International Studies

Study Abroad

Brazilian students

Gaining an international perspective requires that students have some real international experience. Although there are several way to achieve this international experience, UNCW's Office of International Programs offers more than 1,000 programs in over 50 countries. Whether it is in an urban center bustling with activity or a more relaxed rural environment, you can find a wide selection of programs specifically recommended for the International Studies students organized by concentration.

In addition, International Studies department members are leading three study abroad programs in Summer 2023!

Emerging Rwanda: A Model for African Development

Global Ireland

University of Oxford: Migration and Empire

Here are also some other international experiences that people have shared with us!

Summer in Spain

Contact the Office of International Programs to take the next step.



Why study abroad?

Audrey Boily

Studying in Copenhagen has been the most enriching experience I've had in all my traveling. Denmark is a progressive and well developed country and the people and culture were so different and interesting. I instantly fell in the love with their way of life. I even extended my stay over the summer and got an internship. I never thought that my 7 months there would open so many other doors and experiences for me and I wouldn't have wanted it any other way. It has helped me make connections and figure out exactly what I want to do in life.


Taryn April (Class of 2019)

Bali, Indonesia is well known as a tourist destination, but who knew there were opportunities to study there? My experience in the Balinese Macaque Ethnoprimatology Field School was unforgettable. From the incredible food to the gorgeous views around every turn, Indonesia is rich in culture and the locals are eager to share it with you! Creating long-lasting friendships with those also participating in your study abroad program is easy to achieve when making such amazing memories together. Learning applicable skills in my field as well as navigating life in a foreign country has helped me grow both personally and professionally. This program was the perfect fit for me!

Caitlin in South Africa

Caitlin Showalter (Class of 2013)

My study abroad experience in South Africa during the summer of 2012 was by far the most remarkable month of my life. I have never been surrounded by such breathtaking landscapes and inspired by so many amazing people on a daily basis. I was exposed to a beautiful culture of friendly and knowledgeable people who went out of their way to open up about the difficult historical and modern-day problems many South Africans are still dealing with today. Studying abroad forced me out of my comfort zone, introduced me to lifelong friends, and showed me how important it is to see the world through the eyes of others. My time in South Africa enriched my life and I truly value the individual I am today because of it.

Jordan in Jordan

Jordan Eicher (Class of 2012)

International Studies emphasizes the importance of study abroad in our new era of globalization and I was lucky enough to travel to The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for my last semester of my undergrad. This was an awesome opportunity that helped me gain language and cultural skills that are sought after in today's international job market.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. - Mark Twain