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The Barrett Honors College highly encourages its students to enhance their educational experience by studying abroad. Studying outside the United States expands students’ global perspective and adds knowledge and awareness they cannot receive with just a basic university education. Students who have studied abroad report that it is their most important and meaningful educational experience, one they will remember for the rest of their lives. Visit to apply for a scholarship. Important Note: Scholarships are awarded to Barrett students enrolled in a Barrett study abroad trip. You must apply for the trip through the Study Abroad Office.

Barrett Study Abroad 2019

In the summer of 2019, Barrett will offer six unique and exciting for-credit travel programs. Four programs will take place within ASU’s first summer session, mid-May to late June and two in the second summer session in July. Specific dates, as well as program costs, will be announced here in the Fall 2018 semester. A limited amount of need-based scholarships are available to students participating in a Barrett summer travel programs. Click here to apply.

  • All of Barrett's programs are led by experienced Honors Faculty Fellows and uphold Barrett Community Standards on the trip.
  • You can expect a high-quality academic experience on our trips.
  • Going on a group trip will mean access to cultural experiences that would be difficult to get as an individual traveler.
  • Traveling on an academic abroad program is a great way for students who live off campus to meet and make friends with other Barrett students.

Title: Barrett in Paris and Florence

Description: In the summer of 2019, Barrett students will have the opportunity to experience the history, art, architecture, and literature of two of Europe’s great cities, Florence and Paris.  Coursework will focus on two periods in which those cities surged with creative energy and dominated the culture of Europe--the Renaissance of the sixteenth century and the “Belle Époque” of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  The cities themselves will become our classrooms as we study the works of Machiavelli, Galileo, Montaigne, Michelangelo, Picasso, Matisse, Rodin, and Rimbaud while visiting sites like the Duomo, the Uffizi Gallery, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower.

Dates: Online instruction:  May 21-May 30, 2019
Program on-site in Florence and Paris:  June 1-June 22, 2019

Program Fee: $6300

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Courses: HON 394  Beautiful Epochs:  The Renaissance in Florence and the Belle Époque in Paris; HON 394  The Medicis:  Piety, Power, and Privilege in Italy and France

For Further Information: Please contact Dr. Michael Stanford at


Title: Finding Frankenstein: the Creature and Ourselves

Description: Follow the trail of Victor Frankenstein and the Creature among the Alps and famous “Sea of Ice” glacier where they met, the University of Ingolstadt where Victor made the monster (also the birthplace of the Illuminati!), and explore the ruins of the real Castle Frankenstein as well as the very villa where Mary Shelley began writing the novel in 1816, as we travel through Germany, Switzerland, and take a day-trip to France. Will we find Victor? The Creature? Ourselves? Known for its tradition of tolerance and neutrality, Switzerland is one of the world’s oldest democracies and this six-credit program also includes privately-guided visits to significant cultural and historical sites such as John Calvin’s church in Geneva (St. Peter’s), the UN (Palace of Nations), the Rousseau House, Lake Geneva and the Jet d’Eau, and more.

Dates: May 22-June 12, 2019

Program Fee: $6100

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Courses: HON 394: Frankenstein, the Monster, and other Romantics (3 credits); HON 394: Identity Complexities: Frankenstein, Annemarie Schwarzenbach, & Switzerland (3 credits)

For Further Information: For further details or if you have questions, contact Dr. Don Fette at:


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Title: Barrett, Australia: Documenting and Critiquing Human and Ecological Histories and Representations

Program Description: This program will give students the opportunity to explore a wide range of territory within Australia, from the country’s beautiful, culturally rich and cosmopolitan cities, to the natural wonders of the Outback, the Daintree Rainforest, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Gold Coast. Excursions will include things like: a variety of historical and cultural museum visits; snorkeling, where we will learn about Reef history and issues related to coral bleaching and sustainability; beginner surf lessons and a critique of “beach culture”; off-road tours of Outback regions near the Gold Coast; camping in bush territory; and visits to wildlife preserves like Fraser Island where students will see some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna. The interdisciplinary courses will ask students to examine scientific, historical, and political documents, literature, and film that paint a complex portrait of Australia’s past, present, and future.  Both site visits and course work are designed to be interdisciplinary, looking at cultural, scientific, literary, and political history, alongside current scientific and cultural issues related to sustainability, the rights of indigenous, and the representations of the peoples and landscapes of Australia. Students’ work will culminate in final research-based projects that intersect with their wide-ranging disciplinary interests, from scientific history and sustainability to political science and literary or film analysis/production.

Dates:   May 26-June 24, 2019.  A pre-departure course will take place online in the 7-10 days preceding departure for Australia

Program Fee: $7380

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Courses: HON-394: Creating and Critiquing the “Real”: Documenting Australia’s Ecologies, People, and Politics; HON-394: Australia and the Global Frontier: Indigeneity, Settlement, and Place in the Land Down Under

For Further Information: Please contact Dr. April Miller at:

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Title: Barrett in Vienna and London: Study 20th Century Movements in Architecture and Psychology

Description: This three-week program to Vienna and London will study the structures and intersections of 20th-century movements in Architecture and Psychology.  These cosmopolitan global cities have been the backdrop to intellectual firestorms and critical thinkers who have used the city as their canvas and consulting room to change the way that people see the world and each other.  During our time in Vienna, we will study the birth and early development of psychoanalysis through Sigmund Freud's interactions with professional associates and rivals, as well as the architecture of Imperial Vienna and the shift to Art Nouveau (Secession). In London, we will consider how Melanie Klein and Anna Freud developed Freud's original ideas through movements in object relations and ego psychology, as well as how modern ideas of technology and engineering pioneered a British architectural aesthetic in the midst of an ever-changing city.

Dates: July 3-24, 2019

Program Fee: $6300

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Courses: HON 394: Architecture In 20th Century Vienna and London (3 credits); HON 394: The History of Psychoanalysis (3 credits)

For Further Information: Please contact Dr. Abby Loebenberg at

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