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Study Abroad

Travel expands our understanding of the world and lets us look at our own culture—and ourselves—with a fresh perspective

Success without boundaries

Today's employers are looking for people who have a global understanding and direct experience with other cultures. Studying abroad also helps us appreciate cultures beyond our own, increase proficiency in another language and gain a new sense of self-confidence.

That’s why Simpson offers study abroad scholarships and many opportunities to safely explore based on your personal pursuit of knowledge. Get to know our Simpson Experience abroad, May Term international experiences and affiliated programs.

Simpson Experience Abroad

These semester-long programs are led by a Simpson faculty member, who also serves as the resident director and teaches one or more of the courses offered. Email International Education Director, Jay Wilkinson, with any questions or interest.

Study at Simpson’s newest partner institution, the University of Adelaide, in the state of South Australia. Take classes taught by the Simpson program director as well as a wide range of UA course offerings to fulfill either general education or major/minor requirements. Get to know the local culture by living with a host family. Offered fall semester of even-numbered years.

May Term International Travel Courses

This three-week period is time for intensive study into one topic or research project. These international experiences include opportunities to experience music, art and culture in Spain, take a photographic journey through Ireland, and so much more. Email International Education Director, Jay Wilkinson, with any questions or interest.

Explore the effects of colonialism on contemporary Morocco through on-campus lectures and two weeks of observation in urban and rural Morocco. Lectures provide a brief history of Morocco and an overview of Western influence on contemporary Moroccan society. Learn how inequality is created and sustained by colonial and post-colonial social forces (economic, legal and cultural), and how inequality emerges within and between nations in a globalizing world. Complete short quizzes, a pre-travel essay, interfolio photo project and reflective journal. Destinations include Casablanca on the coast, Marrakesh in the High Atlas Mountains and at least one rural village where we will complete a service project.

Affiliated Programs

Participate in programs operated through a bilateral exchange agreement between the college and another institution abroad and have those credits transferred back to Simpson. Email International Education Director, Jay Wilkinson, with any questions or interest.

During spring semester in Krosno, take beginning Polish language courses as well as a courses taught in English like Introduction to Poland, The Holocaust, European Identity, American Popular Culture and more. Serve as an English language teaching assistant and join fellow international students at PWSZ on excursions led in the surrounding region. Live with other international students in a university apartment located a short walk from campus.

Study abroad scholarships

Through a generous bequest by the late Dr. Joseph W. Walt, emeritus professor of history, Simpson College is pleased to offer more than 40 scholarships annually to help cover costs of a Simpson College student’s study abroad experience. This applies to both short and long-term programs.

For students who receive a federal Pell Grant as part of their college financial package, there is a great study abroad scholarship that is funded by the U.S. government called the Gillman International Scholarship. Recipients of a Gilman award can participate in any study abroad program of at least 28 days in length in the same country 

If you are interested in more information, please contact the Director of International Education.