Study Abroad and Experiential Learning

Opportunities for travel, adventure, and learning

Undergraduate Opportunities

Study abroad courses integrate students into different cultures in ways that are not possible in a university classroom. Study abroad courses provide students with the opportunity to work through challenges and to rethink their assumptions about the world around them.

Earn credits towards your degree while travelling within Canada or overseas. For information on current study abroad and experiential learning opportunities please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies.


History, Society, and Culture in Paris: The City of Light

HIST 212.3

Students in this intensive and bilingual experiential-learning course learn about the history of Paris – and of France – by exploring some of the city's most significant monuments, buildings, museums, gardens, and neighborhoods. Site visits will range from the Louvre to the Catacombs, Notre Dame de Paris to the bouquinistes, la Comédie française to Montmartre. You will also have plenty of free time to explore the city with the friends you'll make in this close-knit group.

Note: this course has been designed as part of the "U of S in Paris" program. It complements a three-credit French course (taught bilingually) on French theatre (FREN235.3). Students may take both courses, thus earning 6 cu while in Paris. No French is required to take the history course, though students majoring in French are welcome to do their course work in French. 

Instructor: Mark Meyers
Offered: May 1-28, 2017

There are scholarships available for this opportunity. Please contact Mark Meyers ( or LaVina Watts ( for details.

Human Rights in History

HIST 272.3

Using a visit to the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg as their point of departure, students in this intensive experiential learning course will look at human rights as a product of history, the result of the changing moral frameworks that shape how people define and grapple with injustice in the world.  Where did the concept of human rights come from?  Why have demands for justice in the modern world so often been articulated as matters of human rights? How has the meaning of human rights changed over time?  Finally, how does the CMHR present the history of human rights (or their violation), and in what ways do the museum’s choices influence the public’s understanding of that history? By engaging our senses and passions along with our rational and critical faculties, the encounter with the museum will heighten our interest in the subject matter and facilitate transformative learning.  Moreover, the museum’s exhibitions and resource center will provide us with examples of case studies and contexts that may be explored further in class or in research projects.

Air travel and accommodations for the three-day trip to Winnipeg will be subsidized by the University of Saskatchewan.  A program fee of $200 will be charged in addition to tuition. This covers round-trip air travel to Winnipeg, two nights' accommodations (single-occupancy) at the University of Winnipeg Downtown Hostel, airport transfers in Winnipeg, two lunches, and museum admission. Students are encouraged to apply for a U of S Travel Award to help them cover the program fee: 

Please e-mail Professor Meyers for details and updates (

Instructor: Dr. Mark Meyers

Last Offered: Spring-Summer 2016

Building and Living in the Ancient City

HIST 308.6

This three and a half week intensive, lecture-seminar summer study abroad class takes place in Italy every two years and focuses on the study of the ancient city of Rome (8 century BCE to 4 century CE). Architecture, urban planning, monuments and authority, aspects of everyday life in urban environments, Christianity in urban space, are some of the subjects that we cover, first in the classroom, and then during site visits in the city of Rome. This course will be of special benefit to students interested in classics, ancient history, CMRS, archaeology, art and art history, urban planning, museum studies and engineering.

Instructor: Angela Kalinowski
Last Offered: June 2016

South Africa: History, Politics and Society

HIST 399.6

This course introduces students to the history and politics of South Africa, and provides opportunities to learn experientially about the country’s culture and society. Through site visits, guest lectures, and formal and informal meetings with South Africans of all ages, races and socio-economic backgrounds, students will begin to develop an understanding of the diverse nature of South Africa and the historical issues that shaped it.

Instructor: Simonne Horwitz
Last Offered: Spring 2012