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The application deadline for most summer programs is February 14 and the application deadline for most fall and academic year programs is February 21.

Scholarship application deadlines are also February 14 for summer and February 21 for fall and academic year.

We encourage all majors and minors—in all five of our areas of concentration—to gain global perspectives on American Studies. There is no better way to do that than by studying abroad.

There are currently study abroad programs available in more than 70 countries for summer, semester, and yearlong periods. The Study Abroad Office facilitates all study abroad programs designed and offered within the College of Arts and Sciences and operates undergraduate student exchange programs. Undergraduate students who wish to receive credit for study abroad may do so only on officially sanctioned UNC–Chapel Hill programs. Courses taken abroad may contribute to major requirements.

American Studies faculty continue to identify and strengthen relationships with universities throughout the world that have established curricula in American Studies broadly conceived or in one of our areas of major concentration.

Julia Preston Brumley Scholarship

Offered exclusively to American Studies majors and minors, the Julia Preston Brumley Scholarship honors the memory of Julia Preston Brumley, a UNC graduate who was raised in Chapel Hill and passionate about traveling abroad. She studied at the Sorbonne in Paris during her first year at UNC and at Manchester University in England during her senior year. A plane crash in Kenya tragically ended her life at the age of 42 in 2003.

American Studies majors and minors are encouraged to apply for the Julia Preston Brumley scholarship. The $3,000 award will help off-set the cost of studying abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year.

Visit the Study Abroad website to learn more about this and other funding opportunities.

Programs by Area of Concentration

American Studies:  Students enrich their studies of American cultures by examining them from invaluable outside perspectives.

Folklore Studies: Students immerse themselves in the vernacular traditions of host cultures across the world, examining how innovation sustains tradition indifferent times and places.

American Indian and Indigenous Studies: Students learn about the historical and contemporary experiences of indigenous peoples across the globe.

  • Featured program: SIT Peru (Indigenous Peoples and Globalization)

Global American Studies: Students participate in the global flow of ideas, engaging first-hand in the wider world within which America acts.

  • Featured program:  SIT Switzerland (International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy) 


For more information about study abroad, attend an upcoming information session or event hosted by the Study Abroad Office. Check the events calendar for details:

For a larger list of American Studies-related study abroad opportunities, please visit: