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Study Abroad Programs

UChicago Study Abroad encourages students to expand their education through diverse intellectual perspectives, active participation in a new culture, and critical, firsthand engagement with local and global challenges. Chicago's distinctive range of faculty-led programming blends the academic rigor and spirit of intellectual curiosity that is central to the College curriculum with the University's wide-reaching international mission.

The College sponsors 60 study abroad programs in 21 countries (32 cities) around the world. These include faculty-led, direct enrollment, and language-intensive programs.

Civilization Abroad Programs

The following programs allow students to fulfill their civilization studies requirement in a single quarter. Courses are taught primarily by University of Chicago faculty and carry no language prerequisite, other than for the civilization sequences taught in French and Spanish. Students also study a local language.

  • Athens (Spring Quarter)
  • Barcelona (Winter Quarter taught in English, Spring Quarter taught in Spanish)
  • Beijing (Autumn Quarter)
  • Dakar (Winter Quarter, offered in alternating years)
  • Hong Kong (Spring Quarter)
  • Jerusalem (Spring Quarter)
  • Oaxaca (Winter Quarter)
  • Paris (Autumn, Winter, Spring, and Summer Quarters: European Civilization taught in English)
  • Paris (Autumn Quarter: European Civilization taught in French)
  • Paris (Autumn Quarter: African Civilizations, offered in alternating years)
  • Paris (Spring Quarter: Russian Civilization)
  • Pune (Autumn Quarter)
  • Rabat (Winter Quarter)
  • Rome (Autumn Quarter)
  • Vienna (Autumn Quarter)

Thematic Programs

Thematic programs are also taught primarily by University of Chicago faculty and offer a range of courses across disciplines, some of which meet major, minor, or general education requirements.

  • Barcelona: Public Policy (Spring Quarter)
  • London: British Literature and History (Autumn Quarter)
  • Paris: Astronomy (Spring Quarter)
  • Paris: Cinema and Media Studies (Winter Quarter)
  • Paris: Classics of Social and Political Thought (Autumn Quarter, offered in alternating years)
  • Paris: Humanities (Spring Quarter)
  • Paris: Global Health (Winter Quarter)
  • Paris: Mathematics (Spring Quarter)
  • Paris: Neuroscience (Autumn Quarter)
  • Paris: Social Sciences (Winter Quarter)
  • Vienna: Human Rights (Spring Quarter)

Direct Enrollment Programs

Direct enrollment programs are available at partner universities in the following cities:

  • Barcelona: Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Beijing: Peking University, Renmin University
  • Berlin: Freie Universität Berlin
  • Bologna: University of Bologna
  • Great Britain and Ireland
    • King's College (London)
    • London School of Economics and Political Science
    • St. Catherine's College (Oxford) (Note: Autumn Quarter only)
    • Trinity College (Cambridge)
    • Trinity College (Dublin)
    • University College (London)
    • University of Bristol
    • University of Edinburgh
  • Kyoto: Kyoto Consortium for Japanese Studies
  • Menton: Sciences Po
  • Milan: Bocconi University
  • Paris: various universities, including Sciences Po
  • Santiago: Catholic University of Chile
  • Seoul: Yonsei University
  • Shanghai: Fudan University
  • St. Petersburg: Smolny College
  • Tokyo: Waseda University

Language Programs

Quarter-long intensive language programs offer intermediate and advanced level instruction. After completing one additional course on campus, students qualify to take the University of Chicago advanced foreign language proficiency certificate exam.

  • Beijing (Summer Quarter)
  • Paris (Summer Quarter)
  • Toledo (Autumn Quarter)

Affiliated Programs

The University of Chicago partners with the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) to offer the following two programs in Africa:

  • Arusha: Ecology and Evolution (Autumn Quarter)
  • Gaborone: Development in Southern Africa (Winter and Spring Quarters)

Additional Details

Students who wish to study abroad should attend the Autumn Quarter information meetings organized by the Study Abroad Office. Students should discuss their plans with their College adviser to determine the implications of study abroad for their degree program in Chicago and should make an appointment with the relevant Study Abroad staff member to discuss the application process. Visit the College Scheduling site to make an appointment. For more information, including the most current list of program locations, visit

Participants in University of Chicago Study Abroad programs pay the same tuition as if they were on campus, plus a non-refundable study abroad administrative fee and, in most cases, a program fee set by the College. Each program fee includes housing and subsidizes the cost of excursions and instruction; please visit the specific program pages for precise fees. Financial Aid and Scholarship and Grant opportunities are available.

Students participating in some study abroad programs (e.g., direct enrollment programs) are not eligible for the Dean's List for that year. Please note that more than half of the requirements for a major must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.

Summer International Travel Grants

Each year the College awards approximately 100 Summer International Travel Grants to support outstanding undergraduates for intensive language study or research abroad. Funding begins at $4,000. Applications are submitted online (see the Study Abroad website for details) and are normally due mid-February.

Foreign Language Acquisition Grants (FLAG)

The FLAG Program offers awards of $4,000 to defray the costs of intermediate or advanced language study abroad. Study programs must be at least eight weeks in duration of intensive language study (at least 15 hours per week) and located in a setting where the target language is predominantly spoken. Applicants must have completed or placed out of the first year of the target language by the program start date. If a language is not offered on campus, applicants may apply at any level. For French and Spanish language applications, preference will be given to students who have completed some intermediate language study.

Research Grants

Research grants provide $4,000 to support students conducting summer research outside the United States. In most cases these awards support research leading to a BA paper; however, other academic research projects may also be considered.