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Study Abroad Programs

Getting Started

Come join us on one of our study abroad programs!  Seventy-four percent of in-coming students choose the College of Charleston because of the rich diversity and depth of its study abroad programs.  The College offers a broad range of study abroad opportunities for its students throughout the year:

  1. Explore Your Options
  2. Plan
  3. Apply
  4. Prepare
  5. Go Abroad

Explore Your Options

Choose from three main program types- CofC Faculty-Led, International Exchange, and Affiliate. 

To determine which program is right for you, please view our Selecting a Program page. 

CofC Faculty-Led programs

Students can participate in a semester, summer or spring break program sponsored by the College of Charleston and directed by its faculty.  Students pay tuition to the College and receive College of Charleston grades and credits.  

International Exchange programs

College of Charleston has student exchange agreements with over two dozen foreign universities; students pay their regular tuition to the College and study at one of our partner universities abroad, and receive transfer credit upon successful completion of their program. 

Affiliate programs 

Affiliate programs are approved third party study abroad organizations providing students the opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects around the world.  Students can take classes at a foreign institution or at an academic center administered by the host organization during a semester, year, or summer term. Students do not pay CofC tuition; instead, they pay a program fee directly to the study abroad organization and receive transfer credit for approved coursework upon successful completion of their program. Students interested in affiliate programs must sign up for an Affiliate advising session before they apply to the program.

Non-Affiliate programs

Students considering a non-affiliate program must submit a petition to the CIE. Students should have an academically compelling reason for participating in the non-affiliate program. The CIE will review each petition on a case-by-case basis considering the academic needs of the student and the rationale for their participation. 


Advising Sessions

Not sure which program is right for you?  Please read our Getting Started section on factors to consider when choosing a study abroad program. Additionally, the CIE offers weekly advising sessions to introduce students to the types of programs offered by the College. Group advising sessions will be held in the first floor meeting room of the Multicultural Center (same building as the CIE).

Abroad 101: For those students interested in College of Charleston faculty-led programs or who are undecided as to which type of program.  These sessions are offered:

  • Tuesdays - 3:30pm

Affiliate programs:  For those students interested in affiliate programs or any other program not provided by the College of Charleston (CofC programs or Exchange).  These sessions are offered:

  • Wednesdays - 3:30pm
  • Thursdays - 3:30pm

These sessions will be led by our trained peer advisors who will answer general questions about study abroad at CofC and the types of programs offered.  Students must follow up with the appropriate CIE advisor once they have identified a potential program.


Please visit to complete a profile, search for programs, and apply online.

Remember, there will be additional enrollment forms to turn in after you have been accepted. 


CofC's Mail Services is now a Passport Acceptance Facility, so you can apply for or renew a passport on campus. Visit the Mail Services website here. If you already have a valid passport, check to see when it expires! Your passport must be valid for at least six months after the end of your program. 

For more information on preparing to study abroad, please view our accepted students pages

To learn more about what your peers are experiencing abroad, check out their blogs!

Go Abroad

We hope that studying abroad will be one or the best and most memorable experiences of your life! Please share that with us through social media using the hashtag, #cofcabroad, or tagging us in your posts! 

You can also call our office 843.953.7661 or email to get more information about study abroad programs.