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WHAT IS SMU STUDY ABROAD ABOUT?

SMU’s Study Abroad Program (SAP) offers Sociology majors and minors an opportunity to apply their sociological perspectives to different cultures with yearlong, semester, summer, and inter-term programs in countries around the globe. Starting at the beginning of the sophomore year, Sociology students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad.

WHY STUDY ABROAD AT SMU?

  • Study abroad provides students with a chance to learn about a different culture, language, and people, graduate on time, and have fun while doing it!
  • Many study abroad courses can satisfy GEC and Sociology degree requirements in areas ranging from criminology and delinquency to gender, race and ethnicity, deviance, social movements, sociology of culture, globalization, immigration, stratification, the media, health and healing, and political sociology.
  • Students have the opportunity to apply their sociological imaginations globally, broadening their educational experience, and increasing cross-cultural understanding.
  • WHERE CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

    Sociology students can study abroad in every region around the globe including countries like Argentina, Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, and Spain.

    HOW DOES IT WORK? IS STUDY ABROAD FEASIBLE FOR ME? HOW DO I GET STARTED?

    • Most students who study abroad still graduate on time.
    • Studying Abroad is financially feasible! Plan ahead and apply for financial assistance. Financial aid that you receive on campus is transferable to SMU Abroad programs.  Additional financial aid can be applied for through the Office of Fellowships and Awards.
    • Contact Dr. Branch (debranch@smu.edu), Dr. Kunovich (kunovich@smu.edu), or the Study Abroad Office (abroad@smu.edu or 8-2338) for more information.
    • Attend the SMU Study Abroad Fair on September 15th in the OFAC-Bob Hope Lobby, or attend an SMU Abroad 101 session held weekly in Blanton Hall 211.
    • Go to https://abroad.smu.edu/ for additional information.

    WHAT DO SOCIOLOGY MAJORS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THEIR STUDY ABROAD EXPERIENCES?

    Caroline Cochrane, SMU Class of 2012.

    During the summer after my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Innsbruck, Austria for 6 weeks.  Innsbruck is a beautiful, quaint town nestled among high Alpine Mountains.  You could walk everywhere and the food was incredible.  It is also centrally located, so I was also able to take the train on weekend trips to other wonderful places like Munich, Vienna, Amsterdam, Prague, and the Island of Capri.  My life at SMU is crazy… I’m a Sociology major, double minor in English and Philosophy, a member of the Women’s Lacrosse Team, and an involved member of Pi Beta Phi sorority; so this was the perfect way to get a rich and cultured experience in another country, while still being able to comfortably graduate on time and remain committed to my student organizations.  While studying expatriate literature for an English class, and being submerged in Eastern European culture, one thing I studied first hand was the way in which gender norms and expectations discretely vary across cultures.  This, among other experiences abroad, complements my Sociology studies, contributing multiple perspectives to the ways in which I study and analyze reality. 

    Courtney Cross, SMU Class of 2012

    My participation in the SMU study abroad program in Durban, South Africa was an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.  I love being reminded that there is a world outside of my own, and that is exactly what this program provided. Just simply getting the chance to live and interact with South African students - with people whose life perspectives and experiences are so different from mine - was both intellectually and emotionally refreshing. The South Africa program combined my love of the arts and my love of people in a more perfect way than I could have expected or imagined. I would recommend study abroad, and especially SMU in South Africa program to any and everyone who has the chance to participate!