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  • Locations: Bruges, Belgium
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Otis applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Exchange Open To: Advertising, Architecture/Landscape/Interior, Communication Arts, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Illustration, Product Design
Minimum Class Standing: Junior Credit Type: BFA Credit
Program Description:

luca sint lucasABOUT
LUCA School of Arts is a conglomerate of five art campuses, located in different cities in Flanders (Brussel, Gent, Genk, Vorst, Leuven). LUCA offers BA and MA programmes in the field of Visual Arts, Visual Communication, Interior Design, Audio-visual Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Teacher Training in in the Arts. LUCA cooperates with KULeuven in the field PhD degrees in the art and the development of research projects in the arts. The focus is on the disciplines offered by the association’s art institutes, namely architecture, audiovisual arts, fine arts, music, performing arts, and product design.
LUCA offers BA and MA degree programmes to 3300 student and has about 320 staff members.

Students who wish to study for a semester must:

  •    be current, degree-seeking, full-time students
  •     have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (GPA)
  •     be a junior
  •     have completed at least two semesters at Otis
  •     otherwise meet the eligibility requirements of their specific program
  •     Students need to be proficient in their media and independently motivated
  •     Students with a disciplinary action or placed on probation in the year preceding the intended year of travel are ineligible to participate

Step 1 Research the exchange institution of interest. Find a program that you're interested in, and look into what classes you would like to take.
Step 2 Meet with your department Chair and present the institution and the classes that you're interested in. Ask the Chair if those classes will work with the Otis College curriculum. The Chair needs to approve the courses you would like to take. If you can't find information on the available courses, please talk to the Travel and External Study Coordinator (room 155,
Step 3 Once you receive approval from the Chair of your department, please meet with an Academic Advisor (Carrie Malcom or Anabel Arrazola at the One Stop). They will also need to approve the courses that you would like to take at the host institution.
Step 4 Meet with the Travel and External Study Coordinator in room 155 to discuss the application process and complete this form.
Step 5 Once the form is submitted, and we receive a confirmation of approval from your department Chair and the Academic Advisorthe Travel and External Study Coordinator will nominate you to the host institution. If you're applying to an AICAD institution, you will not need a nomination and you may proceed to Step 6.
Step 6 Fill out the application provided by the host institution.
Step 7 If accepted to do the exchange, enroll in a special course with Registration that signifies that you're participating in an exchange.
Step 8 Work with the host institution on acquiring a visa and securing housing. Purchase flights and prepare for departure.
Step 9 After completing your program make sure to order official transcripts from the host institution to be sent to the One Stop. Contact the One Stop if you have questions about how to order transcripts.

Tuition is payable to Otis. A voucher indicating that tuition has been paid is issued by Otis and must be presented to the Host School at registration. The student may receive a regular financial aid award, if any, to which they are entitled as participants in the Semester Abroad program.

While at the host school, the student is governed by the academic regulations in effect at the host school. Students in the program are ineligible for student aid or employment from the host school.

Laboratory fees, student service fees, or other fees may be charged to the student by the host institution. Such fees are billed to the student and payable directly to the host institution. Policies on these fees vary by institution and program, but they are typically quite minimal.

Based on the estimates (that are subject to change) provided by the host organization, the travel and living cost for one Otis student at LUCA for one semester is as follows:

Airfare $1000
Room and Board $6000
Local Transportation $125
Insurance Students should come to Belgium with an adequate insurance coverage. If they do not have insurance coverage upon arrival they will be asked to take out an insurance in Belgium.
Books $125
Personal $750
Total $8000

LUCA does not offer accommodation on campus. The social services of LUCA will help students in finding accommodation by providing addresses of student housing and contact details of students who are letting their room/apartment. LUCA can assist students in booking accommodation for the first week in Belgium, but expect to find your own accommodation with the help of the information provided.

Grades received from the Host School during exchange study will become a part of the student’s official record at Otis College. Outgoing exchange students are registered in a block of 15 units to be distributed by the adviser in the application and following the student’s portfolio review upon return to Otis College of Art & Design.
Students are responsible for providing Otis College with an official academic transcript from the host school. Exchange units will be recorded as Pass/Fail on the student’s permanent record.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 01/18/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.