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Study Abroad

Study abroad programs

Here at Knox, we emphasize a global outlook on learning, and nothing tops that off like a trip abroad! No matter what country you decide on, you'll directly experience new people and cultures and in turn gain a new perspective on the world.

Knox offers several programs administered by the College, as well as in conjunction with organizations like the Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM). Find out how to apply to our study abroad programs, and as always contact the Center for Global Studies with any questions.

Botswana: Development in Southern Africa (An ACM Program)
Daniel Beers, Program Advisor
A one-semester program focusing on social, economic, and political development in Botswana, in southern Africa. The program pays particular attention to the politics and social structure of contemporary Botswana and its place in the south African regional economic and political systems, and offers language instruction in Setswana. Each student completes an independent study project under the direction of the program director or a member of the University of Botswana faculty, which includes significant field observation. Students stay either with host families or live in University of Botswana graduate student residence halls.
Tanzania: Ecology & Human Origins (An ACM Program)
D. James Mountjoy, Jennifer Templeton, Program Advisors
An unusual opportunity to conduct field work in some of the world's greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites. Students divide their time between the University of Dar es Salaam and the Northern Region of Tanzania. At the University they take courses in intensive Swahili, human evolution, and the ecology of the Serengeti while developing a research topic. For the next six weeks, students live in tent camps and pursue individual field projects in the Serengeti/Ngorongoro area before returning to the University for final work on their projects. The program is both physically and academically demanding, and only well-qualified students are selected for this one semester (fall) program.
Akita International University in Akita, Japan (A direct exchange program)
Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Program Advisor
AIU is the first and only national liberal arts institution in Japan. AIU has a student population of about 800 and is located in Akita prefecture (pop. 300,000) on the northern seaboard of the main island of Japan, in the Tohoku region of northern Japan. International students receive a rigorous academic curriculum as well as the opportunity to experience and understand the people and culture of Japan through extracurricular activities. Courses are taught in English. Japanese language skills not required but recommended. Japanese language courses available at all levels. The university organizes various events, activities, and field trips providing students with a hands-on experience in Japanese culture. Housing is provided in dorms or apartments with a Japanese roommate, and a home visit program is available. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required, and trimesters are available.
Buddhist Studies in India (An AEA Program)
Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Program Advisor
The program weaves the diverse resources of Bodh Gaya, India - where the prince-ascetic Gotama became the fully enlightened Buddha -- into a three-month study program that emphasizes a comparative approach to theory and practice. Participants reach their own understanding of that essence common to all varieties of Buddhism, while learning to appreciate the many cultural and historical environments in which it has flourished. The program consists of core courses -- Buddhist Philosophy, History of South Asian Buddhism and Contemporary Buddhist Culture -- language instruction in Hindi or Tibetan, a meditation practicum, and field research on selected topics.
China Studies Institute Beijing 
Weihong Du and Shuyan Shipplett, Program Advisors
The program, housed within the Beijing University campus, is designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of Knox students studying in China. Single-semester and year-long study options are available. The program offers a general studies track that gives students the opportunity to combine Chinese language study with courses in history, art and literature, business and economics, and other areas of Chinese society. A distinct language-immersion track allows students to concentrate more exclusively on Chinese language study. The program also maintains an extensive internship program. Study trips on weekends in the Beijing area plus a variety of major group trips across China are woven into the program's calendar.
India: Culture, Traditions, & Globalization (An ACM Program)
Michael Schneider, Program Advisor
This fall program, located in Pune, is designed to provide students with an overview of many aspects of Indian culture and society today. The program begins in mid-August, with a three-week orientation, in which students begin an "Introduction to India" core course, study Marathi language intensively, and draw up a plan of research for their independent study projects. After the first week in the program, students live with host families. The regular term begins in early September, where students continue the core course and Marathi language, choose an elective course, and begin to carry out their independent study projects. In each of the courses, classroom learning is augmented by weekly activities outside of the classroom, and students also are encouraged to volunteer with local organizations. The program organizes several program-sponsored overnight excursions to sites in and around Pune, while a one-week break in October provides opportunities to travel further afield in India.
Japan Study (An ACM/GLCA Program)
Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Program Advisor
Students spend the academic year at Waseda University's International Division in Tokyo, after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. In addition to required language study, electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies courses taught in English. A family living experience in Tokyo provides an informal education in Japanese culture and is in many ways the dominant feature of the program, offering total immersion in the Japanese way of life. In March, a three-week rural stay lets students experience another type of Japanese life.
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Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies (An ACM Program)
Katherine Adelsberger, Program Advisor
The program begins in late August with a week-long orientation in the capital city of Amman. Students then begin their classwork, with an opportunity to choose elective classes from a wide range from areas such as anthropology, Islamic art, economics, political science, religion, and sociology, along with a class relevant to the region taught by an 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). Students will also engage in an independent study project of their choosing, under the supervision of the ACM faculty member.
Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai University in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan
Mat Ryohei Matsuda, Program Advisor
The program at Kansai Gaidai, a private university focusing on foreign language studies, provides international students a meanings of exploring Japan and Asian studies through classroom instruction and interaction with Japanese people. Japanese language courses range from the introductory through the advanced levels. All courses, except for Japanese language courses, are taught in English. Homestay is available. The program includes a three-day orientation program in which students stay in dormitories. Other features are a multitude of extracurricular activities, a speaking partner program, and the Experience Japan program.
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (A DIS Program)
Frank McAndrew, Program Advisor
DIS is a selective Danish educational institution in Copenhagen offering high-quality study abroad programs taught in English for students who want to study abroad to enhance their majors, broaden their intellectual and cultural horizons, and achieve intercultural competencies for the world, including skills for the international job market. The program offers a broad range of curriculum with coursework in the humanities, social sciences, and cutting edge work in the natural and personal interests. Students wishing to participate in the DIS program need only complete the Knox Application for Approval to Study-Off campus.
Study London (An IES Program)
Richard Stout, Program Advisor
The London Program offers three options: International Relations, Humanities, and International Business. Students take two courses in their selected of the program and a tutorial related to their major field of study. The International Relations Program concentrates on the economic life and public policy in the new industrial society of Western Europe from the British point of view. The Humanities Program focuses on British history, painting, architecture and literature. The International Business Program concentrates on issues related to the European Community, European business law, international marketing, and international finance. To earn full credit, students may select additional courses from any of these three programs or an internship. The London program also offers a special program allowing qualified students to take one of their courses at a University of London college.
Roger Williams University London Program
Liz Carlin-Metz, Program Advisor
Founded by Knox graduate William Grandgeorge '55 over 30 years, the Program has an emphasis on the performing arts and British culture, featuring an independent study component that adjusts the focus to meet any other discipline interests such as art history, education, creative writing, English literature, classics, history, etc. During the 12-week program, students attend classes five days a week and performances and events four evenings per week plus field trips. Students live in a hotel with kitchen privileges.
London & Florence: Arts in Context (An ACM Program)
Nicholas Regiacorte, Program Advisor
The Program compares the artistic achievements of the historically prominent cities. Participants study the historical and political context of art, architecture, literature and theatre as well as Italian language. Visits to museums, galleries, theatres, short trips to other areas of England and Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement coursework. Students spend eight weeks in each city and enjoy a week-long mid-semester break. An optional intensive course in Italian language is offered every January in Florence.
Knox in Besançon
Schahrazede Longou, Program Advisor
Established in 1966, this Knox program is the oldest American program in Besançon, a beautiful and historic city in eastern France. Students ive and study at the Université de Besançon, in the Jura Mountains of France's Franche-Comté region enjoying the same vistas as famous inhabitants, such as Victor Hugo and Louis Pasteur. An initial, one-month home-stay with a French family and university dormitory accommodations thereafter provide a unique opportunity to participate in both French home culture and university life. Educational excursions to Paris and regions surrounding Besançon sample the charms of the region: vineyards, wine cellars, picturesque villages, and cathedrals and castles dating from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Knox-Flensburg Exchange (A Reciprocal Exchange Program)
Todd Heidt, Program Advisor
This program provides the opportunity to join in the life of a small German university with 2,000 students. Knox students attend regular classes at the University of Flensburg and live in residence halls with German students. Flensburg is a port town on Germany's northern border with Denmark. The university's teachers' college has 2,000 students and has university status granted by the state of Schleswig-Holstein. The new facilities overlook the quaint town, fields and harbor. Its size allows it to provide a highly personalized international student support network, as well as an unusually high level of student interaction with internationally known professors and scholars.
Berlin - Language & Area Studies (An IES Program)
Todd Heidt, Program Advisor
This program provides semester and full-year opportunities for rigorous undergraduate study in German language, social sciences, humanities and business. The program, organized in cooperation with Humboldt University, follows an American-style university calendar. Students enroll in a German language course and four area studies courses each semester. Language courses are held on the Humboldt University campus; area studies courses in art history, business, economics, history, literature and politics are held at the IES Center. All courses are taught in German by native German faculty. Students have access to numerous University facilities including libraries and University Mensas (cafeterias).
College Year in Athens
Stephen Fineberg, Program Advisor
With a primary focus on classical Greek studies, coursework also covers Byzantine and contemporary Greece as well. Courses are offered in history, literature, art and archaeology, philosophy, and classical and modern Greek. In addition to coursework in Athens, the program offers field trips to other parts of Greece. In special cases, students may participate in only the first or only the second semester of the program.
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics
Dennis Schneider, Program Advisor
This program may be taken for one semester (either fall or spring) or for an entire year. Students typically take three courses in mathematics and one intercultural course -- all taught in English by Hungarian faculty-a semester. Language instruction in Hungarian is available on an optional basis.
Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture (An ACM Program)
Nicholas Regiacorte, Program Advisor
An excellent opportunity to study Renaissance painting, sculpture, architecture, history, and literature for students interested in art, history, Romance Languages and the humanities. Italian language instruction, a studio art course, and courses providing a broad perspective on Italian contributions to world civilization facilitate the study of Florentine artistic and cultural heritage. Visits to museums and galleries, short field trips to other cities throughout Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Staying with Italian host families enriches participants' awareness of modern Italian life as well as the academic study of Italian Renaissance culture.
Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome
Brenda Fineberg, Program Advisor
An intensive program designed for classics majors focusing on a two-credit course called “The Ancient City,” in-depth study of Roman history and archaeology including frequent field trips. In addition, students take two or three courses in such fields such as intermediate or advanced Latin, intermediate or advanced Greek, or Renaissance art history.
University of St. Andrews
Rob Smith, Program Advisor
Located on the sea in a medieval town, the study body at Scotland's oldest university is around 6,000 with about 20% international. Students live in university dormitories and enroll in one of four faculties: Arts, Divinity, Medicine, or Science. The program is most likely to appeal to students with interests in English or History, but it is also known for its strong science programs.
Knox in Barcelona
Through a relationship begun in 1968, students in the Knox program study at the Universitat de Barcelona, the oldest university in Spain, and the second largest. The Knox program in Barcelona offers students the chance to be typical college students, Barcelona style, for one, two, or three trimesters. Ancient and modern history, art and architecture mix with a bustling metropolitan scene, beautiful beaches and possibilities for adventures throughout Europe. Educational excursions to historical sites throughout Spain and life with a Spanish host family enrich your connection to Barcelona's vibrant cultural history and way of life. All students live in the homes of Spanish families in Barcelona. The program has a two-week trip through southern Spain during winter break as well as other shorter educational field trips.
Knox in Buenos Aires
Karen Kampwirth and Duane Oldfield, Program Advisors
In cooperation with the University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Knox offers a term of accredited academic study specially designed to emphasize the social sciences and language. Distinctive features of the Program are its environmental outlook, its concentration on the southern cone of South America, and the possibility of internships. Courses are taught in Spanish by University of Palermo professors. All students take a core course (which includes three educational trips), language, and pursue a combination of electives, mostly chosen from those offered by the program. A series of talks are given by prominent figures on different aspects of Argentine culture. All students live in the homes of Argentine families in Buenos Aires.
Brazil: Semester Exchange Programs (An ACM Program)
Katherine Adelsberger, Program Advisor
For students interested in Latin America, or students who want to learn or improve their Portuguese, the Brazil Exchange programs take place at the highly-regarded Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora. Each semester, students have the opportunity to take classes in a variety of subject areas in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and arts, as well as intensive Portuguese language. Students will have the option of living with a Brazilian host family or in an apartment with Brazilian students. For students interested in environmental studies, there are special scholarships of up to $5,000 available.
Costa Rica: Language, Society, & the Environment (An ACM Program)
Karen Kampwirth and Robin Ragan, Program Advisors
An interdisciplinary program for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of life in Latin America and wishing to develop fluency in Spanish. This program, which focuses on the humanities and social sciences, is designed to take full advantage of its Costa Rican setting. Language study is stressed as the key to understanding the culture. Course work in language, literature, geography, anthropology, politics, and cultural change enables students to develop insights which are reinforced by field trips and two weeks of field work in rural areas. In San Jose and its environs, students live with families to improve their language ability and enjoy personal involvement in the daily life of a Latin American community.
Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences, & Humanities (An ACM Program)
Karen Kampwirth and Robin Ragan, Program Advisor
The Costa Rica program is designed for advanced work in the social and natural sciences; independent research in the humanities is also encouraged. Costa Rica supports an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life and provides rich research opportunities to study tropical biology and ecology. An equally broad range of research topics cover anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, geology, history, political science and sociology. Students prepare for their research during a month-long orientation which includes intensive language training and a review of field work methodology. Their field study may be integrated with an ongoing project undertaken independently under the supervision of a faculty advisor.
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