Study Abroad

Information about additional study abroad opportunities can be found here.

Qualified students are encouraged to participate in one of the following study abroad programs. A student considering spending part or all of her junior year abroad should consult with her advisor for recommended preparatory courses.

Virginia Program at Oxford

Each summer, a select group of Sweet Briar students travels to the University of Oxford to study the history and literature of Renaissance England, through the Virginia Program at Oxford. The six-week academic program follows the English system, combining small-group tutorials with lectures by world-class experts. The program also includes co-curricular and cultural events such as performances at Shakespeare’s Globe theater in London, a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon (the birthplace of Shakespeare) and a traditional English croquet match. Successful completion of the program earns students three credits in history and three credits in English. Students in any class year and in any major are encouraged to apply; applications are typically due in mid-February. For more information, contact Professor Tony Lilly at

The University of St Andrews

Sweet Briar has had an affiliation with the University of St Andrews in Scotland since the early 1930s. Candidates for study at St Andrews will be considered on the basis of the match between their fields of study and academic records, their capacity for independent work and their maturity. Although students are advised to spend a full year at the university, St Andrews also offers single-semester study abroad programs. For more information and an application, contact the director of international students and study abroad.

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), four out of 10 students study abroad while attending Sweet Briar — twice as many students than at other colleges.

Students spend a summer, a semester or a full year overseas in any of a number of countries. Immersed in the culture, they study at an internationally renowned institution, perhaps live with a host family, and develop a more global perspective.

Students majoring or minoring in English or English/creative writing have studied abroad at the following institutions: