Study Abroad

The Department of Sociology hosts 4 study abroad programs.  Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program. All of our programs are open to undergraduates of any major or minor. Please click on the links for eligibility requirements, costs, and faculty leads. 


Manchester, England: Community and Identity in a Changing City

Five week summer session - Applications open for Summer 2023!

Course credit: SOCY 4125 & 3325 (6 credit hours)

This five-week summer program will give students the opportunity to learn key theories and concepts in urban and community sociology; apply this knowledge to the study of contemporary Manchester; and participate in experiential learning with community organizations. Application deadline is February 1.

Affiliated faculty: Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and Dr. Lisa Walker

Manchester Study Abroad Information Link

The Netherlands: Comparative Cultural Sociology

Spring break session - Full for Spring 2023

Course credit: SOCY 4371 (3 credit hours)

During this Spring Break study abroad program, students develop an understanding of theoretical and methodological tools used in comparative research on topics ranging from immigration to inequality and from globalization to government policy, all while engaged in a cross-national experience of their own. A key goal is that the experience will enhance student learning about Dutch society and culture while also enabling students to see their own country from a new perspective. 


Affiliated faculty: Dr. Vaughn Schmutz

The Netherlands Study Abroad Information Link

Cuba: Race, Identity, and Culture

14 day summer session - Currently not accepting applications

Course credit: SOCY 4090 (3 credit hours)

This 14-day journey will examine Cuba’s remarkable history and culture and explore how various African cultures, despite significant obstacles, blended with European influences to create contemporary Cuban culture. Through cultural immersion, guided tours associated with key periods of Cuban history, and excursions, students will complete several activities including music, dance, art, and religious encounters that allow them to examine their own lives in the U.S. in relation to the values, norms, and cultural experiences of Cubans. 


Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Kendra Jason

Cuba Study Abroad Information Link

El Salvador: Habitat for Humanity Build

10 day summer session - Currently not accepting applications

Course credit: SOCY 4371 (3 credit hours)

This 10 day summer program integrates the sociological study of religion and movements for social justice with hands-on experience building affordable housing in El Salvadore. The build is a collaboration between the UNC Charlotte Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Campus Chapter, the local Charlotte affiliate of HFH and HFH El Salvador. The program offers an opportunity to build side-by-side with El Salvadorian families, learning about the culture and lives.

Affiliated faculty: Dr. Scott Fitzgerald and Mr. Sean Langley

El Salvador Study Abroad Information Link