Study Abroad Programs

Geneseo students, and especially Languages and Literatures' majors and minors, are invited and encouraged to participate in accredited programs of study at institutions of higher education located in foreign countries. Programs are sponsored by Geneseo, by other units of the State University of New York, and by other institutions. Students may obtain information concerning these programs, credit transfer, and application materials from staff in the Financial Aid Office.

The Department of Languages and Literatures coordinates or co-sponsors study abroad programs in the following countries:

  • Argentina
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Prague
  • Senegal
  • Spain

For program descriptions, please visit the Office of International Programs or click here.


Best time to study abroad within program. It is preferable that students seeking teacher certification study abroad prior to student teaching. It is essential that students plan the education blocks with study abroad in mind. French and Spanish Workshop 320 and INTD 302 (Foreign Language Methods and Materials) are offered only in the spring semester.

Recommended duration. At least one semester; a year is preferable to ensure maximum progress. Summer study abroad is also beneficial.

Transferring credits. The Office of the Dean and Department Chair evaluate exact equivalencies and conferral of credit.

Courses. As you plan each semester's schedule at Geneseo, consider the courses that you are likely to take in a study abroad program in order to avoid duplicate credit. For example, if you take a civilization course in Spain or France after having taken French or Spanish 325 at Geneseo, you will receive 3TR credit for the course taken in Spain or France. Other potential conflicts: phonology/phonetics.

Informational Meeting. The Department of Languages offers an annual informational meeting regarding study abroad programs and possibilities. The date is announced in language classes and publicized on campus.

Useful links to other programs:

http://www.sunysystemabroad.com
http://www.studyabroad.com