The programs on this page were chosen because they offer unique cultural experiences and a diverse representation of the issues that are currently at the heart of the study of sociology. While we suggest you look at these highlighted programs first, feel free to browse an online directory of study abroad programs. As the Department of Sociology works with Study Abroad, the specific program recommendations on this sheet may change, so check with your advisors for the latest updates.
The University of Iowa's Semester in South Africa is offered both during the academic school year and during the summer. UI Sociology students that choose to study at the UKZN are provided with a variety of courses, including:
Durban, South Africa
- The Sociological Tradition
- Social Issues in Development
- Sociology of Rural South Africa
- Culture, Communication and Development
- Social Studies in Conservation
- Gender Studies
For more information, visit UKZN School of Sociology and Social Studies homepage.
The University of Ghana
The ISEP Exchange program allows UI students to study for a semester or for a year at the University of Ghana. One of the University of Ghana's objectives for its own students is to ensure that they have an understanding of world affairs, and in particular, the histories, institutions, and cultures of African civilizations.
Iowa Regents Semester in Australia
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Newcastle or the University of Tasmania.
Through Newcastle's School of Geography, Politics, and Sociology, students can choose from many exciting courses, including Social Policy in Australia, Traditional Aboriginal Society, Working with Aboriginal Communities, Melanesian Societies, Islam in Modern Society, Media and Society, Juvenile Justice, and many others.
At the University of Tasmania School of Sociology and Social Work, students can choose from many courses:
- Australian Society
- Sociology of Youth
- Crime and Criminal Justice
- Love, Family and Sexuality: East-West Comparison
- Qualitative Research Methods
- Social Problems and Social Policy
- Gender and Power
University College Cork (UCC)
At UCC, students can choose from classes such as Policy, Society and Economics, Community Care, Social Policy, Sociology and Society, Social Policy and Social Practice, Welfare and Social Services, Society, Welfare and Economics, and Community and Social Institutions. For more information, visit the UCC Department of Sociology homepage.
Non-UI Program: National University of Ireland, Galway
At NUI Galway, Sociology majors can choose from a variety of classes that discuss topics specific to Ireland, or that address more general sociological issues. More information is available at the NUIG School of Political Science and Sociology webpage. Previous classes have included:
- Women in Irish Society
- Sociology of Work
- Social Stratification and Inequality
- Aging in Irish Society
- Data Analysis for the Social Sciences
- Sociology of Culture, Youth and Society
University of Edinburgh
At Edinburgh, Sociology is studied as a part of the School of Social and Political Studies. The Department was started in 1964, and its faculty and students conduct research in the areas of national identity, identity, economics, sociological theory, South Asia, and technology.
Semester at Queen's University Belfast
QUB School of Sociology, Social Policy, and Social Work offers classes in Criminology, Social Policy, Social Work, and Sociology. QUB students generally take six modules (courses) a year. These modules are organized by levels (1-3), which are roughly equivalent to the US freshman-senior system.
University of Wales - Swansea
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Swansea offers many classes that might be of interest to Sociology majors, including:
- Classical Social Theory
- Historical Sociology
- Introduction to Social Theory
- Labor, Power and Inequality
- Employment & Urban Economies in the Third World
- Sociology of Gender
University of Iowa Sociology students can choose from a variety of pre-approved classes, including Contemporary British Culture and Society, The Sociology of Deviance and Control, Gender Issues and Physical Culture, and Social Psychology. Students can enroll directly in the university, or by using any of a number of study abroad providers.