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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

The History Department encourages students to pursue the study of history abroad and grants credit for such study as appropriate. We believe that history majors should master a foreign language as well as immerse themselves in a foreign culture and society. To receive Swarthmore credit for history courses taken during study abroad, a student must have departmental preapproval and have taken at least one history course at Swarthmore (normally before going abroad). Students who want to receive credit for a second course taken abroad must take a second history course at Swarthmore. Students must receive a grade of C or higher to receive history credit at Swarthmore. 

Upon return, we expect that you have all of the necessary materials. This includes:

  • Information on history courses you've taken at Swarthmore
  • Copy of transcript from your study abroad experience
  • Reading list AND/OR syllabus
  • Examinations
  • Other items: (specify when submitting) lecture notes, term paper(s), title of the major paper

You will hand them in or scan them and send them to our department administrative assistant.

The History Department does not grant credit for any history courses taken at other U.S. colleges and universities except courses at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and the University of Pennsylvania while a registered Swarthmore student. We will only grant an exception for domestic off-campus study experiences validated by our Off-Campus Study and/or Registrar's Offices and at our discretion.