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Study Abroad/Away

You are encouraged to enhance your scholarly study by studying abroad. Be sure to coordinate your plans with the Reves Center. They have lots of resources to help you find an appropriate program, finance your experience, and to make sure that your credits transfer smoothly.

We sponsor the W&M Summer Program at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This program has a unique international service learning component, and is taught by Africana Studies faculty. There are lots of other options out there, though. You may also study away from W&M through another U.S. school or program, both domestically and abroad.

Requirements for Credit Approval

If you attend a non-W&M program, transferring credits can be a bit more complicated. Be sure to follow the Reves Center steps for study abroad to make sure your experience goes smoothly.

Even if your course has been pre-approved, you have to get post-approval in order to have credit transfer to W&M and count towards your major or minor. In addition to the Study Abroad Transfer Credit Approval Form [pdf], for each course you take abroad you will submit to the Director of Africana Studies

  • the course syllabus,
  • the number of contact hours per week,
  • the number of weeks the class meets, and
  • sample course work, including papers and examinations.

If you are studying abroad to fulfill your foreign language requirement, submit either a writing sample in the foreign language or a letter from the course instructor elaborating on the level of proficiency required in the course.

The program director will email you the decision of whether or not to approve the course.