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 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.
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.
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.