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Study Abroad

Study abroad is an integral part of the department's Global Studies program, and will no doubt be the highlight of any Global Studies student's education. There is no better way to learn a foreign language, get a sense of your place in the globalized economy, discover other cultures, and broaden your perspective on American life and culture, than to study abroad.

Drexel University sponsors a number of study abroad programs around the world and in a variety of academic disciplines. Studying abroad is an integral way to gain a comprehensive international academic experience. For this reason, students in all of the Global Studies programs, in particular those in the bachelor degree program, are strongly encouraged to study abroad.

Recent Study Abroad experiences include:


  • Comillas Pontifical University in Madrid, where students perfected their Spanish, while studying European culture and politics.
  • Sciences Po, France’s most prestigious university specializing in the social sciences, where students perfected their French while learning about European business, politics, and economics.
  • Costa Rica, where students studied international public health, while interning with a medical clinic.
  • Senegal, where students studied French and Wolof, and took classes on economic development and culture in Africa.
  • Jordan, where students took classes on Arabic, conflict resolution, and culture.
  • Guatemala, for short-term language classes and hands-on experience with a development NGO working to bring smokeless stoves to impoverished Guatemalans.
  • Russia, for study and work experience. One student’s journey was funded by a prestigious Boren Fellowship, which funds critical language study and guarantees employment with the Federal government after graduation, in a position related to National Security.
  • Several students have traveled to study and work in Russia, including one who was funded by a prestigious Boren Fellowship, which funds critical language study and then guarantees employment with the Federal government after graduation, in a position related to National Security.

There are many study abroad internships that may be used to fill the requirements of the Global Studies major, including programs in Europe, Latin America, China, the Middle East, and Africa, among others areas. The European internships are with national legislative bodies (e.g. in Brussels, with the European Parliament) or with political action agencies, service agencies, and international business firms. Drexel-wide study abroad programs include intensive language courses and a choice of coursework in areas such as host country history, politics, literature, economics, and culture.

Learn more about Drexel Study Abroad