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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 travel costs such as: 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 complete a profile on Abroad Office.  Once you have completed a profile, you will need to complete the online application for your program of choice no later than the published deadline.  All applicants are subject to a $50 application fee.  The Center for International Education and the program director(s) will 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).  

2016 CofC Summer Programs Abroad

*The 2017 CofC Summer Programs will be announced at the CofC Programs Study Abroad Fair on September 14, 10am-2pm, Cougar Mall*

Full program descriptions may be found in the AbroadOffice database, or by clicking on each program title below:


Cambodia & Vietnam - Psychology

Faculty DirectorDr. Jen Wright, Department of Psychology

Dates: Consult AbroadOffice site for explanation

Courses Offered: Psychology (PSYC 315/410: Emerging from Violence AND PSYC 315/410: The Developing Child)

Deadline: February 22, 2016

Description: This program involves an exploration of eastern culture through the lens of Cambodia and Vietnam. We will examine how both cultures have worked to recover from the ravages of war (which, for Cambodia, included a mass genocide), as well as how the socio-cultural, political, and economic environments they have created influence (positively and negatively) the developmental experiences and trajectories of their youth.

Czech Republic, Hungary & Slovakia - Communication

Faculty Directors: Dr. Robert Westerfelhaus and Dr. Celeste Lacroix, Department of Communication

Dates: May 8, 2016 - June 4, 2016

Courses Offered: Communication (COMM 315: Ethical Communication and COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Context - Cross-Cultural Communication)

Deadline: February 15, 2016

Description: Participants in this program will spend a month studying in three of Central Europe's premiere capital cities: Prague, Budapest, and Bratislava.  Two classes are offered: COMM 315 focuses upon communication ethics in a multicultural context, with a special emphasis upon the Holocaust.  COMM 336 is designed to provide a survey of intercultural communication theory and practice, and to develop the student's understanding of communication between/among people of different cultural backgrounds both in domestic and international settings as well as a variety of contexts.  As part of the program, students tour the Terezin Concentration Camp, Prague's Jewish Quarter, Bratislava's Old Town, and the Dohany Street Synagogue in Budapest, as well as castles, churches, museums and other sites of cultural, historical, and recreational interest.  

Eastern Europe - Jewish Studies

Faculty Directors: Dr. Ted Rosengarten, Department of Jewish Studies, and Ms. Dale Rosengarten, Addlestone Library

Dates: May 9, 2016 – May 25, 2016

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

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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.  In Lviv, Krakow, and Warsaw, the students will tour former Jewish neighborhoods and visit museums, synagogues, and churches in the “old town” of each city.  In Berlin, the program will visit the new Jewish Museum, the Museum to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and other sites that illuminate the history of a once-thriving people decimated under a banner of hatred in the heart of civilized Europe. At every stop, the program will investigate how the Holocaust is remembered and forgotten, and how young Ukrainians, Poles, and Germans come to grips with an unspeakable past.

Hungary, Italy, & Greece - Communication & Public Health

Faculty Directors: Dr. Merissa Ferrara and Ms. Valerie Wright, Department of Communication

Dates: May 30, 2016 – June 22, 2016

Courses Offered: Communication and Public Health (COMM 315: Ethical Communication in Global Health AND COMM 336: Addressing Problems in Context - Global Health)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: This will be a hands-on academic experience for students who are ready to learn beyond the classroom walls. First we will embark on a series of public health case studies in Budapest to address questions of who has access to health and who does not. We will visit parks, spas, hot spots, and speak with locals about healthcare beliefs and practices. We will head to Italy and Greece to learn health communication through Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. We will learn from food growers and chefs, prepare foods, and create health education materials. Cultural immersion opportunities abound in the markets and piazzas as well as the opportunity to see classic sites like the Coliseum, Sistine Chapel, and Parthenon.

India, Spain, & Morocco - Communication 

Faculty Director: Dr. Merissa Ferrara, Department of Communication

Dates: May 10, 2016 – May 28, 2016

Course Offered: Communication (COMM 481: Communication Capstone)

Deadline: January 15, 2016

Description: This will be and incredible, fast, action-packed experience ideal for communication majors looking to complete their undergraduate education immersed in a variety of cultures. Highlights include: Palau Guell, Sagrada Familia, Las Ramblas, Jemaa el Fna, Medina, and retreat to the Atlas Mountains to hike, zipline, visit a local village, learn how to make olive oil, and prepare a final meal together.

United Kingdom, France, & Netherlands - Dance

Faculty Director: Dr. Gretchen McLaine, Department of Theatre and Dance

Dates: May 16, 2016 – June 2, 2016

Course Offered: Dance (DANC 290: Special Topics - Dancing Through Europe)

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Description: Dancing Through Europe is a special topics course designed to fulfill the humanities requirement at the College of Charleston.  Students will travel to London first, where they will see the Trinity/Laban School, the oldest professional contemporary modern dance school in the UK, and they will take dance classes, meet with faculty/researchers, and tour the facilities.  They then will visit Paris, where students will take a class at the Paris Opera Ballet, tour the facilities, and see a performance by the world-renowned ballet company.  The program will conclude in The Hague, Netherlands, where students will see Netherlands Dans Theatre, see the company perform, and take classes from company dancers.

Western Europe - History & Political Science

Faculty Directors: Dr. Bill Olejniczak, Department of History and Dr. Mark Long, Department of Political Science

Dates: May 16, 2016 – June 1, 2016

Courses Offered: History and Political Science (HIST 241: Contemporary Europe AND POLI 352: Geographies and Politics in the European Union)

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Description: This is a new study abroad program at the College which will be taught at the College for one third of the time and on site in Germany, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium for the remaining two thirds of the time.  Courses will focus on recent developments in Europe.  Special attention will be paid to issues and problems facing Europeans today.



Faculty Director: Dr. Erik Sotka, Department of Biology

Dates: May 16, 2016 – May 31, 2016

Course Offered: Zoology (BIOL 337: Invertebrate Zoology)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: This program will begin with two days of Maymester at Grice Marine Laboratory (James Island, SC) and then travel to Gerace Research Marine Station in San Salvador, Bahamas for 13 nights. This marine laboratory has all the appropriate research and teaching facilities for intensive field exploration, husbandry of some organisms, and dissecting microscopes. Each day, students will have a lecture in the morning for 1-2 hours, travel to the field for 3-4 hours, and then come back to dissect and examine animals. San Salvador is a small island with easily accessible marine (seagrass, coral reef, high-salinity inland lakes) and semi-terrestrial habitats (mangroves).

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

Dates: May 10, 2016 - May 29, 2016

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

Deadline: March 31, 2016

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

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

Dates: July 30, 2016 - August 13, 2016

Courses Offered: Biology (BIOL 250: Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology - for non-majors OR BIOL 453: Field Studies in Coral Reef Biology - for majors)

Deadline: April 1, 2016

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).

Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Faculty Directors: Dr. Marvin Gonzalez and Dr. Gioconda Quesada, Department of Supply Chain & Information Management

Dates: July 5, 2016 – July 27, 2016

Courses Offered: Business (TRAN 360: Doing Business in Costa Rica; optional course- SCIM 360: Sustainability Issues in Costa Rica)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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. Company visits include the Chamber of Commerce, US Commercial Services in Costa Rica, Florida Ice & Farm, Baxter, Port of Charleston, Port of Moin, VICESA, and many others.

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Germany Internship

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

Dates: May 8, 2016 - July 29, 2016

Courses Offered: German language and studies (GRMN 320 and transfer credit equivalent to a German 300-level course)

Deadline: December 2, 2015

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. 



Faculty Directors: Dr. Andrew Alwine and Dr. Timothy Johnson, Department of Classics

Dates: May 12, 2016 – June 10, 2016

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

Deadline: February 17, 2016

Description: Students will travel briskly through a country whose natural beauty is surpassed only by the depth of its contributions to human flourishing. We will read selections from Homer, Sophocles, Thucydudes, and Plato as we travel around the dramatic Greek landscape. The program begins in Athens, where we will ascend the Athenian acropolis to marvel at the Parthenon and, afterwards, travel down to the harbor of the Piraeus, the epicenter of one of the first naval empires in history. After our stay in Athens, the program will move through mainland Greece (Nafplio, Olympia, Delphi) as we study the cultural forces that birthed the classical world. The second half of the program will take us into the isles of Greece (Santorini, Naxos, Mykonos, Delos) and finally back to Athens. The climax will be our final evening - sunset over the glorious cape of Sunio.

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

Dates: May 16, 2016 - May 31, 2016

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

Deadline: March 31, 2016

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. 


India - Geology

Faculty Directors: Dr. Vijay Vulava and Dr. Timothy Callahan, Department of Geology

Dates: June 2, 2016 - June 23, 2016

Courses Offered: Geology (GEOL 240/395: Water Resources in the Developing World)

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Description: This course will focus 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.  It has two focus areas: 1) water resource and hydrology principles that delve into specific issues, including impacts of river management for economic development and associated land use change effects on water resource availability, and 2) water quality principles that focused on natural and anthropogenic changes to the chemical character of the river water, and linkages between human and environmental health. 

India - Religion & International Studies

Faculty Directors: Dr. Zeff Bjerken, Department of Religious Studies and Amberjade Taylor, Department of International Studies

Dates: June 1, 2016 - June 28, 2016

Courses Offered: Religion, International Studies, and Environmental Studies (INTL 290/RELS 298: Encountering Religions and Globalization in the Indian Himalaya and INTL 390/ENVT 352: International Development and Environmental Justice in the Himalaya)

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Description: This study abroad program will immerse students in the culture, environmental changes, local and refugee political communities, and religious diversity of the Indian Himalayan region of Ladakh and Dharamsala.  Although Ladakh’s rugged high desert landscape is so sparsely populated that it is often described in travel literature as “isolated,” it has actually been a crossroads for the transmission of religions (including Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Islam, and Christianity) and goods for at least a thousand years.

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Faculty Director: Dr. Phillip Dustan, Department of Biology 

Dates: May 21, 2016 - June 10, 2016

Courses Offered: Tropical Ecology (BIOL 250: Introduction to Tropical Ecology - for non-majors OR BIOL 453: Introduction to Tropical Ecology - for majors)

Deadline: March 31, 2016

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.

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Chiavari - Italian Studies

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

Dates: June 1, 2016 - June 25, 2016

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

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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.

Florence - Public Health

Faculty Director: Dr. Andrea DeMaria and Ms. Chelsea Demarest, Department of Health and Human Performance

Dates: June 14, 2016 - July 15, 2016

Courses Offered: Public Health (HEAL 230: Global Health, HEAL 325: Health Promotion AND HEAL 325L: Health Promotion Lab)

Deadline: February 1, 2016

Description: This study abroad program is located in historic and picturesque Florence, Italy and will provide students with an interdisciplinary learning experience. This program is the first of its kind for the College of Charleston Public Health program. Students will have an opportunity to 1) explore global health issues in a city famous for its trade and finance; 2) engage in community-based projects in the birthplace of the Renaissance; and 3) discover individual passions for Public Health issues through interactive, project-based courses instructed by College of Charleston Public Health faculty members.

Spoleto - English

Faculty Directors: Mr. Bret Lott and Mr. Gary Jackson, Department of English

Dates: May 11, 2016 - June 8, 2016

Courses Offered: Creative Writing and English (ENGL 339: The Travel Memoir: Writing In and Of Place AND ENGL 375: Futurism - Technologically-Advanced Dangerous Poetry for Young People)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: Students 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.



Faculty Director: Dr. Grant Gilmore, Department of Art and Architectural History

Dates: July 7, 2016 - August 5, 2016

Course Offered: ARTH 290: Special Topics (Art History)

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Description: Participants will visit temples, fortifications, memorials, museums and other built heritage to gain an understanding of non-Western perceptions of the past and the purposes of historic preservation. Interpreting Art and Architecture will feature heavily in daily extended excursions to sites of international renown from the the northern city of Sapporo, to Japan's ancient capital at Nara. Participants will experience a traditional Japanese hotel (ryokan), ride on the Shinkansen (high-speed train) and visit some of Japan's most sacred sited during the Japan's high religious season in July and August.

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

Dates: May 10, 2016 - June 2, 2016

Courses Offered: African Studies, French language, Literature courses in translation, and Political Science (AFST 202: Understanding Contemporary Morocco Through Literature, FREN 361: Current Issues in Morocco, FREN 490: Special Topics, LTFR 250: Francophone Literature in Translation (taught in English), POLI 359: Morocco and Contemporary Africa)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: This program grants 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 Volubilis, Meknes, Fez, 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.

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New Zealand

Faculty DirectorsDr. Michael Flynn and Dr. Michael Hemphill, Department of Health and Human Performance, and Ms. Susan Flynn, Department of Teacher Education

Dates: May 16, 2016 - June 11, 2016

Courses Offered: Excercise Science and Health (EXSC 444: Scientific Writing and Data Analysis, EXSC 320: Teaching Methods for New Zealand Sports, HEAL 216: Personal and Community Health)

Deadline: February 22, 2016

Description: This study abroad program will take advantage of program director contacts in New Zealand and also the unique sport culture and health care differences from the US.  The group will arrive in Auckland and spend the first half of the program at The University of Auckland.  The weekends will allow for day trips to Bay of Islands, Rangitoto Island and other north island locations.  The last half of the program will be spent with the hosts at Victoria University of Wellington.  This location will allow for easy access to the south island of New Zealand which will include fitness hikes in the foothills and visits to “Lord of the Rings” locations.  

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Biology in Panama

Faculty Director: Dr. Craig Plante, Department of Biology

Dates: May 9, 2016 - May 30, 2016

Courses Offered: Ecology (BIOL 341: General Ecology)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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 ½ week in Charleston and 2 ½ weeks in Panama, which will offer a significant portion of the laboratory in a tropical setting.

Business in Panama

Faculty Directors: Dr. Kent Gourdin, Department of Supply Chain & Information Management and Dr. Elaine Worzala, Department of Finance

Dates: June 4, 2016 - June 11, 2016

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

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Description: With the Panama Canal Expansion project scheduled for completion in 2016, global trade will be profoundly impacted in the two critical business areas of global logistics (including distribution and transportation) and real estate (networks and infrastructure). The study tour will include lectures by global experts in both areas (in Charleston and Panama). The week-long stay in Panama will include visits to the existing Canal and the construction site for the expansion; international companies that have located in Panama, and new real estate developments on what were U.S. military installations that are a direct result of Panama’s emergence as a business hub for Central and South America.

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South Africa

Faculty Directors: Dr. Adem Ali and Ms. Lauren Humphreys, Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences

Dates: July 10, 2016 - July 30, 2016

Courses Offered: Geology (GEOL 240: Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa - for non-majors OR GEOL 395: Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa - for majors)

Deadline: February 12, 2016

Description: The Geology and Environment Field Experience: South Africa is a 2 1/2 week course designed to broaden students' geology and environmental experience by providing an opportunity for them to see firsthand some of the best geology in the world and some current environmental issues facing South Africa.  This field camp will allow students to gain international field experience and learn about geology in new settings.  The course will focus on the geology of South Africa in the vicinity of Cape Town and northeastern Johannesburg.  Students will specifically study sections of South Africa, looking at rock exposures ranging in age from Proterozoic to Paleozoic to Modern, and perhaps a few sites in Namibia.  There will also be visits to various sites of natural, cultural, and historical significance, including Sterkfontein World Heritage site and Kruger National Park.

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Faculty Directors: Dr. Daniel Delgado Diaz and Dr. Raúl Carrillo Arciniega, Department of Hispanic Studies

Dates: May 11 - June 15, 2016

Courses: Spanish language; literature, and culture (SPAN 275: Spanish Skills Review, SPAN 320: Introduction to Hispanic Literature, SPAN 328 Spanish Language Study Abroad, AND/OR SPAN 333: Topics in Hispanic Cultures)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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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Faculty Directors: Dr. mutindi ndunda, Teacher Education, and Dr. Rene Mueller, School of Business

Dates: May 18, 2016 - May 31, 2016

Courses: Education and Business (EDFS 300: Special Topics in Education OR INTB 390: International Social Enterprise and Development)

Deadline: March 15, 2016

Description: The program will provide College of Charleston students the opportunity to participate and enhance their knowledge and understanding of health, educaiton, and business related issues through field experiences in urban and rural settings in Tanzania, East Africa.

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Faculty Directors: Page Keller and Jennifer Bradley, Center for Excellence in Peer Education

Dates: May 16, 2016 – May 25, 2016

Course Offered: FYET 169: First-Year Experience Abroad (for Peer Educators)

Deadline: March 1, 2016

Description: The UK Higher Education Experience is designed to introduce College of Charleston peer educators to higher education and peer education in the United Kingdom. In the course, students will read, research, discuss topics, and use critical reflection to explore topics related to higher education and peer education in both the UK and the US.

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