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Why not study French history in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower? Or delve into the history of the Renaissance while walking the streets of Florence? Or study African history in the heart of Cape Town? The academic and cultural experience of studying abroad is strongly encouraged for History majors and minors: not only do you get to experience and study the history of another culture, but you may also be able to pick up or sharpen your foreign language skills along the way.

The flexibility of the 10-course History major and the 5-course History minor makes studying abroad for a semester, summer, or year an ideal complement to your college experience. Students interested in international and off-campus study should meet with their academic adviser or the History Department chairperson as early as possible. Typically, students will receive History credit at the 200- or 300-level for courses that they take abroad; these courses will often fulfill other distributional requirements in the Pre-modern, European, or World areas and credit transfer for these courses can be discussed with the History chairperson or associate chairperson. Those students considering study abroad during their entire junior year are strongly urged to take the History Workshop (HIS 360) by the second semester of their sophomore year at the College.

When you're ready to begin planning your journey, visit the International and Off-Campus Study website. There you will find the steps for how to plan for off-campus study and a database of preapproved programs, along with a wealth of other helpful information. One of the first steps, in addition to meeting with your History adviser, is to attend a Starting Points meeting led by a student Off-Campus Study Ambassador about a year before you plan to go abroad, so early planning is key.