The Winter Study Trip, required of all first-year students in the Program, is unique among graduate art history programs. Emphasis falls on seeing works of art in the original, located either in museums or in situ. Students travel as a group for approximately three weeks, accompanied by the Program Director and other faculty. The Program covers the cost of travel, accommodation, admission, and additional expenses.
Recent destinations include Spain (Madrid), Germany (Berlin, Colmar, Cologne, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg), Austria (Vienna), the Czech Republic (Prague), Italy (Florence, Mantua, Rome, Venice, and Vicenza), Switzerland (Basel), Russia (including St. Petersburg and Moscow), Finland (Helsinki), and Turkey (Istanbul). In 2010 students traveled to Sicily, Naples, Rome, Florence, and Venice; in 2011 to Paris and Greece (including, among other places, Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplia, and Mycenae). Destinations in 2012 and 2013 included Rome, Naples, Copenhagen, and Stockholm. The January 2014 trip focussed on England and France, with visits to London, Salisbury, Bath, Cambridge, Lincoln, and Paris. China is the likely destination in 2015, in March instead of January.