Study Abroad

Faculty of Arts Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad Opportunities for 2017/2018

Group scholarship opportunities are available for students attending the School in Cortona, Harbin Summer Program, La Rochelle in France, and CSL in Nicaragua. Please contact the respective program you are interested in attending. 

China - 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.

Cuba - Myths and Realities 

LA ST 499: This Special Sessions course is designed for all students who have completed two years of coursework at the U of A to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and Cuban culture for three weeks in Cuba. While Spanish is not required, it will certainly be an asset. The course is based in Cuba’s oldest city, Santiago, a place steeped in Afro-Cuban traditions and rich in history. We will meet spend mornings in the classroom, talking to University of Oriente professors and students, as well as local artists and musicians. In the afternoons, we will visit historical and cultural sites like El Cobre, a former copper mine worked by slaves which is now the home of the Virgin of Charity, the patron saint of Cuba. We will also have longer excursions to the Castro family farm in Birán (about an hour away) and Fundación Caguayo, a massive open-air arts studio. For more information please see this information sheet or contact Dr. Cobb at

France - French in La Rochelle

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.

Greece or Italy - Mediterranean Archaeology

Travel during the summer months to either Greece, or Italy 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. For more information please visit the Department of History and Classics.

Japan - 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.

Japan - 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.

Click here to read more and apply. 

Nicaragua - Global Service-Learning & Solidarity

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.

Ukraine - Ukrainian in L'viv

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.

South Africa - Facilitating Performing Arts for Social Justice

This course (EDSE 401/501 or DRAMA 407/507) addresses ways of using the performing arts for social justice in community, in reference to global contexts. It combines experiential learning, community-based research, critical studies and drama/theatre activities. Through drama experiences and facilitation it connects popular theatre and popular education methods for educators, activists and theatre artists with an international social justice focus. Emphasizing theatre-based facilitation for social justice goals, the course will interact with partners in an international setting. For more information, visit the UAI program page or contact Dr. Diane Conrad at