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 Social Sciences, 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
India Winterim is an intensive, three-week field-based program that provides students with the opportunity to learn from and directly interact with leading social entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and academic institutions within India’s diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and geographical mosaic. Each course in the program is led by one or more UI faculty and based in one of several locations throughout India. The courses offered rotate each year and might not always be relevant to Sociology majors. You are encouraged to take "Empowering Women and Children: Innovations in Sustainable Healthcare and Poverty" (led by faculty in the Department of Sociology) when available, though other courses in the program may also be relevant.
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
This service-learning course provides an opportunity for students to better understand Mexican culture and history through a community-based service project as well as through assigned readings and classroom discussion. The course meets throughout the spring semester at the UI with a required Spring Break trip to the partner community in Xicotepec. Participants earn 3 s.h. of credit while learning about elders or children in Mexico and the role of family and social services in providing care for these groups.
This is a three-week summer course led by UI faculty every other summer. The first week of class is held at the UI in late May, and students travel to Edinburgh and London for the remaining two weeks. Credit earned through this program will transfer to course SOC:4900 "Special Topics in Sociology" and can be used as follows: 1) as elective credit for any major, 2) to fulfill credit requirements the Criminology Track in the Sociology Major, and 3) to fulfill credit requirements for the Sociology Major, more generally. This course provides 3 s.h. of University of Iowa resident credit.
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.