Study and Work Abroad
The Department strongly encourages its concentrators to spend as much time as they can in any country where their language(s) of concentration is (are) spoken. There are many ways of doing this within the four-year undergraduate degree: through study abroad for one or two semesters; through summer study abroad; and through a summer internship abroad.
To learn more about Princeton opportunities around the world, please search the Global Programs System.
All students must visit the Office of International Programs, to become acquainted with the administrative procedures related to study abroad.
Junior Semester / Junior Year Abroad
Students planning to spend a semester or their whole junior year abroad should seek advice from the Departmental Representative and from relevant faculty in choosing a suitable program of study. For further assistance contact Mell Bolen at the Office of International Programs. Departmental and University approval of programs abroad is required.
Grades awarded by foreign institutions for courses that are recognized in lieu of Princeton courses are not included in the consideration of departmental honors.
Students who study abroad are not exempted from independent work requirements. The Department usually can make arrangements to either find a JP adviser in the location where the student spends the semester or year abroad or to indicate a departmental adviser who will be in contact with the student by e-mail throughout the semester or year abroad.
Approved courses taken abroad in one semester will normally count for up to three departmental courses. Students must complete the program abroad to the standards required by the foreign institution. For more information, please see the Guide to International Programs and the International Travel Handbook which are available online or in the Office of International Programs.
Summer Language Study
All students interested in languages are encouraged to study abroad during the summer through Princeton in Spain, Princeton in Brazil, Princeton in Argentina, or one of the other programs recommended by the department and the Office of International Programs. The Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Cultures offers a number of scholarships for summer programs abroad in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.