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.
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.
New funding opportunity!
GEO Center Scholarship (Multiple awards of $3,000-$5,000)
This scholarship can be used to participate in programs at select GEO Centers (London, UK; Siena, Italy; Angers, France; Segovia and Oviedo, Spain) during Winter/Spring Semester 2020 or Spring Quarter 2020.
Minimum 2.5 GPA. Based on financial need and academic merit.
Winter/Spring Semester 2020 program: November 1
Spring Quarter 2020 program: January 10
Clark Honors College Programs
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. Learn More »
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 »