World Studies Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs 2019

Many School of World Studies students and alumni describe studying abroad as one of their most exciting and influential college experiences. Studying abroad will help you gain a greater degree of intercultural understanding, a higher level of foreign language proficiency and a competitive edge in an increasingly globalized market.  The global and international focus of the School of World Studies is ideally suited to and enhanced by studying abroad.

With many study, intern and research abroad choices available, its easier than ever to pick an experience abroad best suited to your degree at an affordable price with the help of scholarships. To determine which study abroad options will work with your academic goals refer to your major advising sheet. Speak with your SWS Academic Adviser and VCU’s Education Abroad Office. Study Abroad First Advising Sessions (FAS) are at 12:30pm, Monday - Friday, no appointment needed.

School of World Studies has several faculty-led study abroad programs listed below; all have an application deadline of February 15, 2019.

Buddhism, Eco-Justice, and Society in Bhutan

This high impact, cultural engaged, study abroad to Bhutan is in collaboration with the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environmental Research. Not only will students live, tour, trek, around the cities and heritage sites surrounding Bumthang, but they will interact with the local population through various workshops, presentations, and events on aspects of Bhutanese culture

Italian Language and Culture in Perugia: A Taste of Italy

In conjunction with the Università per Stranieri di Perugia, Italy, this innovative summer study-abroad program offers an exceptional opportunity to immerse yourself in Italian language and culture. Participants gain classroom language instruction from Italian natives, as well as a lectures, cooking classes, tours, weekend excursions, and traditional Italian activities.

Paleoanthropology and the Legacy of Human Evolution: Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa

This is a unique opportunity for students to engage with and experience South African natural, evolutionary, and social history. Students will work to excavate a paleoanthropological site in the Cradle of Humankind in order to truly grasp the influences that have shaped the people and cultures living there today.

Spanish Language in Cuernavaca: Cuernavaca, Mexico

This intensive four-week Spanish language, culture, literature and business program is possible through a partnership with with the instructors and associate professors at Universidad Internacional.

Vienna, Austria: Language & Culture

In conjunction with the Universität Wien Sprachenzentrum (University of Vienna Language Center) this intensive German language and Austrian cultural immersion opportunity takes place in iconic Vienna, Austria. Several day trips and a cultural activities are included.

Offered on the campus of Lebanese American University (LAU), this summer program immerses students into Beirut’s traditional and pop culture while exploring issues of social justice. Students will volunteer with NGOs and refugee camps as well as visit LAU’s second campus in Byblos, an ancient seaport.

Please note that Lebanon currently has a State Department Level 3: Reconsider Travel advisory.

Excavating in Israel at Hebrew University

In collaboration with the Khirbet Arai Archaeology Project, this unique field school just outside of Jerusalem allows students to explore 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.  

Please note that there is a current US State Department Travel Warning for Israel.