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2018 FYE Abroad Courses

FYE Abroad is an optional course experience for students to parttake in during the spring semester of their first year. FYE Abroad courses are only open to incoming first-year students. 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 and students are allowed to parttake in an FYE Abroad regardless of the semester (fall or spring) they complete the FYE graduation requirement with one of the FYE academic course options.

Please contact each professor directly in regards to spots available, cost, application, etc.


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 contact Dr. Bruce Fleming at flemingw@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

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

No (S)pain, No Gain: Hiking the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain

Students will have the opportunity to hike the last 111 kilometers or so (~70 ish miles) on the Camino francés from Sarria into Santiago. We will fly into Madrid, and immediately take the train to Sarria and begin our 6 day walk to Santiago the next morning. We will sleep in pilgrim accommodations along the way (albergues) in Sarria, Portomarin, Areixe, Melide, and Lavacolla. In Santiago, we will spend one night at the Hostería San Martín Pinario (a former seminary constructed between the 16th and 18th centuries that has been converted to a hotel for pilgrims), and will visit the Cathedral, taking a rooftop tour before attending the Pilgrim’s mass in the Cathedral. We will celebrate our arrival that evening with a group meal at the Parador de los Reyes Católicos which was built on the orders of the monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel in the late 1400’s. The next day, we will have the morning and early afternoon to visit the city of Santiago before heading to the airport to take a flight back to Madrid. We will spend the night near the airport before catching our return flight to the USA Sunday morning. For more information contact Dr. Lisa Signori at signoril@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

Course Director: Lisa Signori (French)

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 contact Dr. Kathy Kaufmann at kaufmannk@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

Course Directors: Kathy Kaufmann (French)

Sustainable food in the foothills of the Andes: 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 hikes in the Andes. For more information contact Liza Wood at bewood@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

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 Devon Hanahan at hanahand@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

Course Director: Devon Hanahan (Hispanic Studies)

Paris Up Close

We will explore Paris as an international city from multiple angles. The history of the development of Paris as a cultural capital of the world will be the primary emphasis.  We will also seek out the remains of the various pasts of the city at selected sites, areas, and neighborhoods. For more information contact Dr. Bill Olejniczak at olejniczakb@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

Course Director: Bill Olejniczak (History)

Hemingway in Cuba

This FYE Abroad trip will examine the vibrant culture and interesting history of Cuba through the writing of Ernest Hemingway. We will visit the Museo Hemingway at Finca Vigia, Hemingway’s Cuban home and the fishing village of Cojimar, where Hemingway set his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Old Man and the Sea. In Havana, we will visit Hemingway sites, like the Ambos Mundos Hotel, Hemingway’s favorite Havana hideaway where he frequently did his writing (and his romancing!), and other Hemingway hangouts like La Floridita bar and La Bodeguito del Medio. We will meet with experts on American/Cuban relations, take guided tours of Old Havana, and have a chance to meet and talk with Cuban students. See Cuba now for a wonderful spring break experience! For more information contact Kay Smith at smithkh@cofc.edu and visit the course website.

Course Director: Kay Smith (English)


Peer Education Study Abroad

College of Charleston peer educators will get the chance to participate in a study abroad program through the Center for Excellence in Peer Education. The purpose of the program is for CofC peer educators to learn about similar higher educational peer education programs and cultures within different countries. Please visit the CEPE website or email Page Keller at kellerp@cofc.edu for more information and if you are eligible to participate in this program.

Course Directors: Page Keller and Jennifer Bradley (Center for Excellence in Peer Education)