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Study Away

Study Away is one of the four primary branches of Beyond the Classroom activities at the Honors College. The Honors College actively encourages students to enrich their educational experience by studying away from campus. The Honors College uses the term Study Away to describe both domestic and international opportunities.

Study Away

There are many opportunities available for study away through the University of South Carolina. Short-term summer programs are a popular option, and increasingly, students are opting to study abroad for a semester or a full year. The Honors College sponsors several faculty-led Maymester programs each year.

The Honors College Beyond the Classroom requirement can be met by earning college credit for any study abroad program. Additional Honors College elective requirements can be met by studying abroad for a semester or full year. Honors College Core requirements can be met by participating in an Honors College sponsored study away program.

Upcoming Courses

The Honors College will begin accepting deposits for all 2018 study abroad courses at 10am on Monday, October 30th.  Deposits will be accepted electronically only on a first come, first served basis.  Find the form to submit deposits here.

Delicious France: Paris, France

Course Number: SCHC 463 (taught in English), GLST 463 (taught in English) , FREN 398 (taught in French), or FREN 400 (taught in French)

Taught by:  Dr. Amanda Dalola

Dates: May 13-22, 2019
 
Cost: $2,799 for Honors Students in Good Standing (doesn't include airfare or tuition)
Requirements Fulfilled: Honors Humanities or BTC Credit; Counts towards FREN and GLST majors and minors
 
This course will appeal to those interested in an enriching and hands-on experience at USC and in Paris. Students will learn the cultural significance of food in France by learning about etiquette, regional specialties, the locavore movement, culinary production techniques, accreditation procedures for chefs and delicacies. The course travels to Paris, where students will interact with master chefs, participate in cooking classes, take a culinary neighborhood tour, and experience various markets and specialty restaurants and food emporiums firsthand.
Happiness and the Good Life, Ancient and Contemporary Ideals: Rome, Italy

Course Number: SCHC 359

Taught by:  Dr. Jennifer Frey
 
Dates: June 2-29, 2019
 
Cost: $3,750 for Honors Students in Good Standing (doesn't include airfare or tuition)
Requirements Fulfilled: Honors Humanities, History of Civ or BTC; Carolina Core GHS
 
In this class we will learn about the classical Pagan, Christian, and Renaissance ideas about happiness and the good life. Pagans, Christians, and humanists believed that the goal of human life is happiness and that happiness involves some form of contemplation or wisdom.  In this class, the eternal city and its environs is our classroom. Readings and concepts will be discussed as we tour Rome, Florence, and Orvieto.

 

American College of Greece Honors Exchange Program: Athens, Greece

Dates: Fall or Spring Semester

Estimated Cost: TBD

Requirements Met: TBD

The USC Honors Program in Athens, Greece allows academically talented students to satisfy their intellectual and cultural curiosities and earn additional credentials for studying abroad. The honors program helps students to distinguish their work, and boost resumes while offering innovative alternatives to the traditional study abroad experience. South Carolina Honors College students gain additional recognition for their work that acknowledges their commitment to academic achievement, creativity and community engagement. The program in Greece is designed to amplify the academic experience abroad by offering students unique opportunities to link classroom learning to real world experience, while living and studying in Athens, a dynamic international global center.

Courses will be announced soon along with the Honors credit equivalency.

Smithsonian Open Door Externship: Washington, D.C., USA

Taught by: Dr. David Snyder

Dates: May 2019 (final dates TBA)

Estimated Cost: $540 for program fee  (tuition and housing not included - $1850 additional fee for housing for non-commuting students) (final costs TBA)

Requirements Met: Honors Beyond the Classroom

The purpose of the Smithsonian Open Door Externship (SODE) is to open doors through the Smithsonian’s vast collections, facilities, and experts in order to provide firsthand experiences to students interested in making connections – which perhaps no one else has ever made before – across the Smithsonian’s broad range of disciplines. Students will engage in a program that offers behind-the-scene tours, conversations with experts, and guided seminars on a range of topics related to research, policy, programs, and operations at the world’s largest museum.

Recent Courses
An Island of Networks: Social Capital in the City
Italy (Rome)
Taught by Kay Banks
 
Art and Culture of Japan
Japan (Osaka and Kyoto)
Taught by Amanda Wangwright and Mary Robinson
 
Tracing the Holocaust in Eastern Europe
Poland, the Netherlands and Germany
Taught by Dr. Ted Rosengarten
 
Culture and Identity in the African Diaspora
Brazil (Salvador de Bahia)
Taught by Kim Simmons
 
Food, Sustainability, and Health-Comparison Between the U.S. and the Netherlands
The Netherlands (Multi-city)
Taught by Pearl Fernandes
 
The Literature of Scotland
Scotland (Edinburgh)
Taught by Anthony Jarrells
 

Smithsonian Open Door Externship (Washington, D.C., USA)

Study Away Resources

The Winn Study Abroad Scholarship

Award Amount: $5000

Eligibility: A student who has demonstrated a mid-level language proficiency and who will study abroad in a country where that language is native tongue. Financial need will be given preference. Student must also be in good standing with the Honors College and University.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

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The Koswolski Study Abroad Scholarship

Award Amount: $2000

Eligibility: A student good standing with the Honors College and University that will be participating in a full semester experience with a language component.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

Deborah Y. Edwards Award

Funds freshman passport awards or other related Study Away initiative such as scholarships, stipends, course support.

Award Amount: Varies

Eligibility: Honors students in good standing

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

The Robert Hampton Hill and Catherine Finley Hill Study Abroad Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility: A current sophomore, junior or senior in good standing with the Honors College and University; can demonstrate academic excellence and financial need; and have submitted a FAFSA form to the Office of Financial Aid.  Preference given to students from Laurens County, South Carolina.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

USC Study Abroad Office Scholarships

Various scholarships are available through the USC Study Abroad Office.

Beyond Boundaries Award

The Beyond Boundaries Award is a competitive financial award of $2000 or more to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience. The priority deadline for this award is early November, but there is a regular deadline. Find the application.

Passport Travel Grant

This is a financial award of up to $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience. Student groups who are eligible to apply for this competitive award are: Capstone Scholars, Honors College students and Carolina/McNair/Lieber/Hamilton/Horseshoe Scholars who are studying abroad during the summer. The deadline is November 15th. More information and the application are available here.

Deborah Y. Edwards Award

Established by Catherine Heigel, an Honors College alumna, in honor of her mother, to provide support for study abroad initiatives at the Honors College.

Award Amount: $135 (the fund currently supports First Year Honors Passports)

Eligibility: First Year Honors Passport funding is offered to several worthy first-year students who wish to study abroad but have not previously applied for a U.S. passport. The award will cover the cost of the passport application fee and will be awarded during the spring semester.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: TBA

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

The Robert Hampton Hill and Catherine Finley Hill Study Abroad Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility: A current sophomore, junior or senior in good standing with the Honors College and University; can demonstrate academic excellence and financial need; and have submitted a FAFSA form to the Office of Financial Aid.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: TBA

Contact: Megan Campbell (tone@mailbox.sc.edu or 803-777-6280)

Honors College Beyond the Classroom Fund

 

Provides funds for Study Away, Internships,
Research and Service Learning. Scholarships,
tuition, living expenses, travel and expenses.