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CofC Summer Study Abroad Programs

Each summer a variety of study abroad programs are offered by College of Charleston faculty. Students pay CofC tuition* and a program fee that typically covers international round-trip airfare, lodging, some meals, local transportation, and co-curricular activities.  Students are responsible for passport fees, student visa fees (if applicable), and personal spending money.

*In-state residents pay the in-state tuition rate; out-of-state residents pay the in-state tuition rate plus 30%

Students should contact Gabriela Peschiera in the CIE with questions regarding the CofC summer programs abroad.

Application Process

In order to apply, please fill out an application and submit to Gabriela Peschiera in the CIE no later than the established program deadlines. A program deposit will be posted to the student's MyCharleston account once the application is submitted to and approved by the CIE.  The program director(s) may require additional steps in the application process prior to full approval.  Upon acceptance, the CIE will post the program fee to the student's MyCharleston account and register the student for the appropriate course(s). 

2014 CofC Summer Programs Abroad

Information sheets for each program may be viewed below (must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed): 


Cambodia and Vietnam

Faculty DirectorsDr. Helen Delfeld, Department of Political Science and Dr. Jen Cole Wright, Department of Psychology

Dates: May 2014 - June 2014 (exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Political Science and/or Psychology (POLI 359: Poor Peoples' Movement (for POLI majors), PSYC 410: the Developmental Challenges of Poverty and Conflict (for PSYC majors), AND POLI 379/PSYC 410: Emerging from Violence)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will explore how histories of violence become incorporated into people's individual and collective cultural narratives as well as exploring the various levels at which these cultures make better lives for themselves and their children through individual and community efforts, governmental program, and foreign influence particularly the UN and NGOs. 

Czech Republic and Poland 

*Program full; accepting applications for waitlist*

Faculty DirectorDr. Robert Westerfelhaus, Department of Communication

Dates: May 11, 2014 – June 8, 2014

Courses Offered: Communication (COMM 315: Ethical Communication in a Multicultural Context AND COMM 336: Rhetorics that Bind and Divide)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Participants will spend a month living and studying in Prague and Krakow, two of Central Europe’s most charming, beautiful, and historically significant cities.  The theme for this study abroad program is "Community and Conflict in Multicultural Contexts - Communication that Binds and Divides."  The theme will explore, through the two classes offered, communication ethics and rhetoric which will examine a range of multicultural issues with a focus on communication that contributed to the Holocaust.

England and France 

Faculty Director: Dr. Ralph Muldrow, Department of Art History

Dates: June 15, 2014 - July 2, 2014

Courses Offered: Art History (ARTH 340: Art, Architecture and Preservation in London and Paris AND ARTH 340: Urbanism in London and Paris)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will explore some of the most significant works in the areas of Architecture, Urban Design, Preservation and Art both in London and Paris and their environs. 

Germany and Poland

*Program full; accepting applications for waitlist*

Faculty Director: Dr. Theodore Rosengarten, Department of History/Jewish Studies

Dates: May 24, 2014 - June 7, 2014

Course Offered: Jewish Studies (JWST 300: Tracing the Holocaust in Eastern Europe)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will take students to a part of the world where Nazi Germany carried out the “final solution to the Jewish question” under the cover of World War II.  Students will visit many important sites and museums related to the Holocaust in Krakow, Warsaw and Bialstok, Poland as well as Berlin, Germany.

Kenya and Tanzania

Faculty Directors: Dr. mutindi ndunda, Department of Teacher Education and Dr. Rene Mueller, Global Business Resource Center

Dates: May - June 2014 (exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Education and Business (EDFS 560: Gender, Culture, Health, Education and International Development: A Comparative Perspective AND/OR INTB 390: Social Enterprise and Development)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: The program will provide CofC students the opportunity to participate in health, education, and economic related activities in rural communities in Kenya and Tanzania.  The students will be introduced to the development, planning and managing of social enterprises.  They will have practical experience in a social enterprise and a full cultural immersion.

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Faculty Director: Dr. Anthony Greene, Department of Sociology/African American Studies

Dates: June 2014 (exact dates TBD; 1 week at CofC, 2 weeks in Barbados)

Course offered: Comparative Black Identity and Blackface in the Global Imaginary (AAST 300; 6 credits total)

Description: During this program, students will be taking 6 credits, exploring the island, and working/interacting with students and faculty at the University of the West Indies (UWI). In addition to the CofC course, students will sit in on guest lectures and partake in special curriculum offering provided by UWI (i.e. history of cricket). 

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Faculty DirectorsDr. Luci Moreira, Department of Hispanic Studies and Mr. Jose Moreira, Department of Hispanic Studies

Dates: May 14, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Courses Offered: Brazilian Culture and Literature (LTPO 150 or 250: Portuguese Literature in Translation AND LACS 105: Contemporary Brazil)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will examine the way in which Brazil's historical background has contributed to the rich regional diversity of Brazilian culture, and how literature can provide a coherent point of entry for broader esthetic and other questions surrounding images of tropical places.  Students will visit the states of Parana and Rio de Janeiro.  Guided study excursions to museums, cultural centers, historical sites, natural parks, and boat trips will be part of the two courses and program.

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British Virgin Islands

*Program full; accepting applications for waitlist*

Faculty DirectorDr. Rusty Day, Department of Biology and Grice Marine Lab

Dates: July 18, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Courses Offered: Biology (BIOL 250 and Lab OR BIOL 453 and Lab: Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program allows students to study the biology, ecology, and conservation of the Caribbean coral reef ecosystem.  This program is offered in partnership with the  Marine Science and Nautical Training Academy (MANTA).

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

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Business in China

Faculty Director: Dr. Yu Henry Xie, School of Business 

Dates: June 1, 2014 - June 20, 2014

Courses Offered: Business (MKTG 360: Doing Business in China AND INTB 360: Big Emerging Market in China)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will examine the most significant cultural, political, and business environments, such as market transition, in the big emerging market of China.  This program also exposes students to the opportunities and challenges of doing business in China for U.S. girms.  Students will visit major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, and Hong Kong.

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Costa Rica

Faculty Director: Dr. Marvin Gonzalez, School of Business

Dates: July 2014 (exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Business (INTB 390: International Social Enterprise and Development AND TRAN 360: Doing Business in Costa Rica)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Doing Business in Costa Rica will introduce students to the cultural, legal and business environments in Costa Rica.  The course will focus on the practical issues that a foreigner will encounter in conducting business in international venues, focusing on managing in a developing or transition economy in a third world country, and combining the academic research and skills with the experience and wisdom of management practitioners.  They will also visit companies in Costa Rica where managers will share their experiences about doing business in the country.

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

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Faculty Directors: Dr. William Veal, School of Education and Dr. Angela Cozart, School of Education  

Dates: May 11, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Courses Offered: Education (EDEE 580/699: Special Topics in Education: Cross-Cultural and Comparative Education)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Participants, both undergraduate and graduate, will take a mandatory international education and culture course (EDEE 580/699) which will include a service learning component.  This program is a unique opportunity for education students to apply book knowledge, theory, and personal experiences with students and school types in a different cultural setting.


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Paris (Department of English)

Faculty Director: Dr. Valerie Frazier, Department of English

Dates: May 24, 2014 - May 31, 2014

Course Offered: English (ENGL 364: African American Expatriates in Paris)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: In this course, students will study the works of Black American expatriate writers and artists in Paris.  They will also explore how duality of cultural identity, being both black and American in Europe, encouraged French projections of exoticism and cultural difference onto the black subject.   

Paris (Department of French)

Faculty Director: Dr. Martine Hiers, Department of French and Francophone Studies 

Dates: May 11, 2014 - June 2, 2014

Courses Offered: French language, literature and culture (FREN 361: Current Issues in France AND FREN 390: Special Topics: A History of Paris)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program provides students an opportunity to study upper level French in Paris, France for three weeks.  The daily schedule while in Paris includes classes as well as vists to museums, sites, and other monuments inside and outside of Paris.

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Germany Internship

*Program no longer accepting applications for Summer 2014; inquire for Summer 2015*

Faculty Director: Mr. Stephen Della Lana, Department of German and Slavic Studies

Dates: May - August 2014

Courses Offered: German language and studies (GRMN 320 and GRMN 3XX)

Deadline: December 1, 2013

Description: This program offers students the opportunity to obtain an internship in a variety of professional fields, including, but not limited to, business, general administration, production, computer science and engineering, all while improving your German language skills. 

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

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Classics in Greece

Faculty Directors: Dr. Kristen Gentile, Department of Classics, and Dr. Andrew Alwine, Department of Classics

Dates: May 13, 2014 - June 11, 2014

Courses Offered: Classics (CLAS 121: Classical Greece AND CLAS 203: Greek Beliefs and Practices)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Students will be introduced to the culture, history, and physical remains of ancient Greece.  Nine days will be spent exploring Athens.  Other destinations include Mycenae, Sparta, and three Aegean Islands: Santorini, Mykonos, and Delos.

Geoarcheology in Greece

Faculty Director: Dr. Scott Harris, Department of Geology

Dates: June - July 2014 (exact dates TBD)

Course Offered: Geology (GEOL 240 and Lab: Geoarcheology of Central Greece)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Students in this course will be immersed into the landscape and coastal regions of Mitrou in Central Greece where they will study the geology and evolution of the local landscape, from ancient, stacked ophiolites (deep crustal deposits) to the west and to the modern coast and the submerged shorelines of Bronze-age Greece.  Within this course, the students will analyze the Mitrou harbor seafloor and coastlines using multiple geophysical techniques surrounding the Islet of Mitrou, an important bronze-age site with both terrestrial and marine components.  Excursions will include important archeological sites and museums in Athens, the Theopetra caves, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Meteora.

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*Program full; accepting applications for waitlist*

Faculty Director: Dr. Brumby McLeod, Department of Hospitality and Tourism 

Dates: May 12, 2014 - May 21, 2014 (approximate; exact dates TBD)

Course Offered: Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTMT 360: Destination Iceland)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program is designed as an international course to explore, participate, and develop destination specific opportunities with existing organizations such as CVBs, chambers, tourist boards, and tourism suppliers.  Students will develop advanced tourism management skills related to identifying, evaluating, and utilizing destination specific research and participant observation to support strategic business decisions and develop new products.  Students will propose and suggest modifications to tourism products that mutually benefit the visitors and hosts.  Students will also discuss and evaluate the marketing efforts used to attract specific visitor segments to the Icelandic region.  

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Tim Callahan, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, and Dr. Vijay Vulava, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Dates: June 2, 2014 - June 23, 2014

Courses Offered: Geology (GEOL 240 and Lab OR GEOL 395 and Lab: Water Resources and Pollution in the Developing World; for graduate students- EVSS 695-T01: Special Topics: Water Resources and Pollution in the Developing World)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This course focuses on issues related to water resources and pollution along the Ganges River basin from the headwaters of the river in the Himalayas to its mouth near the Bay of Bengal.  The 2500-km long Ganges River in Northern India is stressed due to a large demand and cyclical, yet unpredictable, supply.  Students should expect varied climates (extreme heat and humidity to cold and windy in higher elevations).

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*Program full; accepting applications for waitlist*

Faculty Director: Dr. Phil Dustan, Department of Biology 

Dates: Maymester 2014 (exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Tropical Ecology (BIOL 250 AND BIOL 250 Lab for non-majors OR BIOL 453 AND BIOL 453 Lab for majors)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This study abroad program is located in the province of Bali.  It is designed to introduce students to the natural and human ecology of the tropics, explore the complex and distinctive natural features of tropical communities and to become familiar with ecological processes as they apply to tropical ecosystems.



Faculty Director: Dr. Massimo Maggiari, Department of Francophone and Italian Studies

Dates: June 2, 2014 - June 28, 2014

Courses Offered: Italian Language (ITAL 201 AND ITAL 202: Intermediate Italian OR ITAL 328 AND ITAL 329: Current Issues Abroad)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Participants in this study abroad program will stay in Chiavari, Italy, a hospitable town where modern life blends with the original old characteristics typical of the Ligurian Riviera. Chiavari is situated near the Gulf of Tigullio, in a very green area rich in olive and pine trees. The climate is temperate and offers comfortable and good hospitality in all seasons.


Faculty Directors: Dr. Alvaro Ibarra, Department of Art History and Dr. Timothy Johnson, Department of Classics

Dates: June 2, 2014 - June 24, 2014

Courses Offered: Art History and Classics (ARTH 290: Art & Archeology of Ancient Italy AND CLAS 203: Roman Life)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This study abroad program offers intense coursework concerning the art and architecture of ancient Italy.  Participants will visit Rome, Florence, Capri, and Pompeii to examine works of art in their own context. 


Faculty Director: Dr. Giovanna DeLuca, Department of Francophone and Italian Studies

Dates: June 19, 2014 - July 17, 2014

Courses Offered: Italian Literature and Film Studies (LTIT 250: Introduction to Italian Cinema AND LTIT 350: Fellini: A Born Liar)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: Sorrento is a real haven of peace for study and creativity, and it is not by chance that it has been, for more than three centuries, the destination of international artists, poets, and musicians.  In Sorrento, students will have the option of being immersed for four weeks in an intensive cultural program studying two film studies courses.


Faculty Directors: Dr. Bret Lott, Department of English and Dr. Trish Ward, Department of English

Dates: May 14, 2014 - June 11, 2014

Courses Offered: Creative Writing and Literature (ENGL 339: The Travel Memoir: Writing In and Of Place AND ENGL 350: Dante and J.K. Rowling)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

DescriptionStudents will visit Charleston's sister city to write and to study literature, as well as to meet with artists and writers living there, inspiring them to continue their education with an even greater sense of the importance of art, and of writing.  Students and faculty will be stay at a villa compound located just outside of Spoleto, where they will share meals, hold readings, and spend quiet time writing and reading.

youtube Watch a video from last year's program to learn more 

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Abdellatif Attafi, Department of French and Dr. Jack Parson, Department of Political Science

Dates: May 14, 2014 - June 6, 2014

Courses Offered: Literature courses in translation, French language, and Political Science (LTAR 250: Arabic Literature in Translation (taught in English), LTFR 250: French Literature in Translation (taught in English), POLI 359: Morocco and Contemporary Africa (taught in English), FREN 361: Current Issues in Morocco, OR FREN 490: Special Topics)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This program will be a twenty-four day immersion in the history, culture, politics, languages and geography of this unique African country.  The first portion of the program will take place in Tangier, where students will attend formal classes in the morning, and the afternoon and weekends will be spent on excursions.  The second part will consist of touring important sites and cities that may include Agadir, Zagora, Ouarzazate, Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat, where students will discover the historical impact of each site.  The final portion will be back in Tangier and may include a day trip to Tarifa in Andalusia, Spain.

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

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Biology in Panama

Faculty Director: Dr. Craig Plante, Department of Biology

Dates: May 12, 2014 - June 2, 2014

Courses Offered: Ecology (BIOL 341: General Ecology AND BIOL 341 Lab: General Ecology Lab)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: This combined lecture and lab course in Ecology is a biology core course and is required for Marine Biology majors.  Students will spend approximately 0.4 weeks in Charleston and 2.6 weeks in Panama, which will offer a significant portion of the laboratory in a tropical setting.

youtube Watch a video from a previous year's program to learn more

Business in Panama

Faculty Directors: Dr. Kent Gourdin, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management; Dr. Rhonda Mack, Department of Marketing & Supply Chain Management; and Dr. Elaine Worzala, Department of Economics & Finance

Dates: June 2014 (1 week; exact dates TBD)

Courses Offered: Business (MKTG: Special Topics in Marketing, REAL 360: Special Topics in Real Estate, OR TRAN 360: Special Topics in Intermodal Transportation

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: With the Panama Canal Expansion project scheduled for completion in 2015, global trade will be profoundly impacted in the areas of global logistics, distribution and transportation directly affecting the marketing of consumer products as well as the real estate networks and infrastructure. The study tour will include lectures by global experts in all three areas (both in Charleston and in Panama) as well as on-site visits to sites in Charleston (including the port and the related distribution networks in South Carolina). The week-long stay in Panama will include visits to the existing Canal and the construction site for the expansion as well as international companies that have located in Panama and new real estate developments that are a direct result of the increased trade due to the canal expansion.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Carmen Grace, Department of Hispanic Studies and Dr. Hilary Barnes, Department of Hispanic Studies

Dates: May 14, 2014 - June 19, 2014

Courses: Spanish language (SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review, SPAN 328 Spanish Language Study Abroad, SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Culture, OR SPAN 390: Special Topics in Spain)

Deadline: March 1, 2014

Description: A thriving center for tourism with a rich historic past, Trujillo is the place of origin of many explorers and conquistadors of the New World, including Francisco Pizarro.  Students will live with host families in Trujillo, offering them an extraordinary opportunity to improve fluency in Spanish and experience Spanish culture firsthand.

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