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Women & Gender Studies Education Abroad Guide

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CU Boulder Education Abroad offers over 400 programs in over 60 countries! You can go abroad for a semester, year, and/or 2-12 weeks in the summer. Going abroad is strongly encouraged by the Women and Gender Studies department. Use the following information as a general guideline to plan your time abroad, and connect with your academic advisor as well. Work with Education Abroad advisors to get more details on how to get started, discuss your program options, and next steps. 

Quick Facts

  • Go abroad sophomore or junior year
  • With advance planning, WGST students can easily go abroad for a semester or longer and still graduate on time
  • There is no limit to the number of required WGST courses, WGST electives, non-WGST electives, or A&S Gen Ed courses that you may take abroad
  • Lower-division courses may count as electives. Upper-division courses may count towards the cognate requirements in Gender/Sexuality, Race/Ethnicity, or Global/Transnationalism, or as electives
  • Use the Course Approvals List to find programs that offer courses approved for the credit you need

Planning and When to Go

  • First-year: Start planning for education abroad! Plan ahead and take A&S Gen Ed and WGST courses that may not be available on the education abroad program you choose.
  • Sophomore and junior: This is a good time for education abroad as you will likely be fairly proficient in a foreign language and/or be well along in completing your A&S Gen Ed and and major requirements. If needed, make sure your language abilities match the program you wish to attend. (Note that many programs are taught entirely in English).
  • Senior: WGST majors are required to take WMST 4800: Senior Colloquium in Feminist Studies, which is offered only in spring semesters; students studying abroad during the spring semester of their senior year should take this course in the spring of their junior year. Work closely with your advisor to ensure that you can get all of your requirements completed. Be sure that you know when the credits may be transcripted, as this can delay your official graduation date.

What Kind of Credit Can You Earn Abroad?

Usually Doable Tricky Probably Not
General Electives  A&S Gen Ed WGST A&S Gen Ed WGST A&S Gen Ed WGST
Overall credit hours  Arts and Humanities, Natural Science (Non-Lab), Social Sciences Required WGST courses and electives, cognate area courses Global Diversity N/A
Natural Science (Lab), Written Communication N/A

Suggested Programs

Use these links to find programs that may be a good match for you and your course needs.

Additional Resources

Last Updated June 2024