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Minimum GPA: 3.00

Terms and Dates:

  • Spring 2023
    January 16, 2023 to May 7, 2023
  • Fall 2023
    September 4, 2023 to December 17, 2023
  • Spring 2024
    January 15, 2024 to April 28, 2024


Emily Dougherty

Cornell Affiliations:

Global Learning

Off-campus partner:

Sotheby's Institute of Art


View "Academics" tab to the left for curriculum details

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?

  • Contact the London office any time with questions about the Institute and their semester programs in London
  • Watch Sotheby's Institute videos on YouTube
  • Read more about the Institute's presence in London

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.
  • Find answers on the Education Abroad FAQ and resource pages for Cornell study abroad policy, health, and safety updates. 
  • 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@CornellEducationAbroad

How do I apply?

Applying to study abroad is a two-step process. You may complete both steps simultaneously, but the Cornell approval process must be complete before your program advisor in the Office of Global Learning can submit any approval or nomination to the program.

  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. For Program Admission, complete an external application directly on the program’s webpage, using the link in the “Snapshot” section. (Note: This deadline may be in advance of the general Cornell deadline for approval. Many programs fill by rolling admission.