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735 Liberal Arts Study Abroad Programs

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Florence is an amazing place to call home during your summer abroad! Summer in Florence lets you choose just how long your summer program lasts and how many credits you receive- stay from four to seven weeks. Study within your major to further your degree back home, or attempt a new hobby by taking an elective such as Intro to Photography. Along with all of the incredible food, art, and history...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University. Courses are taught in English or Czech. No previous Czech language study is required. Live in a student residence hall well connected to the rest of the city. Students have a double room and access to a shared bathroom and k...

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Our French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses and to introduce you to contemporary France and its role in the European Union. A beautiful city on the Loire River, Nantes is the perfect place to perfect your French. For more than 50 years, this program has been offer...

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The London Internship Program of Boston University offers a semester of study and work in England's exciting capital city. This program combines a professional internship with coursework that examines a particular academic area in the context of Great Britain's history, culture, and society, and its role in modern Europe. Courses in each academic area are taught by selected British faculty excl...

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Athena's partner school in Florence, Italy, Lorenzo de' Medici (LdM), is a private institution located among several buildings in the center of this charming Renaissance city. The campus' main building dates back to the 13th century and, before being renovated, was originally a convent and church. Florence was the heart of the Renaissance, and its artistic flair is still tangible. With that ...

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Students on the summer program in Florence can gain a firsthand understanding of the artistic, economic, political, architectural, and literary trends and treasures of this fascinating city. Filled with history and incredibly quaint, Florence is one of the gems of Italy. Participants will have the outstanding support of onsite staff in a program that has been in existence since 1959, living in ...

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Language acquisition and cultural immersion are always at the forefront of Adelante Abroad's programs. In Seville, Spain, students are sure to develop their Spanish language, conversation, and reading composition skills. There may not be a better place to do it either. You have the option to take up to 5 courses in a wide range of subjects. Each course is also offered at various levels of Sp...

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Take part in a Romanian Language and Culture Program and spend an enriching summer at the University of Bucharest! The two-week, intensive program is open to all students and adults from across the globe. It includes lectures on the civilization and culture of Romania as well as language workshops. Participants learn from reputed Romanian and foreign instructors as well as recognized artists an...

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Study abroad in Salamanca, a small city of about 230,000 people. The Old City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; its Plaza Mayor (city center) is one of the most impressive in Spain! It is a popular university city that hosts many international students and is only 50 miles east of Spains border with Portugal. APIs program at the University of Salamanca is ideal for students looking to l...

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With 40 years of academic excellence in Spanish studies, Spanish Studies Abroad specially designed the Spanish Studies Program for Spanish language students entering the advanced-level with a wide range of academic interests. The program integrates thoughtful synthesis of homestays/life in the residencias, study visits, language exchanges, volunteer, and other cultural opportunities into the cu...

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The Institute for Global Studies (IGS) Intern Around the World Programs allow students to mix and match internships in two or three countries. Students can choose from any of the countries and internships available. Typical durations are four weeks to 12 weeks in each location. IGS will help students determine which internships and countries compliment each other. Sample itineraries: Paci...

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Spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year studying abroad in beautiful Aix-en-Provence with CEA! This stunning French town -- long known as one of the most desirable places to live in the entire country -- is home to CEA's partner institutions, Aix Marseille University and IAU College. You'll choose from a range of courses in programs like: - French Language & Culture - Intensive F...

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India, the world's largest democracy, is home to more than one out of every six human beings alive today. Cradle of one of the oldest and most influential civilizations on earth, it is an astoundingly complex nation, where you can log on to the web in a cyber cafe while elephants and camels pass in the street. Although Hinduism is the dominant religion, India also has the largest Muslim populat...

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The Gold Coast and Brisbane program is ideal if you want to live and study near some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and rain forest and are looking for a wide range of courses in diverse disciplines. The program is located along the east coast of Australia which places you in the perfect location to head north, south, or west to explore the best of what Australia has to offer. At Griffit...

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Studying abroad is an incredible opportunity to build your resume while you experience the world, learn a new language, and make international friends. As an American university in the historic center of Rome, Italy, John Cabot University allows you to become a part of our international campus community representing 70 countries while you experience the incredible city of Rome. We accept st...

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Studying Liberal Arts Abroad

Have you ever told someone you’re majoring in a liberal art, like philosophy, English, or languages, just to be met with a blank stare and a “What kind of job are you going to get with that?” Truth is, you don’t really need to have an answer, but if you’re looking for one, studying liberal arts abroad is a great means to an end. Ultimately, studying in a different country as a liberal arts student will enrich your academic and personal life while also improving your cultural competency. This willingness to experience new and exciting things is a cornerstone of liberal arts.

Why Study Liberal Arts Abroad

Living in the land of generalities is only satisfying for so long. Why not use a study abroad experience as a launch pad to better understand what you want to focus on or specialize in under the great big umbrella that is the liberal arts?!

“To be or not to be”…as a study abroad student...“that is the question.”  

As you know, studying liberal arts does not prepare you for a specific job (like our good friends the doctors and enginerds); instead, by giving you broad knowledge and an array of useful skill sets (decision-making, communicating, etc.) that can be utilized in almost any job you pursue, a liberal arts major prepares you for the world at large. Therefore, studying liberal arts abroad gives you the chance to practice your cross cultural skills and possibly even become proficient in another language, which are just two of some of the most valuable skills to have in the world today.

Employers love study abroad alum. Pair your international street cred with your desirable soft skills (besides, most people can be taught the technical skills of a job) and you can consider yourself a “1-2-3-hired” liberal arts graduate.

Locations

So you’ve decided, “YES, I want to diversify my liberal arts education in another country”, but now the question remains: “Where should you go?” Due to the broad appeal of a liberal arts degree, finding a destination where you can study liberal arts abroad should be fairly easy once you know the subject or field you would like to focus on during your time abroad.

Italy. The birthplace of the Renaissance and many artists, philosophers, and poets, Italy is home to some of the best liberal arts schools in the world. While walking around cities like Rome, Florence, or Venice, take in the sites by exploring some of history’s best architecture and art collections. If you are studying in some of the most artistic cities in the world, don’t expect to be sitting in a classroom all day! You’ll instead be viewing sites like the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican, and the Pantheon instead of sticking your nose in a dirty ol’ book.

South Africa. Home to one of the most well-known social justice advocates of our time, Nelson Mandela, South Africa has so much to offer those interested in social causes and philosophy. Students will have access to social and cultural activities outside of the classroom, some of which may involve conversations with political activists, exposure to local artists and philosophers, and the occasional safari. Located on the southern tip of Africa, study abroad in South Africa will not be lacking in beautiful landscapes or wildlife.

Peru. The local music, cuisine, geography, and history will make any liberal arts major fascinated with study abroad in Peru. The traditional aspects of its history are woven into the present day society, and you will be able to experience this while studying in Lima (Peru’s modern capital) or Cusco (the historical capital). Liberal arts student are encouraged to explore the cities, villages, and historic sites that truly make Peru a magical place to study abroad in. 

As a liberal arts major, the world is literally your oyster - so follow your heart flutter to whatever corner of the planet (and subsequent study abroad program) feels right.

Liberal Arts Study Abroad

Since liberal arts is such a broad field, there are a number of classes that can be considered part of liberal arts study abroad, from economics and mathematics to literature and film studies. Most liberal arts course options abroad will focus on the humanities, history, arts, languages, and other social sciences. While studying abroad, liberal arts majors can easily fulfill  a multitude of electives or enroll specifically in courses required for a liberal arts degree. 

If you have a focus or passion for a specific niche within the liberal arts, you will certainly be able to find unique study abroad programs that provide more in-depth and specialized courses. We always recommend students choose to take classes that relate directly with the location of their study abroad program too (especially if they are majoring in liberal arts), so as to really capitalize on the potential of the whole experience. It’s way more fun to learn about Spanish politics while in Spain than back home right?!

No matter your area of interest within the field of liberal arts, you should seriously consider studying a foreign language while abroad. However, that is not to say that classes are always necessarily conducted in a foreign language abroad, because you can certainly find liberal arts study abroad programs that are entirely taught in English. 

Benefits & Challenges

Liberal arts were originally designed for the free man, to provide them with the skills necessary to be civically engaged, successful in debate, and attractive to employ. Things haven’t changed all too much since Ancient Greece. The skills acquired through studying liberal arts abroad will make you more competitive in the work force, especially as someone who has gained tangible skills (such as communication, problem-solving, and independence) in an international environment. 

However, liberal arts can sometimes seem too general, which can make it more challenging for you to choose, let alone focus, on a concentration for study abroad. If you are feeling overwhelmed by all of the directions you can move in, you’re not alone. The silver lining is that your study abroad experience can help you make a decision on what you will do next in your college career, further focusing your liberal arts studies at home.

Fulfill the classic liberal arts mission of “learning how to learn” in an entirely new, foreign, and exciting context. Study liberal arts abroad, dag-nabbit!

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