Select Study Abroad Opportunities in WGSS

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

Advanced Studies in England (ASE)

Bath, England

Courses such as "Gendered Identities in Medieval Literature," "Writings of Virginia Woolf," and "Women Culture and Society in Eighteenth-Century England" are regularly on offer. ASE students take classes together at the ASE study center. Faculty are drawn from Oxford and other local universities.

Special features

  • ASE is a very small program, typically enrolling 40-50 students per semester.

  • Students may apply to participate in a tutorial at Oxford. The tutorial provides the opportunity to work directly and individually with a faculty member at Oxford.

  • F&M faculty routinely offer a course as part of the ASE Summer program. In Fall 2017, Dr. Jennifer Kibbe will be offering a course titled "Terrorism," examining the phenomenon in a European context.


Copenhagen, Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden

The Copenhagen program supports two programs related to WGSS: "Justice and Human Rights" and "Prostitution and the Sex Trade." The Copenhagen program is quite large and thus offers a wide range of courses related to WGSS.

The Stockholm site houses a program titled "Gender, Equality, and Sexuality in Scandinavia," which includes a core course and several supporting courses. Interesting fact: Stockholm is recognized as having the first self-proclaimed feminist government.

The Copenhagen program supports two programs related to WGSS: "Justice and Human Rights" and "Prostitution and the Sex Trade." The Copenhagen program is quite large and thus offers a wide range of courses related to WGSS.

Special features

  • Students select 5 courses from a broad range of disciplines. Each student constructs a schedule that meets her/his specific needs and interests. DIS Copenhagen is the larger program and offers hundreds of courses. The Stockholm program has a more "personalized" feel.

  • All core courses include a comparative 10-day study tour to a location in Europe.

  • A wide variety of housing options allows for varying levels of immersion.

  • Students may pursue independent research at both DIS sites.


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 with programs explicitly focused on issues of gender/sexuality as well as social justice and human rights more broadly.

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.

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

  • Several WGSS majors/minors have participated in the SIT program in the Netherlands "International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender."


Buenos Aires, Argentina

The "Human Rights: Diversity, Minority, and Gender Studies" concentration examines issues around feminism, race/ethnicity and sexual diversity, and how these topics have become a focal point in the debate about the nature of human rights.

This program is for students who have taken at least 5 semesters of Spanish. All students live with a host family.

Special features

  • All students take an Advanced Spanish Language & Argentine Culture course with an emphasis on social sciences as well as a course called "Diversity, Minorities, Gender and Argentine Society."

  • All students participate in a field experience (an internship with an NGO), take a research methodology seminary, and complete a final research paper. Possible placements in the field experience could be at the following NGOs:

  1. Crear Vale la Pena "to create is worth it" (young people in very disadvantaged parts of the city have access to art workshops in dance, theater, circus, singing, music and visual arts)

  2.  Fundación Huésped (public health without discrimination - concentrated on providing free health services to this with HIV, other STDs, reproductive health issues)

  • Students also directly enroll in one or two courses at one of the local universities.


Dunedin, New Zealand

Students enroll at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. They live in university housing and take classes at the university with local degree-seeking students.

Within the Gender Studies major course of study at Otago, courses which may be offered include:

  • Gender in Everyday Life

  • Bodies, Sexualities, and Selves

  • Introduction to Feminist Theory

  • Dress and Society

  • Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors

  • Crime, Shame, and Scandal in New Zealand

  • The Body in Asian Regions

  • Gender, Work, and Consumer Culture

Special features

  • Students are fully enrolled at the University of Otago, taking classes with local and other international students.

  • Courses are available in a wide range of disciplines, providing the opportunity to receive credit for multiple requirements at F&M.

BCA Study Abroad

St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago

Located on the island of Trinidad - in the Lesser Antilles off the coast of Venezuela - students in the BCA Trinidad program live in a vibrant, diverse community and study alongside Trinidadian students in courses at the University of the West Indies (UWI) in the city of St. Augustine. 

Special features

  • A wide range of courses is offered, including gender and development, Africana and Caribbean studies, environmental studies, and history.

  • St. Augustine is a city with a vibrant, multi-ethnic society, and is the birthplace of soca and calypso music. Students can experience the largest Carnival celebration in the Caribbean.

  • Students can explore the country's history and diversity, and meet with leaders in human rights, arts, and activism.

WGSS Off-Campus Study Student Stories 

Story 8/18/2017

Off-Campus Study: Karolina Heleno '18

English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint major studies in Scandinavia.

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Story 4/28/2017

Off-Campus Study: Cecilia Plaza '17

Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies joint major studies on the Alliance for Global Education - Contemporary India:  Development, Economy, Society program in Pune.  

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