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Philosophy Majors Study Abroad


Why study Philosophy abroad?

"Why should Philosophy Majors study abroad? Kant and Hegel write in German, Descartes and Leibniz in French, Machiavelli in Italian,  Confucius and  Lao-tzu in Chinese.  Don't you want to be able to look at their original texts when you study them?  Don't you want to be able to feel and see the social context that still reflects their influence? Moreover, the  Europeans do philosophy differently, as do the Asian philosophers. I strongly believe that experiencing the foreign culture in person will make you a different and deeper philosopher.  Philosophy students should study in a foreign country."

- Martin Schwab
Professor of Philosophy


Making EAP Fit

Philosophy majors have the flexibility to study abroad taking courses related to their major for a quarter, summer, semester or a year. Students have the exciting opportunity to study philosophy in the homeland of some well known philosophers - study Friedrich Nietzsche in Germany or Bertrand Russell in the UK! To view more information on these EAP programs, visit EAP Countries.

Options for Philosophy Majors
The UCI Philosophy department recommends that...
if you're interested in Analytic Philosophy, consider: if you're interested in Continental Philosophy, consider:
-New Zealand
-United Kingdom


Note: These are only a few strategies that demonstrate how a student can study abroad and graduate within 4 years. There are many EAP programs that can be substituted into the same strategies. DO NOT LET THESE EXAMPLES LIMIT YOU. Please consult the EAP Program Search for more options.

View instances of how you can go abroad and still graduate within 4 years by looking at the Examples below. Students can plan their study abroad by taking courses in their major, electives, or a combination of both.

- View Example I demonstrating a student studying abroad for one semester in Germany taking upper division courses in Continental Philosophy.

-View Example II studying abroad for one year in New Zealand taking upper division courses in Analytic Philosophy.

*Any departmental course has to be approved by Humanities Academic Counselors to ensure the student receives proper course credit.


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