Honors Goes Global

Honors Independent Study Abroad

Honors Credit Abroad

Honors students often choose to engage with their studies globally.  In Honors, we believe our students can learn much about their world here at Villanova, but that the experience of Study Abroad is invaluable in order for students to be truly globally minded.

Students interested in receiving Honors credit for their study abroad experience are required to meet with the Honors Director to get courses approved. Students can receive up to six Honors credits through study abroad, and should have their courses approved before their study abroad experience. Credits can be applied toward an Honors credential or to maintain their active status in the Honors Program. 

While many different study abroad programs can be approved for Honors credit, students may also be guaranteed to receive credit by applying to approved programs. While credit is guaranteed, students must still meet with the Honors Director to formalize their granted credits. IES Abroad, CIEE, and Direct Enrollment at specific universities are all pre-approved study abroad opportunities.  Read on to discover the exciting opportunities  that await you!

**Please note: This list is not exhaustive and students are welcome to petition for Honors credit from other programs.

IES Abroad

IES Abroad, a Chicago-based Study Abroad provider, offers a number of opportunities for Independent Research abroad.


CIEE is a non-profit international exchange provider, seeking to provide independent study opportunities to students in this world of expansive globalization.

  • Belfast, Northern Ireland - Social Sciences, Irish Studies, Conflict Studies
  • Cape Town, South Africa - African Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology
  • Legon, Ghana - African Studies, Archaeology, Economics, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Music and Theater Arts
  • Madrid, Spain - Economics, History, Journalism, Literature Criticism/Comparative Literature, Sociology
  • Madrid, Spain - Law/Legal Studies
  • Nanjing, China - Chinese Language, Economics, Business, Asian Studies, Chinese History
  • Perth, Australia - Sustainability, Environmental Science, Public Policy
  • Santiago, Dominican Republic - Anthropological/Cultural Studies, Caribbean Literature/Music/Dance/Art, Dominican Folklore, Dominican-Haitian Relations, Economics/Political Policy, Environmental Science, Gender Studies, Historical Studies, Linguistic Studies, Poverty Relief, Public Health/HIV and AIDS Programs
  • Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - Education, Gender Studies, Migration, Spanish and Caribbean Literature, Linguistics, Religion (Popular Dominican religions and Catholicism)
  • Seville, Spain - Communications, Humanities, Natural Science, Social Science, Spanish Culture, Fine Arts, Photography, Public Health, and Architecture
  • Seville, Spain - Business
  • Shanghai, China - Various programs
  • Stellenbosch, South Africa - Geography, History, Music (Instrumental or Voice Performance), Political Science, Theology
  • Taipei, Taiwan - Chinese Language, Asian Studies, Linguistics, Communications, Business, Economics

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