GSA Courses

You will need to submit a portfolio of 15-20 color slides or a CD of recent work. This will be reviewed by a specific department for admittance into that department. You will earn 13 credit hours for the fall: 10 studio credits and three Historical and Critical Studies credits. The spring semester is in two terms and includes 16 studio credits and four Historical and Critical Studies credits.

  • Make sure your credits transfer back for credit with your home school – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.


Academic Year = 33 semester hour credits (26 studio credits + 7 H & C credits)

Fall semester = 13 semester hour credits (10 studio credits + 3 H & C credits)

Spring two-terms = 20 semester hour credits (16 studio credits + 4 H & C credits)

Areas of Concentration

A list of departments/areas of concentration available to study abroad students at GSA can be found on the website:

  • The GSA does not offer courses in the traditional sense. You will instead apply to a specific department, such as Painting, Illustration, etc., and a committee at GSA will review your application and portfolio for admittance into that department.
  • The majority of students spend 26 to 32 hours per week in the studio. Historical and Critical Studies (H & C) courses are also an essential component of all undergraduate programs in the Schools of Design and Fine Art; however, they are not a part of the Architecture program. These courses average between four and eight hours per week. Private study time is additional.
  • Upon acceptance, you will be assigned a focus area and year of study, and you will complete projects solely in that particular area.
  • Cross-registration is not allowed among different subject areas and you cannot take classes in multiple departments (for example, photography and sculpture).
  • Year 1 is considered equivalent to a Sophomore level course, Year 2 a Junior level, and Year 3 a Junior/Senior level. Year 4 studies are not available for study abroad students since they require all three years of prior attendance at the GSA.

Making Your Course Selections

Submit the online course registration form to the Arcadia University College of Global Studies through your Arcadia Passport.

List all course choices and alternates in order of preference (i.e. Fine Art - Photography, Painting and Printmaking, etc.). Enter "GSAXXXX" as the course code for all areas.

Credit Transfer

You are responsible for:

  • Meeting with your academic advisor to discuss course selections
  • Confirming that the courses you take abroad will transfer for credit at your home school
  • Registering for a full academic load