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2019 FYE Abroad Courses

FYE Abroad is an optional course experience for students to parttake in during the spring semester of their first year. These one-credit courses are meant to introduce students to the range of possibilities for studying abroad. First-year students are eligible for these courses regardless of whether they choose to complete their FYE requirement in the Fall or Spring semester..

For specific information about cost, signing up, and course requirements for any of the 2018 courses, please contact the professor listed with the course you are interested in learning more about. 

FYE Abroad courses do not count towards the FYE graduation requirement. To complete the FYE graduation requirement please register for one of the FYE academic course options.


UK Soccer Experience

Examine the role of soccer (football) in contemporary England and its role in the culture, politics, social conflict and social change. Experience soccer (football) matches in person and tour some of the most historic English stadiums. Sit and interact with marketing staff at Manchester City FC and Community Development officers at Nottingham Forest FC. Travel to London, Manchester, Nottingham, and Edinburgh and investigate the socio-cultural dynamics of the relationship between soccer (football) and England! For more information please contact Dr. Bruce Fleming at flemingw@cofc.edu (apply here).

Course Directors: Bruce Fleming (New Student Programs) and Cam Saleeby (Admissions)

Island Immersion: Language and Culture in the French Caribbean (Guadeloupe, French West Indies)

Live like the locals in the French Caribbean by immersion in Guadeloupe's language and culture. This course will include family homestays, intensive language courses, and excursions to the natural  and cultural attractions of the island - from kayaking and gardens to museums and cooking classes. We will also spend a day of service learning with a local organization to engage with the community. For more information please contact Dr. Robert Sapp sappra@cofc.edu (apply here).

Course Directors: Robert Sapp (French)

Sustainability And Food Systems: Destination Peru

Engage with Peruvian NGOs, businesses, and farmers to learn about sustainable food systems and development in Peru. We will connect with NGOs and businesses to understand approaches to agricultural development, and live with native farmers to work on an immersive service learning project that explores the interconnectedness of the environment, culture, and economy in the context of agriculture. We will also have opportunities to explore the attractions of the country, ranging from the city life of Lima to coffee jungles in the Amazon. For more please information contact Liza Wood at beverleylizawood@gmail.com (apply here).

Course Director: Liza Wood (FYE/Environmental Studies)

Spanish Vistas: Art, Architecture and Cuisine

Explore the Spain through the lens of art, architecture, and cuisine in Barcelona and Madrid. We will visit iconic buildings such as la Sagrada Familia, Casa Battlo, and the Chapel of Santo Tome, see the works of artists such as Picasso and Dali, and share meals in city cafes, enjoying traditional Spanish food and dining culture. For more information contact please Devon Hanahan at hanahand@cofc.edu and visit the course website (apply here).

Course Director: Devon Hanahan (Hispanic Studies)

Costa Rica: Exploring Environment, Culture, and Art

Explore Costa Rica's resources, environment, and culture. Students will study the art of Costa Rica, and the power of cultural and environmental advocacy through art. We will spend time in a research center in the Cloud Forest, visit a sustainable coffee plantation, kayak at the base of a volcano, and investigate the cultural impact of tourism on the coast. For more information please contact Tracey Hunter-Doniger at hunterdonigertl@cofc.edu (apply here).

Course Director: Tracey Hunter-Doniger (Teacher Education) and Cynthia Hall (Geology)

Fire & Ice: Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland (This course is currently filled - waiting list only)

Visit and explore the volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland. We will learn about Icelandic culture, one that is used to living with natural hazards. We will sample Iceland cuisine, swim in hot springs, and see the Northern Lights. For more information please contact Cassandra Runyon at runyonc@cofc.edu (apply here).

Course Director: Cassandra Runyon (Geology)

The Scottish Play and the Kingdom of Alba: Edinburgh and the Highlands of Scotland

Experience the city of Edinburgh, the National Theatre of Scotland, and tour Macbeth country and The Highlands. We will visit the University of Edinburgh and attend at least one theatrical production. We could not pick a better place to explore the dramaturgy of Macbeth and its historical facts, fictions, and superstitions. For more information please contact Glenda Byars at johnsongb@cofc.edu (apply here).

Course Director: Glenda Byars (Theatre)