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Study Abroad Programs with Critical Identity Studies

The fact that [being a member of the tennis club] helped me think about my identity in a different context stood out to me. Instead of thinking about how I need to be afraid of seeming like I’m a menace to society or a superhuman (or subhuman) being, I acted as a bridge between Japan and the United States through my race. Because there are not many black people in Japan and they typically are only about to learn about black people from what they glean from American media, I was asked many questions about a variety of different topics, which needed to be explained frequently and carefully as to not cause generalizations and misconceptions.

Also it was a sports club that lacked the bravado and hyper masculinity that is so prevalent in American sports, which was a breath of fresh air and so relieving. And it gave me a network of Japanese friends (or family members depending on how you look at it,) that I still keep in contact with.

Jeremy Sullivan, Akita International University, Japan, Academic Year 2015-2016

Note: Many universities do not have a gender/women’s studies department but do have related courses in sociology, literature, anthropology, development studies, history, religious studies and other areas.


Australia – Macquarie University, Sydney (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring (southern hemisphere calendar). 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA. 3.0 for internships.
  • Housing: Dormitories or off-campus apartments.
  • Details: McQuarie's bachelor's program in gender studies consists of two core courses and courses offered by a variety of departments.  Internships and volunteering available.  
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Significantly higher.  

Egypt – American University in Cairo (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitories.
  • Details: CRIS courses are offered in anthropology and Arabic studies.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon (D, Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring. 
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA. Previous coursework with African content recommended.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Institute of African Studies (beginning level courses), gender courses in history, political science, human rights, religion, literature; Institute for Gender Advocacy on campus; diaspora courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take elementary Twi.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower for direct, same for exchange.

Hong Kong - Lingnan University, Hong Kong, China (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.5 GPA. Previous coursework with an Asian focus. 
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Hong Kong's only liberal arts university. CRIS courses can be found in cultural studies and sociology. See the course description list for specifics.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

India – ISEP: University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (D) 

  • Semesters: Fall (semester begins in late July), Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA. Prior study of India.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: Women’s studies courses available. Other offerings include Indian languages, Indian arts, and directed field studies.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Lower.

Morocco - Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane (Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA. Knowledge of Arabic and/or French an asset.
  • Housing: Dormitory. 
  • Details: CRIS courses available in gender studies, communication studies, and social sciences.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Same.

Senegal – Baobab Center, Dakar (P)  

  • Semesters: Spring.
  • Language: French.
  • Prereqs: 5 semesters of college-level French. Coursework with West African focus.
  • Housing: Host family.
  • Details: Wolof language study, Dakar in Transition (explores trends in society as reflected in the city of Dakar), West African studies. Cultural studies. Opportunities to learn about public health. Excursions.
  • Non-tuition educational expenses: Lower.

United Kingdom- Lancaster University, Lancaster, England  (D)

  • Semesters: Fall (late September - mid-December), Spring (early January - mid to late June).
  • Language: English.
  • Prereqs: 2.8 GPA.
  • Housing: Dormitory.
  • Details: CRIS courses in literature, history, law, religion, sociology, and theatre. See courses (majors) for specifics. 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.

United Kingdom - University of Sussex, Brighton, England (D)

  • Semesters: Fall, Spring.
  • Language: English.
  • Housing: Private accommodation in Brighton, Hove, or other communities for single semester students.  Dormitories for academic year students.
  • Prereqs: 3.0 GPA
  • Details: CRIS courses available in American studies, English & drama, geography, history, international development, media & film studies, and sociology. Specific offerings can be found in the modules  (course) list. See courses (majors). 
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses:  Higher.

United Kingdom – ISEP: Ulster University, various locations in N. Ireland (D, Ex)

  • Semesters: Fall (with instructor permission to be examined before January), Spring.
  • Language: English. 
  • Prereqs: 2.75 GPA.
  • Housing: Apartments, residence halls or student houses.  
  • Details: CRIS offerings in Irish studies, English, and history. See module (course) listings.
  • Non-tuition Educational Expenses: Higher.



  • D: Direct enrollment in a university as a visiting student.
  • Ex: Enrollment in a university as an exchange student.
  • P: Provider program. Program organized for students attending U.S. colleges and universities.

Non-tuition Educational Expenses: 

Cost of room and board compared to Beloit College. Other expenses to consider:  airfare, local transportation, visas, health insurance, immunizations, books, student activity fees, recreational travel and other activities. 

  • Higher: Up to $2,000 more than Beloit College room and board for one semester. 
  • Significantly Higher: $2,001 or more above Beloit College room and board.

Last updated: 07/2016