World Studies Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs 2019

Studying in a foreign country can be one of the most enriching and rewarding of all college experiences. Choosing the right program is essential in order to optimize your possibilities and minimize complications. Students often do not realize the full palette of choices available to them for choosing a credit-bearing study abroad program. When you study abroad, you can improve fluency skills in a foreign language, create a lifelong connection with another country, better understand your field of study, and gain a new appreciation for your home country. Don't deny yourself the opportunity to see the world and make it your classroom this summer. Earn academic credit and enjoy an awesome experience, too!

To learn how study abroad fits within your SWS major, please see an advisor in SWS Academic Advising and visit the Education Abroad Office at VCU, and see the listing of faculty-led programs offered Summer 2019:

Excavating Tel Lachish, Israel: Jerusalem, Israel
The Global Education Office and the School of World Studies, in collaboration with the Lachish Archaeology Project, are pleased to offer a unique field school opportunity just outside of Jerusalem, Israel. Students explore firsthand the history of the period of the first kings of ancient Israel and the Judean Kingdom (1000-500 BCE) through field archaeology, lab work, supplemental classroom lectures and tours. VCU students will join a consortium of several university sponsored teams all directed by Dr. Yossi Garfinkle of Hebrew University. Teams from VCU have worked with Dr. Garfinkle at Khirbet Qeiyafa, Israel for five years from 2009-2013 and at Tell Lachish from 2014-2016 and look forward to contributing to the continued success of the fourth expedition.

The 22 acre mound, or Tell, of Lachish lies approximately 40 miles southwest of Jerusalem in the low hills of ancient Judea and is one of the most historically notorious sites in Israel. Its stratified layers reveal occupation from the early Neolithic period, through the Bronze Age, well into modern times. It has been excavated by several teams, but has yet to yield all of its secrets, especially in terms of the Iron Age II (1000-800 BCE), the period of the first kings of ancient Israel and the Judean Kingdom.
Please note that there is a current US State Department Travel Warning for Israel.
Deadline:  February 15, 2019

Italian Language and Culture in Perugia: A Taste of Italy
The Global Education Office and the VCU School of World Studies, in conjunction with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, are pleased to offer an innovative summer study-abroad program in Italy. The program offers an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in Italian language and culture during your month in beautiful medieval Perugia. Participants will have a classroom-based language-learning experience with Italian natives, as well as a cultural learning experience through lectures, cooking classes, tours, weekend excursions, and traditional Italian activities. As part of the WRLD 391 course, students will take four Italian cuisine cooking classes at a Perugian agriturismo, a rural farm converted into a culinary education site.
Deadline: February 15, 2019

Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution: Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa
The Global Education Office and the School of World Studies along with the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to offer a unique opportunity for students to engage with South African natural, evolutionary, and social history experientially. Students will gain unprecedented access and experience working to excavate an actual paleoanthropological site in the Cradle of Humankind. Students will be enrolled in a 3-credit Anthropology course that will focus on aspects of the biological, archaeological, and sociocultural anthropology of the country. Additionally, students will enroll in either a secondary Biology or Anthropology course that will further explore the biological and cultural influences on the country. By traveling within the country while studying these topics, students will be able to experience firsthand the country and its history and will be able to truly grasp the influences that have shaped the people and cultures living there today.
Deadline:  February 15, 2019

Spanish Language in Cuernavaca: Cuernavaca, Mexico
The School of World Studies and the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to sponsor an intensive four-week Spanish language, culture, literature, topics and business program in Mexico in conjunction with the native Spanish instructors and associate professors at Universidad Internacional ( in the spectacular city of Cuernavaca, where the main square (zócalo) is surrounded by sidewalk cafes, restaurants, mariachis and bookstores.
Deadline:  February 15, 2019

Vienna, Austria: Language & Culture

The School of World Studies and the Global Education Office at Virginia Commonwealth University as well as the Universität Wien Sprachenzentrum (University of Vienna Language Center) are pleased to offer an intensive German language and Austrian cultural immersion opportunity in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria. German language and culture courses will be offered in an intensive four-week program in the heart of one of Europe’s most enchanting and historic cities. Several day trips, cultural tours, and a variety of cultural exploration activities will be included.
Deadline:  February 15, 2019