Overseas Programs

Contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies for information on our overseas and study abroad opportunities.


  • Faculty: Michael Anderson, Biology 
  • Course Name: Ecology and Resource Management
  • Course Code: BIO 356: Ecology and Resource Management (4hrs)
  • Description:  Intensive field oriented course focusing on ecosystems, natural resource management and environmental conservation in Australia. Students travel to major biomes including sub-tropical rainforests, coral reefs and dry woodlands. Laboratories are field-based, with some consisting of student-designed field projects.

Barcelona, Spain: 

  • Faculty: Steven Giles, Communications
  • Course Name: Survey of Health Communication
  • Course Code: COM 355: Survey of Health Communication (3hrs)
  • Description: Explore the major current areas of research within the field of health communication through the unique experience of living in Barcelona, Spain. The course covers important topics related people and their perspectives (e.g., patients, caregivers, health care teams, and relationships between patients and providers), challenges and complexities in health communication (e.g., factors that affect patients, socio-cultural factors, risky behaviors among adolescents and young adults, mental health and illness, and ethical issues), and the role of technology in health (e.g., new technologies, media effects, campaigns and interventions, the internet and eHealth, and risk and crisis communication.)


  • Faculty: Ryan Shirey, English 
  • Course Name: Studies in British Literature
  • Course Code: ENG 165: Studies in British Literature (3h) (D)
  • Description: In this course, we will examine the representations of, as well as the connections and tensions between, the country and the city, the rural and the urban, nature and civilization, and the wild and the domesticated throughout British literary history.

Copenhagen, Denmark: 

  • Faculty: Daniel Cohen, Entrepreneurship
  • Course Name: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset 
  • Course Code: ENT 302: Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset with a Global Twist: Comparing and Contrasting US, Danish, and Swedish Interpretations (3hrs)
    • Description: You will learn broad themes related to cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset, including teasing out the following questions:
    • How do the political, institutional, ideological, and cultural differences in US, Danish, and Swedish cultures impact entrepreneurial mindset formation in those nations?
    • How do entrepreneurs use cognition and affect to make decisions?
    • What is opportunity recognition and why is it such an important component of an entrepreneurial mindset?
    • How does learned optimism impact development of an entrepreneurial mindset?
    • How does learned optimism lead to resilience and coping with failure?
    • Why is entrepreneurial passion such a critical component of an entrepreneurial mindset?
    • How do entrepreneurs form an entrepreneurial identity and how is that connected to entrepreneurial passion?
    • What leadership and skill changes must startup entrepreneurs typically develop as part of cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset?
    • What is the life of an entrepreneur like and what degree of fit do you perceive relative to your own career goals?
    • What are the psychological factors and barriers that impact new product adoption?
    • How can an entrepreneurial mindset help overcome these barriers?


  • Faculty: Linda Howe, Spanish 
  • Course Name: Cuban Culture and Society
  • Course Code: SPA 280: The Spanish-Speaking World: Portals and Perspectives (3hrs) OR SPA 369: Special Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies (3hrs)
  • Description: Both courses focus on culture, society, and history with an opportunity to learn about Cuban literature, music, history, theater, visual/performance arts, architecture, Afro-Cuban religions, and entrepreneurship. Students engage with professors, artists, and experts from the University of Havana, the School of the Arts, and cultural foundations and organizations.

Dundee, Scotland: 

  • Faculty: Lindsay Comstock, Chemistry 
  • Program Name: Chemistry in Dundee
  • Course Code: BIO/BMB/CHM 370: Biochemistry: Macromolecules and Metabolism (3hrs)
  • Description: This course introduces the principles of biochemistry, with an emphasis on the experimental approaches that elucidated these principles. Major topics will include structure, function, and biosynthesis of biological molecules, analysis of enzyme function and activity, bioenergetics, and regulation of metabolic pathways. No lab will be offered, but students can take it upon return to campus.


  • Faculty: Timothy Heath, Music and Wei-chin Lee, Politics 
  • Program Name: EuroTour
  • Course Code: MSC 100: Introduction to Western Music (D) or MSC 123 for MUS majors/minors OR POL 114: Comparative Government and Politics; An analysis of political institutions, processes, and policy issues in selected countries (CD) (D) or POL 242: Topics in Comparative Politics
  • Description: Take WFU divisional classes while exploring some of the most famous cultural centers of the world. Wake Forest University’s EuroTour gives students the opportunity to explore eight cities in six countries over 30 days, all while receiving credit. The program in 2023 will be led by two Wake Forest faculty members:  Dr. Timothy Heath in the Department of Music and Wei-chin Lee in Politics and International Affairs.  Students enroll in one of the two courses being offered, each of which provides divisional credit and are specifically designed to take advantage of the European travel experience.  No prerequisite required for either course.

EuroTour is unique in that students choose how to spend their time and pursue cultural experiences independently, according to their own personal interests. Trip leaders provide orientation, guidance and daily help in achieving trip objectives. Art shows – and other events – will highlight each city’s rich contributions to culture.

Genoa, Italy: 

  • Faculty: Remi Lanzoni, Italian 
  • Program Name: Italian Language Study
  • Course Code: IAS 210: Introduction to Italian Literature (3hrs) AND ITA 111, ITA 112, ITA 154, or ITA 212 (transfer credit) 
  • The Summer Study Abroad Program in Genoa is designed to help students achieve three basic goals: Introduction to Italian language, an understanding of the Italian people and their culture, and a deeper awareness of their own culture. Students will take an Italian language course (ITA 111, ITA 112, ITA 154, or ITA 212) for transfer credit.

In addition to the language course all students will also take an Italian Studies course taught by a WFU professor, which will introduce the main aspects in Italian literature with crucial components such as history, art, politics, film studies, and cultural landmarks. Students will earn 6 total credit hours over the 4 week program.


  • Faculty: Ananda Mitra, Communications 
  • Program Name: Culture, Communication and History 
  • Course Code: COM 370: Communication and Cultures of India: Immersed in India (3hrs)
  • Description: An immersive experience that takes the students on a journey through the intricate connection between the geography, history and cultures of India spanning from the Himalayas to the oceans as students examine and learn about the different patterns of communication of the people of India.

Jena, Germany: 

  • Faculty: Grant McAllister, German 
  • Program Name: German Language Study
  • Course Code: GER 208: Introduction to German Short Fiction (3hrs)
  • Description: Students will take German 208, an introduction to literature course, which will fulfill the university’s foreign language requirement. In this course, we will examine texts that deal explicitly with the region and its history, with a particular emphasis on East Germany, the Peaceful Revolution of 1989 which brought down the Berlin Wall, and the nation’s subsequent process of reunification. In addition to gaining fluency in German, students will also learn a great deal about German culture, history, and politics in the midst of the locations and landmarks where these important events unfolded.

Note: GER 153 will be offered on the WFU campus during summer session I. Students interested in completing their language requirement over the summer could take 153 at WFU during summer session I and then 208 in Germany over summer session II.

London and Cambridge: 

  • Faculty: Christina Soriano, Dance and Christina Hugenschmidt, Neuroscience
  • Program Name: Neuroscience and the Arts
  • Course Code: NEU 301: Neuroscience and Dance (3hrs)
  • Description: Study the Neuroscience of Dance in London and Cambridge! The program will include lab visits, dance performances, dance classes and lectures. Half of the program will be taught in London and the other half will be in Cambridge.

London Worrell House: 

  • Faculty: Rob Erhardt, Statistics 
  • Program Name: Elementary Probability & Statistics 
  • Course Code: STA 111: Elementary Probability & Statistics (4hrs) (D)
  • Description: Data collection and visualization, exploratory analysis, introductory probability, inference techniques for one variable, and statistical literacy. Lab. (D, QR)

Satisfy your Division 5 requirement in London!


  • Faculty: Rayed Khedher, Arabic 
  • Program Name: Morocco 
  • Course Code: MES 210: Intermediate Topics in Middle East and South Asia Studies (3hrs) AND 6 hours of Arabic language transfer credit from ALIF
  • Description: Wake Forest University’s Fez Summer Program is based at the Arabic Language Institute in Fez (ALIF). The Institute is housed in a large Moorish-style villa situated in a residential neighborhood and is within easy walking distance of shops, restaurants, and cafes. ALIF has a specialized library, a collection of Arabic films, a satellite television, and a computer center with e-mail access.

A Wake Forest faculty member serves as resident professor in Fez to oversee program academics. Courses taught by resident professor and professors at ALIF to include 6 hours of Arabic and one 3-hour course from the resident professor’s discipline for a total of 9hrs of credit. Academic study is enriched by a cultural immersion experience through homestays with Moroccan families and various excursions.

Portugal & Spain: 

  • Faculty: Paul Thacker, Anthropology
  • Program Name: Archaeology and Cultural Heritage
  • Course Codes: ANT 318: Prehistory and Archaeology of Europe (3hrs) AND ANT 381: Field Research in Archaeology (3hrs)
  • Description: The Wake Forest University field program on the Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of Portugal and Spain is based in Rio Maior, a small town situated one hour north of Lisbon, Portugal. The intensive field-based course provides hands-on training in a wide range of archaeological field skills, laboratory analysis techniques, and methods for cultural heritage preservation at sites, museums, and communities across Portugal and western Spain. Students experience all stages of archaeological research from site location and excavation to stabilization, long-term preservation, and relevant public interpretation of past remains in complex social and political situations. The program’s innovative pedagogical framework combines field research, extensive travel excursions to over 30 locations in Portugal and Spain, and academic coursework contextualizing the prehistory, architectural history, and dynamic contemporary culture of Iberia and southwestern Europe.

Salamanca, Spain: 

  • Faculty: Javier Garcia Garrido, Spanish 
  • Program Name: Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture – SPA 212
  • Course Code: SPA 212: Exploring the Hispanic World (3hrs)
  • Description: Wake Forest’s Department of Spanish offers a summer program to complete the College language requirement in Salamanca, Spain. This is an ideal program for students who have completed SPA 153 or 154 on campus and are interested in achieving a higher degree of language proficiency and cultural knowledge.

Salamanca Internship: 

  • Faculty: Sol Miguel Prendes, Spanish 
  • Program Name: Salamanca Internship Program
  • Course Codes: SPA 199: Internship in Spanish Language (3hrs), SPA 303I: Language Study in the Context of an Internship (3hrs), SPA 313: Lights, Camera, ¡Acción!. Cinema and Culture in the Spanish-Speaking World (3hrs), SPA 315: The Making of Spain: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Cultures of Spain (3hrs), SPA 319: Literary and Cultural Studies of Spanish America (3hrs), SPA 391: Internship in Spanish for Business and the Professions (3hrs) 
  • Description: Students in the program typically take one or two courses along with an internship. When two courses are taken, one of them is 303I, an internship-focused conversation course that counts as an elective towards the Spanish major/minor.During two of the five weeks of the program, courses meet Monday through Thursday, leaving two three-day weekends for exploring the city or travel to other destinations.

Sorrento, Italy: 

  • Faculty: Wanda Balzano, Women Gender Studies 
  • Program Name: LUV (Learning Under Vesuvius)
  • Course Code: WGS 150: Perspective in Gender and Sexuality (3hrs) (D)
  • Description: LUV It! (Learning Under Vesuvius, Italy) is a multi-disciplinary summer Study Abroad Program in Sorrento, Italy, which introduces students to the many aspects of literature, society, culture, and history of the Italian southern region around Vesuvius. Sorrento is a spectacular historical destination and is situated in the province of Naples, which used to be the capital of the Kingdom of the two Sicilies, before the Italian unification. Rotating resident professors will teach a different course built around these themes each summer.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: 

  • Ron von Burg, Communications and Rowena Kirby-Straker, Communications 
  • Program Name: Environmental Communication: A Caribbean Context
  • Course Code: COM 370: Environmental Communication: A Caribbean Context (3hrs)
  • Description: The purpose of this course is to allow you to blend the scholarship and practice of environmental communication through first hand experiences and interactions with experts in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), a small island developing state (SIDS) in the Eastern Caribbean. Readings, discussion, and journaling will complement this study-abroad trip. This program takes an integrated approach to environmental management and sustainability by exploring interactions among several sectors, including fisheries, forestry, agriculture, national parks, tourism, law enforcement, and disaster management.

Tours, France: 

 Beginning to intermediate:

FRH 212: Exploring the French & Francophone World (3 hours)

FRH 520: Intensive Intermediate Language and Phonetics (6 hours)

Intermediate to advanced intermediate:

FRH 216: Studies in French & Francophone Literature & Culture (3 hours)

FRH 500: Intensive Advanced Intermediate Language and Phonetics (6 hours)

  • Description: The city of Tours, situated along the banks of the Loire River, has been described as having the lively, cosmopolitan air of a miniature Paris. Only an hour by train from Paris, Tours attracts visitors with its wide avenues, many parks and formal gardens, café-lined boulevards, and thriving university.

All students who successfully complete the program will receive 9 hours of credit. Coursework for beginning and intermediate students fulfills the Wake Forest Basic Language Requirement and allows students to hone their French language skills in an immersion setting. More advanced students who have already completed the language requirement can earn credit toward the major or minor in French by completing intensive advanced intermediate conversation and grammar training along with a FRH 216 course in francophone literature and culture.

Venice Casa Artom: 

  • Faculty: Steve Folmar, Anthropology
  • Program Name: People and Culture of Venice 
  • Course Code: ANT 111: People and Cultures of Venice (3hrs) (D)
  • Description: Venice is a vibrant and complex city, steeped in history and culture.  Veneto culture is not one thing but many, representing residents of myriad backgrounds and visitors from across the globe who outnumber the residents.  And, of course, the cultures of Venice are connected to places near and far, Italian and otherwise.  In this course, we will take a deep dive into the cultures of Venice through readings, lectures and discussion.  But our main classroom will be Venice itself.  We will look at a wide range of cultural themes ranging from the arts to the mundane tasks of daily living, like doing the laundry, from religious ideals to political contests.  And so on.  At the same time, we will take one aspect of Venetian and Italian culture and trace its cultural links to a variety of people, places and practices.  The fashion, garment, fabric industry, we will explore in Prato where Chinese immigrants supply much of the labor for the manufacture of cloth. In Venice, we will investigate the clothing industry, fashion retailers, fabric boutiques and yes, doing the laundry.

Vienna, Austria Flow House Session I 

  • Faculty: Betina Wilkinson, Politics 
  • Program Name: Immigration Politics
  • Course Code:  POL 210: Immigration Politics in the U.S. and Austria: A Comparative Perspective (3hrs) 
  • Description: Come and explore Vienna – and learn about the immigration politics of Austria and the U.S.! Over five weeks, we will traverse this fascinating multicultural city dipping into Vienna’s political, intellectual and artistic history through visits to museums and cultural sites including the United Nations headquarters, the Austrian Parliament building, the Belvedere Palace, the Schonbrunn Palace, and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. We will complement our Vienna adventures with classroom discussions and activities centering on the development and effects of U.S. and Austrian immigration policies, public opinion on immigration policies, the extent that inter-racial, ethnic tensions exist and the political identity, behavior of immigrants in the U.S. and Austria.

 Vienna Flow House Session II 

  • Faculty: Sue Rupp, History 
  • Program Name: Formation of Europe
  • Course Code: HST 120: Formation of Europe: The Habsburg Empire and its Successor States (3hrs) (D)
  • Description: The Viennese had coffee houses for more than three centuries before the first Starbucks opened. Discover how this came to be, along with learning much more about the history of Central and Eastern Europe while spending the second summer session in Vienna at the Flow House. Students participating in the program will take HST 120. Formation of Europe: The Habsburg Empire and its Successor States. This course fulfills the divisional requirement in history; it may also be applied toward the major or minor in history or be taken as elective credit.