Study Abroad

Study abroad has become an increasingly popular means of expanding the educational experience. At this point, we offer study abroad opportunities once or twice a year. These study abroad experiences are led by Professors Susan Pitchford or Edgar Kiser who have taken students to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Spain, and Rome.

There are no upcoming programs sponsored by our department. Visit UW Study Abroad to learn about other opportunities.

Students in Segovia, August 2019
Students in Segovia, August 2019

COVID-19 Travel and Safety Restrictions

Vaccination against COVID will be required to participate in a 2021-2022 study abroad program

For the 2021-22 academic year, International Programs and Exchanges (IPE) has mandated that study abroad programs will likely include the following limitations: 

  • Programs will be limited to taking place in one country (no international border crossings)
  • Student personal travel during program dates will be limited to the host country 
  • All program excursions/field trips will be limited to day trips (no overnights) 
  • In addition, we have reduced the occupancy of apartments to reduce risk

These restrictions on travel are being considered to reduce complications due to factors such as differing levels of pandemic control between countries, possible border crossing restrictions and/or quarantine policies, regional lockdowns within the host country.

Sociology Study Abroad Credit

We offer study abroad classes up to twice a year. These courses are led by faculty members and investigate social issues in other parts of the world.  Recent programs have visited Zimbabwe, South Africa, Northern Ireland, Spain, and Rome.

Study abroad credit is given as SOC 195 or SOC 395. For Sociology majors, these credits satisfy Sociology elective requirements. However, except with special permission, they do not apply to upper division requirements. We recommend that Sociology majors complete major requirements in residence at UW, and apply Study Abroad credits to general elective requirements.

For more information on foreign study opportunities, see the UW Study Abroad website.

Italy in Winter 2022

  • Dates: Jan 3 – March 18, 2022 – longer period in residence than other programs to allow for domestic travel and excursions
  • Instruction will be held at UW Rome Center, located in Palazzo Pio in the centro storico in the heart of Rome
  • Group size: the program has capacity for a maximum of 20 students. Students will be housed in small groups in shared apartments in the city center.
  • 15 credits: three integrated 400-level courses on Italian society, culture, and political economy taught through combination of lectures, tours and site visits. Credits can be awarded in Sociology or in International Studies (JSIS).
  • Grading: participation, final exam (covering all 3 courses), 1 final paper on topic of student’s choice (also covers all 3 courses)
  • Course fee: $9,750 covers group meals, museum entries, guided tours, cooking class, visits to architectural monuments, etc. Course fee includes includes 5 group excusions with guided tours and group meals to Florence, Naples, Orvieto, Pompei, and Tivoli.

Scholarships available! In addition to UW Study Abroad scholarships and regular financial aid, the Sociology Dept. will offer a number of competitive travel awards to offset travel costs for students in the program. Visit our Awards & Scholarships page for study abroad funding opportunities, or make an appointment with an advisor.

Italy Study Abroad Program Details, Application, and Deadlines

Tourists looking at a historic building in Italy

View of the city from a garden patio