Amy Robson, Graphic Design - BA (Hons) student, went to Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) for her 3rd year of study during the 2016/17 academic year.

What were some of your first impressions when you started your time studying abroad?

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) greatly differed to the teaching style and programme at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). At MICA, students choose classes from a variety of specialisations. I took five classes a week, four practical based, and one context-focused.

Practical classes lasted six hours, with context lasting three. In the programme at ECA, the option to pick classes is not offered, however at MICA I undertook a variety of classes outside of my specialisation. The variety of classes and facilities offered to students are immense, and student support from the perspective of personal wellbeing was readily available and easily accessible.

What activities outside of your studies did you get involved in?

Outside of my studies I mainly socialised, and travelled.

What places nearby did you visit during your time there?

The opportunities to travel provided some of the best experiences of my semester abroad, and although the semester was very busy, taking time to travel was very important to me.

Places visited included Boston, Washington DC, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

How did your experience of studying abroad change from your first impressions as time went on?

Tutors at MICA were extremely supportive and incredibly invested in my development within the class programme.

Tell us about some of the people you met during your studies?

I would love to return to Baltimore one day, as I have made friends that I will keep in touch with.

What advice would you give someone who wants to study abroad?

Succinctly: do it.

Make sure to research the place that you wish to apply for, making sure classes offered are what you would like to take part in, and also consider the city you choose. Consider if you would prefer something vastly different to what you are used to, or whether you want somewhere you could fit into quite easily. Personally, in choosing Baltimore, a city vastly different to Edinburgh, I feel as though I have grown immensely, in terms of personal and artistic development. I loved my time at MICA and in Baltimore, and couldn't recommend enough the chance to study abroad.

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