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Study Away

Application deadlines for the Deborah Y. Edwards Award and The Robert Hampton Hill and Catherine Finley Hill Study Abroad Scholarship have been extended until February 1st.  Applications can be found under "Study Away Resources" at the bottom of this page.

Study Away is one of the four primary branches of Beyond the Classroom activities at the Honors College. The Honors College actively encourages students to enrich their educational experience by studying away from campus. The Honors College uses the term Study Away to describe both domestic and international opportunities.

Study Away

There are many opportunities available for study away through the University of South Carolina. Short-term summer programs are a popular option, and increasingly, students are opting to study abroad for a semester or a full year. The Honors College sponsors several faculty-led Maymester programs each year.

The Honors College Beyond the Classroom requirement can be met by earning college credit for any study abroad program. Additional Honors College elective requirements can be met by studying abroad for a semester or full year. Honors College Core requirements can be met by participating in an Honors College sponsored study away program.

Upcoming Courses

The Honors College will begin accepting deposits for all 2018 study abroad courses at 10am on Monday, October 30th.  Deposits will be accepted electronically only on a first come, first served basis.  Find the form to submit deposits here.

An Island of Networks: Social Capital in the City, Rome, Italy

Taught by Dr. Kay Banks

Dates: June 3, 2018 through June 30, 2018

Cost: $3,999 (excluding tuition and airfare) 

($1000 discount available for Honors students in good standing)


Requirements Met: Honors Social and Behavioral Science


In recent years both scholars and policymakers have expressed a remarkable amount of interest in the concepts of social capital and civil society. Social capital refers to intangible resources and benefits available and mediated through social networks and ties. The concept of social capital originated in sociological theory and has emerged as an important area of research, drawing from various disciplines in the social sciences. The origins of social capital can be traced to the early 19th century, but three seminal works by Bourdieu, Coleman, and Putnam have shaped the contemporary framework of social capital research and provide the foundation for this study abroad experience in Italy. 

Robert Putnam's infamous book, Bowling Alone, focused on the decline of social capital in the United States over the past 3 decades using participation rates in social associations and secondary organizations (PTA, etc). The research for Bowling Alone was based on his time in Italy as he explored the cultural differences between North and South Italy as a representation of social capital. Putnam's definition of social capital refers to features of social organizations such as networks, norms and social trust that facilitates coordination and cooperation for mutual benefit. It is hypothesized that Northern Italy is a more developed region due to the influence of social capital, i.e., the networks and relationships that have been established. General research on social capital in Italy implies that social capital informs Italy's politics and society. Currently, Italy is the only country that seeks to measure social capital amongst it's citizens, which is reflected in the country's statistical literacy initiative through the National Institute of Statistics (Isat) based in Rome. 
Additionally, Italy is gaining attention for the creation of it's own form of currency, called Sardex. Founded in 2010 by a group of childhood friends in Sardinia, an autonomous region of Italy, is an example of social capital to help with the economy on Sardinia by establishing a network amongst business owners to sell and purchase goods. Since it's founding, the company has extended beyond Sardinia to include businesses in the Umbria region (Perugia). 

Therefore, through various academic, cultural and co-curricular activities, students will explore and observe the influence of social capital in Italy and compare and contrast it with their experiences in the United States. As they interact with businesses associated with and visit with staff from Isat, students will be challenged to reflect on their network(s), norms and organizations by asking the following: 
What is social capital and how do we use and spend it to better our lives and overcome social oppressions and inequality? 
Can social networking benefit individuals and our society by making meaningful connections with each other and creating dialogue? 
What does social capital look like in a U.S. and in an international city?   


Art and Culture of Japan, Osaka and Kyoto, Japan

Taught by Dr. Amanda Wangwright and Professor Mary Robinson

Dates: July 15, 2018 through July 26, 2018

Cost: $3,225 (excluding tuition and airfare) 

($1000 discount available for Honors students in good standing)


Requirements Met: Honors Humanities


The course offers students the opportunity to study Japanese art and architecture on site. Students will learn about and walk through world heritage sites such as Byodo-in Buddhist temple, the Kamo Shinto shrine, and the Nijo Castle. Students will study and see in person masterpieces of Japanese sculpture and painting. The course additionally involves firsthand training in the basic practices of woodblock printing. Throughout, students can experience Japanese culture through authentic meals and a Buddhist temple stay. This course consists of lectures and readings on Japanese art and culture in advance of the trip, as well as site visits in the ancient capital of Kyoto and the modern city of Osaka.


You Had To Be There: The Significance of Place in English Literature, London and Surrounding Countryside, United Kingdom

Taught by Dr. Paul Brown

Dates: May 16, 2018 through June 9, 2018

Cost: $5,850 (excluding tuition and airfare) 

($1000 discount available for Honors students in good standing)


Requirements Met: Honors English; Carolina Core AIU


A geocritical approach to the study of literature assumes that the setting of a work is stratified by complex layers of history, culture, and artistic representation, and that one of the best ways to understand a poem, a short story, or a novel is to explore the interplay between particular spaces as we both imagine and experience them. In the first half of this course, we will focus on literature set in London. Since its founding by the Romans in 43 B.C., London has flourished as a hub of trade and commerce and has suffered from war, fire, plague and crime, all while continually rebuilding and expanding into the multicultural metropolis we know today. More than simply recording London's changing geography and the vicissitudes of urban life, the texts we read have shaped its unique and enduring character as well as our broader understanding of its personal significance and social impact. Together we will examine how representations of the city affect our attitudes and beliefs about morality, sexuality, consumerism, and progress.  

While in London, we will visit major landmarks from Westminster Abbey to St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tower, take a boat ride on the Thames to Greenwich, walk the city streets from Bloomsbury to Southwark, and ride on the famous Underground. We will visit several museums and tour the British Library, see a play at the rebuilt Globe Theatre, and enjoy a medieval banquet before taking a daytrip to Canterbury and Dover.  

The second half of the course will focus on the countryside. Throughout the centuries, authors have depicted the English countryside as being everything from a wilderness fraught with monstrous peril where heroes and heroines must prove their valor to a tranquil refuge suited to philosophical contemplation and spiritual enlightenment. Reading about and inhabiting the diverse roles of immigrant, explorer, laborer, adventurer, and poet, among others, we will come to better understand how landscape shapes personality and thought. Engaging with a wide range of texts from the medieval period to the present day, we will discover how representations of England's coastline, moors, woods, lakes, rolling hills, and valleys have crafted a distinctive and enduring sense of national identity. Finally, we will examine the complex relationship between urban and rural environments and the central role literature plays in shaping our ideas about what it means to live in them.  

We will explore the countryside by bus, train, and foot. Our first stop will be Stonehenge on the way to Dartmoor National Park. From there, we will visit Tintagel—the castle where King Arthur is reputed to have been conceived—and the town of Glastonbury, where he is rumored to have been buried. After Glastonbury, we will journey to Tintern Abbey, the Roman fortress and baths at Caerleon, and Hay-on-Wye. Our tour will then take us to the Lake District where we will relax and hike and learn about the Romantics. We will wrap up the trip by staying a few days in Cambridge and Oxford before returning to London.



Tracing the Holocaust, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands
Taught by Dr. Theodore Rosengarten and Dr. Dale Rosengarten

Dates: May 13, 2018 through May 31, 2018

Estimated Cost: $3,500 (excluding tuition and airfare) 

($1000 discount available for Honors students in good standing)


Requirements Met: Honors History of Civilization


This program takes us to a part of the world where Nazi Germany carried out the "final solution to the Jewish question" under the cover of World War II. Poland was home to some three-and-a-half million Jews, 90 percent of whom died in the genocide we call the Holocaust. Another two million Jews from every corner of Europe were transported to extermination centers such as Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Chelmno-- three places we will visit in Poland. And at least 1.5 million Jewish people were murdered in the "borderlands" stretching from eastern Poland, north and east across the Baltic Countries, Belorussia, and Ukraine. In Lviv, Krakow and Warsaw, we will tour former Jewish neighborhoods and visit museums, synagogues, and churches in the "old town" of each city. In the evenings we will meet with university students and sample the vibrant night life. In Munich we will tour the "hot spots" of National Socialism, where Hitler's movement and the ideology of the master race took shape. In Berlin, we will visit the Jewish Museum, the Museum to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and other sites that convey the history of a once-thriving people decimated under a banner of hatred in the heart of vocalized Europe. At every stop, we will investigate how the Holocaust is remembered and forgotten, and how young Ukrainians, Poles, and Germans come to grips with an unspeakable past. 

Were the Nazis just a bunch of criminals who stoked religious and ethnic hatred for personal gain, or was the Holocaust an expression of deep=seated tendencies in western civilization? Was the ascendancy of Nazism inevitable or only one possible response to the Jews' thousand-year presence in Europe? From their acquisition of civil rights in Germany in the 1860's, until their oppression int he 1930's, Jews enjoyed a cultural renaissance that affect every area of national life. Jews in Germany and neighboring Poland rose to prominence in the arts and sciences, in business and the military. The remnants of their achievements and the marks they left on the land, in the memories of individuals yet living, and in the cultural treasures of the people who had once been their neighbors, are also our objects of study.

American College of Greece Honors Exchange Program, Athens, Greece

Dates: Fall or Spring Semester

Estimated Cost: TBD

Requirements Met: TBD


The USC Honors Program in Athens, Greece allows academically talented students to satisfy their intellectual and cultural curiosities and earn additional credentials for studying abroad. The honors program helps students to distinguish their work, and boost resumes while offering innovative alternatives to the traditional study abroad experience. South Carolina Honors College students gain additional recognition for their work that acknowledges their commitment to academic achievement, creativity and community engagement. The program in Greece is designed to amplify the academic experience abroad by offering students unique opportunities to link classroom learning to real world experience, while living and studying in Athens, a dynamic international global center.

Courses will be announced soon along with the Honors credit equivalency.


Taught by: Scott Farrand

Dates: 2 Weeks in Summer 1 (TBD)

Estimated Cost: $3920

Requirements Met: Honors BTC

Smithsonian Open Door Externship, Washington, D.C., USA

Taught by Dr. David Snyder

Dates: Estimated May 10, 2018 through May 30, 2018

Estimated Cost: $540 for program fee  (tuition and housing not included - $1850 additional fee for housing for non-commuting students)

Requirements Met: Honors Beyond the Classroom


The purpose of the Smithsonian Open Door Externship (SODE) is to open doors through the Smithsonian’s vast collections, facilities, and experts in order to provide firsthand experiences to students interested in making connections – which perhaps no one else has ever made before – across the Smithsonian’s broad range of disciplines. Students will engage in a program that offers behind-the-scene tours, conversations with experts, and guided seminars on a range of topics related to research, policy, programs, and operations at the world’s largest museum.




Recent Courses

Culture and Identity in the African Diaspora
Brazil (Salvador de Bahia)
Taught by Kim Simmons

Food, Sustainability, and Health-Comparison Between the U.S. and the Netherlands
The Netherlands (Multi-city)
Taught by Pearl Fernandes

The Literature of Scotland
Scotland (Edinburgh)
Taught by Anthony Jarrells

Tracing the Holocaust in Eastern Europe
(Poland and Germany)
Taught by Dr. Ted Rosengarten

Global Health in Belize
Belize (Belize City)
Taught by Pearl Fernandes

Medical Care, History and Culture in the Netherlands
(Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Taught by Dr. Pearl Fernandes

Smithsonian Open Door Externship (Washington, D.C., USA)

Study Away Resources

USC Study Abroad Office Scholarships

Various scholarships are available through the USC Study Abroad Office.

Beyond Boundaries Award

The Beyond Boundaries Award is a competitive financial award of $2000 or more to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience. The priority deadline for this award is early November, but there is a regular deadline. Find the application.

Passport Travel Grant

This is a financial award of up to $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience. Student groups who are eligible to apply for this competitive award are: Capstone Scholars, Honors College students and Carolina/McNair/Lieber/Hamilton/Horseshoe Scholars who are studying abroad during the summer. The deadline is November 15th. More information and the application are available here.

Deborah Y. Edwards Award

Established by Catherine Heigel, an Honors College alumna, in honor of her mother, to provide support for study abroad initiatives at the Honors College.

Award Amount: $135 (the fund currently supports First Year Honors Passports)

Eligibility: First Year Honors Passport funding is offered to several worthy first-year students who wish to study abroad but have not previously applied for a U.S. passport. The award will cover the cost of the passport application fee and will be awarded during the spring semester.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: TBA

Contact: Megan Campbell ( or 803-777-6280)

The Robert Hampton Hill and Catherine Finley Hill Study Abroad Scholarship

Award Amount: $500

Eligibility: A current sophomore, junior or senior in good standing with the Honors College and University; can demonstrate academic excellence and financial need; and have submitted a FAFSA form to the Office of Financial Aid.

Renewal: This is a one-time award.

Application: Yes (Study Abroad Scholarship Application)

Application Deadline: TBA

Contact: Megan Campbell ( or 803-777-6280)