Study Abroad Program

Program Details

The Office of International Studies promotes and coordinates international study for Claflin University students. This Office promotes opportunities that equip students with skills that enable them to communicate in other languages, as well to know other cultures and to understand an increasingly complex world.

Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of these international opportunities.

All students must report to the Leadership Development Center to register for study abroad. All applications are due for spring by October 1 and for fall by March 1.

The benefits of studying abroad - it’s an investment that pays great dividends!

CU Exchange Programs

Claflin University has an exchange program with the following universities. Exchange students do not have to pay tuition, fees or room and board fees to these schools, and the application fee is waived. These costs are paid to Claflin. The credits from the international programs will be transferred to the Claflin University transcript.

Study Abroad Affiliate Programs

Claflin University is formally affiliated with the following institutions. Because of these affiliation agreements, Claflin students receive a discount when traveling with these companies.

Other South Carolina Study Abroad Programs

If we do not offer what you are interested in, please look at these programs. Note: Benedict College also has a program, but it is not directly accessible through the internet.

A helpful link is

Diversity Abroad

This program, which allows students to apply for scholarships to help them study abroad, strongly encourages African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic/Latino and economically disadvantaged students to apply for funding. Students must meet the requirements specified on the Diversity Abroad webpage.

Study Abroad Brochure
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For information about studying abroad, 
please contact:

Dr. Leon Chang, Director
Study Abroad Program 
Claflin University
400 Magnolia Street
Orangeburg, SC 29115
(803) 535-5679

Adventures Abroad
Claflin University students blog about their experiences studying abroad

  • Ryan Vice - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 20, 2015
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    Today, we visited a company in London called London Calling.  With over 2,000 clients across the U.K., London Calling is a marketing company that does marketing distribution for museums, theatres, and other type businesses, both small and large.  Tom, a manager at the company, shared a trememndous amount of information to the group in reference to branding, market share, target marketing, market research, audience selection and the various responsibilities associated with running a marketing company. I learned of various marketing strategies and ideas that can be applied in making a striving company.

    From a management perspective in theory, we are taught how to assign duties and responsibilities within a company and even things to look for when identifying the best talent.  London Calling is a small marketing company;  however, their business strategy includes outsourcing some work. They outsource work to other companies or individuals while making strong profits from what they charge their loyal customers.   If a customer wants a service that is not offered, London Calling does not say no and send them elsewhere, they provide the service, but outsource the work and retain a portion of the profits.  Also, instead of using direct mailing to market services to customers, they hire part-time workers, usually actors and actresses, who go door to door in a specified area to distribute literature and other materials.  This represents a good example of how a small start-up company can master efficiency and effectiveness in a very competitive market.   Further, I learned about the organizational hierarchy of the company and the individual employee responsibilities within the company.  According to Tom, his employees are committed and dedicated to the company's success which revealed to me that the employees are overall satisfied with their jobs and respect the company's values. Ryan Vice

    In the lecture, the most amazing revelation is that degrees and credentials are not necessarily requirements for a job with this company.  Tom shared with us about a time when he was interviewing candidates for a position in the office.  He hired somoene without a college degree over a recent Princeton University graduate with a marketing degree. The non-graduate showed to be more passionate about the job and to be a better fit for the office.   Now in the United States, the chances of this happening are very slim.   However,  it revealed having a degree does not guarantee the job nor does it make you qualified for the job. Thus, it is good for managers to consider many variables when hiring staff and to look at the value a new employee can add to the company. 

    Ryan S. Vice is an organizational management major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • Jessica Murray - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 20, 2015

    Jessica MurrayToday, we met Glyn Jones, a retired investigator who served 30 years on the Metropolitan Police Force which is 1 of 43 agencies that exist here in London, England. I found this speaker most interesting of all the speakers due to the fact that I could relate to the many roles he had to play throughout his law enforcement career. Policing is very much community oriented in the U.K.; several officers walk the beat without carrying hand guns. In fact, one of the most amazing things to conceptualize is that there are only 170,000 certified officers allowed to carry a hand gun in the U.K. and 600,000 who are shot gun certified out of 4 million British Citizens.

    These statistics are quite impressive for a populous country like the U.K. They have low crime rates and professional and community oriented policing which is more focused on preventive measures.  The United Kingdom  makes me envious because of how trusting and civilized they really are as a society. Jessica Murray2

    Jessica Murray is a sociology/criminal justice administration major at Claflin University.

  • Yero Noble - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 20, 2015
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    To summarize my study abroad experience, it was a wonderful adventure. This video briefly illustrates the current social climate of the U.K. and what was observed on this particular day.  A few demonstrators were peacefully marching in close proximity to the House of Parliament. The main issues of concern were cuts to pension and the military budget. Prime Minister David Cameron is being asked to formally let defense ministers know whether he plans to cut the military budget. The protesters were peaceful, but protesting extremely close to the House of Parliament, which is vastly different from what protesters are permitted to do in our nation's capital. This protester also chanted "out with the tourist," but that seems to be a contradiction to his complaint about the economy since tourism brings millions of additional revenue into the United Kingdom.

    Yero Noble is a sociology/criminal justice major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.

  • Andre Whaley - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

    Andre Whaley3I am having a wonderful time experiencing the rich culture of the United Kingdom via London. The history of the people of the old world (Britain) can be traced back thousands of years in time. The people have a unique since of pride with their Democratic/Monarchy form of government. The Brits pride themselves on their freedoms and liberties as a country for which each and every resident claims regardless of their ethnic background. The atmosphere of the city of London is electric and resembles New York City (i.e., Manhattan). In fact, the melting pot of London makes me feel right at home particularly when touring various sites in the city; from the Tower of London to Buckingham Palace, I am enjoying this experience from start to end.

    PART II: Observing the British Court System was one of the highlights of this educational tour. The criminal and civil proceedings for the most part are open to the public regardless of the sensitivity or nature of the crime. In fact, the case I observed was involving terrorism, whereby the defendant was charged with plotting to make a car bomb with the intent to cause bodily harm.  The case was in the preliminary hearing stage, so there was no outcome or verdict given.  Overall, the Metropolitan Police Officers are held in high esteem by the public despite recent events surrounding their handling of the case involving the three teenagers leaving the country to join ISIS and some tensions with ethnic groups. In contrast to the United States, the public attitude toward the police is overwhelmingly positive and favorable in the U.K.  However, the basic freedoms both countries share attract people from all over the world to come to live and in essence, allow them to exercise individual, political and religious rights.  In comparison of the two criminal justice systems, the U.K. appears to be more open and less restricted than in the U.S. Many of their officers do not carry hand guns on the job. There is a concerted effort on the part of the police in the U.K. to embody a public servant ideology as oppose to enforcers of the law which impacts the public’s perception and behavior positively. 

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    (Pictured, above right, is Dr. Cindye Richburg, left, executive director of Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies, with 
    Mary and Sammie, criminal justice professors at West Chester University. West Chester's 21 students joined Claflin's group of 12 students for the study abroad experience in London.)

    Andre Whaley is a sociology/criminal justice major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.


  • Tamara Hunter - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

    Tamera HunterOn day five of our Study Abroad tour in London, our guide gave us a tour of Blackstone House where we were afforded the opportunity to visit the Middle Temple.  We learned that the temple was reconstructed after World War II and that the law students of the 1600's were required to attend the temple whereas now it is no longer required but is still available for their use.  We had the extraordinary experience of standing in said temple where William Shakespeare himself once stood and held his play 12 Knights.

    We also had the opportunity to tour the Royal Court, which centrally deals with four types of cases: (1)  family court hearings, (2) civil cases, (3) criminal cases, and (4) appeals.  We were able to sit in the gallery of a live appeals case during our visit as well.Tamera Hunter

    Our last stop was the Tower of London.  Despite the vast amount of construction, we were still able to discover over 1000 years of history.  It was by far the most enjoyable part of the day.  Our Yeoman Warder guide gave us an extensive history lesson of the popular tourist attraction that has housed the Crown Jewels safely since the 1300s. The uninsured items are on display for visitors to view as they are protected by armed guards still to this day.

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    Tamara Hunter is a sociology/criminal justice administration major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • Anthony Hallmon - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

    Anthony Hallmon2I have enjoyed my stay here in London thus far. It was kind of hectic getting to London with all the canceled flights and being that it was my first time flying. Before the day was over, I had taken three different flights. London is such a beautiful old city. The infrastructure and design of the buildings in London are extremely nice. Queen Elizabeth has supreme power and works with the Prime Minister who is similar in position to our head of state, the President.  The Queen resides at Buckingham Palace most days and Windsor Palace on other days. In London, the cost of gas is about 8.25 pounds per gallon, which is significantly higher than what we pay in the United States. Many police officers in London are typically unarmed. In order to carry a weapon, the officer has to be an unarmed officer for five years before receiving a firearm. Officers with firearms drive BMW trucks and have a yellow dot on their windshield. 

    This week, I had the great privilege to attend a criminal proceeding at the Old Bailey Royal Courts of Justice. In the courtroom, the lawyers wore silk robes and wigs and are referred to as solicitors and barristers. If the case is criminal, then the judge will wear a wig. If the case is civil,  the judge will not wear a wig. We also visited the Tower of London and learned about guardians who resided in this medieval palace. I have enjoyed learning about this wonderful city. Lastly, the Brits take pride in their appearance. They are very fashionable and have a great sense of style and sophistication that is beyond reproach. 

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    Anthony Hallmon is a sociology/criminal justice administration major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.

  • Catherine Gates - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

    Catherine Gates2Certainly, being here in London, England has opened my eyes to a lot about the world. The culture over here is very different, although there are many similarities to the United States. For example, their language and some of their foods are two aspects we have in common.  The British men are tall and slim, and the women are slimmer on average than women in the U.S. Smaller size meal portions compared to the U.S. is likely to account for people being thinner. Meal portions in the U.S. tend to be larger at most restaurants. On average, Brits eat smaller portions.  

    In London, we visited the House of Parliament where laws are made by the House of Commons and the House of Lords. In the House of Commons, officials are elected to office and they work in tandem with the Prime Minister and the House of Lords to ensure the country operates effectively and efficiently.  From a distance, I observed the Westminster Bridge also known as the Big Ben Bridge. From there, we saw Buckingham Palace and the changing of the Horse guards which was very fascinating and unique to see. Catherine Gates5

    The Horse and Foot guards are assigned to the Palace to protect the queen.  On a different subject, most people in London travel by tube or bus or they may prefer to walk.  They also drive on the left side of the road which is the wrong side of the road in my view with the steering wheel on the opposite side  compared to cars in the United States. 

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    Catherine Gates is an organizational management student in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • Darnell Johnson - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 12, 2015

    Darnell Johnson2Today has been a rewarding and excellent day to experience the various aspects of the British culture. During our tour on today, we observed a criminal trial proceeding in the Old Bailey Royal Courts in which the defendant was accused of making car explosive devices. The criminal hearing consisted of numerous experts who testified to the making of the bomb; identifying the various aspects of the explosive devices and any related electronic devices that were used to assist in the making of the materials. Unfortunately, we (the public) were excused from the trial for the court to discuss some administrative matters that needed to be addressed. Darnell Johnson4

    Beyond the courts, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and took advantage of fine dining and great cuisines in the City of London and we concluded the day with some students shopping their lives away on Oxford Street while other students retired to the accommodations at the hotel for rest and relaxation.Darnell Johnson3

    All in all, the study abroad experiences have been awesome.

    Darnell Johnson is a sociology/criminal justice administration major in Claflin University's Center of Professional and Continuing Studies.

  • Alfonso Ross - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 09, 2015

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    In this context, ESPN relates to the current economical, social, political, and national conditions in London and throughout the United Kingdom. What have I learned about these subjects in the U.K.? First, the pound is more valuable than the American dollar. For example, seven American dollars may equate to five pounds in England. The social aspects are different as well. Terminology that is used in the United States is different from terminology used in the Great Britain as well as the way you greet and meet different people. I am a social person so I like to interact with different people of various backgrounds. Politically, the U.K is similar to the U.S. They have the House of Commons. The U.S.has the House of Representatives. The U.S has the White House. The U.K has Buckingham Palace where the Queen lives most of the time. The laws are different, however, some are similar to the states.  The nationality is different from the states. London has English people whereas the United States is considered the melting pot of the world with all races and nationalities. Alfonso Ross2

    P.S. I love the English accent that the English people have. 

    Alfonso Ross is an organizational management major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.

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  • Devon Mosesel - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 09, 2015

    Tourism greatly bolsters the British economy. I exchanged US dollars into Pounds at the airport and found that our dollar is extremely weak against it. While shopping I have noticed that purchases made with the Euro cost more than if it were purchased in pounds.Devon Mosesel 

    While visiting the House of Parliament, we were able to watch several protesters rally, peacefully, outside. Most of the protests centered around the upcoming election, "no cuts" was the main rally cry. The political system seems extremely complicated on one side, i.e., the pageantry within Parliament, and simple on the other, i.e., a British citizens ability to question his Parliamentary representatives. British nationals are an eclectic mix of ethnic backgrounds, who for the most part, seem to get along. Immigration is a hot button issue now, as many Brits feel that their economy is weakened by immigrants and any social services they receive.

    Devon Mosesel is a criminal justice major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies, Fort Jackson campus.

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  • Donald Strock - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 09, 2015

    Donald StrockHello from London, England. We are having a great time learning about this beautiful place. Our first day started with the sun rising while we were flying into London on the plane.

    As we started our learning experiences, we compared and contrasted the criminal justice systems, learning of the differences in the legal system. They put great focus on domestic violence with a very broad area that they cover on the law. They want to make sure that all people who are involved are treated with gentle hands; but, that the defendant is shown how to change and become a better person. They don't necessarily think that jail is the way to correct the problem; but, it is just part of a system of things that needs to be done to help people become better.

    There are many other things that we are seeing and experiencing so stay tune for more.

    Donald Strock is an organizational management major in Claflin University's Center for Professional and Continuing Studies.
  • Jacob Cogman - Criminal Justice in London

    by User Not Found | Mar 09, 2015

    A brief look at London:
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    Economic - The per capita income of Brits = 25,000 pounds

    Social - Exercise the right to protest. They do not have condiments like in America. Food is different. Fries are called chips.

    Political - Prime minister = president; queen = head of state; two Houses of Parliament like Congress. The queen addresses just like the State of the Union

    Nationality - Not as diversified as in U.S. Issue with immigration in England?

    These past few days have been wonderful. Experiencing England is something that no one could have prepared me for. People drive on the left side of the street and the steering wheel is on the right side of the car. The people also exercise their right to protest, like in America. 

    Similar to the U.S., England has a bicameral legislature two Houses of Parliament. Having toured parliament, I came to learn that while the prime minister has similar duties to the President of the United States, the Queen is the official head of state. She addresses both houses yearly similar to the State of the Union address.

    I've enjoyed my stay thus far and cannot wait until my visit to the criminal court.

    Jacob Cogman is a politics and justice studies major at Claflin University.

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  • Asfar Rashid: Japan, Land of The Rising Sun

    by User Not Found | Feb 14, 2014

    First week in Japan has been a tremendous experience in Kansai Gaidai University. It was dominated by the week long orientation program where students all over the world joined the program. In the last one week I have socialized with students and faculty from the various parts of the world and hence I feel like a global citizen. I made an appointment to meet some Japanese friends at the university campus to visit Osaka city. Osaka station was large, so I was nervous. When I asked for directions, the people always showed me the way with a smile. It gave me a good impression, so, fortunately, I could explore the city comfortably with friends. They showed me around Osaka. They treated me to Japanese foods such as sushi, yaki, and denbura. The Japanese cuisine was very good. We had a good time. After the day wonderful city tour of Osaka, the university arranged Kyoto tour which was filled with historic temples and mountains. Kyoto tour has been the best experience for me because I got the feeling of serenity walking around the beautiful Buddhist temples. Now, that my classes are about to begin, I am fully focused on my courses and represent Claflin University in the global stage.

    Asfar Rashid is a sophomore at Claflin University.

    Asfar Rashid in Japan
  • Princess Brown: Updates From Spain

    by User Not Found | Dec 17, 2013
    Classes at the university are very intimate. My smallest class has 5 students and the largest has 15. I believe that this may be due to the fact that my classes are given at a satellite campus as opposed to the actual university, but I am not exactly sure. Also, my classes are highly focused on discussion. Some of my smaller classes even change the tables so that the classroom resembles a conference room. One of the major differences I have experienced has been the lack of tests/quizzes. In all of my classes, the only exams are midterms and finals. Other than that, and the fact that 3 of my 4 classes are 2 hours long, the workload is pretty much the same as at Claflin.

    Aside from school, there have been some pretty cool things going on. I have the opportunity to volunteer with an organization called Gota de Leche, which provides breakfast to students at the Pio XII secondary school. The concept of volunteerism is something relatively new to Spain, particularly in Andalusia, which is the province where Sevilla is located, and community service is more often about observing a different community as opposed to doing actual work. Spain, along with a few other European Union member countries, is in the midst of an economic crisis, and one of the first things I noticed during my service was just how strongly the crisis has affected the minority populations of Spain. When I thought of a breakfast program, I thought immediately of the U.S., where breakfast consists of eggs, grits, bacon and things of that nature. However, Spanish breakfasts are different. Usually, a Spanish breakfast consists of toast and coffee, tea, juice or cocoa, and that was the breakfast we were serving to these children. When I realized the reality that there were families who could not afford to give their kids 4 breakfast cookies and a small cup of cocoa, it hurt my heart, and that was just my first morning. I am really excited to continue working there and getting to know the kids.

    Another cool thing has been that I have gotten to travel! Thus far, I have visited the Spanish cities of Madrid, Toledo and Malaga, each of which is starkly different than the other. Also, this past weekend, I was able to leave Spain and visit Lisbon, Portugal! So far, Lisbon has been my favorite city. However, it has given me a great appreciation for having a basic/intermediate understanding of the Spanish language! Because I have been able to communicate and understand about half of what I need to in Spanish, I had almost forgotten what it felt like to be in a place where you have no ability to communicate! I must say that it was quite the experience!

  • Kathrin Fischer: Exploring Western Australia

    by User Not Found | Sep 25, 2013

    My name is Kathrin Fischer. I am a senior, and I am double-majoring in Politics and Justice Studies and Sociology with a minor in Business Administration.

    Currently, I am studying at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. School is quite different here, but I adapted to the changes. I am taking only business classes in Australia to finish the requirements of my Business Administration minor.

    I have quite a busy schedule - I am working part-time as a waitress, school is quite demanding and I also volunteer for an environmental organization "Conservation Volunteers." Even though I am pretty busy, I make time to meet and socialize with people from all over the world. Western Australia has a very diverse population - I love it.

    I also take time out to explore Western Australia. The Australian bush and the landscape are incredible! I have been on a couple of day trips and two 3-day trips so far. I will also go on a 10-day trip starting next weekend. Honestly, I think I fell in love with Australia, and I know for sure that I will come back to this amazing country after my study abroad experience. Even though it is very expensive, I love it. I have the time of my life here, and I am so happy that I decided to study in WA.