Academic Services and Opportunities


Study Abroad

Sweet Briar is at home in the world. Spend a summer, a semester, or a full academic year overseas studying at world-class institutions, living with host families and becoming part of an international culture. We’ll help you customize this, too. Where to go? Sweet Briar students have traversed the world:

Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Holland, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Oman, Panama, Peru, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, Trinidad, Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Study Abroad How To for the Web (pdf)


Study Abroad programs include:


JYF in Paris and Nice
Sweet Briar has intercollegiate immersion study abroad programs in Paris and Nice, France. The JYF Paris program is the oldest coeducational intercollegiate program in the city and offers students an opportunity to study at a French university, volunteer or intern (internships available spring semester only), and live with a host family. The program offers foreign study in Tours (two-week orientation session) and Paris for one semester or a full academic year. 

The semester/year program in Nice, France, established in August 2010, is modeled after the JYF program in Paris. It includes direct enrollment at three campuses of the University of Nice, offering courses in liberal arts and sciences. JYF in-house courses and ateliers in studio art are also offered. Host families, group excursions and day trips are included. Nice, the cultural capital of the Riviera, is in the forefront of theater, cinema, ballet and opera and is ideally located to explore Monaco, Provence, and Italy.

JYS in Seville

The Sweet Briar JYS in SEVILLE is an intercollegiate, co-educational study abroad program founded at Sweet Briar in 1983. JYS offers students the opportunity to study in Seville, Spain for a semester or year. The program accepts sophomores, juniors and seniors meeting the language and GPA requirements of the program. Students are directly enrolled at the University of Seville and may take a mix of regular university courses or cursos concertados, classes taught in Spanish for non-native speakers, depending upon their language level. They may also take JYS Seminars offered by the program at the JYS Student Center. All courses are taught in Spanish, covering a wide variety of subjects, including: history, fine art, art history, anthropology, sociology, economics, literature, geography, latin-american studies, international affairs, environmental studies, business, government, and sociology. Students receive course credit based on the knowledge area the course fulfills.


JYS accepts students at two language levels: high intermediate and advanced. High intermediate requires students complete a minimum of three semesters of college Spanish or the equivalent of that level before attending the program. Advanced level requires the completion of five semesters of Spanish prior to attending the program (or the equivalent of). All students must have a minimum GPA 3.0 overall and in Spanish. Students must have Letters of Recommendation from the Department of Modern Language and Literatures and from their major advisor before the candidate for Study Abroad may be recommended by the Office of the Dean. Detailed information is available on the JYS website:, at the JYS Office (garden level of the Chapel), and the International Studies Office.


Virginia Program at Oxford, England
Each summer, a select group of Sweet Briar students travels to the University of Oxford to study the history and literature of Renaissance England. 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 the 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 Prof. Tony Lilly [email protected].

Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Japan
The Japanese Studies Program 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 application, contact the director of international studies.

Intercollegiate Center of Classical Studies, Rome
The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (ICCS), established in 1965 by representatives of 10 American colleges and universities, provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to study Greek and Latin literature, ancient history, and archaeology and ancient art in Rome. The Rome Center operates two terms each academic year, one from early September to mid-December, the other from late January to the end of May. Each term allows about 15 weeks of instruction and provides one full term’s academic credit. For more information and an application, contact the Classics, Religion and Philosophy Department and the director of international studies.

Wake Forest/SASASAAS Program in China-Beijing
The Wake Forest/SASASAAS in China Program is a one-semester (fall) program in Chinese language, culture and current affairs designed exclusively for students who attend schools that are members of the Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies. This program is different from most study abroad programs in China in that students do not need a background in the language. Except for the language courses (beginning to advanced), all other courses are taught in English. For more information contact Professor John Goulde at [email protected] and the director of international studies.

The American School of Classical Studies Summer Program at Athens
The School offers annual six-week summer sessions, usually two to 20 students each, from late June to early August. These sessions are designed for those who wish to become acquainted with Greece and its antiquities and to improve their understanding of the relationship between the country (its monuments, landscape and climate) and its history, literature and culture. Each session is divided between the study of sites, monuments and museums in Athens and trips to places chosen by the director of the session in Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Macedonia, Northwest Greece and the islands. Participants are required to deliver oral reports on assigned monuments or other topics.

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 over a dozen plays, tour the British Museum, the Theatre Museum in Covent Garden, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Globe reconstruction on the South Bank, the National Gallery and a variety of other historical and cultural institutions. The class also takes tours of theaters like the National Theatre and the Haymarket Theatre. The class takes weekend excursions, including one to Stratford-upon-Avon, where they see two more plays. The class carries a fee, which includes room, board, travel and theater admissions. For more information, contact Bill Kershner, professor of theatre arts, at [email protected].

Other Study Abroad Programs
Sweet Briar also offers students a number of opportunities for study abroad throughout the world including, but not limited to, Australia, Austria, Bermuda, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Guam, Holland, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, New Zealand, Panama, Russia, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago. Students should meet with the director of international studies for further information.

Internships Abroad
Students may earn Sweet Briar academic credit for participating in an internship abroad, provided they have faculty supervision and approval. For fall or spring semester internships, students are eligible for a proportionate amount of their Sweet Briar merit scholarships, if they are billed by Sweet Briar for the internship credits. Please contact the director of international studies or the financial aid office to learn more about this option.


Many programs have scholarship money available to study abroad with their own particular program. Students should contact each program directly for information and applications. Students are also encouraged to explore other sources of funding. Federal and state grants and loans, such as the Federal Pell Grant and Federal Stafford Loan, are often made available for study abroad. Residents of Virginia may also be eligible for the Tuition Assistance Grant Program.

If a student is currently receiving need-based financial aid, she should contact the financial aid office or the director of international studies concerning procedures required in order to obtain aid. Sweet Briar financial aid may be used by students to pursue studies in the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France, Junior Year in Seville, University of Urbino, University of Heidelberg, University of St. Andrews and Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts programs if the student has a 3.0 cumulative average GPA and is a resident of the United States (consult SBC Catalog). All Sweet Briar academic awards may also be applied to the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France and Junior Year in Seville Programs.

Sweet Briar College Scholarships
Scholarship competition spring 2012 (pdf)

The Adelaide Boze Glascock Scholarship
Any country — Adelaide Boze Glascock, Class of 1940, has established an endowment for a Sweet Briar student to study abroad. Limited and highly competitive scholarship funds are available. For more information, contact the director of international studies.

The Helen Smith Davenport Endowed Scholarship Fund
Any country — This fund establishes a merit scholarship in memory of Helen Smith Davenport, Class of 1957, to provide an opportunity for highly qualified sophomores unable to consider study abroad during a junior year or semester without financial support from Sweet Briar. Preference is given to: Sweet Briar Junior Year in France, Sweet Briar Junior Year in Spain, Doshisha Women's College of Liberal Arts, University of Heidelberg, University of St. Andrews and University of Urbino. This scholarship is designed to help at least one student further develop her sense of our global community and encourage her to share her experiences upon her return to Sweet Briar for her senior year. For more information, contact the director of international studies.

The Junior Year in Spain Scholar Program
Seville, Spain — This program offers scholarship assistance for incoming students who plan to major or minor in Spanish and to study abroad in Sweet Briar's JYS program in Seville, Spain.

Southern Atlantic States Association for Asian and African Studies (SASASAAS)
Beijing, China — Some financial assistance may be available for the SASASAAS study abroad program in Beijing, China. For more information, contact the director of international studies.

The Milan Hapala Scholarship
Czech Republic — The family of Milan Hapala, Carter Glass Professor Emeritus of Government from 1947 to 1990, has created this scholarship in his memory and for the benefit of future Sweet Briar College students. This scholarship will be awarded by the members of the Government and International Affairs Department to a junior who is majoring in government or international affairs. It is to be used for study in the Czech Republic. For more information, contact the director of international studies.

The Anne Lauman Bussey Scholarship
St. Andrews, Scotland — This scholarship covers costs associated with a year at the Univeristy of St. Andrews, particularly in situations in which a highly qualified Sweet Briar student might find it necessary to decline the selection because of cost. For more information, contact the director of international studies.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program
Any country — The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers a competition for awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA)
East Asia, Southeast Asia — The primary goal of Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA) is to increase the number of U.S. undergraduates who study in East and Southeast Asia by providing them with the information and financial assistance they will need. Award recipients are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in East and Southeast Asia by others, and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities.

National Security Education Program (NSEP)
Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, Middle East — The National Security Education Program (NSEP) provides a unique funding opportunity for U.S. students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests. NSEP was designed to provide Americans with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for a commitment to seek work in the federal government.