Select Study Abroad Opportunities in Sociology 

The Sociology Department encourages our majors and minors to study abroad (and many do) in a wide variety of programs. Listed below are some that have been most popular. Students may receive credit for up to two sociology electives taken abroad, as well as one or more related social science courses. However, Theory, Methods, and the 400-level seminar must be taken at F&M.

Because our major involves only eight "straight sociology" courses, we require that courses taken elsewhere have substantial sociological content and framing in order to count as a sociology elective. This is not a problem for most of our students who study abroad, as they are able to complete their sociology sources at F&M. Some of the programs listed below (such as SIT) offer excellent interdisciplinary opportunities for our students. While these classes don't count as sociology credit, for the most part, they can be brought in as "related social sciences," and we encourage our students to consider them.

The programs listed here are pre-approved by Franklin & Marshall College. This is not a complete list of opportunities for sociology majors and minors. Visit each program's website for more information, as well as F&M's off-campus study website.

IES Abroad

Berlin, Germany                                                                                                                                                                                                                        IES Berlin offers unique courses that explore Metropolitan Studies, Culture, Sociology, and other topics through an in-depth and hands-on approach. Courses such as "Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n' Roll: The Impact of  Pop Culture on the Modern Metropolis," "The Question of Identity in Contemporary Europe," and "The Politics of Gender: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow" are regularly offered. A week-long course-related trip is integrated into all courses. Trip destinations are Poland (Fall) and St. Petersburg, Russia (Spring).

Special features

  • Using Berlin as a case study, this English-taught program examines issues relevant to major cities today.

  • Through comparative and interdisciplinary courses, students study topics such as architecture, cultural identity, gender and sexual politics, multiculturalism, popular culture, and urban studies to better understand the development of the city and its culture.

  • Courses take advantage of the city’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses include a hands-on, practical component.

  • The extended course-related trips to Poland or Russia, provide a comparative context. Students tour neighborhoods, visit museums, attend lectures, and meet with local university professors.


Victoria University of Wellington Partnership, New Zealand  www.ifsa-butler.victoria                    Victoria University is located in the heart of New Zealand's capital city.  The school offers a broad range of classes in sociology such as "The Future of Work," "Reproducing Gendered Bodies," and "Social Movements and the State." Students may participate in the award-winning Victoria International Leadership Program, an academically-oriented extracurricular program focused on themes of international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability.

Special features

  • There are a wide variety of cultural, social and athletic clubs to participate in.

  • Students can round out the classroom experience with hands-on opportunities for internships, directed research, student teaching, community-based learning or volunteering, and cultural excursions.


SIT offers nearly 80 programs in more than 30 countries worldwide, including comparative programs in multiple countries. Choose your theme, format, language, and duration, with options for undergraduate research and internships. The programs are interdisciplinary and open to a wide variety of majors. Examples include:

Special features

  • All SIT programs are structured thematically and include a core course, language study, introduction to ethnographic methods, and an independent study project. All students participate in the same thematically coherent set of courses, creating an explicit intellectual cohort.

  • The Independent Study Project (ISP) is a cornerstone experience. Typically, the last four weeks of a SIT program are spent solely on the ISP, and students produce a significant research paper/presentation.

  • The programs are generally small, typically enrolling 15-35 students per program.