Study Abroad

Faculty of Arts Study Abroad Opportunities

Fieldwork in Anthropology

Fieldschool for Ethnographic Sensibility is a 6 week, 6 credit undergraduate/graduate course that the Department of Anthropology offers in Belgrade, Serbia. Belgrade will become your laboratory for developing ethnographic skills that attune you to the nonverbal, tacit underpinnings of every culture. We will encourage you to explore alternative and artistic forms of representation through writing, film, performance, and other arts in order to share your findings with others.

Mediterranean Archaeology

Travel during the summer months to places like Greece, Italy or Northern Africa to help U of A professors unearth archaeological sites dating back over 2,000 years. Spend three to six weeks learning skills such as on-site drafting, excavation and cataloguing techniques. Contact the Department of History and Classics.

Music for Global Human Development in West Africa (Ghana Summer Study Abroad Program)

This summer program -- running July 3 to August 11, 2017 -- centers on the role of music (and related performance arts -- dance, poetry, drama) towards promoting human development, either directly via specific development messages designed to change attitudes and behaviors, or indirectly, by enhancing social cohesion, building civil society, and strengthening cultural continuity. The program centers on the University for Development Studies in Tamale northern Ghana , with many field excursions throughout northern Ghana, and a final week's residence in a nearby village.  See map for an overview of program locations. 

$1750 in scholarship funding is available for UofA students, and $500 for non-UofA students, for the first 14 students who apply.

The 9 credit summer program comprises social science, humanities, and performing arts components and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students, providing credits at both levels. Development foci include HEALTH, EDUCATION, and ENVIRONMENT. The program will count towards the Certificate in International Learning, and also provide Community Service Learning (CSL) credit , as we work in partnership with a local NGO Youth Home Cultural Group. Music and dance performance is central, but no musical experience or talent is required to succeed.. Refer to the website or write Michael Frishkopf ( if you have questions.

Application deadline: April 17.

Spanish in Granada, Spain

The University of Granada is situated in the city of Granada, in Spain’s southern Andalucía.  The last bastion of Moorish rule in Spain, Granada is still today marked by the confluence of Arab and Spanish culture, which makes it a unique and fascinating city to explore. Its proximity to other exquisite cities (e.g., Sevilla, Córdoba), and beaches (Málaga) provide exciting opportunities for excursions.  All classes are at  U of G’s Centro de Lenguas Modernas, which  is consistently ranked as one of the best foreign language programs in Spain. Housed in a beautiful sixteenth century building, it offers students a welcoming and supportive environment.

The U of A Russian Studies Program

An intensive year-long Russian language program. Spend four months in preparatory coursework at the U of A, then travel to Russia for four months of study at either the Pushkin Institute of Moscow, the Moscow Pedagogical University, or Saint Petersburg University. Contact the Division of Slavic and East European Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

French in La Rochelle, France

Study French in a rich cultural and historic setting, famous for its architecture, scenery and cuisine. Students at this annual term-abroad program, which takes place in June, achieve fluency of a level that enables them to proceed with literature, translation and composition courses. For more information, contact the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at 780.492.4926.

Ukrainian in L'viv, Ukraine

The Ukrainian Language and Literature Program is pleased to announce this year's annual travel-study courses in L'viv, Ukraine. UKR 300 and UKR 400 are intensive courses designed to enhance practical language skills through a direct experience of current life in Ukraine. The courses employ contemporary popular culture and media, taking maximum advantage of the urban L'viv environment to expand vocabulary and comprehension. All instruction is in Ukrainian. For more information, visit the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies.

e3 Summer Programs - Berlin, Brazil, Washington DC 

The University of Alberta's e3 summer programs offer students the unique opportunity to engage in three different experiences in one location, including language study, an internship placement, and academic coursework. You can combine up to three of the components, and choose to go to Curitiba, Brazil; Berlin, Germany; or Washington DC, USA. For more information, please visit

Harbin Summer Program

Learn Chinese and immerse yourself for four-weeks in Edmonton's sister city - Harbin, China! No Chinese language is required - absolute beginners to near fluent speakers are welcome. Earn up to *6 toward your degree! Funding guaranteed for all participants of this program. For more information, please visit the Harbin Summer Program page.

Global Service-Learning & Solidarity in Nicaragua

May 2018, CSL 350 (3 credits): Taught at the University of Alberta, this course will prepare students practically and academically for a CSL experience in Nicaragua. It will include a critical approach examining the possibilities for solidarity, learning, and social justice across differences of many kinds (nation, income, experience, age, etc.).

June, 2018, CSL 360 (3 credits): This course will have students travel together to Nicaragua (Esteli, Managua, and surrounding area) for three weeks to live with host families, work on solidarity projects, learn from local community leaders, and complete critical reflection activities for assessment. Students will be accompanied by a U of A instructor, a CSL Partnership Coordinator and a local Nicaraguan educator. Students will complete a final integrative essay and/or present their project for their final assessment item.

*This program is structured as a combined 6 credit course. Students cannot participate in CSL 360 without doing CSL 350 immediately prior to departing Canada.

For more information, visit the department of Community Service-Learning.

Theme Studies in Japan Course

Coordinated by the Prince Takamado Japan Centre and the departments of Interdisciplinary Studies and East Asian Studies, the Special Topics in Japan Course 2-week long course hosted at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, starting right after the end of the Japan Summer Program. Students are encouraged to participate in this course after the completion of the Summer Program in Kyoto to extend their stay in Japan and to continue to live and learn about Japan! The course varies in topic every year to cover an array of disciplines involving Japanese cultural elements. Students of any academic background who are interested in the topic are free to attend the course. Feel free to check out topics from previous years.

Kyoto Summer Program 

The Prince Takamado Japan Centre and the Department of East Asian Studies coordinate a summer study abroad program in Japan. The 5-week program will be held at Ritusmeikan University, Kinugasa Campus, located in northwestern Kyoto, a 1200-year-old city rich in culture and art. A center of Japanese learning and culture, Kyoto is home to a number of universities and university students. Ritsumeikan University’s Kinugasa Campus is surrounded by such well-known temples as Kinkakuji, Ryoanji, Ninnaji, and Tojiin, and is a suitably tranquil setting for research and learning.

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