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 a term during the academic year, 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, to take advantage of unique primary and secondary sources, and to gain clarity and focus of your topic through discussion with others.
Types of Study Abroad Programs
UO Faculty-Led 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.
Global Education Oregon Programs
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.
- CHC’s Exchange with NUS College
- Directly enroll in classes at the top university in Asia. With all classes taught in English, the National University of Singapore offers top-notch coursework in many majors in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In addition to the regular exchange program, this program also accepts two to four Clark Honors College students per year. As a CHC student, you will enroll in classes in your major as well as in the NUS honors college, called NUS College (NUSC). 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. 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. Learn More >>
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 are due March 1.
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.
Louise Bishop Study Abroad Scholarship: This scholarship is awarded to a Clark Honors College student who will study, intern, or conduct research outside the United States.
The Julie Tripp Fellowship ($5,000.00): The Julie Tripp Fellowship provides support for one or more students enrolled in the Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon who will study abroad in an approved UO study abroad program in the summer between their junior and senior years.
Course Substitutions for Study Abroad
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! You just need to notify CHC of the substitution that you would like to make using this notification form. See additional guidelines and instructions at the Study Abroad Coursework webpage.
CHC in Berlin Study Abroad, Summer 2023
Priority application deadline: February 15, 2023
Join the newest CHC study abroad opportunity in Berlin during Summer 2023 (7/8/23 – 8/5/23). Students will take two 4-credit courses for a total of 8 credits that fulfill a CHC Arts and Letters Colloquium (HC 421H) and a CHC Social Sciences Colloquium (HC 431H):
- 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.
- The Quality of Life in the European Union: students 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.
Contact the program coordinator Quinne Hauth at email@example.com to learn more!