Study abroad opportunities

Each year, the College of Arts and Sciences provides an opportunity for students to study abroad through faculty-led activities. We encourage students to incorporate studying abroad in their college experience because we believe students benefit immensely from international travel.

Studying abroad can be a life-defining experience that expands one’s social and cultural outlook. In light of this, it is important for students to think seriously about the best options.

While the College offers study abroad activities, students are also encouraged to investigate other avenues of study—such as other university programs, approved vender travel, and the Ralph Bunche Center’s semester abroad program.

Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students of Howard University, as well as students from other colleges and universities, are eligible to apply to the College’s Summer Study Abroad Program.

Criteria for acceptance into each study experience are based on the specific program and the discretion of the study abroad professor. However, all programs require students to be in good academic standing.

Application procedure

Regardless of program to which you are applying, all students must fill out the standard COAS Summer Study Abroad application form, in addition to any program-specific application forms available from the program professor.

For example, if you are applying to Ghana, you must complete the COAS Study Abroad application and the Ghana Study Abroad application.

Info sessions for students

At the beginning of each academic year, the College of Arts and Sciences Study Abroad Committee, through the program coordinator in the Dean’s office, organizes an information session for students interested in studying abroad in the following summer and the next academic year.

Information sessions cover the advantages of studying abroad, the risks of studying abroad, the procedure for applying, the cost implications, requirements for transferring credits, destination information, and more.

Travel funding sources

To secure University funding for travel, students must be in enrolled good standing and must secure the approval of the University through an academic department.

In addition to using University scholarships or grants to study at an international university or college, COAS offers funding sources to which students may apply:

  • The Lucy Moten Fellowship finances students who are selected through a proposal review process. Recipients must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be sophomores or juniors, or be able to demonstrate sophomore/junior standing by the time of the award.
  • The Honors Program supports travel for students in the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. For more information please contact the program director, Dr. Daniel A. Williams III, dawilliams@howard.edu.

News and announcements …

The Department of English has received a $100,000 HBCU Humanities Initiative grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support “Seshat: A Howard University Digital Humanities Initiative,” a year-long project that generates new digital humanities data in African-American literary studies.