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Short-Term Programs

students in South Africa, field trip

Photo credit: Serena Sung-Clarke '19 (South Africa, Swarthmore Cape Town Program, spring 2018)

A few select Swarthmore courses include a study abroad component - we refer to those programs as "embedded study abroad." As part of your Swarthmore class, you travel abroad with your classmates and professor to enrich the topic of study with field trips, talks by local experts, museum visits, among many other activities. Cultural exploration is an essential part of these trips, as they contribute to your learning, and will help you gain a new perspective on the topics you're studying. Embedded study abroad trips are fully funded by the College, and come at no additional cost to you, thanks to alumni dedicated to embedded study abroad. Credits vary per course - sometimes you receive an additional .5 credits for the abroad trip (with its own syllabus, assignments and expectations), for other courses it is incuded in the original course syllabus and credits. 

Assistant Professor Sa'ed Atshan leads a very popular trip to Israel and Palestine (read all about it in this article in the Swarthmore Bulletin). Other recent examples include a Black Studies trip to Cuba and another to Brazil;  trips to Spain associated with Spanish Department classes; and six trips in eight years to China, Taiwan, or Hong Kong associated with courses housed or cross-listed in Chinese.

Impact of Study Abroad

Off-campus study is invaluable! As a student at Swarthmore, taking advantage of this was one of the best decisions of my life. Currently, as a faculty member, I lead an embedded study trip to Israel/Palestine and students have consistently described that experience as life-transforming. I cannot recommend study abroad highly enough!

Sa'ed Atshan, Asst Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies