon Cathedral, Picardy, France, 2017.

Amiens Cathedral, Picardy, France, 2013.