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Frequently Asked Questions

Where have History students studied abroad recently?

You can find History students studying in almost any overseas location.  Choosing a program depends on students’ interests, language background, and long-range academic and professional plans.  In the past, students have studied in Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, El Salvador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, and Zanzibar, among others.  There are many, many, many options available.  Please see our web site for pictures from History students who have recently studied abroad.

How do I transfer credit?

Typically, students will receive History credit at the 200- or 300-level for courses taken abroad; these courses often fulfill other distributional requirements in the Pre-modern, European, or World areas.  Credit transfer for these courses requires the department’s approval and is generally very easily accomplished.

Where do I find information on study abroad programs?

The Office of International Programs at 711 College Ave in the John Joseph International Center is the best place to begin your search.  You may contact the Office at 358 7187, stop by to browse, or attend one of their Starting Points meetings.  (The schedule is on the Office’s web site.)  In addition to brochures, books, and computer resources available at the Joseph Center, the International and Off-Campus Study web page provides helpful information, such as lists of programs by region.  You should also feel free to make an appointment with one of the staff members of International Programs to discuss your specific interests and needs.

When should I study abroad?

Students may study abroad as early as the fall semester of their sophomore year and as late as their senior year.  The F&M in Paris program, for example, directed by Professor Kerry Whiteside of the Government Department is designed to attract students in the fall semester of their sophomore year.  Students are encouraged to consider study abroad for a full year.  Students may also study abroad during the summer. See our Paths for History Majors page for some sample schedules.

What deadlines do I have to meet?

Students generally begin about a year before to plan their study abroad. This is a good time to begin gathering program information and consulting with F&M advisors in the History Department and International Programs. Each program has its own deadline; those deadlines are generally rolling and fall six to eight months before a program starts. You will want to receive approval for program courses that will count toward the History major or minor before you leave.