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2020 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 2020 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 (apply here)

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 Bruce Fleming at flemingw@cofc.edu.

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

Spanish Vistas: Art, Architecture and Cuisine in Barcelona (apply here)

Get to know one of Europe’s most vibrant and captivating cities through its fabulous array of art, architectural wonders, and cuisine! We will follow in Picasso’s footsteps, from his museum to his favorite café, and will take a day trip to Dalí’s fascinating museum and hometown in Figueres. We will also explore the Sagrada Familia, the most uniquely constructed basilica in the world, along with other architectural treasures. Finally, we will sample the many cafés and restaurants and end our trip with an evening of cooking lessons. During free time, students may shop, explore everything from Camp Nou to Montjuic, or walk along the beaches. ¡Viva Barcelona! For more information please contact Devon Hanahan at hanahand@cofc.edu.

Course Director:  Devon Hanahan (Hispanic Studies)

Fire & Ice: Volcanoes and Glaciers in Iceland (apply here)

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.

Course Director: Cassandra Runyon (Geology)

The Scottish Play: Macbeth, Edinburgh, and the Highlands of Scotland (apply here)

Experience the city of Edinburgh and tour Macbeth country and The Highlands. We will explore and compare Shakespeare’s imagined Scotland and the historical Scotland of the 11th century ruler known as The Red King. 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 or Susan Kattwinkel at kattwinkels@cofc.edu.

You can learn more about this great opportunity by following the course's blog here.

Course Director: Glenda Byars (Theatre) and Susan Kattwinkel (Theatre)

Real Food Cuba (apply here)

Students will learn about Cuban culture and witness the resilience of the Cuban people who have faced food insecurities due to various political factors. We’ll visit a sustainable farm and enjoy a true farm-to-table lunch, explore a market and learn to prepare a traditional meal using local ingredients, and dine in a private restaurant while learning about the experience of opening a private restaurant in Cuba. This trip will be hands-on and delicious! For more information contact Mary Ann Blitt at blittma@cofc.edu.

Course Director: Mary Ann Blitt (Hispanic Studies)

Paris and Beyond: Labyrinths, Lore, and the Lost Generation (apply here)

Experience Paris, Chartres, and Amiens in a way that gives self-discovery and cross-cultural awareness a whole new meaning. The labyrinths of Chartres and Amiens—medieval paths of personal transformation—will illuminate our exploration of contemporary meandering but purposeful paths inside Paris, including its metro system, its spiral network of neighborhoods, famous cemeteries, museums, and the cafes and rendezvous frequented by the writers and artists of the 1920s Lost Generation. For more information please contact Lisa Signori at signoril@cofc.edu.

Course Directors: Lisa Signori (French) and Margaret Keneman (French)

Let's Eat in Italy, and Write About It Too  (apply here)

Visit Italy and experience the culture through its world-renowned cuisine. We’ll explore—and write about—the food of Tuscany and Umbria, “the green heart of Italy,” from farm to table. We’ll take cooking classes from a world-renowned chef, meet the most famous butcher in the world, dine on legendary dishes with histories reaching back millennia, even help make pecorino—sheep’s cheese—on a cheesemaker’s farm, enjoying all the while the best food in the world. For more information please contact Bret Lott at lottb@cofc.edu.

Course Director: Bret Lott (English)

Welcome to Paradise: Race, Climate Change, and Justice in Jamaica (apply here)

Experience the blue waters, flora, music, and food of Jamaican culture through a hands-on, immersive experience. Receive surf lessons and learn about surf culture as a form of empowerment in Jamaica. Stay at a sustainable ecovillage and take part in organic farming projects on the island. Explore the lush scenery and vibrant music of Kingston and Ochos Rios through visits to Blue Mountain (home of Blue Mountain coffee), the Bob Marley museum, and one of the few bio-luminescent bays in the world. These experiences will allow you to reflect and understand the ways in which climate change has affected the people, culture, and landscape of the tropical island.  For more information please contact Todd LeVasseur at levasseurtj@cofc.edu.

Course Directors: Todd LeVasseur (Religous Studies) and Lisa Young (English)