Study Abroad Opportunities

Study Abroad The British Studies Program encourages College of Charleston undergraduate and graduate students to study and travel in the British Isles. Students can choose from a wide variety of options including courses organized by individual faculty members, courses taught by College of Charleston faculty through the British Studies consortium based at the University of Southern Mississippi, semester and year-long bi-lateral exchange programs that link the College of Charleston with certain British universities, or through any of the various study-abroad opportunities offered by other institutions of higher education in the United States and Britain.

CofC students changing their lives by studying abroad in Britain.

College of Charleston Travel Courses

Travel Courses College of Charleston faculty regularly offer undergraduate and graduate-level travel courses to Britain during Maymester and other summer semesters.  Some classes also travel to Britain during spring break. Recent courses include Irish Films and Dublin Novels, Jane Austen, Irish Literature and Mythology, The History and Literature of Shakespeare's England, In Search of King Arthur, Architecture and Historic Preservation in Britain, and the London Theatre.

Searching for artifacts on the banks of the Thames in London with local expert Kevin Quarmby.

Summer in London with the British Studies Consortium

Every summer College of Charleston students take classes in London through the British Studies program at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) with which the College has a consortium arrangement.  Students can choose from many different undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology/sociology, communications, dance, English, history, library science, music industry, political science, theater, and visual arts.

London 1

Trying the local fare in Edinburgh

London 2

Touring the Yorkshire village where the Brontë sisters wrote their famous novels.

The program is based in London at the Baker Street campus of the University of Westminster. College of Charleston faculty regularly offer classes in English literature, history, and other disciplines.  Contact Tim Carens ( if you are interested in applying.

Bi-Lateral Exchange Programs

Bi-Lateral Exchange

The College of Charleston maintains bi-lateral study abroad programs with various British universities. Students can spend a semester or a year at one of these programs by paying their College of tuition. We currently have a relationship with Queen’s University Belfast, the University of Nottingham, the University of Hertfordshire, ad the University of Sussex.  Students interested in spending a semester at any of these institutions should contact Melissa Ochal, Associate Director of the Center for International Education.

Exploring a Victorian sewer deep below Brighton on the south coast of England.

Graduate Opportunities at British Universities

College of Charleston students who wish to pursue graduate degrees in Britain are advised to consult the British Council. The site includes information on types of postgraduate courses offered in the British Isles, entrance requirements for various programs, and forms of financial assistance available to Americans. Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships are also available to qualified American citizens interested in doing graduate work in the United Kingdom.  Students should contact Anton Van der Zee (, Director of Nationally Competitive Awards, early in their College career to help prepare for these prestigious fellowships. Marshall Scholarships are tenable at any British university; the Rhodes, only at Oxford. Additional information on the Rhodes and on the Marshall can be found on-line.

Office of International Education

All students interested in study abroad opportunities should visit the Center for International Education for crucial information on financial aid and about how to ensure that credit earned abroad will be accepted at the College. The CIE is located in the Multicultural Center, 207 Calhoun Street.