Independent Study Abroad

ASC student in Machu Picchu

Agnes Scott offers a variety of opportunities for students to participate in longer-term study abroad programs for summer, semester and year-long experiences. The Center for Global Learning offers information sessions and individual advising to find program options that meet your specific goals. All programs require a mandatory pre-departure orientation on campus that gives important information on academics, finances, safety, culture shock, and many other topics. We also offer critical re-entry programming for students who are returning from their life-changing experiences.

Below is a list of our current program types and program providers. Deadlines for applying to these various programs can be found on our Deadlines webpage. To find out more about ASC faculty-led programs, visit the faculty-led study abroad webpage.

Semester and Year-Long programs

ASC study abroad programs

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
Through ISEP, students can pay for Agnes Scott's tuition and fees to study at one of 161 universities across 55 countries.

Irish American Scholars
The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities sponsors reciprocal exchanges between Agnes Scott and institutions in Northern Ireland. Students can pay for Agnes Scott's tuition and fees to study at one of five prestigious Northern Ireland universities. Agnes Scott students must be nominated to participate in this long-standing program.

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) semester exchange 
Through the vision and support of Agnes Scott’s former President, Mary Brown Bullock, Agnes Scott students are able to participate in this semester-long program in Kunshan, China. Students pay for Agnes Scott's tuition and fees, and receive credit from Duke University in North Carolina.  

Non-ASC study abroad programs

There are a wide variety of other program providers available for students to choose from. Below is a list of our most commonly used providers, many of which offer their own scholarships and awards. Eligible students participating in approved Non-ASC programs will pay tuition and program fees directly to the program provider or university. These students may continue their use of any Federal, State and eligible outside aid during the semester they are abroad, and will continue their use of institutional aid when they return for classes on Agnes Scott campus.

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 
International Studies Abroad (ISA) 
Academic Programs International (API) 
University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

Summer programs 

Summer programs vary widely in the amount of credit students receive, locations, length of program, housing options, languages to study, experiential learning components, internship components, and more. Students may participate in programs from program providers or from other universities. Programs may last from 1- 12 weeks, and students typically receive anywhere from 1-9 credits. The Center for Global Learning reviews and approves all credit-bearing study abroad programs; volunteer, internship and work program resources are also available with many of these program providers. Below are a list of ASC and other recommended programs.

Bahrom International Program (BIP) 
Agnes Scott College partners with Seoul Women’s University in Seoul, Korea to participate in the Summer Bahrom International Program. This is a 28-day language and culture program worth 3 US credits. You must be nominated by Agnes Scott to participate in this program.

Other common summer programs include those from the same semester program providers:

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) 
Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 
International Studies Abroad (ISA) 
Academic Programs International (API) 
University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)

When researching and comparing Summer programs, consider the following: 

  • Cost vs Length – If two similar programs cost the same amount, but one of them lasts a week longer, which one is the better deal?
  • Housing – Will you stay in a dormitory, hotel, apartment, or home-stay family? Is this important to you?
  • Extras – What is (and is not) included in the program fee? Consider expenses like insurance, meals, excursions, airport pick-up, transportation, etc.

To search for other summer or Non-ASC semester programs, the search engines below are useful and recommended. All programs must be approved by the Center for Global Learning.

To find out how to start planning your study abroad experience, visit the Application Procedures webpage.