Brown students may apply to study away from Brown, either abroad or at another U.S. institution, and to transfer their coursework back to Brown. Rules regarding transfer credit are complex; students must obtain pre-approval for the institution at which they wish to study as well as for the courses they wish to take.
Most Brown students who study abroad do so during their junior year. In fact, nearly half of the junior class studys abroad for one or two semesters. Many programs require that students demonstrate foreign language proficiency before they study abroad. Students are strongly encouraged to learn about international study opportunities early in their time at Brown so that they may plan their academic course of study accordingly.
Brown’s Office of International Programs sponsors programs in 47 countries. Students may also petition to receive Brown transfer credit from other program sites. Such petitions must be formally approved for Brown credit prior to the study abroad experience.
Pre-travel medical care: Students planning to travel or study abroad should call Brown Health Services well in advance to plan for appropriate vaccines and medicines; it may take a month or more to complete the immunizations and/or medications needed before leaving the United States. Students are encouraged to visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Travel Health website at www.cdc.gov/travel and review the Destinations section for health and vaccine recommendations by specific country. For additional information on pre-travel services, refer to the section on Medical Services on the Health Services website.
Study Away in the U.S.
Brown students sometimes choose to study at another U.S. college or university while they are enrolled at Brown. Formal study away options include the Brown-Tougaloo Exchange, Urban Education Semester, and Wheaton College Exchange Programs.
Brown students who wish to study at other U.S. colleges or universities and want to transfer course credits back to Brown must obtain prior approval from the Dean of the College office as well as the appropriate academic departments.