Reading and writing are the primary tools of historical inquiry, and some historians also evaluate oral and material sources as they set out to discover the past. The history major at Beloit emphasizes that these skills are at the heart of what it means to think critically about past and present, about our own society and those that are foreign to us, as well as about what distinguishes our own cultural or individual perspective.


History is just so present in Europe in a way that is different than it is in America, especially in the Midwest.

Andrea Altenbach '13, Beloit Germany Exchange in Erfurt, Spring 2012


Domestic Programs


Study Abroad Programs

Australia – ISEP: Macquarie University, Sydney                                    

Fall or spring (southern hemisphere calendar)

Language: English

Prereqs: 2.5 gpa, 3.0 for internship; previous coursework in field to qualify for advanced courses.

Housing: On campus residence halls/off-campus apartments, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with local students; many courses on ancient and modern history; orientation and a guide to Sydney on line; internships possible, volunteer opportunities available. 


Austria – IES Vienna*                                                                                     

Fall, spring

Language: English and German

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa; four semesters of college German for students enrolling in German-taught courses in the fall; five semesters of German required for German-taught courses in the spring; no German required by IES for English-taught courses – however some college German is required.

Housing: Private apartments, shared apartments and residence halls, students provide own meals.

Details: Studying at Universität Wien, founded in 1365, in the historic city of Vienna; IES history courses focus on Vienna, Viennese culture, the Habsburg Empire, religions of Central Europe, art history, and modernity.  Courses in literature and economics also complement history studies.  More courses available at the university for qualified students.  Internships for credit are available.  German language study encouraged.   


Germany – Erfurt University, Erfurt                                                         

Exchange spring, academic year

Language: German, English

Prereqs: 2 years college German, previous coursework relative to the understanding of Germany.

Housing: Campus dormitory with international and German students, provide own meals.

Details: Intensive German language at beginning of term; university courses in politics, development and international affairs, German as a second language with disciplinary focus; study with local students; no natural sciences; some courses taught partially or fully in English at this bi-lingual university; few non-native German speakers in Erfurt; region is historically rich with archives, museums and study centers; travel opportunities in Germany and Central Europe.

Scholarships available for study in Germany.  See the Scholarships page on the OIE Study Abroad website.


Ghana – ISEP: University of Ghana, Legon                  

Fall, spring, academic year

Language: English, beginning Twi language course

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous coursework with African content recommended; students expected to enroll in a beginning Twi language course at the University of Ghana.

Housing: International student hostel on campus, stipend provided for meals.

Details: Study with Ghanaian and international students; Institute of African Studies (beginning level courses), courses in history, political science, economics at beginning to advanced levels; orientation program; resident director; sports and volunteering available.  


Hungary –  Eötvös Collegium, Budapest   

Fall, academic year

Language: English, Hungarian language class.

Prereqs: Hungarian language and culture course strongly recommended.

Housing: Live in the Collégium, honors college of Eötvös University, with Hungarian students, students provide own meals.

Details: Study with program students, courses in Hungarian language, history, art and culture, research seminar and a directed individual research project; museum project possible; option of a literature course in the Anglo-American Workshop; other university courses available; rich cultural environment; orientation to the city.  


India – ISEP: University of Hyderabad       

Fall, spring (fall semester starts end of July)

Language: English, with language study in most Indian languages.

Prereqs: junior or senior standing, 3.0 gpa; previous coursework relative to the understanding of India.

Housing: Single or double room on-campus, shared bath; meal plan.

Details: One of India’s newest, smallest (2000 students) and best-equipped university campuses; study with Indian and international students; courses in Indian history; courses in Sanskrit as well as directed field studies offer opportunities to further explore this historic and changing nexus of Islam and Hinduism; orientation, access to campus sports and cultural programs.


Italy – Florence: Arts, Humanities & Culture


Language: English, Italian language class

Prereqs: junior or senior standing, background in art history, studio art, modern languages or the humanities.

Housing: Host family; breakfast and dinner with family, students arrange own lunch.

Details: Study with Americans on the program; study of the Italian Renaissance through classes, scholarly papers, excursions, field trips, museums; Italian language course required, students choose other 3 courses from 6 electives including a drawing class in a traditional atelier.  


Italy – IES: Rome*                                                                                           

Fall, spring or academic year

Language: English with Italian language classes

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa; various levels of Italian required for internships and enrollment in university courses.

Housing: Host family or apartment.

Details: Study with American students with the option of enrollment in one of three universities in Rome; courses in ancient Rome, the Renaissance through architecture, Italy’s place in world history and international relations, and Jews in Rome; courses in Italian language strongly encouraged.  


Malta – ISEP: University of Malta, Msida                                                 

Spring only, ending in late June

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, prior coursework in history or European studies.

Housing: Off-campus residence halls, stipend provided for meals.

Details: The university is known for its courses in Mediterranean history, medieval Europe, civilization and imperial conquest; Order of Saint-John and the Knights of Malta is a subject of interest on the island; broad curriculum available; flexibility in course selection necessary as the curriculum is restructured.   


Russia – Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow           

Exchange, fall, academic year

Language: Russian

Prereqs: 2 years college Russian, previous course work in Russian history and literature in translation recommended.

Housing: campus dormitory with international students where students provide own meals.

Details: Intensive study of Russian; small classes with international students; wide variety of courses available at the university with proficient Russian; Moscow in Transition explores trends in society and culture through the study of the city of Moscow; easy access to cultural opportunities, and public transportation, 30 minute walk to Red Square. 


Turkey – Yeditepe University, Istanbul                                                     

Exchange, spring or academic year

Language: English

Prereqs: Previous coursework relative to the understanding of Turkey.

Housing: Shared rooms with bath, mini refrigerator and phone in University residence halls; linens are provided; students provide own meals at university cafeterias, snack bars and restaurants.

Details: Study in English with local and international students; courses from wide range of university offerings including the faculties of arts and sciences, fine arts including theatre, and economics and political science; university located on the European side of Istanbul in the heart of the city; easy access to public transportation.  


United Kingdom– University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

Fall, spring

Language: English

Prereqs: 3.0 gpa, previous study in your field, coursework relative to the understanding of Scotland

Housing: University assists students find housing in halls of residence or student flats, students provide own meals.

Details: University has switched to a semester system; study with local and international students, wide variety of first and second year courses available, third year courses possible in major with background; classes for study abroad students in: arts, biomedical and life sciences, information and mathematical sciences, business and social sciences, physical sciences; lectures and tutorials, some art classes available in the Glasgow School of Art; some year-long classes not open to spring semester students; study with local and international students.   


History studies could also be enriched through Cities in Transition courses in Ecuador, China, and Senegal


Domestic Programs

I studied a realm of history I did not know as well as before I attended this seminar.

Alice Mitchell ‘13, ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities, Fall 2011


ACM: Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities        


Prereqs: Junior or Senior status; preparing serious research in the Humanities

Housing: Canterbury Court Apartments, downtown Chicago, students provide own meals.

Details: Work with faculty members to delve into the collection of the Newberry Library in Chicago; the Library's collections focus on the civilizations of Western Europe and the Americas from the late middle ages to the early 20th century; designed for mature and motivated students.  


* Exceeds the cap on tuition transfer off-campus.    


Last Updated: 9/2013