Semester Abroad Europe

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Study and travel at your own pace — according to your own plan!

Outdoor Market in Brussels

This unique study abroad program has allowed hundreds of students to chart their own course to Europe since 1963. You will have the satisfaction of planning your own project; carrying out research in a European country of your choice; living, learning and traveling independently; and creating a final project paper that will very likely be the highlight of your academic career at UWRF.





Create a project based on what interests you.

The project paper lies at the heart of SA: Europe. You will develop the project during the preceding semester with the help of a faculty project adviser in a particular area of study. This adviser and the SA: Europe staff will help you shape the scope of your study and assist you in making overseas contacts prior to your trip to Europe. When you arrive in Europe, you will be fully prepared to spend eight to ten weeks focusing on your topic.

Each project is unique and requires an individualized approach to conducting research. Some of the methods that SA: Europe participants use to gather their information in Europe include: working with researchers in laboratories or in the field, conducting personal interviews with contacts, using specialized materials at libraries and museums, doing volunteer work for organizations, and auditing a class or classes at a local university.

SA: Europe participants have done projects in almost every discipline taught on campus. You can develop a completely new and unique project or explore a new approach to a topic that has been done previously. 

Cave Paintings Southern France

General topics from recent participants:

  • mapping of neolithic sites in the Orkney Islands (Scotland)
  • disease transmission in livestock (Germany)
  • architecture of Antoni Gaudi (Spain)
  • production and marketing of wine (France)
  • sustainable development in an urban setting (Denmark)
  • folk culture of Inishmore (Ireland)
  • participation in dolphin monitoring project (Slovenia)
  • measurement of volcanic activity on Mt. Etna (Italy)
  • vaccine development for equine respiratory disease (Great Britain)


Be a European “insider.”

Imagine being able to spend eight to ten weeks in one country as a temporary “insider” rather than a tourist. You will return from Europe not only with a deeper understanding of your research topic but also with a unique insight into a foreign culture. You will have experienced that culture firsthand, every day, in a thousand different ways--buying warm baguettes at the corner bakery, riding the local tram through town, speaking with a museum guide about your research topic, or picking up some fresh yogurt and fruit from the “mom and pop” grocery down the street.

To get the most out of your immersion in European culture, you will attend a series of preparatory meetings during the preceding semester. These meetings, will cover research skills, health and safety issues, travel tips, and cultural information.

Grocery In BarcelonaOn your own- with support.


The spring semester will begin in Scotland, where you will complete on-site orientations to familiarize yourself with living, studying, and traveling in Europe; finalize your project in consultation with a UWRF faculty member, and complete a three-week course offered at Newbattle Abbey in Dalkeith, Scotland. This is the home base of the Experience Scotland Program. From Scotland, you will travel to your project location and spend the next 2 months completing your project. After that, you return to Scotland for several days to present and discuss projects before returning to the states. 

Meeting Irish Fiddle Expert




Learn through travel, as well as through study.

By this time, you will have developed the travel skills and practical “know how” to take full advantage of your remaining time in Europe. Do you want to spend some time exploring Prague? Maybe a week in a village in Tuscany? Hiking in Switzerland? It's up to you. In addition to traveling, many students wisely use this time to start writing their project papers.




Join SA: Europe and create the study and travel experience of your lifetime.

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