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Canada: The Walking Studio Montréal

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Program Type

  • OHIO Credit

Academic Focus

  • Art (Visual, Fine, and Performing)

Program Feature

  • Field Work


  • Canada

Program Term

  • Spring Break

For more information on this program contact:

Kate Hampel
Program Director

Samuel Dodd
Program Director

Courtney Talbot
Program Coordinator, Office of Global Opportunities

Global Opportunities

Application Deadline

Wednesday, November 1

Apply for this OHIO Credit Program

Note: This program reviews applications on a rolling basis. Early applications is encouraged.


Contemporary art and design often make appeals to place, heritage, and site, but what exactly are the ethics of making artwork about or with other places and peoples? How have artists and historians found ways to engage ethically with places by paying attention to materiality, experience, and language?

The Walking Studio: Montréal introduces students to hands-on methods and applied theories for art-based fieldwork, location-based engagement, and socially-responsible practices. By studying at Montréal’s landmark cultural sites, including public art spaces, galleries, museums, city parks, and archives, students will explore how the material conditions of urban identity can become both sites and subjects of contemporary art. Along the way, students develop art and/or art history research projects as they move through the city, responding to Montréal’s material and environmental conditions and social formations.

Montréal is one of only two cities in North America to have been designated by UNESCO as a City of Design, and as such, it provides an excellent opportunity for OHIO students to engage the international and intercultural study of art and design as it reckons with modern legacies of settler colonialism, post-coloniality, as well as linguistic and cultural duality. Even though this program is rooted in the study of art and art history, its emphasis on methods for material studies, craft, urban fieldwork, and public history makes it a great fit for participants from degree programs across the arts, humanities, and sciences.

Info Sessions

Friday, September 15 from 12-12:45pm on Teams

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Highlights and Excursions

  • Visit at least three artist-run spaces in the city, including a center devoted to contemporary First Nations, Inuit, and Metis art
  • Tour Old Montreal, the 16th century heart of the city with a prominent Gothic Revival church, the Notre-Dame Basilica
  • Receive a curator’s tour of the exhibitions and archives at the Canadian Centre for Architecture
  • Tour the Biosphere, one of the world’s only geodesic domes designed by Buckminster Fuller, now a contemporary museum devoted to the environment
  • Visit the McCord Stewart Museum and see its renowned exhibition, Indigenous Voices of Today: Knowledge, Trauma, Resilience
  • See exhibitions and collections at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum
  • Study the environmental rehabilitation landscape architecture project, Parc Frédéric-Back, a contemporary urban park built where a former limestone quarry had become a landfill
  • Engage in four site-specific studios across the city

Good to Know

  • Students should expect a moderate level of physical activity (walking) on this program. 
  • This program takes place during the first 8 weeks of Spring semester. Students participate in a 7-week seminar (hybrid and on-campus in Athens) + 9-day off-campus field experience in Montreal during Spring Break.

Living Arrangements 

Students will stay in hotels (2-3 students per room). Breakfast is provided daily and 6 meals are included during the program.

Program Dates 

Spring break 2024: March 9, 2024 - March 17, 2024


Students enroll in 7.0 credits, including a 7-week, 3.0 credit spring seminar + 4.0 credit study abroad studio in Montréal during Spring Break. Students may choose from the following options:

3-credit seminar

  • AH 3600/5600: Modern Art Theory & Criticism
  • AH 4616/5616: Art Spaces

4-credit studio

  • ART 2320: Environments & Actions
  • ART 3310: Public Spheres & Dissemination Tactics
  • ART 3900/5900: Studio Art Special Topic


The program fee for this program includes: Accommodations, daily breakfast, some meals, excursions, and in-country transportation. 

In addition to the program fee, students should plan for 7 credit hours of tuition*, administrative fee, and out-of-pocket costs. Below will be the student budget worksheet for this program, which outlines these costs.  

Student Budget Worksheet

Items that are not related to the program (ie. additional entertainment, souvenirs, extra travel, contingency funds) are not included in the cost estimates provided and should be budgeted for separately.  


  • If you are nominated to this program, you will be required to pay a deposit to confirm your participation. The deposit is a down payment on the total costs to be billed by OHIO and is determined by the total cost of the program. 
  • For programs completed over winter-break and spring break, the credit-hours associated with the program are part of the spring semester. Students taking between 12 to 20 Athens campus hours, including those associated with the program, will not incur additional tuition costs for the spring semester. Students taking less than 12 or more than 20 Athens campus credits for the spring term will see their tuition charge adjusted accordingly.  

Funding Opportunities

More information on financial aid and scholarships can be found on our funding pages.

Eligibility Requirements 

This program is open to all undergraduate and graduate Ohio University students in good academic standing.

Students who will be on probation at any point during the program for a conduct offense that took place less than a calendar year from the program start date may not study abroad. Read the entire conduct policy 

This program accepts NON-OHIO students. For more information about this process visit the Non-OHIO student page.   

Participants must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g. GED) by the start date of the program to be considered for eligibility.  Students enrolled in College Credit Plus (CC+) are not eligible for study away programs.

Application Requirements 

When applying, applicants will be required to submit:

  • A statement of purpose: Prompt: "How would this program help you to achieve your academic, personal and/or professional goals?”
  • Contact information for 2 references (Name, email, phone)

Additionally, an interview with the director may be required. 

This program reviews applications on a rolling basis. Early applications is encouraged.

Entry and Exit Requirements 

U.S. citizens are required to have a valid U.S. passport when traveling outside of the United States. If you plan to study or travel abroad in the next year,  apply for your passport  now.

U.S. citizens  will not  need a visa or other special document to enter the country for the length of this program. Please also note that visa requirements may vary if you plan to stay in the country longer than the program dates or travel to other countries during or after the program. Please familiarize yourself with these recommendations and requirements prior to applying to this program. 

For more specific visa related information, please visit OGO’s  Visa Information Page 

Information for  Non-U.S. citizens