Study Abroad

Wake Forest University offers more than 400 study abroad opportunities.  We believe that studying history abroad is a crucial aspect of a student’s intellectual development.  We therefore highly encourage our majors and minors to study abroad; nearly 65 percent of our majors do so.  Students may receive credit for summer, semester, and year-long programs.  The Center for Global Programs and Studies assists students in finding the program that is right for them.  Consult the GPS homepage at For information specific to studying abroad as a history major or minor, consult the GPS page at

To receive credit for study abroad classes, must consider the following rules and expectations.

  • Students must have courses approved by the department chair prior to enrolling in the course.
  • Students must provide an electronic copy of the syllabus for the class that includes all course requirements (assigned readings, writing assignments, etc.).
  • Students should not submit courses for approval that do not have writing requirements and reading expectations comparable to classes required in WFU departmental courses.
  • Majors may not count more than 12 hours of courses taken elsewhere toward their total of 27 hours to graduate with the major.
  • Minors may not count more than 9 hours of courses taken elsewhere toward their total of 27 hours to graduate with the minor.

Upcoming Special Opportunities:

  • During Fall Semester 2015, Professor Robert Hellyer will be the faculty director at Wake Forest downloadUniversity’s Flow House in Vienna, Austria.  The mansion is on a leafy street in the city’s prestigious nineteenth-century district, a block from Türkenschanz Park, and on a bus line going directly to Vienna’s inner city.  Students will be able to take two History courses: HST 102 Europe and the World in the Modern Era (3h), which is a survey of modern Europe from 1700 to the present (C, CD); and HST 350 World Economic History Globalization, Wealth and Poverty 1500-present (3h), which explores the growth of globalization and its role in the creation of wealth and poverty in both developed and underdeveloped nations. with a focus on trade, industrialization, and agricultural and technological advancements in global contexts (CD). Other courses offered include GER 113 (4h), GER 153 (4h), or GER 214 (3h). ECN 271 International Economics (3h -D) focuses on trade in capital, the balance of payments and exchange rate determination as well as on models of international trade theory, dealing with the causes and consequences of trade and trade policy under perfect and imperfect competition. The last part of this course involves student presentations dealing with selected topics and contemporary issues (e.g., monetary systems, optimal currency areas, the Euro, financial crises, sovereign default). ART 276 Austrian Art and Architecture (3h-D), which is the study of the development of Austrian art and architecture and its relationship to European periods and styles, and includes visits to sites and museums. HMN 190 Contemporary Viennese Experience (1.5h, P/F), which explores social, cultural, and environmental factors of life in contemporary Vienna, and includes site visits, guest lectures, and interviews with Viennese.  Vienna is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city, with easy travel connections across the European continent, a lively entertainment scene, and world-class museums.  The students will take a group trip to Prague and perhaps one to Budapest. Students can contact Professor Hellyer (Tribble B-12, )  for further information.

Past Study Abroad Experiences

  • In the fall semester of 2012, Professor Alan Williams was the resident professor at the University owned Worrell House, an 1875 Victorian dwelling in the desirable London neighborhood of Hampstead.  Fourteen students resided and were instructed in the Worrell House by internationally renowned Britishdownload (2) professors in the History of London (including walking tours), Theatre (including tickets of over ten performances, some of which occured at the reconstructed sixteenth-century Globe Theatre), and British Art History (with weekly guided visits to a number of London’s many museums. Professor Williams offered two classes:  HST 101 Western Civilization to 1700, which fulfilled a divisional requirement and involved frequent visits to the British Museum; and a humanities course entitled “Travel:  Consumption, Evasion, or Education?” which explored the purposes and value of exactly what the group was doing in London, traveling and living abroad.  Course work added up to a full-time schedule of 15 hours.  Group trips included one to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and another to Oxford.  Please contact Professor Williams (Tribble B105, for further information.

For more information from the Center for Global Programs and Studies and to apply online, please visit the GPS homepage at