Honors Study Abroad/Away Programs

The following programs automatically enable you to earn Honors credit, assuming you complete the designated Honors course(s) with a B- or better.


University College Maastricht (UCM) is the Honors liberal arts and sciences program of Maastricht University. It offers a wide range of courses taught entirely in English. UCM is very international; roughly half of the students come from nearly 50 countries outside of the Netherlands. You can earn a full semester’s worth of UConn Honors credit on this exchange program. UCM’s curriculum caters to students with broad academic interests who do not want to limit themselves to a program focused on one single discipline, instead focusing on courses in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Learn more.
Honors credit available: All UCM courses.

University College Utrecht (UCU) is the international residential Honors College of Utrecht University, one of the most highly ranked universities in the world. UCU offers a liberal arts education in a small-scale academic setting. All instruction is in English. You will earn Honors credit for each course you take, whether you study for one semester or the whole academic year. Utrecht is a cosmopolitan city that is accessible on foot or bike. Take advantage of this low cost exchange program to study at a prestigious university in the heart of Europe. Learn more.
Honors credit available: All UCU courses.

UConn in Cape Town will immerse you into the living history of South Africa by directly involving you in institutions that are wrestling with South Africa’s troubled past and creating a modern, democratic civil society. At the heart of the program is an internship three days per week. You will work in a non-governmental agency whose mission is to address issues of social injustice as it impacts formerly disenfranchised South Africans, women, children, workers, and the environment. You will receive a total of 14 credits for your internship and coursework, including six Honors credits during this spring semester program.
Honors credit available: WS 3998 (3 credits) and UNIV 3784 (3 credits).
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UConn Neuroscience in Salamanca, Spain is a joint effort by the University of Connecticut, the Institute of Neuroscience of Castilla y León, and the University of Salamanca to introduce students to neuroscience at an international level. Sponsored by the Honors Program and the Neuroscience Department at the UConn Health Center, this five-week program will be taught by a team of international scientists. Students will take SPAN 1193: Beginning Spanish for Science and Pre-Med Students and either MEDS 5377: The Neurobiology of Hearing or PNB 3251: Biology of the Brain. The program will take place at the University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218.
Honors credit available: MEDS 5377 (3 credits) or PNB 3251 (3 credits).

Social entrepreneurship has been considered an effective strategy for lifting people out of poverty. It is an approach that the Social Entrepreneur Corps (SE Corps) utilizes in Latin America. On this eight-week-long internship program sponsored by the School of Business and the Honors Program—in consultation with Latin American Studies—up to 20 UConn students interested in international development will work directly with SE Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Guatemala to help develop and sustain micro-consignment supported businesses. Benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Mayan culture. You will experience living with the local population, site visits, and intensive participation with NGOs, local organizations, and local social entrepreneurs.
Honors credit available: BADM 4893 (3 credits).

Ranked 18th in the world by The Times of London, and recognized as one of the best universities in the Pacific Rim, the National University of Singapore (NUS) Exchange Program is an inexpensive study abroad opportunity for highly motivated students. With more than 31,000 students and 13 schools, NUS offers a broad-based curriculum that is particularly attractive to students interested in engineering, business, humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences. NUS’s Honors Program, known as the University Scholars Programme (USP) affords UConn Honors students the same benefits and privileges of its Honors students. Honors scholars will receive Honors credit for any USP modules taken in Singapore; you may also petition for Honors credit for non-USP NUS modules.
Honors credit available: All UCP modules. Students must petition for Honors credit for non-USP-NUS modules.

Students will participate in archaeological excavations and environmental reconstructions at two Stone Age sites in Armenia that document a variety of important milestones in human biological, cognitive, and cultural evolution. Both sites are situated in the Hrazdan River Valley just north of the capital Yerevan.

The first site, Nor Geghi 1, documents the evolution and behavior of our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, between 400,000 to 200,000 years ago. The second site, Lusakert Cave, provides data on the demise of the Neanderthals and the ascendancy of modern humans between 60,000 to 20,000 years ago. Students will engage in firsthand participation in excavation and site survey, as well as laboratory techniques such as artifact preparation, measurement, illustration, and analysis.
Honors credit available: ANTH 3090 (1 credit) and ANTH 3990 (6 credits).

This internship is open to any junior, senior, and occasional sophomore, though priority is given to students with significant interest in politics and proven academic records. You will spend a spring semester working in the office of a member of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation. Upon completion of the program, you will receive 12 credits of internship in POLS 3991 and three graded credits in POLS 2998W, for which you will also earn Honors credit. Prior to applying for this internship, it is recommended that you take POLS 1602/W: Introduction to American Politics.
Honors credit available: POLS 2998W (3 credits).

While global business can be a positive force, enriching quality of life and improving the productivity of national economies, it can also bring with it corruption, civil disorder, and a denigration of human rights. Legal rules and ethical standards can play an important role in shaping global commerce, developing standards and practices that can alleviate harmful impacts of commercial trade as well as improving conduct of multinational firms. The focal course for this summer program, “The Law and Ethics of Global Commerce,” will examine the powerful impact of global commerce on a variety of social, political, financial, and economic forces. Potential activities include tours to risk management enterprises such as Lloyd’s of London; a visit to the EU headquarters in Brussels; guest speakers; and networking opportunities with local businesspeople. This is a 3-credit Honors course that will fulfill the Honors Core requirement for Sophomore Honors if taken the summer after your 1st or 2nd year. While in London, most students will also take one of the courses offered by the UConn in London program.
Honors credit available: BADM 2893 /BLAW 4893 (3 credits). Honors Core course. Course number on transcript dependent on your class standing.
This is a 6-week summer program with two courses: HIST 3993: The History and Culture of Food in the Mediterranean and AH 2330: Italy’s Mediterranean Food and Our Health. An Honors conversion opportunity is available for AH 2330, which also meets the CA 4-Int general education requirement. AH 2330 carefully examines the production and processing of Italy’s most unique foods, their consumption and potential health benefits. We will emphasize the cultural difference in the food consumed by Italians and Americans and these relate to the health differences between the 2 countries. The most important foods of Italy (olive oil, cheese, wine, etc.) will be the focus of the course: from production/ manufacturing, to composition and consumption and potential health consequences of the food.This course can be converted for Honors credit by the addition of a research project. Students will meet weekly with the faculty to learn the basic language of scientific research. The student will have access to a data set where they will have hands on experience in all phases of the research process (including formulating a research question and hypothesis, statistics, data analysis and presentation). At the end of the experience students will have produced either a 10 minute scientific presentation or a poster presentation (using standard formatting) that summarizes their research project.
Honors credit available: AH 2330 (3 credits) with conversion.