Summer Programs

Take your passion for art, architecture, or design wherever you go! The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design strongly encourages students to take advantage of our own or one of GW’s many study abroad opportunities. As a student at a foreign university, you gain insight into another culture and an invaluable understanding of the way globalization affects communication.


This summer, experience the art world firsthand by experiencing one of GW's many global opportunities.  

Rural Environments Field School

The Rural Environments Field School is an interdisciplinary summer program designed for students interested in the intersection of art and the rural environment. The Field School experience puts students in touch with various rural landscapes and focuses on site and context-based approaches to art creation throughout the rural West.

Each summer, four institutional partners (CU-Boulder, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, Cal-Berkeley, and KCAI), come together in Boulder, Colorado to embark on a collaborative journey into the Western American landscape.  Up to fourteen students are admitted to the program each May.

The Field School faculty come from various backgrounds and locations with all being nationally or internationally recognized in their fields. Course credit is available at the undergraduate level and graduate level. Registration begins each March for the following summer session. Fieldwork for the 2019 session will take place May 13th - June 3rd throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. 

Scholarships available for Corcoran students. Email Kym Rice for details.  

students on trip with Rural Environments Field School

students on trip with Rural Environments Field School


Ideal for theatre students, this four-week Study Abroad Program will focus on Commedia dell'Arte but also look at the history of theatre on the Italian peninsula (including opportunities to visit extant Roman theatres, Renaissance theatres, and contemporary theatres).

Students will be based in Genoa at one of the facilities of the Genoa National Theatre.  

The program will run from May 20 to June 14, 2019.

Course credit is not included, but could be worked out for additional GW fees.

For more information, contact Professor Wilson.  

Modernism in Paris

This program, taking place from June 3 -16, 2019, is connected to the class TRDA 4595 - Paris Modernism & the Arts.  

“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” –Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

There is no language requirement, and the trip will fulfill a 3 credit WID course or Elliot School and Cultural Studies course.

For more information, contact Mary Buckley, or visit the website.  

Students studying art in Paris.

video of study abroad opportunities

Interior Architecture in Barcelona

Seize the opportunity to participate in a GW Study Abroad program in Barcelona, Summer 2019!  Study Modern Architecture or Sustainability and Human Well-Being, or both!

Hans Christian Andersen, he visited Barcelona in 1862 and commented “ We crossed spacious streets, with building resembling palaces, in La Rambla promenade; the shops were well illuminated and there was movement and life…I did not decide to go to sleep, even though I wished to, so I could rise early and contemplate, in daylight, this city, unknown to me: Barcelona, capital of Catalonia.”

Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe, they sung “Barcelona” the Olympic Hymn song of Barcelon in 1992. “Such a beautiful horizon, like a jewel in the sun, for you there will be a seagull of your beautiful ocean. The bells are ringing, open up your doors to the world.”

Ed Sheeran, singer, songwriter, record producer, “Just close your eyes and lets’ pretend we’re dancing in the street in Barcelona.”

What will you say/write after a cultural immersion into ALL that Barcelona is?

Courses: Barcelona: Modern and Contemporary Architecture and/or Barcelona: Sustainability and Human Well-Being

Dates: 1st-11th July classes will be held in Washington, DC, and 14th -26th July classes will be held in Barcelona

To learn more, visit the website, or contact Scott Jones.