Emerson Life

Around the World

  • 16

    Countries in our Global Pathways programs

  • 1985

    Year Emerson began its program at Kasteel Well

  • 400+

    Students participating in Education Abroad programs each year

Emerson College is a campus without borders. We believe producing inspired work requires a global perspective, which is why the Emerson experience isn’t limited to one city or even one country. As a global hub of arts and communication in higher education, we strive to provide our students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to connect and collaborate across countries and cultures. 

From our Global Pathways Programs to our castle in the Netherlands and beyond, we offer more than opportunities for students to study abroad—we provide access to enriching cultural experiences that will guide you on the path to becoming a global citizen. Our Global Portal Programs with Paris College of Art and Franklin University Switzerland offer new flexible models for providing an Emerson education to students around the world, and we’re constantly looking to reach new locations around the globe. We also infuse our campus with these ideals by working to advance diversity in internationalization, hosting international scholars and visitors, and internationalizing our curriculum. 

From media arts to political communication to creative writing, the disciplines we study transcend national borders and cultural limitations. We invite you to explore our global programs and opportunities. As an Emerson student, you’ll get the chance to step outside of your comfort zone, meet new people, and become immersed in different cultures—all in the pursuit of bringing your daring ideas to life.

Global and Domestic Programs

Kasteel Well, the Netherlands

Undergraduates have the chance to spend a semester in our beloved 14th-century castle in the Netherlands, living, learning, and traveling as they explore the history, culture, and art of Europe.

Valencia, Spain

Emerson sophomores, juniors, and first-semester seniors can study at Berklee College of Music’s international campus in Valencia, Spain, for one semester, focusing on music business, performance, music technology, and liberal arts.

Paris, France

Through a groundbreaking partnership with Paris College of Art (PCA), prospective undergraduate students may apply for an opportunity to study the art of film in the City of Light itself. Our innovative, intercontinental joint BFA degree program in Film Art spans locations in Paris, the Netherlands, and Boston.

Lugano, Switzerland

Emerson’s partnership with Franklin University Switzerland grants undergraduate students the unique opportunity to earn a Global BA in International and Political Communication or Business of Creative Enterprises, or complete a “3+1 program,” earning a bachelor’s and master’s degree from both Franklin and Emerson in just four years.

Washington, DC

Undergraduates of any major may spend a semester in our nation’s capital. In addition to completing a part-time internship, students will study the issues surrounding government, social advocacy, nonprofits, business, law and criminal justice agencies, environmental organizations, arts institutions, education, media, and more.

Los Angeles, CA

Our state-of-the-art Los Angeles center stands tall on Sunset Boulevard and serves as Emerson's home on the West Coast. Undergraduate students spend a full fall or spring semester taking classes in the heart of Hollywood and participating in a semester-long internship at a site related to their field of study.

More Global Opportunities

Global Pathways Programs

Utilize summer or winter break to explore a different country, earn course credits, gain a global perspective, and apply your classroom learning to a real-world context through programs focused on screenwriting, public diplomacy, theater, art history, travel writing, film production, comedic studies, and digital marketing.

Exchange Programs

Become a global citizen by taking part in an exchange program at one of Emerson's strategic partner institutions. Students can work toward their degree requirements while immersing themselves as independent international students in cities such as Barcelona, Spain, and Hong Kong, China.