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NOTE: This page contains information from the 2012-2013 Catalog. It remains available for archival purposes only. For the most current WC Catalog content, please visit http://catalog.washcoll.edu and download this year’s edition.
Exchange and Study Abroad Programs

 

Global awareness is a major goal of a modern liberal-arts education. Overseas experiences enhance students’ capacity for global understanding through an examination of the ways history, culture, politics, economics, commerce, science, and the arts shape our world and our world views. The College is committed to the philosophy that a student’s education is enriched by spending one or two semesters in a foreign country as a participant in our international programs. The Office of International Programs coordinates academic semester and year study abroad and exchange programs. Any student considering study abroad should talk with their advisor, attend an information session on study abroad, and meet with the director of international programs. Reviewing information on the Office of International Programs’ Web page is a great first step in exploring the College’s study abroad options: oip.washcoll.edu.

In this section you will find an overview of the exchange and study abroad programs available at Washington College. These programs have ben vetted by the Washington College faculty and administration. Second-semester sophomores are eligible to study abroad granted they meet the academic requirements of the host institution and are in good academic/disciplinary standing at the College. The College reserves the right to withdraw and/or prevent students from attending programs due to any situation that may negatively impact the students’ well-being. All exchange and study abroad programs provide on-site orientations, and have an office dedicated to working with visiting Washington College students. For policies pertaining to credit and grade transfer, please see the section on Policies Concerning Credit for Study Abroad Programs.

Argentina: Universidad Católica Argentina, Buenos Aires

One of the finest and largest private universities in Argentina, Universidad Católica Argentina (UCA) is located in Puerto Madero, an architecturally-acclaimed US$2.5 billion urban-renewal project in the old port of Buenos Aires. Since its foundation in 1958, UCA has been a pioneer in many fields and attracted leading scholars in each academic discipline to its faculty. The University offers courses and degrees in: Economics, Commerce, Marketing, Business, Political Science, International Relations, Law, Engineering, Computer Science, Philosophy, Literature, History, Music and Musicology, Education, Journalism, Institutional Communications, and Advertising. Students choose from different types of accommodations: home-stay, student residences, or flats. All courses at UCA are taught in Spanish, so Spanish language skills must be at the strong intermediate or advanced level. Advisors: Stein and Wade

Australia: Bond University, Gold Coast

Students can take courses in a wide variety of subjects including business, humanities, social sciences, information technology, and languages. Bond’s small class sizes and low student:staff ratio are a real strength and a distinguishing factor between it and most, other Australian universities. Advisor: Harvey

Australia: Monash University, Melbourne

Monash University’s overall size allows for a vast breadth of course offerings. Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Koorie (Aboriginal) studies, Australian studies, anthropology and sociology, Asian languages, history, politics, computing, business economics, and the natural sciences. Advisor: Harvey

Brazil: Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Rio de Janeiro

PUC-Rio is a private non-profit Catholic University created in 1941, now recognized as one of the top five universities in Brazil. Located in the exciting city of Rio de Janeiro, PUC-Rio offers courses taught in English along with Portuguese Language courses for the beginner through advanced level. Courses in English are offered in the following areas: Art and Design, Business, History, International Relations, Literature, and Sociology. The International Office at PUC-Rio provides a week-long orientation for newly arrived international students, and arranges housing for the students in a family homestay for their period of study. Advisor: Stein

Denmark: University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen

The University of Copenhagen is the oldest university in Denmark and has fostered many prominent scholars. Although the city of Copenhagen is a relatively small capital, it is characterized by the large number of young people living and studying there. Courses are primarily taught in the native Danish language, however, students will be able to take courses taught in English in the humanities, social sciences, media and communication, law, natural sciences, and computer sciences. Advisor: Sorrentino

Ecuador: Universidad San Francisco De Quito, Quito

The University is located in historic Quito, the capital of Ecuador. Students must have an intermediate proficiency in Spanish as most courses are taught in that language. By living with a host family, students may greatly improve their language skills. USFQ’s International Programs Office will assist students with family placements. Students may take courses in art, sciences, economics, business management, mathematics, humanities, music, philosophy, political science, international studies, psychology, and environmental studies. Advisor: Stein

Egypt: The American University in Cairo, Cairo

The American University in Cairo was founded in 1919 as an English-language based college that would provide an opportunity for a liberal arts education as well as develop awareness for the needs of Egypt and the region. AUC has become a leading institution in the Middle Eastern region by emphasizing the importance of studying humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences in becoming an educated student and future leader. AUC has completed a larger, newly constructed campus located in an area known as New Cairo located 35 km east of Tahrir Square. All of the buildings are beautiful examples of traditional Islamic architecture with the added bonuses of modernity and state of the art educational resources. Students are able to take courses in a wide range of topics including Arabic Language and Arabic Studies. AUC housing offers air-conditioning, computer labs, cafeterias, study rooms, wireless high-speed internet, satellite TV, and a fitness facility in all of the residence facilities. Advisor: Shad

England: The Hansard Scholars Programme, London

Washington College has a special arrangement with the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government that enables students to spend a semester or summer in London. Hansard Scholars are assigned to work as assistants to members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the political parties, public and social policy and research institutes. All placements involve responsible work and are closely supervised by the Hansard Society. The internship placements are accompanied by three courses at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Students take Politics and Public Policy, Politics and Parliament, and a supervised research project. The Hansard Scholars Programme is affiliated with the London School of Economics. Eligibility: Juniors and first-semester seniors in good academic standing (GPA 3.0 and above) who have an appropriate background and the approval of the program’s advisor. Advisors: Shad, Deckman

England: University of Hull, Hull and Scarborough

The University of Hull has a long tradition of enhancing the education of students from overseas. Located in northeast England, Hull, is an attractive city of 350,000 with a rich history and excellent transport links to major cities in the UK. Students have the choice of studying at the main Hull campus (15,000 students) or at the smaller Scarborough campus (1,500 students) located in a scenic coastal town 40 miles north of Hull. The teaching staff value and encourage the University’s mix of UK and international students as one that creates a positive and enriching learning environment; and the International Student’s Association is one of the largest and most dynamic of the Students’ Union societies organizing numerous trips and social events. Students may choose classes from a long list of departments: Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Coastal Studies, Drama, Economics, English, History, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Anthropology and more. Students are housed in University accommodations, adjacent to the campus. Advisors: Daniels, Munson, Volansky

England: Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham

Royal Holloway is a unique blend of history, tradition and innovation. Famous for its Founder’s Building, one of the most spectacular university buildings in the world, the College also enjoys an international reputation for the highest quality teaching and research across the sciences, arts and humanities. Royal Holloway is renowned for having a friendly environment—home for a vibrant community of 6,600 undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages and backgrounds from more than 120 countries. The spacious 135-acre campus provides an impressive range of modern academic and social facilities in a parkland setting in Surrey, close to London. Students may choose classes from a long list of departments: Biology Sciences, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, English, European Studies, French, German, Hispanic Studies, History, Italian, Management, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Politics and International Relations, and Psychology. Advisors: Shad, Sorrentino, Vowels

Finland: University of Oulu, Oulu

Oulu is a modern and rapidly growing university in northern Finland’s cultural and commercial center. Courses offered in English include Scandanavian studies, northern cultures and societies, northern women’s studies, Japanese studies, American studies, and northern nature and environmental studies. Finland’s relatively remote geographical position in northernmost Europe has helped the country remain rich in vegetation and wildlife. Advisor: Harvey

France: American Business School Paris, Paris

The American Business School, Paris was established in 1985 and is one of the first English-speaking business schools in France modeled on American undergraduate business education and has established links with several renowned American universities. A U.S. accredited Bachelor of Business Administration curriculum is taught entirely in English by professors who are American, or who have trained in America, but who all have their own unique international experience and career paths that they bring into the classroom. Course offerings include but are not limited to: Accounting, Business, Economics Finance, Mathematics, and Marketing. French language courses are taught in the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Advisor: Harvey

France: Université d’Artois, Arras

Students in any major who have a strong background in French language may study at the Université d’Artois. The University is located in a small town about 100 miles north of Paris. Students may take classes in foreign languages, history, geography, business, computer science, sociology, and more. Advisor: Pears

France: Université Pierre Mendes, Grenoble

This university is one of three located in Grenoble, France, and the only one that concentrates specifically on the social sciences. Students must have a strong background in the French language as all classes are taught in French. Students are able to take courses in law, political science, philosophy, music, social sciences, history, and art. Advisor: Pears

Germany: Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen, Tübingen

Tübingen Universitat, established in 1477, is one of the most respected universities in Europe. Students can take a wide range of courses in different disciplines including business, economics, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, mathematics, chemistry, geography and the arts. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated and independent students with strong language skills (ability to succeed in 300-level German courses at Washington College is a prerequisite). Advisor: Martin

Germany: Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz, Mainz

JGUM was founded in 1477 and is located near Frankfurt in the central region of Germany. Because of its prime location, JGUM offers easy access to airline routes, rail links, and motorways to other parts of the country, such as Cologne, Dusseldorf, and Bonn. JGUM has 30,000 students with 10% of the student body being international students. The city offers many spectacular tourist sites including museums, monuments, churches, and theatres. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated and independent students with strong language skills (ability to succeed in 300-level German courses at Washington College is a prerequisite). Students will be able to take courses in the following disciplines: Arts, Business Management, Drama, Economics, Education, English, History, Humanities, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Music, Philosophy, Environmental Science, Political Science, International Studies, Sociology, and Psychology. Advisor: Martin

Hong Kong: Lingnan University, Tuen Mun

One of the few liberal arts institutions in Hong Kong, Lingnan University offers a unique combination of eastern and western traditions. Located in the New Territories, Lingnan University provides a campus environment that promotes self-learning and maximizes opportunities for social, cultural, and extracurricular activities, as well as sharing the belief of the importance of their bilingual society: English and Chinese. Students can choose from a variety of courses taught in English in the following faculties: contemporary English studies, cultural studies, business administration, social sciences, history, and philosophy. Advisor: Oros

Hungary: University of Pécs, Pécs

This university of 4,000 students is located in the south of the Transdanubia region. Students may take courses in criminology, politics, sociology, philosophy, foreign languages, history, business management, economics, art, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, and education. A broad range of classes are taught in English. Advisor: Black

Ireland: University College Cork, Cork

Founded in 1849, the university is located in Ireland’s second-largest city on the south coast, 160 miles southwest of Dublin. It is one of three colleges that constitute the National University of Ireland. Students may take courses ranging from the natural sciences to social sciences and humanities. All of the university’s facilities will be available to students from Washington College, including specially designed programs for students from the USA. Advisor: Gillin

Israel: The Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva

For students with an interest in Israel, a semester or academic year at Ben-Gurion can be arranged through the New York City office of this top Israeli university. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is the only Israeli university created to fulfill a unique nation-building mandate: to develop the Negev, its land, and its people. As Israel’s fastest growing institution, it is gaining international repute for its innovative research, its dynamic student body, and its modern campus. BGU offers courses in anthropology, pre-medicine, international relations, environmental studies, and linguistics and literatures, along with many opportunities for experiential learning. Advisor: Shad

Italy: Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan

Since its founding in 1921, the university has become a central point of reference for the Milanese intellectual community. It’s a true campus, offering everything that makes this university a unique and unrepeatable experience: study, research, the chance to meet the lecturers and to become part of the dialogue of an academic institution, contact with the outside world, and the opportunity to extend the personal development it offers through cultural and recreational extracurricular activities. The University offers courses and degrees in: Communication and Performance Sciences, Economics and Business Administration, Foreign Languages and Literature, History, Humanities, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Approximately 25 courses are offered in English each semester in these various faculties. An Intensive Italian Language and Culture course is offered both prior to and during each semester. Advisor: Shad

Japan: Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo and Yokohama

Meiji Gakuin has two campuses and a student population of 10,000. Students can take Japanese language courses. Courses in economics, politics, culture management, and history are offered in English. Advisors: Oros, Narita

Morocco: Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane

Located in the resort town of Ifrane, nestled in the Middle Atlas Mountains, Al Akhawayn University is set in the heart of a region known for its beautiful forests, mountains, lakes, and waterfalls. This small university offers programs in business administration, humanities and social science, and science and engineering. The language of instruction at the university is English. Advisors: Scout and Shad

Peru: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru, Lima

The Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru (PUCP) is a highly prestigious world-renowned academic institution. Founded in 1917, the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru is the oldest-established private higher educational institution in Peru. Lima is the cultural center of Peru and offers entertainment for young people in the form of theaters, cinemas, cafes, bars, and discotheques, which are to be found especially in Miraflores and Barranco, the city’s two foremost cultural districts. Exchange students enroll at the School of Special Studies. The University offers courses and degrees in: Fine Arts, Management and Accounting, Science and Engineering, Social Sciences (Anthropology, Sociology, Economics), Law, Arts and Humanities (Archaeology, Philosophy, Geography, History, Literature, Psychology), Communication Arts and Sciences, Education. Overseas students live with Peruvian families and are immersed in the social and family life of Peru as well as the Spanish language. Students must demonstrate a strong intermediate or advanced knowledge of the Spanish language, as all courses at PUCP are taught in Spanish. Advisor: Stein

Scotland: St. Andrews University, St. Andrews

Founded in 1411, St. Andrews is the oldest university in Scotland. With 6,000 students and faculty, the university comprises approximately one-third of the total population of the city of St. Andrews. Local and university events in the town blend to offer a rich cultural and social life for students and townspeople alike. Washington College sends students to St. Andrews University to study a broad range of subjects including philosophy, sociology, psychology, mathematics, and the natural sciences. A minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated ability to work independently and creatively in a tutorial educational system are prerequisites to recommendation for the program. Advisor: McColl

South Africa: Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Located in the beautiful and historic city of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is nestled in the hills of the city, just 45 minutes from unspoiled beaches. Rhodes University is one of South Africa’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher education. Students participating in this program are housed on campus in single rooms in residence halls equipped with a dining hall, washer/dryer, TV, and lounge area. During the spring semester at Rhodes, Washington College students attend a special interdisciplinary course on South Africa and the Eastern Cape Region. All students attending Rhodes may choose from a wide range of courses in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Advisor: Shad

South Korea: Yonsei University, Seoul

The oldest university in Korea, Yonsei celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1985. Yonsei sits quietly in a well-wooded area outside Seoul, a city of 11 million people. Yonsei has provided many opportunities for foreign students to learn more about the Korean language, history, and culture. The University is recognized not only in Korea, but also the Asia-Pacific area and the international community as the most forward-looking, internationalized, and comprehensive university in Korea. Courses offered in English fall under three main areas of study: East Asian Studies, International Relations, and International Business. The Korean language is also taught. Dormitory housing is available for students accepted to the program and there are 100+ student clubs and organizations, all covering a variety of interests. Advisor: Oros

Spain: Universidad De Nebrija, Madrid

Nebrija University is located in the university district of Madrid. The Hispanic Studies Program at UN offers exchange students various cultural activities such as lectures, films, and guided visits to major museums, monuments, and other sites of interest. With the assistance of the International Office, students are placed in homestay living arrangements. Students who have an elementary Spanish level take courses in the Spanish studies program. Those who are proficient in Spanish may also enroll in courses that are part of the normal curriculum for Spanish students. Students choose courses from the following disciplines: Spanish studies, business administration and economics, advertising and journalism, computer science, modern languages, political science and international studies, history, and English. Advisor: Casado Presa

Turkey: Bogazici University, Istanbul

This university grew out of the long history of Robert College, the first American college to be established outside the United States. With a distinguished academic tradition, Bogazici has five campuses, six institutes, a school of foreign languages, a school of applied disciplines, and a school of advanced vocational studies. Its historic Kandilli Observatory is the center of a nationwide network of seismic stations and a prominent research center. The Kilyos Campus is situated on the shores of the Black Sea. Students may take courses in the arts, sciences, economics, political science, international studies, and education. All classes, except Turkish language, are taught in English. Advisor: Shad

faculty-led short term programs

Washington College faculty run a variety of short-term programs during the summer and winter months. Faculty-led programs are open to all students. Recent trips include summer programs in Denmark, Ecuador, England, and Tanzania. The academic departments sponsoring the faculty-led programs have additional information on these study abroad opportunities.

Cooperative Study Abroad Programs

Washington College offers students the opportunity to study at additional programs through our cooperative study abroad agreements.

The Washington Semester and World Capitals Programs

The Washington Semester and World Capitals Programs conducted by The American University are open to students who are in either semester of the junior year or in the first semester of the senior year. The Washington Semester Program is an opportunity to observe government in action and includes study with government officials and exposure to government bureaus, agencies, and departments. A Washington Semester student will be able to earn a full semester of credit by pursuing a course of study in one of the following seven areas: American Government and Public Law, Foreign Policy, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Economic Policy, International Environment and Development, Justice, and Journalism. Preparation of a major research paper is assigned as partial fulfillment of the semester’s requirements. The World Capitals Program provides an opportunity for students seeking to combine internship experience and study abroad. This program is administered by the International Studies Program: Beijing, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Mexico City, Poznan, Rome, and Vienna.

Eligibility: Juniors and first-semester seniors in good academic standing who have an appropriate background and the approval of the program’s advisor. Advisor: Deckman

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