Short-Term Study Abroad

Study Abroad Financial Assistance

The Columbian College of Arts and Sciences has designated some limited scholarships to support students who are enrolled in the Short-Term Study Abroad Program for each academic year. The scholarship is need-based only. For those students who have been accepted to any of the Short Term Study Abroad classes below, you will receive a link to apply.

The College will work with financial aid to determine each student applicant’s eligibility. Any questions can be directed to [email protected].


Approved 2019-2020 Study Abroad Courses 


River in France




Bayeux: The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944 (HIST 3044W)


This course will explore the Normandy Campaign in the context of the Second World War, from the planning to the capture of Paris. It will trace the course of the campaign from Pegasus Bridge to the Cotentin Peninsula and on to Operation Cobra, and the race to Paris, visiting many sites, including Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery there. This class will have two lectures, a discussion session, and a film study session each week. The Price of Freedom: Normandy 1944 is a WiD course and satisfies the CCAS GPAC requirements for Global Perspective, Oral Communication, and Critical Thinking





Prague: GW University Singers (MUS 1091)

University Singers in Prague will combine the work of the ensemble preparing for a GW campus performance that will be linked to the Short-Term Abroad experience of performing repertoire that is linked to Prague's significance to concert music in Central Europe. The students will perform in Prague in a shared concert with a local university.

River near City of Prague





Traditional German City Center





Germany in the Global Business Context: Focus on Clean Tech and Sustainability


Students will benefit from the expertise combined in the course within the fields of German Cultural Studies and International Business, which will provide diverse ways of addressing the topic of sustainability. The class will travel to Germany between March 15 and 22, 2020, and the focal point of the trip will be Frankfurt, the financial capital of Germany.





Greece: Sports and Society in Ancient Greece (HIST 3111)

Through in-class and study abroad experiences, the participants in the course examine the relationship between the Greek admiration for the human body, their development of track and field and competitions, the idea of "agon" (struggle) as a window for us to understand their world.


Mountains and Ruins of Delphi Greece






Eiffel Tower at Night






Lisbon: Studio 03: Lisbon, Design for the People (IA 6560)

This studio is focused on hospitality design in Lisbon, Portugal and will offer students an exciting, in-depth study of a global site, its user group, and overall experience, resulting in a boutique hotel design project. The hybrid course model is novel for a design course but is valuable and essential in connecting off-site research with on-site research, and reinforcing design decisions. Students will be guided through the process by GW faculty, as well as designers, architects, and design faculty in Lisbon, culminating with a design critique and reflection on the relevance of site and user group to all design decisions.

This course is open to Interior Architecture students who have successfully completed Studio 02 in the curriculum.  


City of Lisbon Portugal




Swans Swimming in River in Prague





Prague: Transnational Film Studies and LGBTQ Cultures (ENGL3980W)

This film studies course will consider how questions of queer representation intersect with questions of queer globalization(s). From November 7-17, we will travel to Prague, Czech Republic to attend Mezipatra: Queer Film Festival along with students from Charles University in Prague in Professor Katerina Kolárová's class.


Mexico: International Collaboration in Speech-Language Pathology (SPHR 6295)

To expose students to the skills necessary to become a culturally sensitive speech therapist while obtaining 100+ hours in-country and completing a 1-2 credit independent study. In addition to the rich cultural events and encounters, students will have the opportunity to observe and collaborate with health and education service providers and experience and evaluate the scope of practice in Speech-Language Pathology in Mexico. Students will also participate in language courses to learn Spanish terminology specific to SLP.


City of Lisbon Portugal