Learn Outside the Lines
We encourage every student to take the opportunity to study abroad, and many do. Between 34% and 44% of CHC students will study abroad at some point, perhaps during a summer session, or possibly on a full-year exchange.
Going abroad is fun and exciting. It is also a great way to develop skills and competencies that will serve you well down the road.
Through study abroad you can:
- Broaden your perspective by looking at topics from another angle
- Enhance your fluency in a second language
- Learn how to communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds
- Demonstrate that you proactively look for ways to challenge yourself and grow
- Gain a more nuanced understanding of international topics such as global trade, economic policy, and immigration
- Conduct research for your senior thesis
- Fulfill CHC graduation requirements
Conducting Research Abroad
Your time abroad is a great opportunity to engage in field work, take advantage of unique primary and secondary sources, and gain clarity and focus of your topic through discussion with others. Meet CHC students who did just that.
Heath Mitchell, BA '11 - Achieving Equality through Education
An international studies major, with a double minor in political science and peace studies, Heath spent a semester abroad in Amman, Jordan. While in the region he travelled independently to conduct research in Israel. Using the contact hypothesis theory, which posits that structured interaction between groups in conflict erodes mutual stereotypes, he examined the impacts of bilingual, binational educational curricula in Israeli primary schools. Given the current inequalities between Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs of Palestinian descent, Heath wanted to understand whether such schools could contribute to a lasting peace within Israel, and the betterment of the condition of Israeli Arabs.
Erin Howe, BA '13 - Social Health Inequality in ‘Little Haiti’
A Spanish major with a minor in women’s and gender studies, Erin studied abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. While there she picked up an internship with Centro de Orientacion e Investigacion Integral, a broad-based NGO that focuses on issues of social development and public health within marginalized communities. Erin designed and carried out a public health survey that found disparities between the level of access and quality of services in this neighborhood compared to Santo Domingo as a whole. Upon her return, she led a CHIP on the topics she has studied while abroad!
Types of Study Abroad Programs
UO Professors will share their expertise and guide you through fascinating landscapes, as well as the social and natural history of some of the world’s most distinctive settings. Participating in a faculty-led study abroad program means that the course structure will be familiar to you, and you have access to a built-in support network of other UO students as you navigate new places and new experiences.
GEO Center Abroad
Think of a GEO Center as a home away from home. A place to relax with friends, do homework, check email, and enjoy a movie night or an olive oil tasting. All centers provide permanent, on-site staff to help ensure your safety and comfort while abroad. You will learn from professors from all over the world, who come and spend a term, or a couple years, teaching courses like Journalism in London, or Global Health, Development, and Service Learning in Accra, Ghana.
If you are looking for an immersive and rigorous study abroad option, consider participating in an exchange program. Exchanges are typically longer than other options, with a semester or year-long commitment. You will enroll directly in a foreign university as an international student, and take classes alongside students from that country. For a successful experience, make sure your speaking, reading and writing skills in the local language are up to the challenge.
Clark Honors College Sponsored Programs
Hundreds of study abroad programs are available to you through GEO (Global Education Oregon), the UO study abroad office. Many major departments on campus sponsor their own study abroad programs. Additionally, as a Clark Honors College student, you have access to CHC-sponsored programs which have been designed specifically with you in mind.
Advantages of CHC Study Abroad:
- Courses you take have been pre-approved to count towards your CHC requirements, including upper division colloquia
- Most programs are taught in English - second language proficiency not required
- Summer programs mean that science majors can participate without interfering with academic year course sequences
- First year students can participate during spring and summer, especially if you have sophomore standing due to AP or IB credits
Fund Your Study Abroad
Many scholarship opportunities are available through the GEO Office. Additionally, the following awards are available to current students through the Clark Honors College. Applications for CHC scholarships are available on Canvas (log-in required) and due in February.
Roger and Ginny Reich Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a CHC student pursuing a minimum of one full term in an approved UO study abroad program.
Shephard Family Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a CHC student pursuing foreign language study in an approved UO study abroad program. Although preference is given to students spending one full year abroad, other applicants spending only one or two terms abroad will be considered.
Study Abroad Thesis Research Grant: Small grants are available for students who are studying abroad to conduct research for a Clark Honors College Thesis project.
Clark Honors College Programs
CHC @ Oxford
Spring | Faculty-led | 16-18 credits total: 8 credits fulfilling two CHC colloquia, and additional credits as electives or fulfilling requirements in your major
Live in the center of Oxford, England. During this spring term program, in parallel with Oxford’s Trinity term, you will take two tutorials taught by Oxford faculty. The tutorial system, in which students meet weekly one-on-one with their tutor, will help you develop rigorous independent intellectual skills, and provides incomparable preparation for the honors senior thesis project. Tutorial credits can be applied towards required CHC colloquium credits, and towards major requirements at your major department's discretion. The program and its students are housed at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, affiliated with Keble College, Oxford University. Learn More »
Siena and the Via Francigena
Coming Spring 2018 | Faculty-led | 8 credits fulfilling two colloquia
Embark on a unique exploration of the Tuscan landscape as you trek along the Via Francigena and learn about the historical, artistic, and literary accounts of travels along this route of the Franks from the thirteenth century to the present. Explore the political, intellectual, and personal aspects of modernity through the fiction of one of Italy’s most heralded writers, Italo Calvino, whose writings delve into fascinating reconstructions, including conversations between historical figures such as Marco Polo and Khubilai Khan, or attempts to express scientific theories such as quantum physics in literary form.
The Genius of Study Abroad
Summer | Faculty-led | 8 credits fulfilling two colloquia
Take a tour of Dublin, London, Oxford, and Paris. Retrace the literal and intellectual paths of historical figures who developed new ways to conceive of and express our world. Through lectures, discussions, interactive performance, walking excursions and guest speakers you will engage in activist global learning that considers the international and interdisciplinary aspects of creativity in revolutionary imagination – as seen in architecture, landscape, arts, science and technology, and legislation on human rights and equality on both sides of the Channel. Learn More »
Research in Rapa Nui
Summer | Faculty-led | 9 credits fulfilling two colloquia
Travel to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) with CHC Dean and leading Rapa Nui expert Dr. Terry Hunt, who has spent over 15 years conducting his own archeological research on the island. This grand field trip combines seminar-style intensive courses and discussion with daily field excursions to consider the archeology, environment, culture, and contemporary life of this remote yet significant island. There are additional opportunities for students to conduct their own research projects, especially in conjunction with the CHC senior thesis. Class begins on the UO campus prior to departure. Learn More »
Investigate French Polynesia
Summer | Faculty-led | 8 credits fulfilling two colloquia
Travel to French Polynesia, a group of 118 islands and atolls in the South Pacific Ocean. Based on the island of Tahiti, you will engage with readings, lecture, discussion and island excursions to explore the history of fire, paleo-environmentalism, geography, architecture and marine biology – with possible trips around the islands by boat. Course work will include reading, lectures, discussion, and island excursions. Class begins on the UO campus prior to departure. Learn More »
Intensive Swahili in Zanzibar
Summer | Faculty-led | 4 credits fulfilling one colloquia & 12 credits of Swahili language
Learn the most widely spoken African language, Swahili. You will study the language at an accelerated pace through daily classes and full immersion into Swahili culture, history, politics and religion on the island of Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania. The program can accommodate all levels of Swahili speakers (from first year to fourth year), and no prior experience is required. Small group courses take place at the State University of Zanzibar, and are supplemented by weekly excursions, lectures, presentations and exhibits. Learn More »
Sciences Po - France
Semester or Year-long Program | Exchange
Short for L’Institut d’études politiques, Sciences Po is classified as a “grande école,” or elite university, that educates the nation’s top students in the social sciences. Courses are taught by visiting diplomats, attorneys, and other highly ranked professionals, as well as professors. The main campus in Paris offers core curriculum courses in French with electives available in English. Regional campuses in Dijon, le Havre, Menton, Nancy, Poitiers, and Reims concentrate on area studies. You should have at least one year of French if you want to attend the Reims campus, and three years for all other campuses. Sciences Po is equivalent to Harvard or Yale in the United States, and you should be prepared for an academically challenging program. Learn More »
National University of Singapore
Semester or Year-long Program | Exchange
Study at one of the most important institutions in the Asia Pacific region. The National University of Singapore (NUS) is a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, of which the UO is also a member. NUS boasts a diverse student body of more than 32,000 students from 60 countries. Courses are taught in English and you should expect to carry a full load of about four courses per semester. Most students live in Prince George’s Park residence, which allows you the opportunity to connect with other international students and to engage in extracurricular and sports related activities. Learn More »