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Study Abroad

We encourage every student to take the opportunity to study abroad, and many do. 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.


While students are able to fulfill some CHC requirements in the Berlin and Siena programs, in order to be able to study abroad and graduate on time, most students will need to plan their course schedules carefully. This sample graduation plan shows how you might distribute your requirements across terms and years in order to free up time for study abroad programs, whether CHC's or others. 

If you are interested in studying abroad but are concerned about fulfilling all of your course requirements and graduating on time, then the CHC's course substitution process may be able to help. Under the CHC’s study abroad course substitution policy, you can substitute any four-credit (minimum) study abroad course for one elective colloquium without going through the CHC’s petition process! See guidelines and instructions on the Study Abroad Coursework page.


Study abroad scholarships may be available through the Clark Honors College and GEO, the university’s study abroad program operator. For more information, see the following pages.  


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Clark Honors College in Berlin 

Clark Honors College students have an opportunity to participate in a four-week summer immersive experience in Berlin, one of Germany’s largest cities. The trip is led by CHC History Professor Ian F. McNeely, who has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Germany and Europe. 

Students will take two courses, each worth four credits toward CHC academic requirements. They will learn about Berlin’s vibrant cultural life and history, and experience how this world capital has shaped German society. All instruction is in English and no understanding of German is required. 

The Classes

In Berlin and the Urban Experience, students will compare communist, totalitarian East Berlin with the countercultural and multicultural West Berlin during the decades when the Berlin Wall divided them. We then turn to the city’s dramatic modernization since German reunification and its role as the capital of Europe’s largest and most powerful economy today. 

In The Quality of Life in the European Union, students will explore why Berlin and many other European cities are ranked among the world’s most livable, and boast some of the highest measures of human development, gender equality, economic competitiveness, and environmental sustainability found anywhere in the world, including the U.S. 

CHC in Berlin Program

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“My time studying in Berlin was one of the most incredible experiences of my college career. I learned so much, and I was able to apply that learning to the city around me. The Honors College provided me a unique opportunity to study abroad alongside other passionate students, and I'll never forget my time in the program.”

—Elizabeth Yost, Journalism, Class of 2024

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“It was such a privilege to exist in and learn about a city with so much recent history. It allowed me to figure out how to be independent in a foreign country, to see how other generations lived through the political climate of the Cold War, and how to understand more about the world through exposure to so many new things.”

—Sammy Pierotti, Journalism, Class of 2024


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Ciao, Siena! History, Art and Ecology

Clark Honors College students have an opportunity to participate in a Fall 2024 GEO program in Siena, Italy, a city that has always faced both East and West in its history, art, and contemporary geopolitics. Two courses will be offered by CHC History Professor Roxann Prazniak, who has lived in and traveled extensively throughout Italy, Europe, and Asia. 

Students can take two courses, each worth four credits toward CHC requirements. All instruction is in English, and no understanding of Italian is required.  Additional courses are part of the program for general credit. 

The Classes

In The Animal-Human Bond, students will explore the complexity of this relationship in the Italian cultural and economic context. Siena itself is divided into 17 contrada neighborhoods, each with its own animal logo possessing a long history of sports and economic competitions.  Within the European Union, Italy plays an important role in Wildlife Recovery projects that involve scientific studies, media coverage, and legislation.

In Siena on the Silk Roads, students travel through Siena’s long and colorful history that has for centuries connected Europe and Asia. While Marco Polo set the medieval imagination afire with tales of eastern wealth, today the New Silk Road as imagined by Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, once again finds Italy at a key position in Eurasian politics, economics, and cultural exchange. 

Professor Roxann Prazniak has taught in the Clark Honors College for over twenty years, including many courses in Silk Road studies.  Since 2008 she has periodically lived in and done art historical research in Siena and Florence. She has also lived in the People’s Republic of China in the 1980s and 90s. This will be the fourth time Professor Prazniak has taught in the Siena GEO program.

Ciao, Siena! Program

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“I was lucky enough to study abroad in Siena in winter 2023 for the Food, Justice, and Sustainability program. The classes were especially engaging since I could learn the content in the classroom, then step outside and live it for three months. Siena is the perfect city to spend a term in. It is small enough that you will get to know shopkeepers and bartenders, but rich enough that there is always a new corner of the city to explore.”

—Elliot Nopp, Planning, Public Policy and Management and Food Studies, Class of 2025

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"Studying abroad in the Food, Culture and Sustainability in Siena program was without a question the best part of my college experience. Everyone at the GEO center is incredibly welcoming and friendly, and the classes are so much fun! Where else would you be able to go wine tasting for college credit? Siena, and really all of Italy, is so beautiful and it was a wonderful experience getting to know the city, traveling, and making new friends. I had an amazing time living in Siena, learning about its history, and immersing myself in Italian culture, and I learned a lot about myself and life outside of the United States." 

—Stephanie Metzger, Environmental Studies, Class of 2025

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Singapore Exchange Program

Clark Honors College students can enroll directly in classes at National University of Singapore, the top university in Asia. All classes are taught in English and the university offers top-notch coursework in many majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. 

The university, with a total population of 35,000, welcomes nearly 4,000 international students every year from 60 countries. Singapore sits at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula and is at the center of Southeast Asia. A multicultural and multilingual society, Singapore is an ideal entry point into Asia for students without previous experience in the region. CHC students are guaranteed housing in the residential Cinnamon College.

Two to four Clark Honors College students may receive spots in the program. As a CHC student, you will enroll in classes in your major, as well as in the university’s honors college, NUS College (NUSC). You will be able to take interdisciplinary courses similar to those offered at the CHC. NUSC offers interdisciplinary classes (called “modules”) on a wide range of topics such as transitional justice and war crimes, ethics and the environment, cyberart, and more. Under the National University of Singapore exchange program, you will earn around 18-24 UO credits per semester. Make sure to speak to your GEO study abroad advisor and CHC advisor for more information. 

CHC students who participate in the Honors Exchange will enroll in two courses per semester in the NUS College, and you will take the rest of your classes from the various other faculties and schools at NUS. This will allow you to earn credit toward both your honors college requirements and your major or minor requirements. Consult academic departments and GEO for substitution of other NUS classes for major and/or minor requirements. Depending upon their specific situations, CHC students may substitute up to two Making Connections modules for two CHC colloquia classes per semester. Please speak with your GEO study abroad advisor and CHC advisor for more information.

Please note: Exchange programs pose unique challenges and they may not be a good fit for every student’s academic situation. For instance:

  • Students are not guaranteed to be registered for the classes of their choice at their host university, and they will likely not find out which courses they’ve been registered for until after non-refundable program fees have been paid.
  • Up-to-date syllabi for exchange courses are also not always available before the study abroad experience, which can pose significant challenges for students who are requesting specific course substitutions from their home academic departments ahead of travel.
  • CHC colloquium substitutions must, if exceeding the two elective colloquium requirements, align with the disciplinary areas (Arts & Letters, Social Science, Science) for which the course substitutions are requested.

For these reasons, students in high-credit majors with tightly sequenced course requirements (such as STEM majors) will likely find exchange programs to be particularly challenging. Exchange programs work best for students whose majors/situations allow for maximum flexibility with regards to the substitutions that can be made from their study abroad coursework.

National University of Singapore Exchange

GlobalWorks Internship Opportunities 

Looking for a chance to participate in a career-shaping opportunity overseas as a Clark Honors College student? GlobalWorks offers full-time internship experiences in variety of fields. 

The staff at GlobalWorks works closely with local professional internship providers across the globe and makes individual placements at organizations, companies, and businesses overseas for Honors College students. You’ll earn academic credit while attaining work experience that will prepare you for a career after graduation.