Honors College study abroad student in London

Your participation in the Honors College is truly an intellectual journey. Time spent abroad will challenge your perspective, expand your worldview, and inspire a lifetime of global engagement. 

The Honors College offers a range of study abroad opportunities specifically for honors students. Chosen for their vibrant intellectual and creative community, these programs give students the option of full semester study or summer study at a partner university abroad. 

In addition, Honors faculty frequently incorporate field study components into their course. Recent colloquia have taken students to England, Ireland, and Mexico City. In 2024, Honors College faculty plan to take students to India and Ghana.  

Field Studies

Honors faculty frequently design special versions of their courses that allow students to add a field study component. The City of London Colloquium, for example, offered a trip to London during spring break, and the City of Paris Colloquium let students travel to Paris immediately after the end of the spring semester.

For the past several years, we have sponsored a field study experience in Rome, Italy, each May. This trip follows a semester-long Colloquium on the City of Rome, in which the city is examined through various lenses: archaeology, art, architecture, fiction, and nonfiction.

If you’re interested, you’ll identify an appropriate field study project to be conducted in Rome. In 2005, some students had the option of adding colloquium credit for a field study in Rome and London. Students visited and wrote about sites connected with texts they had studied in the humanities sequence. In 2006 and 2007, students visited Rome and Florence, and the 2007 and 2008 class also included a trip to Venice.

Numerous courses have included field study options, such as the Fantasy Literature Colloquium and Jane Austen Colloquium, both of which visited the United Kingdom for on-site explorations. A similar field study option explored sites connected to “Alice in Wonderland.”

Some of these offerings are once-only, some recur frequently. In any case, the Honors College is active in promoting study abroad experiences.

Keele University in Staffordshire

Each year, the Honors College works with the Rinker Center for Global Affairs to select honors students to participate in an exchange program with Keele University in Staffordshire, England.

Keele is one of the finest “new” universities in the U.K. Students typically take four courses with the possibility of an additional independent study and may choose classes from a wide range of subjects and programs. Like Ball State, Keele is undergraduate friendly, and students live on the campus in small “houses” (residence halls).

Study Abroad Programs Open to all Ball State Students

group of study abroad students pose for photo in front of Eiffel Tower

Germany, Ghana, China, Brazil, Australia, or Greece. Don’t see your preferred study abroad location in the Honors College offerings? You may also participate in additional study abroad programs open to all Ball State students through our Rinker Center for Global Affairs. Learn more.

Study, Learn and Intern in Our Nation’s Capitol

As the seat of political power and home to some of the largest corporations and nonprofits, Washington, DC is a rich city full of culture and exciting urban living. The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars offers Ball State students the opportunity to intern and earn academic credit. You can choose from hundreds of internships and dozens of courses for students of all majors. Learn more.

Earn Credit While You Learn Abroad

Your studies abroad will be quite the adventure. Just make sure you earn the proper Ball State credits. Honors students participating in any study abroad opportunity for credit should consult the Honors College in advance to ensure that all or part of the experience counts toward your graduation requirements.

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