Study Abroad Programs

The College sponsors study programs abroad in Argentina (Buenos Aires), Austria (Vienna), London (England), France (Paris), Germany (Berlin and Cologne), Greece (Athens), India (Mumbai/Bombay), Italy (Bologna, Pisa, and Rome), Japan (Kyoto), Spain (Barcelona, Seville, and Toledo), and South Africa (Cape Town). In Great Britain and Ireland, Chicago students may study for the academic year at one of eight institutions with which the College has an enrollment agreement: King's College (London); London School of Economics; Trinity College (Cambridge); Trinity College Dublin (University of Dublin); University of Bristol; University College (London); University of Edinburgh; and University of Sussex. In addition to these opportunities, the College's membership in the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) gives Chicago students access to programs in the Czech Republic, Costa Rica, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

Course work abroad ranges from fine arts and the study of Western and non-Western civilizations to biology and tropical forest ecology. Year-long programs involving course work at universities in Berlin, Bologna, Kyoto, Paris, and Seville assume considerable preparatory work in the appropriate language. Other programs are one quarter long and offer intensive language instruction (Cologne, Pisa, Paris, and Toledo); English literature and history courses (London); or courses in civilization studies (Athens, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Mumbai/Bombay, Paris, Rome, and Vienna). The civilization studies courses abroad do not have a language prerequisite, but do offer the opportunity for both novice and experienced speakers to work on language skills.

Students interested in study abroad should discuss their plans with their College adviser to determine the implications of study abroad for their degree program in Chicago. They should then attend the information meetings that are held in autumn quarter and consult one of the study abroad advisers (Lewis Fortner, HM 286, 702-8613; or Francisco Santamarina, HM 271, 834-0906) for details about study abroad applications. More information is available at

Students may not be eligible for the Dean's List in the year that they participate in a study abroad program. Please note that more than half of the courses required by a student's concentration program must be taken in residence on the University campus. Transfer students are eligible for study abroad programs but their work abroad may not count towards the eighteen-course/six-quarter minimum residency requirement.

FLAG Grants

The Foreign Language Acquisition Grant (FLAG) Program is designed to defray many of the expenses associated with summer language study abroad. To be considered for FLAG funding, applicants must have demonstrated at least first-year competence in the target language. They must also plan to enroll in an intermediate or advanced intensive language program abroad that is at least eight weeks in duration. Students should consult language departments to identify appropriate programs. Students planning to enroll in the University of Chicago's Summer Paris Program are eligible for FLAG funding and are encouraged to apply. FLAG applications are available in the College Dean's Office (HM 241) at the end of autumn quarter and are due mid-winter quarter. Additional information is available on the following Web site:

Off-Campus Domestic Programs

The Associated Colleges of the Midwest also sponsors six domestic study programs for college students. These programs rely not only on classroom instruction, but also involve each participant in fieldwork or an internship. Urban Studies in Chicago combines course work and research practica with daily internships in social service organizations; the Chicago Arts Program offers an opportunity to explore the arts scene in Chicago, from theater and dance to film; the Newberry Seminar in the Humanities provides an occasion to use the world-renowned collection of the Newberry Library while working on an independent research project; the Oak Ridge Science Semester places qualified students in the natural and social sciences as members of research teams at Oak Ridge, a leader in energy research; the Urban Education Program develops teaching skills through classroom and full-time teaching experience; and the Wilderness Field Station Program, offered each summer in Minnesota, promotes study in field biology and ecology. Interested students should consult Lewis Fortner, the adviser for off-campus study programs (HM 286, 702-8613).

Students participating in off-campus domestic study programs are not eligible for the Dean's List. Also please note that more than half of the courses required by a student's concentration program must be taken in residence on the University of Chicago campus.