Subjects & Disciplines

If you're curious about what topics to study abroad, look no further than CIEE's top subjects and disciplines! From architecture and computer science to history and environmental studies, we offer 16 different subjects to study when you live and learn abroad with CIEE. Explore detailed information on each of our best subjects to study abroad to identify the perfect study abroad topic for your academic and personal goals. 

Whether you're wondering "what can you study abroad for" or you're seeking inspiration on the most popular subjects to study, you'll find all the resources you need to embark on an unforgettable international journey of a lifetime!

Subjects & Disciplines

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Architecture, Design & Urban Studies​

Observe and analyze architectural styles, urban planning principles, and design philosophies firsthand in different cultural contexts around the world.

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Deepen your understanding of and appreciation for the arts through an immersive, intercultural program in film studies, studio arts, visual arts, and more.

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Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences​

Deepen your understanding of the natural world through fieldwork, data collection, and interpreting scientific  phenomena in biological, chemical, and physical sciences abroad.

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Business, Economics, Management​

Gain valuable insight into international business models, business ethics, economic issues, supply chain management, entrepreneurship, and more at some of the world’s top business schools.

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Computer Sciences & Math​

Bring your math and computer science studies to life by exploring innovative solutions to technical problems in cutting-edge facilities and cultural environments around the world. 

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Bring your education studies abroad and discover how countries across the globe approach the process of educating their citizens.

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Apply theoretical engineering concepts to real-world aerospace, chemical, and biomedical engineering projects in Spain, Estonia, and other countries around the world.

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Experiential Learning & Research​

Diversify your study abroad program with an optional for-credit internship, directed independent research project, or service learning project to gain real-world experience inside and outside of the classroom. 

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Finance & Accounting​

Deepen your understanding of accounting and finance by studying diverse business practices, accounting standards, and financial regulations in different cultural contexts.

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History, Philosophy & Religion​

Shift your perspective when you study the living histories, philosophical traditions, and religious practices that have shaped civilizations across time and geography. 

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Language, Literature & Cultural Studies​

Immerse yourself in the local culture and build language skills in French, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin, Portuguese, Japanese, Russian, or seven other languages as well as linguistics.

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Marketing & Communications​

Go beyond your textbook and explore global marketing and communication trends in Prague, contemporary media culture in Seville, or cross-cultural communication in Tokyo.

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Political Science & Law​

Broaden your understanding of world events, take coursework on international law, and gain unparalleled global experiences in legal ethics when you study political science and law abroad.

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Psychology & Health Sciences​

Gain firsthand experience visiting public health clinics, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and hospitals to put your newly-acquired skills in psychology, neuroscience, child development, and more to use.

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Sociology, Gender & Anthropology​

Develop new academic perspectives, gain an intensive and theoretical background in your field, and discover fresh perspectives on human beings and society.

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Sustainability & Environmental Studies​

Complete GE requirements, conduct independent research alongside field experts, explore natural sciences at world-class research stations, or gain hands-on experience at an international company.