Western Europe


Westmont College England Semester - (Open to all majors) (Fall only--even numbered years)

England Semester is open to any student (regardless of major) interested in studying British and Irish literature where it was written, and reaches beyond England to Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. The 2018 program begins with a week of orientation in London. We dive into the literature and culture in earnest when we journey to the countryside of Northern Ireland for the month of September. After four days of independent travel, we reconvene in England’s Lake District, home to some of the English literature’s best remembered names--William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Beatrix Potter, and John Ruskin. Then we head to the Midlands for three weeks in Birmingham at Woodbrooke, a Quaker study center beloved of Westmont students for the past two decades. Birmingham exploded with the Industrial Revolution--a phenomenon that provided fertile ground for many Victorian novelists and poets--and after WWII became one of England’s most culturally diverse cities. We spend our final month back in London, digging deeply into this city that has always been at the heart of Britain’s literary culture. Upper-division English and interdisciplinary studies credit is offered. England Semester Homepage

Westmont College Europe Semester - (Open to all majors) (select Falls)

This program offers a broad geographical scope of experience as students and faculty travel and study European culture and history firsthand in its rich heritage and present diversity, with extended stays in cultural centers such as London, Athens, Rome, Madrid, and Paris with shorter visits to other cities and regions throughout Europe. Recent itineraries have also included visits to Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Spain, and the Czech Republic. Europe Semester Homepage

Westmont in Northern Europe - (Open to all majors) (select Falls)

Living in three extended-stay locations of Berlin (Germany),London (England) and Rostrevor (Northern Ireland) you will experience learning like you've never known exploring issues of conflict and peacemaking through three courses: Studies in World Literature (4 units, Cheri Larsen Hoeckley), Philosophical Reflections on Conflict and Peacemaking in Modern Europe (4 units, Chris Hoeckley), and Encountering the Cultures of England, Ireland and Germany (2 units, team taught). Students will deepen their encounters with the places and cultures we visit with a course in German language (4 units) and a PE course in urban and rural fitness walking (1 unit). All participants are required to take these five courses. Together these courses will fulfill six General Education requirements: Thinking Globally; Reading Imaginative Literature; Philosophical Reflections on Reality, Knowledge and Value; Foreign Language; Communicating Cross-Culturally; Physical Education (one semester). Westmont in Northern Europe Homepage

American University AU Abroad, Brussels, Belgium (Open to Political Science majors/minors who have taken POL-122: European Politics only)

Located in the heart of Western Europe, and head of the world’s largest single market with a single currency, the euro, Brussels plays host to some of the most important organizations in the world. Now, through American University’s European Union Semester in Brussels, you can earn undergraduate credit and gain valuable work experience in the political center of the EU. Theory combines with practical experience during your study in Brussels. In your internship and unique seminar classes, you frequently meet with and talk to practitioners and policymakers from the EU, NATO, and the international community of Brussels. These leaders share with you their insider perspectives on how the EU is shaping Europe politically and economically.AU Abroad Homepage

American University of Paris (Open to E&B majors and Communication Studies majors only--see separate sections below for these two majors)

AUP is itself a wildly successful experiment in international, interdisciplinary education. AUP brings together all the best elements of the American university model—small, discussion-based classes; a collaborative relationship between students and faculty; a special emphasis on critical thinking and clear communication—with the cultural, social, and professional opportunities of one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. AUP Homepage

Communication Studies Majors at AUP:

The Major in Global Communications trains students in a liberal arts tradition to think critically and creatively about the contemporary communications environment which they experience as global citizens and possibly, soon, as practitioners of professional communication. It provides students with substantive knowledge based on current research, with practical skills and analytical ability to understand (and play an active role in) the complex dynamics of communication at global, local, and individual levels. AUP Global Communications Homepage

Economics and Business Majors at AUP:

This program provides E&B majors with the opportunity to take courses in either the Department of Economics or Department of International Business Administration in the heart of Paris. The program is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.00 or higher.

CIEE: Paris (Open to French or History/Social Science majors/minors only)

CIEE Contemporary French Studies in Paris program offers a flexible curriculum for the study of both French and History for students at all proficiency levels in French. The CIEE Study Center in Paris, known as the Paris Center for Critical Studies, is on the rue du Sentier in the lively, central Sentier neighborhood, in the 2nd arrondissement. The Center is less than a minute away from the Grands Boulevards, a 10-minute walk to the Palais Royal, and a 15-minute walk to the Louvre. All study abroad students live with French hosts. Students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA are eligible. CIEE Paris Homepage

Gordon in Orvieto, Orvieto, Italy (Gordon College) (Open to all majors)

The Gordon College semester in Italy exists to provide contemporary American students — whose lives are lived largely after or without “tradition” — with a vivid experience of tradition in art, spirituality, worship, and civic life. While living and studying in the convent of San Lodovico students will experience the slower and simpler rhythms of life in a way that provides time for serious conversation, an experience of traditional liturgies and civic celebrations, and a closer relationship to the land. Living in the midst of vineyards and olive groves and trading the automobile for the foot, young artists of Christian faith will be encouraged to to experiment with methods of learning different from the conventions of modern university education by taking an interdisciplinary approach to the study of art, art history, history and theology. This program is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Gordon Orvieto Homepage

IAU College (France), Aix-en-Provence, France (Open to all majors, including French majors and minors)

IAU College offers a wide array of disciplines taught in both English and French at various levels of profiency; students can enroll in liberal arts courses at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, the French Honors Program, and the Business Administration Program. Whether in the classroom or while living in homestays, students can expect first-hand interaction with French customs, traditional and culture. Some internships may be available. IAU Homepage

IES Vienna (Open to Music majors/minors only)

Home to an astounding number of legendary composers—from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to Brahms, Mahler, and Schoenberg—Vienna maintains an incredible richness of musical culture to this day. The world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musikverein, and the Staatsoper are just a few of the many leading institutions that help make Vienna a true “city of music”—and make it the perfect location for an engaging study of Music History and Performance. The IES Abroad Vienna Music Program is ideal for students majoring or minoring in Music, and offers you the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of courses focusing on Music and European culture and society. You select your courses from English- and German-taught options. This program is open to students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. IES Homepage

Kings College London, England (Open to E&B majors only)

This program provides E&B majors with the opportunity to take upper division courses in their major at one of England's oldest and most prestigious univeristy institutions, plus either a foreign language course or one non-EB course. The program is located in the heart of London and is open to juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.3 or higher. KCL Homepage

SACI, Florence, Italy (Studio Art Centers International) - (Open to art/art history majors/minors only)

Located in the center of Florence, 50 yards from the central market, 100 yards from the Duomo, and 80 yards from the Medici church of San Lorenzo, the school provides a focused studio art studies program of depth and seriousness of challenge at undergraduate and graduate U.S. university levels. The studio disciplines are to be complemented by courses in the humanities since SACI is convinced that undertaking courses in both areas is essential in the formation of the artist. A wide variety of academic and studio subjects are offered, many at multiple levels. SACI Homepage

Scholars’ Semester in Oxford, Oxford, England (CCCU bestsemester.com) (Open to all majors)

The Scholars' Semester in Oxford is designed for students who want to study intensively and to a high standard. Students develop their academic writing and research skills and explore the disciplines and interests of their choice. As Visiting Students of Oxford University and members of Wycliffe Hall, students study in the oldest university in the English speaking world. SSO students enroll in a primary and secondary tutorial, an integrative seminar, and the British landscape course. Students group their work in a concentration so that all elements of their programme work together. SSO is designed for students interested in art history, classics, English language and literature, history, modern languages (French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Russian), musicology, philosophy, and theology, though all majors may apply. Applicants are generally honors and other very high-achieving students and must have a 3.7 GPA to be considered for the programme. SSO Homepage

Semester in Spain, Seville, Spain (Trinity Christian College) (Open to Spanish majors/minors only)

Semester in Spain has offered Spanish courses in Seville since 1977. Our program combines challenging academic study (beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels) with practical opportunities for students to practice what they learn. Its locationn is designed to provide a rich academic and cultural experience as well as foster lasting relationships between our students and their hosts. SIS Homepage

University of Montpellier, Montpellier, France (Open to French majors/minors only)

Montpellier is a city known for its beauty, its excellent climate and the richness of its architecture. Classes here at the Institut Mediterraneen de Langues focus upon the French language. Classes include all levels of French language study as well as French civilization. In addition, students have the option of taking international business classes at a local university. Students interested in applying must have a junior status for the semester they wish to attend. Montpellier Homepage

University Studies Abroad Consortium: The Hague, Netherlands (Open to Communication Studies majors/minors only)

The program offers the opportunity to enroll in courses in the area of Communication Management through The Hague University's European Studies Programme. You will find that THe Hague is a crossroads of cultures with well over one hundred nationalities prepresented, making your study abroad experience truly diverse.Courses are taught in English. Students are required to take an Introduction to Dutch Culture and Society course, which includes organized fields trips within Netherlands. USAC: The Hague Homepage