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:

Trujillo, Spain (Sept. 2023 - Dec. 2023)
  • Program Directors: Dr. Celeste Lacroix (COMM), Dr. Susan Farrell (ENGL), Dr. Joe Kelly (ENGL)
  • Cost: $6700-$6900 in addition to tuition
  • Application Deadline: April 1, 2023
  • More program information.
  • The College of Charleston Trujillo fall semester program offers students the opportunity to study with CofC faculty while abroad in Spain, and to be immersed in Spanish language and culture through living with experienced host families. The fall 2023 interdisciplinary semester is designed for any student with an interest in communication, literature, film, and/or women’s and gender studies. Courses are taught in English by CofC faculty with the exception of Spanish courses, taught by a local faculty from the Universidad de Extremadura. Classes are held at the Coria, a 17th century restored convent, from Monday to Thursday, providing students long weekends to explore Trujillo, the rest of Spain, nearby Portugal and beyond. Typically, students have completed SPAN 202 prior to participating in the program. The program enjoys weekly one-day field trips, a week-long trip to Andalucia, an overnight trip to Madrid, and normally one additional overnight trip. Students also enjoy a ten-day fall “break“ in the middle of the program that affords the opportunity for extended travel to other European countries.