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 International Studies assists students in finding the program that is right for them.  Consult the CIS homepage at For information specific to studying abroad as a history major or minor, consult the CIS 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 2014, Professor Michael Hughes 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 300, Fin-de-Siècle Vienna, and HST 311E, Who Am I? Social and National Identity in East Central Europe, 1618-1993 (fulfills a divisional) along with German and either Austrian Art History (fulfills a divisional) or a business course.  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.  You can contact Prof. Hughes (Tribble B-115, for further information.
  • In the fall semester of 2012, Professor Alan Williams will be the resident professor at the University owned Worrell House, an 1875 Victorian dwelling in the desirable London neighborhood of Hampstead.  Fourteen students will reside and be 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 will occur 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 will offer two classes:  HST 101 Western Civilization to 1700, which fulfills a divisional requirement and will involve frequent visits to the British Museum; and a humanities course entitled “Travel:  Consumption, Evasion, or Education?” which will explore the purposes and value of exactly what the group is doing in London, traveling and living abroad.  Course work will add up to a full-time schedule of 15 hours.  Group trips will include one to Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and probably another to Oxford.  Please contact Professor Williams (Tribble B105, for further information.

For more information from the Center for International Studies and to apply online, please visit the CIS homepage at

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