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.
Wells College students are encouraged to apply for a Giorgio and Anna Maria Renzi '69 Florence Study Abroad Stipend. These $2,500 stipends are to be used to cover the cost of airfare and the student visa and permit of stay, as well as additional cultural experiences while the student is abroad. Stipends are need-based and preference is given to students attending the Fall semester of the program. The Renzi stipends are contingent on continued funding.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, florence@wells.edu

Approved 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 (late February to late 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 mid-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
As the capital of Chile, Santiago is a vital and versatile city showcasing the very best of Chilean culture. Marvel at panoramic views of Santiago with the magnificent Andes as a backdrop. With IES Abroad in Santiago you will take 15 to 19 credits per semester; all courses at IES Abroad in Santiago and at our partner universities Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and Universidad de Chile are taught in Spanish. You build your own academic experience with a Spanish language course developed exclusively for IES Abroad students as your foundation. Then choose from IES Abroad area studies courses or partner university courses. Internship and service learning placements are also possible.
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: Four semesters of college-level Spanish
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

China

IES Abroad in Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, China
As the most populous city in China, with a population of over 24 million, Shanghai is a global financial center and transport hub, with the world's busiest container port. Shanghai has long flourished as a center of commerce between China and other parts of the world and is renowned for its Lujiazui skyline, as well as its museums and historic buildings. With IES Abroad in Shanghai, you will take 15 to 18 credits per semester. You build your own academic experience with a Chinese language course developed exclusively for IES Abroad students as your foundation. Then choose from options in Business Chinese, IES Abroad courses, or Fudan University courses. Fudan University is one of the most prestigious and selective in China.
Required GPA: 2.8
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website   
Contact: Phillip Guingona, pguingona@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: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu

France

IES Abroad in Nice

Location: Nice, France
With IES Abroad in Nice, students can choose from two program options. First, with the Business, Sustainability and Immigration program you can take 15 to 19 credits per semester, customizing your own experience with area studies courses at the IES Abroad Center and at SKEMA Business School. You also have the option of choosing the Nice Direct Enrollment, where you take all courses at SKEMA Business School.
Required GPA: 3.0 for SKEMA Business School; 2.8 for IES Abroad's Business, Sustainability, and Immigration program
Semester: Fall / Spring
Website: IES Abroad's Business, Sustainability and Immigration Program
Website: SKEMA Business School
Contact Kevin Miles, kmiles@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
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: 2.8
Prerequisite: Two semesters of Japanese
Semester: Spring (early April to early August)
Website
Contact: Amy Torea, atorea@wells.edu 

South Africa

IES Abroad – Cape Town

Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Beyond Cape Town’s natural, breathtaking beauty, it is a hub of arts and culture, and is located in a unique biodiversity hotspot. With IES Abroad in Cape Town you will create your own academic experience by selecting from required and optional program components. You take 15 to 19 credit hours per semester as you enroll in University of Cape Town (UCT) courses. You may also elect to take one of the IES Abroad courses offered at the Center, including a service learning course. The University of Cape Town is a public research university—the oldest and top-ranked university in South Africa. Students in the health sciences major may be interested in IES Abroad's Cape Town program in Health, Culture, and Development. Please note that students in the Health, Culture and Development program enroll in courses offered by IES Abroad; they do not take courses at the University of Cape Town.
Required GPA: 3.0 for University of Cape Town program; 2.8 for IES Abroad's Health, Culture and Development program
Semester: Fall (July to November) / Spring (mid-January to mid-June)
Website: IES Abroad University of Cape Town Program
Website: IES Abroad Health, Culture and Development Program
Contact: Professor Christina Schmidt, cschmidt@wells.edu

Spain

IES Abroad in Granada

Location: Granada, Spain
Granada is a university city with a lively student atmosphere, giving rise to the development of a modern, multicultural and vibrant study destination. It is also one of the least expensive cities in Spain, offering one of the highest levels of quality of life. With IES Abroad in Granada, you take 15 to 19 credits per semester—craft your own academic experience according to the program in which you enroll, selecting from the Intermediate Program or the Advanced Program.
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: Amy Torea, atorea@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: Amy Torea, atorea@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: Amy Torea, atorea@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: Rainforest to Reef
Location: Yungaburra, Queensland, Australia
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester: Fall / Spring 

Cambodia: Climate Change, Ethics and Conservation
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 semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester: Fall / Spring 

Kenya: Wildlife, Water and Climate Resilience
Location:
Kimana, Rift Valley, Kenya
Required GPA:
2.8
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester:
Fall / Spring

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

Peru: Biodiversity and Development in the Amazon 
Location: Iquitos, Iowland Amazon, Peru
Required GPA: 2.8
Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science
Semester: Fall / Spring

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

The United States

Salt Institute for Documentary Studies

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

Contact: Professor Vic Muñoz: vmunoz@wells.edu

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