Study abroad with History of Art

Studying abroad is a great way to enhance both your studies at university and your future career prospects. It gives you the chance to discover a foreign culture, to study exciting new modules, and to gain valuable experience that will set you apart from other graduates in a competitive job market.

As a History of Art student, you will partake in the compulsory European Study Trip in the second year. In addition, you may also wish to apply for a semester or year abroad studying History of Art-related subjects, which can be taught in English.

Art History in the Field: European Study Trip

Watch our short video to hear Mollie and Louise talk about their time in Paris for their Art History in the Field module. Destinations are usually in mainland Europe, and have in recent years included Rome, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Bruges, and Vienna.

Prior to the trip, you will identify a work of art or architecture in the chosen city that will be your focus of study, which will be assessed by a 20-minute presentation on your return to Birmingham. The staff-led tours, prescribed independent visits and evening meals provide great opportunities to get to know the entire year group in an informal and inspiring setting. 

The university pays for travel to and from the destination city, and bed and breakfast accommodation, and some pre-booked group entries. Students will be expected to cover the cost of their lunch, dinner, travelling around the city, and individual entry to museums/galleries where we have not been able to pay in advance as a group.

Semester or Year Abroad

You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

If you are studying single honours BA History of Art with us, you can also apply to spend a semester abroad at one of our carefully selected partner universities, where we have close personal ties with academic staff. If your application is successful, you will study abroad in the second term of your second year. During your time abroad, you will be able to study modules in History of Art-related subjects, which can be taught in English.

We currently have two partner institutions under the Erasmus scheme:

We currently have two partner institutions under the Universitas 21 scheme:

Please note that places at some of these universities will be offered on a competitive basis and it therefore may not possible to guarantee your first choice. You will also be required to have achieved adequate grades in your first year.