Not seeing your ideal study-abroad opportunity? Sweet Briar will work with you to select and plan an experience that fits your goals and interests.
Sweet Briar has an agreement with Hollins University for our students to participate in its Hollins Abroad-London program. The program is offered in both fall and spring semesters. Available courses are limited; students interested in the program should meet with the director of international students and study abroad and their academic advisor to ensure the program is appropriate for the major. This program is most suited for students in the humanities.
Japanese Studies Program at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
The Japanese Studies Program (JSP) at Doshisha Women’s College was started in 1992. This fall semester program offers both Japanese language courses and courses in Japanese culture conducted in English. Prior knowledge of Japanese is not required. All students stay with Japanese families whose daughters attend the college. The campus is located midway between Kyoto, Nara and Osaka, and provides students with easy access to these major cultural centers. For more information and an application, contact the director of international students and study abroad.
The Sweet Briar London Theatre Tour
The Sweet Briar London Theatre Tour is offered every other summer. This class, which carries three hours of credit, travels to London, where students attend more than a dozen plays, tour the British Museum, the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe on the South Bank, The National Gallery and a variety of other historical and cultural institutions. The class also features tours of theaters like the National Theatre and the Theatre Royal Haymarket, as well as weekend excursions, including one to Stratford-upon-Avon, where students see two more plays. The class carries a fee, which includes room, board, travel and theater admissions. For more information, contact Professor Bill Kershner.
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.
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.