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Study Abroad

All majors are required to spend one semester or summer in a study or internship abroad program and earn a minimum of 6 credit hours (which may be part of the 37 hour major). Abroad programs must be arranged with the Director of the Program. There is a provision for an alternative or exemption on the basis of special circumstances. CubaStudyAbroad-2012

Summer in Brazil

The intensive two and a half week program will examine the way in which Brazil’s historical background has contributed to the rich regional diversity of Brazilian people and society. Guided study tours to museums, cultural centers, historical sites and natural parks will be part of the two courses. Among other places, students may travel to the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, Capoeira City of Salvador, and to ecological paradises. (Not offered every summer—Check with the Center for International Education.)

Fall Semester in Chile

This program will offer the opportunity to study one semester in Santiago, Chile, and earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. The rich cultural heritage, the magnificent features of its geography, the dynamic urban setting of Santiago, the well known hospitality of its inhabitants, and the stability and safety of the country, make Chile a natural choice for students looking for a first-hand experience with the people, language, culture and contemporary issues of the Spanish American world. Students will take classes at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile (USACH) and live with Chilean families, who are carefully selected to provide an enriching cultural and family environment.

The semester will coincide with the spring months in the southern hemisphere, an ideal season to do traveling, and to enjoy a period of intense cultural activity. The program includes several days of excursions through the coast of Chile and/ or southern Peru. As classes will be conducted from Monday through Thursdays, students will have additional travel opportunities during the long weekends. Traveling to neighboring South American countries will be possible either during or after the semester.

Spring Semester in Argentina

This program will offer the opportunity to study one semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. Buenos Aires is well known as the “Paris” of Latin America. Known as a dynamic urban cosmopolitan center of culture, business and modern life, Buenos Aires is the perfect setting for students desiring to hone their language skills and at the same time immerse themselves in the business and political culture of South America. Argentina has one of the most diverse geographies in Latin America – from the pampas of Buenos Aires Province, to the high Andes, and the desert of Patagonia. Students will live with Argentine families, who are carefully selected to provide an enriching cultural and family environment

The semester will coincide with the summer and fall months in the southern hemisphere, an ideal season to do traveling, and to enjoy a period of intense cultural activity. The program includes several days of excursions through the Western Argentina and sometimes Brazil. As classes will be conducted from Monday through Thursdays, students will have additional travel opportunities during the long weekends. Traveling to neighboring South American countries will be possible either during or after the semester.

Classes will be held at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina’s finest institution of higher learning, and taught by faculty of the College of Charleston and the Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Spring Semester in Cuba

A unique opportunity to study on-site in Cuba, one of our nearest, most significant and exotic neighbors. Cuba blends the experience of cultures -- African, European, American --which creates a unique environment that students will be able to experience by enrolling in courses taught by College of Charleston faculty as well as Cuban scholars.

This program will offer one semester in Cuba where students can earn 12-15 hours of credit through the College of Charleston. Students will be exposed to an array of cultural activities and study trips designed to encourage direct interaction with the Cuban people. The program is designed to allow students to further their Spanish language skills as well as learn about the rich heritage of Cuba as reflected in its, culture, economy, political and social history, art, music, literature and rich natural environment. Several study-visits and day trips, including a longer excursion to other parts of the large Island, with cultural activities and lectures will be an integral part of the student experience while in Cuba.

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'The College Today' coverage of the spring 2017 Cuba study abroad program.

Video about the Cuba program in spring 2017 by Julie Kramer

Bilateral Programs

Brazil

The Federal Center of Technological Education, Parana, Curitiba
Students pay College of Charleston tuition and fees and study for a semester or the academic year. Areas of study include Portuguese Language, Biology, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Communication, Art, Music, Psychology, International Business, Economics, and Accounting.

Universidade Federal de Minas Geraís, Belo Horizonte
Students pay College of Charleston tuition and fees and study for a semester or the academic year.

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre
Students pay College of Charleston tuition and fees and study for a semester or the academic year.

Chile

Universidad de Santiago de Chile
In addition to the College of Charleston Semester program, students may also take courses directly at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile as a bi-lateral exchange students. Students pay their regular tuition to the College and additionally are responsible for their expenses while in Chile.

Argentina

Universidad Nacional de La Matanza
In addition to the College of Charleston Semester program in Buenos Aires, students may also take courses directly at the Universidad Nacional de La Matanza as a bi-lateral exchange students. Students pay their regular tuition to the College and additionally are responsible for their expenses while in Argentina.

Financing Study Abroad

In general, financial aid is defined as any financial assistance a student may receive from sources such as scholarships, federal and state grants and loans.

What current Financial Aid is applicable: if you are currently receiving financial aid and want to know if your aid can be used for your desired study abroad program, you should speak with a financial aid counselor. Generally, the various types of financial aid which can be used are as follows:

Federal loans and grants and State Grants: can be used for all types of semester and year-long study abroad programs (CofC programs, bi-lateral exchanges and independent programs).

Life and Palmetto Fellows Scholarships: can be used for all types of semester and year-long study abroad programs (CofC programs, bi-lateral exchanges and independent programs).

CofC Scholarships, CofC Academic Scholarships, Founders Scholarships, and Foundation Scholarships: can only be used for CofC semester programs or bi-lateral exchanges where the student is charged normal CofC tuition.

Forms

Scholarship forms for Study Abroad are available through the Center for International Education.

External Scholarship Opportunities

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