Identities: Societies in Transition

South Africa:

Cape Town - Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)

Why study in South Africa?

  • opportunity to live in a highly diverse African nation undergoing profound social and economic changes while studying in a city faced with extremes of wealth and poverty
  • field placement with NGO or local business
  • university classes with local students at the University of Cape Town

Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) Program in Cape Town, South Africa features courses with South African students at the University of Cape Town and field placements with NGOs. 

  • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Courses: Service-learning in NGO in environmental management, social and economic or health care and community development; two to four University of Cape Town courses.
  • Subject and themes: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Health, History, Literature, Mathematics and Statistics, Natural and Applied Sciences, Political Science, Sociology     
  • Field trips: Excursions in the Western Cape; trip to Johannesburg and Kruger National Park.
  • Housing: Apartments shared with program students in local neighborhoods.
  • Prerequisites: All majors. GPA minimum-3.0. Strongly recommended: History 261 and/or other courses including study of South African history, politics, culture, and society.
  • Calendar: Fall (July – November) and Spring (late January – June)

Other university-based programs in developing countries you may wish to consider:

Advisor(s):
Richard Bright, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (Off-Campus Study) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors 
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Economics
Environmental Studies
Global Development Studies
Global Health
History
Literature
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural and Applied Sciences
Political Science
Sociology
Website: Program Website

After visiting the program website, please feel free to contact the program for more information: International Education of Students (IES) | 800-995-2300 | Fax: 312-944-1448 | Susan Hansen: shansen[at]iesabroad[dot]org

China:

Shanghai - Alliance for Global Education: International Business
  • The Alliance for Global Education International Business in China Program is located at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SUFE). 
  • This program is designed for students majoring in Economics or similar fields, with coursework being a mixture of Mandarin language and area studies courses in Economics and Finance.  All area studies courses are taught in English by Chinese Faculty. 
  • In addition, students have the option of enrolling for a 3 credit internship.  Internships are available in Chinese and multi-national companies as well as non-business sectors.  The program also features a nine-day study trip to Guangdong province, Hong Kong and Macau. 
  • All students are housed in campus dormitories with Chinese roommates. 
  • Eligibility: GPA above 3.0.  Minimum 1 semester of Chinese and two semesters of Economics. Minimum three semesters of Chinese for internship option.

The Alliance for Global Education | 1-888-232-8379 | Fax: 215-572-2174 | info[at]allianceglobaled[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Feng, (Chinese and Japanese) Carnegie 407
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Chinese and Economics to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Economics
Finance
Website: Program Website

Beijing - IES: Contemporary Issues

Institute for International Education of Students (IES) in Beijing

  • The IES Beijing program offers two distinct academic options: the Language Intensive Program, designed for students who have already begun studying Chinese and wish to concentrate on the developing their fluency, and the Contemporary Issues in China Program, featuring three Intensive 300-level Area Studies Courses, taught one at a time, and accelerated Chinese language, offered at varying levels. Both programs are located at Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing Waiguoyu Daxue), one of Beijing’s most prestigious academic institutions, enrolling 4,000 students, including approximately 700 foreign students mostly from non-English speaking countries. IES is currently the only resident U.S. program at the university.
  • The Intensive Language Program offers small classes and individual tutorials, equivalent to one year of Chinese taught in a semester, as well as English-language area studies courses, including economics, film studies, political science, history, literature, philosophy, sociology, and field research. Chinese-taught area studies courses are available for heritage speakers and very advanced students. The program offers a variety of internship opportunities in business education, and community service organizations.
  • Field trips take students to parts of China rarely visited by tourists. The multi-day fall field trip usually includes travel along the Silk Road (Xinjiang Province) to such places as Xi’an, Urumg, Dunhuang, Xiahe, and Kashgar, where you explore the cultures and religions of China’s minority people and the magnificent landscape. The multi-day spring trip normally travels to Yunnan Province, including stays in a variety of areas that are home to ethnic Naxi, Yi, Bai, Dai, and other minority peoples. A long-weekend trip takes in destinations such as Shaolin Temple (martial arts and historic capital cities), Pingyao (ancient and imperial China), Mt. Wutai (Buddhist studies), Anyang (pre-historic China), and Mt. Tai and Qufu (Confucian studies).
  • Housing options include living with a Chinese roommate in a campus residence hall or homestays with Chinese families.
  • Eligibility: One year of college-level Mandarin Chinese or the equivalent.

Institute for International Education of Students (IES) | 800-995-2300 | Fax: 312-944-1448 | Susan Hansen: shansen[at]iesabroad[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Feng, (Chinese and Japanese) Carnegie 407
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Chinese to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Website: Program Website

Beijing - Pitzer College

Pitzer College in China

  • Exclusively for neuroscience students, the Pitzer in China program offers an opportunity to study Chinese language, culture, society, and traditional medicine while participating in research projects with Chinese neuroscientists. Offered in cooperation with Beijing University, classes are taught by university faculty, scholars and specialists.
  • All students take the "Core Course", a cross-disciplinary study of Chinese society and culture, including history, religion, philosophy, art, and economy, providing the context for learning from a wide variety of cultural immersion experiences offered throughout the program. The intensive study of Chinese language - offered at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels - is required.
  • In addition, neuroscience students will take a course in traditional Chinese medicine, combining theory and practice with an introduction to special medical techniques. The program also features an independent study project, which is conducted in the neuroscience laboratories of the University of Beijing under the supervision of Chinese researchers.
  • Field trips are offered as an integral part of the Core Course to such famous sites as Wutaishan, Pingyao, Suzhou, and Shanghai.
  • Students are housed in dormitories for most of the semester with Chinese roommates and also in homestays of ten days to two weeks each with urban and rural Chinese families.
  • Eligibility: Highly selective program requiring advanced study in neuroscience and recommendation of the Program Adviser. Prior study of Chinese strongly recommended. In cases of equally qualified candidates, students with Chinese language background will be preferred. 

Pitzer College | Office of External Studies | 909-621-8104 | Fax: 909-621-0518 | external_studies[at]pitzer[dot]edu

Advisor(s):
Professor Lindgren, (Biology) Science 2010
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Chinese to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Website: Program Website

Japan:

Tokyo – CIEE: Sophia University

Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) at Waseda University in Japan

  • The ACM Japan Study Program is located on the campus of Waseda University, one of Japan's premier universities, and emphasizes the study of Japanese language and culture.
  • Morning classes are devoted exclusively to language acquisition, and assignments often take students out into the local community to practice their skills. Additional classes in English are offered in social studies, arts, and humanities, covering various topics in Japanese and Asian Studies.
  • Independent study in the form of social research projects, apprenticeships in fine arts, and parliamentary internships can be arranged with the support of the student's home college academic adviser.
  • A range of field trips are offered in Tokyo and the surrounding area.
  • Extracurricular activities, especially membership in Japanese student clubs and sports teams, are encouraged.
  • Students live with host families throughout the program in Tokyo and also participate in a month-long rural homestay.
  • Eligibility: At least one semester of Japanese. Minimum 3.0 GPA.

Japan Study Office | Drawer 13 | Earlham College | 765-983-1224 | Fax: 765-983-1798 | japanstu[at]earlham[dot]edu

Advisor(s):
Professor Schimmel, (Chinese and Japanese) Carnegie 406
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Japanese to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
East Asian Studies
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website

Korea:

Seoul – CIEE: Yonsei University

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) at Yonsei University, South Korea

Program Summary will be posted soon.

Council on International Educational Exchange
300 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101-4739
PH: 207-553-7600 | Fax: 207-553-7699
E-mail: info[at]ciee[dot]org
Website: www.ciee.org

Advisor(s):
Professor Feng, (Chinese and Japanese) Carnegie 407
Professor Schimmel, (Chinese and Japanese) Carnegie 406
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors
Related Fields of Study:
East Asian Studies
Humanities
Social Studies
Sciences
Website: Program Website

Egypt:

Cairo – American University in Cairo
  • Founded in 1919, the AUC welcomes over 200 study-abroad students each semester, who are fully integrated into the academic and student life of the institution.
  • Teaching primarily in English, AUC is fully accredited in both Egypt and the United States and is recognized as one of the premier institutions of higher Education in The Middle East. Program participants study together with full-time students from Egypt and more than seventy other countries in classes offered by a highly international faculty in a wide range of disciplines, including Arabic as a foreign language, which is required.
  • The AUC Arabic Language Institute maintains the largest corps of full-time professional Arabic language teachers in the world and offers a variety of intensive programs in Modern Standard and Egyptian Colloquial Arabic at all levels: elementary, intermediate, and advanced.
  • A comprehensive university with a liberal arts core curriculum, AUC provides the possibility of coursework in virtually all subject areas, as well as interdisciplinary concentrations such as Arab Culture and History, Arab Society, Egyptology, Islamic Civilization, Islamic Art and Architecture, Politics of the Middle East, and Economic Development. Courses are also available in the sciences, including Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Computer Science.
  • In addition to group travel opportunities provided by the university and student organizations, field trips to major historical sites and monuments are a regular part of many courses.
  • Housing is provided in university accommodation with Egyptian or international student roommates. 
  • Eligibility: Minimum GPA: 2.75. Admission is competitive. Arabic language and coursework related to the Middle East highly recommended. 

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Professor Prevost, (History) Mears 306
Richard Bright, (OCS Director) Macy 108
Jonathan Larson, (OCS Assistant Director) Macy 107
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

Cairo – AMIDEAST: Area and Arabic Language Studies
  • The AMIDEAST program in Cairo, Egypt, located in Dokki, on the west bank of the Nile, offers the study of modern Egyptian culture, taught in English, together with Arabic language instruction.
  • Students in the Modern Middle East/North African (MENA) Studies Program carry 16 credit-hours per semester. All students enroll in Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Arabic, "Contemporary Issues in Egypt and the Arab World," and two electives from offerings in Modern MENA Studies in a variety of disciplines. Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level. Egyptian Arabic instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. For language instruction, AMIDEAST partners with the Arab Academy, one of the most successful Arabic Language immersion programs in the Middle East, serving individuals and institutions from the U.S., Europe, Af rica, and Asia.
  • It also hosts students from African countries sponsored by the Islamic Development Bank in Je ddah, Saudi Arabia. Elective courses include: The City of Cairo, Political Economy of the Middle East and North Africa, Introduction to Ancient Egypt, International Relations in the Middle East and North Africa, Modern Arab Literature, Women and Gender in Islam. Special activities include contacts with local NGOS for non-credit service-learning projects and internships.
  • Excursions include: Pyramids, Upper Egypt, and Alexandria.
  • Housing is provided in shared apartments in neighboring districts of Cairo.
  • Eligibility: At least one semester of Arabic. Course relevant to the region recommended.

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Egypt | (202) 776-9614 | Fax: (202) 776-7014 | MoroccoStudy[at]amideast[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Professor Prevost, (History) Mears 306
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

Jordan:

Amman – ACM: Middle East and Arabic Language Studies

The fall semester ACM Jordan program, operated in partnership with AMIDEAST, is designed to provide students with the distinctive opportunity to study the complex issues which dominate the region, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan's experience during the Arab Spring, and much more. The program begins in late August, with a week-long orientation once the students arrive in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, where they have the opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range of coursework in areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region that is taught by the visiting ACM faculty member. All students will take Arabic language coursework, where they are placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency (prior study of Arabic is not required). ACM students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the visiting ACM faculty member.

Associated Colleges of the Midwest | 312-263-5000 | Fax: 312-263-5879 | acm[at]acm[dot]edu

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

Amman – AMIDEAST: Area and Arabic Language Studies
  • The AMIDEAST program in Amman, Jordan features the study of Modern Standard as well as Jordanian Arabic, and students select three other courses from offerings in Middle East and North African studies in a variety of disciplines to complete a 16-credit semester.
  • Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, or advanced level, and Jordanian Arabic instruction begins during on-site orientation and continues throughout the semester. Students are placed in classes appropriate to their level.
  • For language instruction, AMIDEAST partners with the Qasid Institute for Classical and Modern Standard Arabic, one of the leading programs in the Middle East. In addition to Arabic language, students may choose three courses from the following electives, depending on the semester: Environmental Issues in the Middle East, Contemporary Jordanian Culture, Modern Arabic Art, Contemporary Issues in the Arab World, Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East, Islamic Political Movements, Arab Society from Within, the Palestinian Issue in Middle East Politics, Contemporary Islamic Thought, Women and Society in the Arab World.
  • Special activities include contacts with local NGOS for non-credit service-learning projects and internships. Excursions include Petra, and sites in Biblical and Northern Jordan.
  • Students have a choice of living arrangements and meal plans, including living with a Jordanian family and a shared apartment.
  • Eligibility: At least one semester of Arabic. Course relevant to the region recommended.  

AMIDEAST Education Abroad Program in Jordan | (202) 776-9614 | Fax: (202) 776-7014 | MoroccoStudy[at]amideast[dot]org

Advisor(s):
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study
Anthropology
Arabic
Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
History
Political Science
Website: Program Website

Morocco:

Rabat - AMIDEAST Area and Arabic Language Studies
  • IES in Rabat, Morocco is located in the capital, Rabat. The IES curriculum concentrates on Arabic language and North African Studies courses, taught in English and French.
  • Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, while beginning Moroccan Colloquial Arabic is taught in an intensive course during the three-week program orientation in the city of Fez. Area studies courses taught in English in Rabat include, depending on the semester: North African Cultural Identities, Contemporary History of Morocco, Literature in Translation, American Cultural Discourse on Morocco, Islam in North Africa, Moroccan Politics, and Gender and Society.
  • Courses in French are: Maghrebian Francophone Literature, North African Politics, and Advanced French Language. Students with at least four semesters of French or Spanish may enroll in one course taught in that language at Mohammed V University, where they will study with local students.
  • Supervised, credit-bearing internships are offered with NGOs, businesses, museums, and schools. Multi-day field trips travel to areas of regional historical and cultural interest such as the Sahara Desert and Granada and Cordoba in southern Spain.
  • Student housing options include home-stays and Moroccan university dormitories.
  • Eligibility: Arabic Track: At least one semester of Arabic. French recommended. French Track: At least four semesters of French or equivalent. Arabic recommended. French-track students must also study Arabic in Morocco.

Advisor(s):
Professor Ireland, (French) ARH 330D
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Arabic
French
North African Studies
Website: Program Website

Rabat - AMIDEAST: Regional Studies in French

Program Summary will be posted soon.
Advisor(s):
Professor Ireland, (French) ARH 330D
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Arabic
French
North African Studies
Website: Program Website

Rabat – Institute for the International Education of Students (IES)
  • IES in Rabat, Morocco is located in the capital, Rabat. The IES curriculum concentrates on Arabic language and North African Studies courses, taught in English and French.
  • Modern Standard Arabic is offered at the advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, while beginning Moroccan Colloquial Arabic is taught in an intensive course during the three-week program orientation in the city of Fez. Area studies courses taught in English in Rabat include, depending on the semester: North African Cultural Identities, Contemporary History of Morocco, Literature in Translation, American Cultural Discourse on Morocco, Islam in North Africa, Moroccan Politics, and Gender and Society.
  • Courses in French are: Maghrebian Francophone Literature, North African Politics, and Advanced French Language. Students with at least four semesters of French or Spanish may enroll in one course taught in that language at Mohammed V University, where they will study with local students.
  • Supervised, credit-bearing internships are offered with NGOs, businesses, museums, and schools. Multi-day field trips travel to areas of regional historical and cultural interest such as the Sahara Desert and Granada and Cordoba in southern Spain.
  • Student housing options include home-stays and Moroccan university dormitories.
  • Eligibility: Arabic Track: At least one semester of Arabic. French recommended. French Track: At least four semesters of French or equivalent. Arabic recommended. French-track students must also study Arabic in Morocco.

International Education of Students (IES) | PH: 800-995-2300 ext. 5036 (Amber Mercier) | Fax: 312-944-1448
amercier[at]iesabroad[dot]org

Advisor(s): 
Professor Ireland, (French) ARH 330D
Professor Youssef, (French) ARH 217C
Eligibility: Open to all majors who have studied Arabic to the prerequisite level
Related Fields of Study:
Anthropology
Arabic
French
North African Studies
Website: Program Website