Studying Abroad

Students may be able to fulfill one of their History Core requirements while studying abroad. In order for a course taken abroad to fulfill the History Core requirement, it must:

  1. Cover the necessary time period (ca. 1500–1800 for History I, or 1800–present for History II).
  2. Survey historical developments in a global or world-regional framework. In other words, the course may not be the national history or the history bi-national relations, it must cover a wider region such as Latin America or Africa.

For example, “Modern China” will not count, but “East Asia: 1800 to the Present” will.

Approval Process

Students need to obtain written permission for the study-abroad Core course before going abroad. Fill out the Course Pre-Approval Form and the Study Abroad Course Evaluation Form and include supporting documentation such as syllabi and reading lists on both forms.

After completing the course and returning from abroad, students need to fill out the Degree Audit Course Substitution and Waiver Form and include the Pre-Approval email you received from the Director of the History Core approving the course before you went abroad.

Please note:

  • the course needs to be offered through a degree-granting institution
  • the course cannot be online
  • students need to complete one of their History Core courses at Boston College