Study Abroad Opportunities

Beyond the classroom.

The Department and the University strongly encourage all students of foreign language to study abroad, both to improve their linguistic skills and to benefit from the experience of living in another culture. To permit students at virtually any level to participate, the Department sponsors a number of programs abroad, in France, Italy, Spain, and Chile. Students can select programs for summer, semester, or year-long study that award Washington University degree credits. Some of the programs are specialized and intended for students in Spanish and Business or French and pre-med. On the graduate level, the Department participates in two exchange programs based in Paris. Full information on any of these programs is available from the Department.


Funding your travel

International Scholarships

There are Washington University scholarships and national scholarships specifically available for students who are planning to study, research, work, and volunteer abroad. Each scholarship has unique requirements that may focus on financial need, academic excellence, non-traditional destinations and underrepresented groups. We highly recommend you apply to ALL scholarships for which you are eligible and plan ahead.

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Study Abroad Finances

Study Abroad is an investment and planning ahead is an important component of the study abroad experience, especially when it comes to finances. Not only should students understand the educational costs of a program, but they should also anticipate the other costs that will be associated with their travel.

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Study Abroad Options

The College of Arts and Sciences Overseas Program provides a variety of study abroad options of specific interest to students studying French, Italian, or Spanish. For a general overview of semester and academic-year study abroad programs, visit the College of Arts & Sciences Overseas Programs homepage.

Overseas Programs Information


The Department of Romance Languages & Literatures has the following study abroad programs:



  • For study abroad in Toulouse (Dickinson) and Paris (Middlebury) students need to have taken FR 307, 308 or 318, and, for the French major and/or those intending to take French literature while in France, 325 or 326.
    • Toulouse: (semester or academic year through Dickinson here for Washington University requirements)
    • Paris: (semester or academic year, for French Internship, through Middlebury here for Washington University requirements)


  • Padova: The Padova Language & Liberal Arts Program is run by Boston University in cooperation the Università degli Studi di Padova (UNIPD). The program offers intensive language study and coursework in an historic university town 20 miles west of Venice.


  • Santiago, Chile: The Washington University Program in Chile offers students an exciting opportunity to study for one semester or one year at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Founded in 1888, the PUC is a leading institution in Chile in many fields of undergraduate and graduate education.
  • Madrid: The Autónoma University and Carlos III programs are designed so that students may study abroad for the full academic year, Fall semester, or Spring semester. The Spanish Language Institute is suspended for 2021.

Washington University students who might instead be considering applying to a program run by another university or organization should be aware that the credit earned there is not necessarily transferable to Washington University's degree program.

Other Summer Programs


  • Nice (summer, for pre-med students)
  • Dakar, Senegal (French and African Studies Summer Program)   

The summer program to Senegal, West Africa is designed for students who want to build their conversational French language skills, learn more about Francophone West Africa, and experiment with field research.


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Have questions about studying abroad or wondering which program might be a good fit for you? 

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