International Programs

the historic Grand Theatre in Havana, Cuba
The historic Grand Theatre in Havana, Cuba

Whatever your area of interest, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a way to deepen your exploration of it through international programs. We emphasize global citizenship — awareness and experience of the world beyond U.S. borders — in every aspect of our teaching, research, scholarship, and service.

Our collaborations with educators in Africa, the Caribbean, and Europe are part of a broader movement of global scholars to prepare students for entry into a diverse, complex world. Semester-long study is the best way to gain that preparation while maintaining academic continuity.

We offer programs in Cuba, Greece, and Ghana, and are developing partnerships with universities in several other countries.



We are one of the only U.S. universities with a partnership in Cuba, which began with the College of Arts and Sciences in 2002 and expanded into the university-wide Center for Cuba Collaboration and Scholarship in 2015. Dozens of UA faculty travel to Cuba every year to work on academic collaborations with peers at the University of Havana and other institutions. Since 2002, more than 150 UA faculty and students have traveled to Cuba for research and study abroad.


The College is also home to the long-standing Alabama-Greece Initiative, a partnership with Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a major research university in Greece’s second-largest city. Scholars from both universities routinely engage in academic collaborations with their peers, and both universities host faculty collaborators on campus.


Through the Department of Geography, our students regularly participate in service-learning projects in Ghana, where they earn course credit while working with schools, hospitals, social services, and government offices.

Plans are currently underway to establish a formal partnership with the University of Ghana, the University of Cape Coast, and Central University. To launch this initiative, in the summer of 2019, a group of 15 UA faculty participated in the first joint research symposium to explore issues related to social determinants of health at the University of Cape Coast.

Study Abroad

Our students have the opportunity to participate in dozens of study abroad programs around the world, including many faculty-led and semester-long programs. Learn more about them through Capstone International Center or your department.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

We offer courses in 26 foreign languages; housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Classics (MLC), these courses are open to students from all schools and divisions within the University. The Critical Languages Center offers instruction in less commonly taught languages, many of which are vital for national security.

Undergraduate students interested in studying languages in greater depth can undertake majors or minors in nine languages, and they can also pursue interdisciplinary minors in linguistics and world literature.

At the graduate level, MLC offers master’s and doctoral programs in French and Spanish, and a master’s program in German. All of these programs offer tracks in literature and linguistics or philology. Graduate students can also pursue a degree in applied linguistics and teaching English as a second language through the Department of English.

International Studies

Several departments and programs have an international or cross-cultural focus, including