Study Abroad Programs

Off-campus study allows Wells students to earn credits towards their degree while gaining valuable cultural and educational experiences throughout the world.

Wells College Programs

Italy

WELLS IN FLORENCE

Location: Florence, Italy
Students enroll at the Italian International Institute Lorenzo de’ Medici, located in the heart of Florence. Instruction is in English. Courses are available in studio art, culinary art, art history, history, politics, economics, business, psychology, sociology, and archaeology, as well as Italian language courses at all levels. Students will live in apartments or homestays within a short walk of classes and surrounded by all the wonderful art and architecture that Florence has to offer.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, florence@wells.edu 

Affiliated Programs

Australia and New Zealand

University of Tasmania

Location: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
The University of Tasmania is a medium-sized university that provides students with the benefits of smaller classes and personalized attention. With a curriculum focused on developing multidisciplinary knowledge and skills, as well as global perspective and social responsibility, UTAS provides exceptional facilities, an enviable campus lifestyle, and an international reputation for excellence. UTAS has particular strengths in zoology, geography and environmental studies, marine and Antarctic science, law, Aboriginal studies, journalism and media, business, music, and studio arts.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall (early July to mid-November) / Spring (mid-February to early June)
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

Victoria University of Wellington

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Victoria University of Wellington is a leading research center in a number of key areas including law, politics, international relations, psychology, philosophy, literature, management, human geography, geophysics, logic and computation, IT, biosciences, materials science, and architecture.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall (mid-July to early November) / Spring (late February to late June)
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

Belize

Galen University

Location: San Ignacio, Belize
Galen University has particular strengths in archaeology, anthropology, and sustainable development, but offers a wide range of courses including business and tourism. A semester in Belize offers students the opportunity to live in a nation rich in cultural diversity in a semi-tropical and coastal environment. Belize is best known as a tourist destination, but your studies will give you a deeper understandings of life in "a Central American country with a Caribbean beat." You'll meet Belizean Creole, Garifuna, and Maya scholars and students while living and studying in Belize.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact:
Professor Laura McClusky, lmcclusky@wells.edu

Chile

IES Abroad in Santiago

Location: Santiago, Chile
The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows students to fully immerse themselves in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying the Spanish language and Latin America. Courses are taught in Spanish by distinguished professors from IES Abroad partner universities. Wherever possible, courses take advantage of Santiago’s many historical, artistic, and cultural sites, and several courses also include a hands-on, practical component. Students can enroll in courses at local universities, including the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad de Chile, where they will experience the Chilean educational system firsthand and enjoy access to local student activities.
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college-level Spanish
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Gerardo Cummings, gcummings@wells.edu

China

IES Study Abroad in Beijing: Contemporary China & Chinese Language

Location: Beijing, China
Based on the Beijing Foreign Studies University campus, one of Beijing’s premier academic universities, this program will provide intensive language instruction. This program will benefit students who want to rapidly expand their knowledge of written and spoken Chinese, and their knowledge about China in general. You will have an assortment of language instruction ranging from grammar classes, small drill sessions, and private tutorials. To facilitate language improvement and cultural understanding, students have the option of living in a homestay or in a dorm with a Chinese roommate.  Beijing will be your classroom: you will also practice your language skills and witness what you learn in the classroom first-hand by going to local markets and bargaining with vendors for the best deals or simply exploring this magnificent city. In addition to the Chinese language coursework you can choose to complete your schedule with area studies courses related to Asian Studies, Literature, International Relations, and Economics, taught in English by scholars from leading academic institutions in China, the United States, and other countries.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Tukumbi Lumumba-Kasongo, tl-k@wells.edu

Costa Rica

Costa Rica Program

Location: San José, Costa Rica
This program will be of particular interest to students in our business, education, and Spanish majors. Typically, students will enroll in two to three topics courses in English, and may take Spanish language courses, all at the Universidad Latinoamericana de Ciencia y Tecnología in San José. Course offerings in English include business, education, environmental studies, and Latin American studies. Students in the Spanish major or with high-level Spanish language skills may enroll in topics courses in Spanish. A defining feature of this program is a required internship: all students will be placed in an unpaid 3-credit hour internship at a Costa Rica-based company, NGO, public school, or other organization for the duration of the semester. 
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: Coursework in Spanish is encouraged but not required (knowledge of Spanish, if any, may be one factor in internship placement).
Semester: Fall / Spring
Contact: Dr. Amy Staples, astaples@wells.edu

Germany

Freie Universität Berlin FU-BEST Program

Location: Berlin, Germany
Taking place in the heart of Berlin, this program combines courses offered in English on German/European politics, history, sociology, philosophy, film, business, environmental studies, economics, music, and art history with semi-intensive study of German. Courses take advantage of sites and museums in Berlin with local field trips and cultural activities, along with a weeklong excursion in Germany and other countries in Central or Eastern Europe. Local internships are available to qualified students after the spring semester. Program uses the U.S. semester schedule. Students live in homestays or single-occupancy, furnished studio apartments.
Required GPA: 3.0
Prerequisite: Second-semester sophomore class standing. While not required, at least one semester of college-level German is recommended.
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

Ireland

University College Cork (fall semester only) 

Location: Cork, Ireland
University College Cork (UCC) offers a unique and enriching study abroad experience. A comprehensive range of course offerings in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences is available to students. The program is of particular interest to students majoring in the biological, chemical, physical, environmental, mathematical, or computer sciences. An Early Start Program introduces students to living and studying in Ireland. UCC is located in the picturesque city of Cork, Ireland’s second largest city, situated in the south of the country. Cork offers students all the advantages of a bustling, vibrant and cosmopolitan area, while maintaining a safe and secure atmosphere for the student traveler.
Required GPA: 3.0 (may consider applicants between 2.8 and 2.9 in exceptional circumstances)
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Semester: Fall
Website
Contact: Professor Niamh O’ Leary, noleary@wells.edu

Japan  

Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts (fall semester only) 

Location: Kyoto, Japan
The Japanese Studies Program at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts offers semi-intensive Japanese along with courses on Japanese culture and history offered in English.
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: Two semesters of Japanese. Open to women only.
Semester: Fall
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

J. F. Oberlin University (also known as Obirin University) (spring semester only) 

Location: Tokyo, Japan
J.F. Oberlin offers semi-intensive Japanese as well as subject courses in English and Japanese depending on the participant’s proficiency in Japanese. The program, known as Reconnaissance Japan, allows students to focus on Japanese language as well as the culture, politics, economics, and business of Japan and East Asia.
Required GPA: 3.0
Prerequisite: Two semesters of Japanese
Semester: Spring (mid-April through end of July or early August)
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu 

South Africa

IES Abroad – Cape Town

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Program description: In Cape Town, your time will be filled with interesting and engaging courses, outdoor activities to enjoy, South African residents to meet, and African cultures to learn. While in South Africa, you will enroll in 3 to 5 courses at the University of Cape Town, the oldest university in the country. UCT is especially strong in the areas of African Studies, Biology, Botany, Business, Environmental Sciences, History, Mathematics, Engineering, Sociology, and Anthropology but students can enroll in a broad range of curricular disciplines. Students are encouraged to participate in our service learning program and can also elect to take one of several courses offered by IES Abroad. Service learning in and around Cape Town is a core component in our program as it helps you understand some of Cape Town’s most pressing social issues, while contributing your skills toward a community-driven solution.
Required GPA: 3.0
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Christina Schmidt, cschmidt@wells.edu

Spain

IES Abroad in Granada

Location: Granada, Spain
The IES Abroad in Granada curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program options that are designed to improve Spanish proficiency: the Intermediate Spanish Program and the Advanced Spanish Program. Students placed in the Intermediate Program take IES Abroad courses in both English and Spanish. The Advanced Program courses are conducted entirely in Spanish, including study at the Universidad de Granada. Both options introduce students to Spain’s Moorish heritage and Jewish past, and its continuing links to North Africa through Islamic and Contemporary North African Studies. Advanced students can also experience Arabic language courses of all levels, at the Universidad de Granada.
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: Two semesters of college-level Spanish for the Intermediate Program and four semesters of college-level Spanish for the Advanced Program
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Gerardo Cummings, gcummings@wells.edu 

The United Kingdom

Advanced Studies in England

Location: Bath, England
The Advanced Studies in England program offers courses in the humanities, arts, and education, with periods of study in Stratford and at University College, Oxford. The program offers an integrated curriculum, course-related study trips, and a certificate of cultural enrichment. Specialized tutorials and internships are also available.
Required GPA: 3.0
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Siouxsie Easter, seaster@wells.edu 

University of Stirling

Location: Stirling, Scotland
The University of Stirling is a unique institution as a beautiful, international seat of learning in the historic center of Scotland. It is recognized all over the world for the stunning campus setting and innovation and excellence in its teaching and research. The university has wide offerings in most fields, including business and management, economics, English, film and media studies, history, psychology, and sociology.
Required GPA: 3.0
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Cynthia Garrett, cgarrett@wells.edu

University of York (spring semester only)

Location: York, England
The University of York is set in a leafy campus on the outskirts of the beautiful and historic walled city of York. The university is well known for its outstanding teaching and research, and offers a wide range of courses including archeology, art history, biology, economics, English and related literature, history, law, management, and philosophy.
Required GPA: 3.0
Prerequisites: junior class standing
Semester: The program uses the British three-term module system. For credit comparable with a Wells semester, students should plan to attend during Spring and Summer terms, January-June.
Website
Contact: Professor Cynthia Garrett, cgarrett@wells.edu

In Various Countries

School for Field Studies

This program allows selected students to learn about environmental issues first-hand and to participate as a member of a team helping to solve a particular environmental problem. Semester-long opportunities are available at a number of field sites in Australia, Central America, South America, Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
Website
Contact: Professor Niamh O’ Leary, noleary@wells.edu 

Australia: Tropical Rainforest Studies
Location: Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester: Fall / Spring 

Cambodia: River Ecosystems & Environmental Ethics
Location: Siem Reap, Cambodia
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester: Fall / Spring

Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies
Location: Atenas, Costa Rica
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One college-level course in ecology, biology, or environmental studies.
Semester: Fall / Spring 

Panama: Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies
Location: Bocas del Toro, Panama
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies course
Semester: Fall / Spring 

Peru: Biodiversity and Development in the Andes-Amazon 
Location: Pillcopata, Madre de Dios, Peru
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology or biology
Semester: Fall / Spring

Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies
Location: Rhotia, Tanzania
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology or biology
Semester: Fall / Spring

Turks and Caicos: Marine Resource Studies
Location: South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Islands
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology or biology
Semester: Fall / Spring

The United States

Albany Internship Experience 

Location: Albany, NY
The Albany Internship Experience is a full-semester residential program in Albany, NY, offered through Marist College. The AIE program consists of an internship (9 credits), a State Politics and Policy seminar course (3 credits), and an online course (3 credits). Students will work at their internship placement three to four days a week. Internship placements are tailored to student interest and include advocacy groups, lobbying firms, nonprofit organizations, and state agency offices working in diverse policy areas including economic policy, education policy, environmental policy, social policy, and more. Students will benefit from networking opportunities, guest speaker presentations, and the ability to explore all that New York’s capital region has to offer. The AIE program is open to all majors.
Required GPA: 3.0
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Professor Susan Tabrizi, stabrizi@wells.edu

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies (suspended)

Location: Portland, Maine
The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies provides a semester of hands-on learning of documentary radio, writing, or photography. Salt is located in the heart of the art district in Portland, Maine. By documenting Maine people, culture, and landscape, students become writers of nonfiction- literate, proficient, ethical storytellers in the written word, sound, and images. Through fieldwork, collaborative critiques, and guided discussion of relevant work, students learn how to ethically research and gain access to a story, collect information, edit their work, and return to the field to refine the process. Borrowing from a variety of disciplines outside of journalism to tell stories- art, sociology, anthropology, oral history- students produce a professional, intimate, humanistic body of work and leave Salt better equipped to work in their chosen field.
Required GPA: 3.0
Prerequisites: Junior class standing
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website

 **program CURRENTLY SUSPENDED, CONTACT DR. AMY STAPLES: ASTAPLES@WELLS.EDU**


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