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Off-Campus Study Program

Students in Barcelona, Spain (SIT/IHP program)

Photo credit: Keyanna Ortiz Cedeño '20 (SIT/IHP, Spain, spring 2019)

The Swarthmore Off-Campus Study Program in a nutshell:

  • Earn Swat credit while you are abroad that counts towards your major/minor, or take electives

  • Use your financial aid package as you would during a regular semester at Swat

  • Immerse yourself in a new academic and cultural environment, and hone your (inter)cultural competence skills

  • Learn a new language, or enhance your language skills by enrolling in classes at a local university

  • Develop your social network and create new friendships with students from all over the world

With over 300 approved programs, finding the right program for you is very exciting, but can also feel a bit overwhelming. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start your search:

  • Some academic departments/programs have selected a semester that's best for study abroad. Be sure to check your department's/program's website. You can also consult this spreadsheet [pdf] for guidance.  
  • You are allowed to study abroad during spring of sophomore year, junior year, or fall of senior year (with approval from your major). 
  • Read previous students' evaluations, and talk to past participants of programs you are considering. 
  • While browsing programs, filter for things that are important for you - home stays, language immersion, field research, etc. This will help narrow down the options. 

And remember - the OCS staff is here to help! During your advising appointment we will help you navigate your program options, and answer any questions you may have. And of course you can always email us

Search for programs by Academic Focus

Other search options

Here is a list of our Featured Programs.  Those are programs with which Swarthmore has a special affiliation.

If you prefer to search by geographical region, you can do a map search here. 

You can also search the database by selecting from a range of other parameters such as housing, language, country, etc.
Click here to access the program database.

Snapshots from abroad

Photo by Natalie Balbuena '20 (Peru, Ifsa-Butler, fall 2019)
panoramic view of St Petersburg Photo by Dylan Charter '20 (Russia, American Councils, fall 2019)

Student room in Foyer Didot 

Photo by Emma Ricci-De Lucca '21 (France, APA Paris, spring 2020)
Students at a cheese tasting

Cheese tasting

Photo by Emma Ricci-De Lucca '21 (France, APA Paris, spring 2020)
Photo by Dariel Padilla '19 (Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, spring 2018)
Photo by Krista Smith-Hanke '19 (Ecuador, SIT, spring 2018)

Mont Saint Michel

Photo by Emma Ricci-De Lucca '21 (France, APA Paris, spring 2020)

Students engaged in class during an APA Paris field trip.

Photo by Emma Ricci-De Lucca '21 (France, APA Paris, spring 2020)

Breathtaking views in Ireland

Photo by Dariel Padilla '19 (Ireland, National University of Ireland Galway, spring 2018)

Group photo in South Korea

Photo by Shuang Guan '19 (South Korea, CIEE Seoul, spring 2018)

Gorgeous view of roof tops in Portugal

Photo by Lelosa Aimufua '20 (England, Queen Mary University of London, spring 2019)
Photo / Natalie Balbuena '20 (Peru, Ifsa-Butler, fall 2019)
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