Here is a brief overview of the process of finding a program that fits well with the mathematics major:  The Office of International Programs works with a list of programs that have been "pre-approved" by the International & Off-Campus Study Faculty Committee. A few are sponsored or organized by our own faculty; more are coordinated by third-party providers, and still others are exchange programs in which students directly register as students at other universities. Finally, the possibility exists to consider programs not on the pre-approved list if they are well-suited for a student's particular academic needs.  Such cases should be discussed (well in advance) with the math department chair and the Associate Dean for International Programs. See Search Pre-Approved Programs for more details.

English Language Programs

Most math majors who want to study abroad look for programs in English-speaking countries. Many of these programs are organized and run by either the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (UK/Ireland/Australia/New Zealand), or Interstudy (South Africa). Other options are certainly available, including direct enrollment as a student in a foreign university,  but the application process may require a bit more student initiative and patience. These two agencies are experienced in streamlining the process for students.

The following programs are pre-approved for Franklin & Marshall students,  and include courses in mathematics.  

ISFA-Butler Programs

Click on ISFA-Butler for the home page from which to access descriptions of the following opportunities:


Cambridge University; King's College London; Lancaster University; London School of Economics and Political Science; Oxford University; Queen Mary, University of London; Royal Holloway, University of London; University College London; University of Bristol; University of East Anglia; University of Essex; University of Kent; University of Leeds; University of Sussex; University of York


University of Edinburgh; University of Glasgow; University of St. Andrews; University of Stirling


NUI Galway; Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork; University College Dublin; University of Limerick


Flinders University; Macquarie University; Murdoch University; University of Adelaide; University of Melbourne; University of New South Wales; University of Queensland; University of Sydney; University of Western Australia

New Zealand

University of Auckland; University of Otago; Victoria University of Wellington Interstudy 

South Africa

University of Cape Town; University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College Campus, Durban; University of Witwatersrand; Stellenbosch University

Other options:

Math in Moscow. An English language, mathematically-intensive semester studying advanced mathematics. This program is intended for advanced students, and admission is competitive. The American Mathematical Society sponsors a scholarship competition directed toward this program; the scholarship and the program itself have separate applications. The Math in Moscow program is not currently on the "pre-approved" list, but it is of very high-quality, and approving its courses for F&M credit should not be difficult.

Budapest Semesters in Mathematics. A well-known English language program in Budapest, Hungary. Students visit for a semester or a full year. This program is not currently on the "pre-approved" list, but it is an exciting opportunity. Appropriate courses would probably be approved, but should be discussed with the chairperson of the mathematics department in advance.

TASSEP (Trans-Atlantic Science Student Exchange Program) is an exchange program between various American and European colleges and universities for science and math students. Most of these programs are in the language of the host nation, and the equivalent of two years of language study is required. Professor Rick Moog in the chemistry department is  the F&M coordinator for TASSEP; contact him or the International Programs staff for more information.

Bolzano: Professor Jay Anderson (Computer Science, emeritus) has arranged an exchange program with the Free University of Bolzano in Italy for F&M  students in computer science and mathematics. Instruction in computer science at Bolzano is in English; Italian and German are the main languages of everyday life in the area. Contact the International Programs staff for more information.