Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

Study Abroad

BXA students are encouraged to study abroad to broaden their interdisciplinary experience. In the last five years, over 1/3 of BXA graduating seniors have studied abroad. Integrating international study into a student’s academic career may include study, work, research, internship or volunteer opportunities.

Experiences Abroad

Ella Hepner Study Abroad Photo

Ella Hepner
BHA Global Studies and Art
Havana, Cuba
University of La Havana

By the end of my sophomore year, I felt that I needed a change of environment to inspire and inform my art and global studies concentrations.

I had done research for a CMU professor on Civil Society and Digital Media in Cuba my sophomore spring, and with this context I flew to Havana the following fall. Living and studying abroad completely changed my outlook, my art practice, and ultimately, myself as a person.

Besides seeing the social and political systems in place there, so different from how I’d learned them even in my extensive research, I viewed the turbulent political changes the U.S. underwent during the fall of 2016 from a very unique perspective. I came back to CMU reinvigorated and showed work I created in a solo exhibition. I’ve continued to make work inspired by the experience, and have returned to Cuba several times since.

Study Abroad Photo

Paloma Sierra
BHA Creative Writing and Drama
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Universidad de Belgrano

I studied abroad at Buenos Aires, Argentina during 2017 summer, as a sophomore, Jennings Family Brave Companions Fund fellow and a Dietrich College Modern Languages Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholar.

As part of my time abroad, I not only learned about Latin American art at the Universidad de Belgrano, but also experienced Argentina’s distinguished theatrical scene. Living in Argentina, I experienced operas and a Teatro Colón (the world’s third best opera house) seeking to entertain audiences; a traditional theatre exploring history and offering sociopolitical commentary; and the teatro ciego experimental theatre developed in pitch darkness, attempting to diminish audiences’ fear of the unfamiliar and unknown. Home to remarkable theatre and a complex history, Argentina introduced me to diverse theatrical methods to effectively reach audiences in different cultural contextsadding to my Carnegie Mellon training in Creative Writing and Drama.

Sam Zucker Study Abroad Photo

Sam Zucker
BHA Linguistics and Design
Rabat, Morocco
SIT Morocco

SIT Morocco helped me see the real world relevance of my studies in the BHA program. Their thematic semester, extreme integration into the community and month long independent study helped me better understand the country in ways I never imagined. The program guided my experience, but still let me apply my own knowledge to it. The theme of my semester was Migration and Transnational Identity, which allowed me an in-depth look at what identity really means in the 21st century.

At the same time, the complex language situation in Morocco taught me how language changes and can be used, while also testing my abilities to find ways to communicate. The experience has changed how I look at everything I read and design, giving me endless experiences to draw on.