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Study Away Support

Today’s students must be adept at handling the rigors of an increasingly dynamic and interdependent world. Furman’s study away programs help students become more aware of their place in the global community.

At Furman, study away encompasses both traditional travel programs abroad and internships and research programs within the United States. It provides a window to other landscapes, cultures, mores, ways of life and perspectives.

Furman is different from most universities in that it does not out-source most of its study away programs. Depending on the year, as many as 70% of the university’s programs are led by Furman faculty members who provide academic direction before, during and after the trip. As a result, the programs are seamlessly integrated into the university’s academic program.

The university sponsors nearly 30 study away programs for approximately 370 students annually. More than %50 of Furman students participate in study away during their college careers. They may choose a semester-length program, a three-week “May Experience” trip, or a summer semester abroad.

Funding Needs

Quality of programming

Furman seeks to preserve the academic integrity of existing programs while creating new opportunities for travel and enrichment.


The university is looking to make study away more accessible by building an endowment that provides need-based assistance to students who would not otherwise be able to participate.

Support Study Away with
your annual Furman gift

To learn how you can support specific Study Away projects, contact Shon Herrick, or 864.294.2475.