Three Paris Civ in French students stand in front of the Château d’Angers on a sunny day

Highlights

The College sponsors 65 study abroad programs in 31 cities in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East.

 

Over 10,000 UChicago undergraduates have studied abroad since 1983.

Brochure & Flyer

For an overview of UChicago-style study abroad, download our brochure, and for a listing of programs, download our flyer.

We Take UChicago Abroad

We extend the University of Chicago classroom to the temples of China and the antiquities of the Middle East, the archaeology of Oaxaca and the museums of Paris.

Enjoy the intellectually charged conversations you have on campus, but with a larger vocabulary. Encounter the same life-changing discoveries, through a new culture. And experience it all with incredible UChicago faculty and students by your side. Your major or language doesn’t matter—our programs range from Asian civilizations to astrophysics. You can also study alongside local students at one of our partner schools. Either way, you stay registered at UChicago and keep your financial aid. Or build your own summer program, customized to your research or language goals, with the help of one of our grants.

Whatever path you choose, you have a world of opportunity.

New Programs for Next Year

Explore new study abroad opportunities for 2023–2024, including Vienna: Jewish Civilization (Spring), Paris: Music in Western Civilization (a unique offering for next Autumn), and exchange programs at Central European University and École Polytechnique.

COVID-19 Updates

In consultation with the University’s Pandemic Travel Review Committee, Study Abroad is selectively resuming many of our faculty-led and direct enrollment programs. Read the full update for Autumn Quarter 2021.

Events

Info Sessions and Deadlines

In case you missed it: Play video recordings of general information sessions.
Prof. Ada Palmer lectures to students in the Basilica di San Lorenzo in Florence, Italy

Programs

Faculty-Led Programs

Our distinctive faculty-led programs bring the UChicago classroom to the world. In cities that have engaged their passions and research for decades, faculty discuss important texts with students, then plan excursions to locations that bring the curriculum to life: the Oracle at Delphi, the Musée de l’Homme, the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Fulfill your civilization studies requirement in Europe, Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the Middle East and immerse yourself in the new—plus the ancient and medieval. Take courses in your major field through one of our subject-specific thematic programs. Make the most of September in an intensive three-week course abroad. Whatever you choose, UChicago-style learning in an overseas location brings you the best of both worlds.

Autumn 2022 group poses for a photo in front of Freie Universität Berlin

Programs

Direct Enrollment and Language Programs

  • Direct Enrollment Programs
    For a deeper engagement with another culture, directly enroll into one of UChicago’s partner universities abroad. You will complete up to a year of coursework in your chosen field while studying alongside local faculty and students. Two years of the relevant language are required for some programs, while others offer courses in English.
  • Language Programs
    Take the next step toward fluency by spending a quarter fully immersed in the local language. These programs, taught by local scholars, are designed to advance you beyond intermediate-level competency.

International Centers and Campuses

As anchors for teaching and research in Europe and Asia, our University centers and campuses host exciting and innovative academic programs, conferences, public lectures, and networking opportunities.

Programs

Summer International Travel Grants

Born out of the College’s commitment to cross-cultural experience, international research, and foreign language learning, the Summer International Travel Grants give you the freedom to design your own summer experience abroad. During the summer, you’ll travel independently to a location of your choice and carry out original research or study the local language.

In the past, students have conducted independent research in all corners of the world, from field archaeology in Peru to molecular dynamics in Sweden. Often this work leads to a BA paper. With language grant support, students have studied nearly 50 languages, from Arabic to Zulu.

A student faces a tile wall that features the words “I love you” written in many different languages.

Foreign Language Proficiency Certifications & Global Honors

Participation in UChicago Study Abroad programs may help you learn a new language or continue studying a language you already know—with the possibility of gaining significant proficiency levels. Visit the Office of Language Assessment’s website for information about Foreign Language Proficiency Certifications (FLPCs). Engagement with both Study Abroad and FLPCs will earn points toward Global Honors, the College’s recognition of exceptional global engagement. Visit the Language Center’s website for more information about Global Honors.

Related Links

Study Abroad Contests

Program participants: Share your stories and show your skills!

Learn more about the contests and check out past winning submissions.