Study Abroad

The University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa

The University of Cape Town in Cape Town, South Africa

There are many study abroad options for African and African American Studies (AAAS) majors to consider. This page contains information that will assist AAAS majors and minors in determining how to integrate study abroad into their Brandeis careers.

Studying abroad allows you to explore intellectual, cultural, economic, religious, social and historical issues related to Africans and people of African descent in another country outside of the United States.

Sample of Approved Programs

Visit the Brandeis Approved Programs List to review a comprehensive list of programs that offer coursework in African and African American Studies. Click on "Advanced Search" to filter options or search for unique program traits like internships or research. Additional programs might have acceptable coursework, but this list shows the primary locations where AAAS courses may be available.

Study Abroad Liaison

To assist students with their academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/minor credit while abroad, each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison. As every department has different policies regarding credit from abroad, the Study Abroad Liaison can assist you with guidance on major/minor credit. Find the Study Abroad Liaison for AAAS here.

Receiving Credit in African and African American Studies

Students wishing to receive credit in AAAS for coursework done off-campus during the academic year should discuss these plans with the Study Abroad Liaison. All students as part of their application process for either a summer or semester term abroad will be required to have a course proposal reviewed by the department if they wish to receive credit in that major/minor. For the semester, this is an initial conversation and students should continue to discuss plans with the department as they have more course information (syllabi, etc.). For the summer, courses are pre-approved. Upon return, semester students should complete the Petitio to Request Substitution for a Requirement form for final and formal review.


The Alberta Gotthardt and Henry Strage International Scholarship supports students wishing to study abroad in a developing country outside of the U.S., Canada or western Europe.

Studying Abroad as a AAAS Major

Jehman Williams
Jehman Williams '20

AAAS major Jehman Williams studied abroad in the Dominican Republic in Spring 2019.