Study Abroad

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 internationalstudent 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 the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore 
    • 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 the University Scholars Programme (USP). USP 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 Inquiry or Reflection level USP 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. 

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 new 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 the short petition available through Canvas. See additional guidelines and instructions below. 

See additional guidelines and instructions at this Canvas page.

All CHC students who study abroad with a non-CHC program (no matter the length of time spent abroad) are guaranteed one CHC elective colloquium substitution without a petition to the CHC’s Undergraduate Studies Committee (CHC students are guaranteed only one study abroad course substitution, no matter how many times they study abroad). A study abroad course is guaranteed to substitute for an elective CHC colloquium without an Undergraduate Studies Committee petition only if it is: 

  • A minimum of 4.0 credits on the UO transcript (regardless of amount of time spent abroad) 
  • Liberal arts/research orientation: no language instruction classes 
  • Not fulfilling any requirements for the student’s majors or minors 

Once a student has received one guaranteed study abroad course substitution, they must petition the CHC for any additional study abroad course substitutions (including for a second course substitution, if the student has been abroad for two or more consecutive terms). In addition, any student who wishes to have a study abroad course substitute for any of the subject-area colloquia (HC 421, HC 431, HC 441)—including students who have not yet received a guaranteed course substitution for study abroad—must petition the CHC’s Undergraduate Studies Committee upon their return. Study abroad courses not eligible for a guaranteed study abroad course substitution can be considered for colloquium substitutions only if they follow the CHC colloquium model: 

  • Upper-division (300- and 400-level) course credit noted on the transcript 
  • A minimum of 4.0 credits on the UO transcript (regardless of time spent abroad) 
  • Small class size 
  • Discussion-based 
  • Liberal arts/research orientation: no language instruction classes 
  • Substantial reading and writing assigned and completed. Benchmark: 10- to 15-page final paper 
  • Not fulfilling any requirements for the student’s majors or minors 

If you anticipate that you will need to petition the honors college for a study abroad colloquium substitution, make sure that you save everything related to the class that you’ve taken abroad, including course descriptions, syllabi, writing assignments, digital projects, and exams. If you are in situation where you have to hand-write your work (or you’re not assured of having access to your work after the course ends), make a photocopy, take a photograph, or write out two copies of your assignments (one copy to turn in, and one copy to bring home). The more documentation you can provide from your courses, the stronger your petition will be.