Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Fall 2024
    September 3, 2024 to December 15, 2024
  • Spring 2025
    January 21, 2025 to May 4, 2025


Emily Dougherty

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

Sotheby's Institute of Art


View "Academics" tab to the left for curriculum details.

This program does not have capacity constraints; no back-up is required.

Opportunity Description

Evolving from a small connoisseurship program begun by Sotheby's Auction House in 1969 Sotheby's Institute is now the leader in art business education and object based learning. Our faculty represent the best of the art world helping students master the unique forces at play at the intersection of art and commerce.

What is unique about this program?

Join students from all over the world on the Sotheby’s Institute of Art’s unique program in London. This is a full-time, fifteen-week program available during the fall or spring semester. Study Abroad students will gain a deep understanding of the art world, its museums and collections, dealers and auction houses, public and commercial galleries. Combining a global perspective on contemporary visual culture with matchless access to industry experiences, students will be equipped with the intellectual and professional skills that will benefit them both in their future employment and complement their studies at their home institution.

What is unique about London?

London has over 200 museums and galleries, including 11 national museums. Public museums and galleries have no entry fee. Founded in 1753 the British Museum was the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all "studious and curious persons."

Fun facts about the Tube - Over a billion people a year use the London Underground to navigate the city. Its iconic map by Harry Beck was first produced in 1933, inspired by electrical circuit diagrams.  Many treasures from London's art galleries were stored in secret tube tunnels during World War II.

How can I learn more about Sotheby's?

Academic Calendar

  • Fall semester: early September - mid-December
  • Spring semester: late January - early May

For specific dates, refer to the Sotheby's Institute of Art Study Abroad page (scroll to the bottom)

Things to Consider Before Applying

  • Review the information on the Education Abroad Office’s Get Started page for important considerations on academics and finances, and a guide to next steps.
  • Still have questions?  Visit the Get Advice page and learn how to connect with an Education Abroad Advisors.
  • Want to keep up to date with Cornellians Abroad? Follow Education Abroad on social media, @cornelliansabroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. The Cornell approval process must be completed first, before your Education Abroad advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit your nomination to Sotheby's. 

  1. For Cornell Approval, click on the "Apply" button on this webpage. Applications are approved by the Office of Global Learning on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this page.
  2. Once nominated by Cornell, Sotheby's will email you an invitation to apply with application instructions. At that point, you must complete the external application by the Sotheby's deadline. Nominated students are typically admitted by partners, but you must complete the application process for them to review your application and offer you a place.