Study Abroad

You may want to consider completing some of your Elective, General Education, or Communication coursework through a study abroad program. The Department of Communication leads the school of Humanities and Social Sciences in the number of students who have taken courses in other countries. Most report the experience as memorable, intellectual stimulating, and often life-changing. If studying abroad sounds interesting to you, begin planning early in your College career with your advisor and the staff at the Center for International Education.

Remember, regardless of whether you plan to study abroad with a College exchange program or an independent program at another school, you must first obtain pre-approval for the courses that you want to take. Provide the relevant department chair or associate chair with catalog descriptions of the courses you would like to transfer to the College. This will allow the chair to determine whether the courses are equivalent to ones at the College. You will also need to obtain and complete the Coursework Elsewhere Form from the Center for International Education. If you wish to study abroad during your senior year, realize that there are important limitations and rules that you need to be aware of.  For example, under certain circumstances you can petition to have 7 of your last 37 hours taken elsewhere (see the Coursework Elsewhere during Senior Year Petition on the Forms page maintained by the Registrar's Office)

Additional resources for studying abroad can be found at the Center for International Eduation's website.

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities:

*Due to the ongoing logistical challenges and uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, all faculty-led study abroad opportunities through the College of Charleston have been canceled through Fall 2021. See more information via CofC's Center for International Education.*

Florence, Italy (February 6 - April 16, 2022)
  • Program Directors: Dr. Celeste Lacroix (COMM), Dr. Colleen Glenn (ENGL), Dr. Cara Delay (HIST)
  • Cost: $6,900 *fee is subject to change*
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  • Come study with us this spring in the spectacular and exciting city of Florence, Italy! Based in the heart of Tuscany, this program offers students an immersive experience of Italian culture through courses and activities exploring communication and cultural practices, cinema, history, and of course, food! Participants will choose 12-16 credit hours from Communication, English/Film Studies, History and Women's and Gender Studies courses. With sustainability as our theme, we’ll also learn about the Slow Food movement, which was born in Italy. During the semester students will visit Slow Food producers in and around Florence, sampling artisanal chocolate, gelato, cheese and other products. We’ll also travel to other stunning historic Tuscan cities like Siena and Lucca. An additional highlight of the program will be a 3-night excursion to another region of Italy. Students live in apartments in the historic center of Florence and take their classes with CofC faculty. For students with majors or minors in Communication, English, Film Studies, History, Women's and Gender Studies, and/or Sustainability, this program offers a unique study abroad opportunity in the birthplaces of the Renaissance and the Slow Food movement.
  • Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Cork, Ireland (June 6 - July 7, 2022)
  • Program Directors: Dr. Beth Sundstrom (COMM) and Dr. Cara Delay (HIST)
  • Cost: $3,490 *fee is subject to change*
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  • Spend 30 days studying and living in the Emerald Ise! Students will be based in Cork while taking CofC credit and experience Irish life. Local guest lectures and site visits are included to help enhance what you are learning. The program will also include cultural activities and opportunities for students to explore. Don’t miss out on this unique way to earn CofC credits over the summer!
  • Application Deadline: February 15, 2022
Florence, Italy (September 7 - November 20, 2022)
  • Program Directors: Dr. Celeste Lacroix (COMM), Dr. Kendra Stewart (POLI), Dr. Merissa Ferrara (COMM)
  • Cost: TBA
  • More program information coming soon!
  • Application Deadline: March 15, 2022

(Video credit: COMM major Hannah Chateauneuf '20)