LMU Summer Abroad

LMU Summer Abroad offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to continue learning from LMU’s world-class faculty whose expertise span the globe. Embark on one of our faculty-led summer programs for an immersive academic experience as you explore the sights, sounds and culture of a new city abroad!   



Check the program description and tentative courses below for summer 2023. Click on the program name to access the program brochure page and application. 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the application deadline, or until the program is full. 


ITALY: LMU SUMMER IN BOLOGNA  - We have few spots available! if you are interested in this program, please contact Pamela Underwood at pamela.underwood@lmu.edu.

Spend your summer in Bologna and attend The Cinema Ritrovato festival, the largest and most prestigious film restoration festival in the world! The Ritrovato partners with upwards of 25 institutions around the world dedicated to film restoration, including Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation. Learn from LMU faculty and receive LMU credit for coursework in the fields of film and television studies and animation. 

Students will enroll in the following two courses: 

ANIM 399/FTVS 598-01: Pantomime, Physical Comedy, and Animation (3-units)
Taught by LMU professor Jose Garcia Moreno
Core requirement: Explorations: Creative Experience

SCRW 398/FTVS 598-02: Where Characters Live and Breathe: Creating Powerful Scenes (3-units)
Taught by LMU professor Karol Hoeffner

Attendance to the week-long Cinema Ritrovato festival is obligatory, this includes a visit to the film restoration laboratory. The navigation of the festival’s itinerary will be led by LMU professor Carla Marcantonio.

*Students are required to have successfully completed one semester of either FTVS 2100: World Cinema 1 or FTVS 2117: World Cinema 2 by the end of Spring 2023 OR enrollment in one of these courses in Summer or Fall 2023.

* 500 FTVS courses are open to undergraduate students. 



LMU Summer in Zagreb is a five-week summer program that will explore Zagreb, Croatia, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Vis, Croatia. This program will examine the dynamics of conflict and the challenges involved in bringing about reconciliation among groups divided by distrust and enmity. Students will take two courses that offer 8 LMU core credits with numerous core and flag fulfillments. You will meet and converse with war survivors, and political, religious, and intellectual figures. This, in turn, will allow you to examine tendencies to exclusion and violence in their own lives, and to develop hospitable practices and attitudes that lead to peace. Courses will be taught in Zagreb at the European Center for the Study of War and Peace (ECSWP).

Students will enroll in the following two courses: 

HIST 4910/ POLS 4998 TPH: War, Memory, and Identity (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Elizabeth Drummond

PHIL 3998 War and Peace: Philosophical and Theological Perspectives (4 units)
Taught by Dr. James Taylor
Core Requirements: Faith & Reason, Engaged Learning Flag


FRANCE: LMU SUMMER IN PARIS A student looking at the horizon
LMU Summer in Paris is a four-week summer program in Paris, France. Spend your summer surrounded by the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the glamorous avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. You will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in French culture by visiting museums, architectural sites, and attending art performances. Discover all that France has to offer while earning upper division credit in courses taught by LMU professors and developing your French language skills. Experience a city of excellent food, joie de vivre, creativity, literature, philosophy, and science this summer by participating in LMU Summer in Paris.

Students will enroll in the following two courses: 

Required Course
FREN 1011, 2011, or 3011: Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced Conversational French (3 units)
Taught at Institute Catholique

Choose One Course
FNLT 4331 / FREN 4331 / FTVS 498 : Paris Through Film (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Véronique Flambard-Weisbart
Core requirements: Exploration: Creative Experience; Engaged Learning flag

DANC 262: Dance styles and Forms/DANC 163: Intro to Choreography (3 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo
Core requirements: Explorations: Creative Experience

ENGL 3998: African and Asian American Writers in Paris (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Julia Lee
*Please note this course is open only for JR and SR*

For dance majors or advanced level dancers, you can also take:

DANC 398 SS: Int/Adv Modern/Contemporary Dance (1 unit)
Taught by LMU Professor Rosalynde LeBlanc Loo
*The course satisfies one movement technique course for the dance major or 1 credit of movement technique for the dance minor.


Join us for a 4-week Odyssey traveling, studying, and exploring the land and vibrant culture of the cornerstone of Western civilization! The Odyssey program is an LMU faculty led program that begins in Athens where students visit the magnificent Acropolis, the ancient Agora, and various museums and art spaces around the city. A walking tour of the city and its street art provides students with a feel for Athens as a modern European metropolis.  The group continues their exploration with a week-long trip all around Greece for visits to significant sites: the ancient theatre of Epidavros, Mycenae, Corinth, Nafplio, Sparta, Mystra, Olympia, Delphi, and Meteora are some of the places we visit.  The remaining three weeks of the academic program takes place on the beautiful island of Spetses, famous for its history, distinctive architecture, stately mansions, and lovely beaches. Students will have an opportunity to immerse themselves into Greek life and culture while exploring Spetses and the nearby island of Hydra. 

Students will enroll in the following two courses: 

MDGK 3342/ENGL 3341/FNLT 3998: Ancient Landscapes: Modern Voices Modern Greek Society & Culture (4-units)
Taught by LMU Professor Christina Bogdanou
Core Requirements: Interdisciplinary Connections, Engaged Learning Flag 

BCOR 3610/MDGK 3998: Managing People in Organizations (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Ellen Ensher


Imagine spending your summer sipping espresso on the cobble-stone streets of one of the world’s oldest cities. Picture yourself walking past the coliseum on your way to the day’s lecture and chatting in Italian as you enjoy a raspberry gelato under the warm Mediterranean sun.  The LMU Summer in Rome program provides an immersive academic experience to student’s seeking to make this Italian capital city their new home for five weeks. Living in shared private apartments, students are taught by LMU faculty and engage in coursework designed to expose the rich history, culture, and livelihoods that make up modern Rome.

Students will enroll in two of the following courses:

ITAL 2101, 2102, 3999: Italian 1,2, or Mastery of Italian (4 units)

Math 498: Globalization Through a Data Science Lens (3 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Anna Bargagliotti
Core requirements: Integrations: Interdisciplinary Connections

ITAL 3251/FNLT 3998: Italian Food Cultures (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Aine O’Healy
Engaged Learning Flag


Experience a vibrant city, beautiful art, awe-inspiring ruins, and delicious food!  LMU Summer Immersion in Rome: Christianity and Art is a 10-day program in May led by LMU faculty in Rome, Italy.  Through class readings and daily site visits to places of historical importance, students examine perspectives coming from different academic disciplines as they investigate how Christianity helped to initiate a new architectural and artistic vocabulary. 

CATH 3988 / THST 3988 / ARHS 4754: Christian Faith and Visual Culture in Rome (4 units)
Taught by LMU professors Dr. Kirstin Noreen and Fr. Marc Reeves
Core requirement: Faith and Reason Core and Engaged Learning Flag

Notes: Application for this immersion program will open on Monday, October 17th and it is due Thursday, December 1st, 2022. There will be three required Saturday classes during the spring semester. 



The LMU Summer in Oxford program is a four-week long program where students get to live the life of an Oxford university student at Queen’s College: living in the university dorms, attending classes, dining in the great hall, and punting along the river in the afternoons. This summer come explore Oxford and Queen’s and wander along the cobbled lanes, get lost in the great libraries, have afternoon tea, and live in the city that was home to such notable personalities as Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien, Hugh Grant, the band Radiohead, and even Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles. 

Students will enroll in the following two courses: 

HIST 4010: Pirates and Piracy in World History (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Kevin McDonald

PHIL 3998/ CATH 3998: Science and Religion (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Tim Shanahan
Core requirements: Integrations: Faith and Reason


city scape South Korea
Experience the rich culture of South Korea while living on the campus of Sogang University, located in Sinchon, a lively college town located in the center of Seoul. Led by LMU faculty and designed for Seaver College students, this program takes you to the hub of global innovation!

Students will enroll in two of the following courses:

EECE 2242 Logic and Computer Design (4 units)
Taught by LMU Professor Nazmul Ula
Pre-requisite: CMSI 2210-Computer Systems Organization

Sogang University Summer Course (3 units)
Choose between a Korean language or culture course.


street in Washington DC
Spend your summer term living, working, and learning in our nation’s capital.  The Washington Center Academic Internship Program combines real-world professional experience with an academic component, providing you with an ideal setting to make connections and enhance your resume.  TWC will assist you in obtaining an internship that closely matches your personal and professional goals. 

Students will enroll in two of the following courses:

POLS 3810 Washington Internship (4 units)

POLS 3820 Washington, D.C. Politics (4 units)


 Other Summer 2023 Opportunities - App Deadline: 3/2/23

Sophia University’s 3-week summer session offers participants an opportunity to learn about and connect with Japan’s traditionally rich culture while experiencing the modern uniqueness of Tokyo. Students will gain an understanding of the country’s relation to Asia and witness the myriad of ways in which all cultures of the world are reflected. This program is tailored for students who want to experience various aspects of Japanese culture and society, and witness the myriad ways in which all cultures of the world are reflected. 

The Japanese Language Program, offered by LMU’s partner institution Sophia University, is tailored for students who want to improve their Japanese language abilities in an intensive program. Students be tested and placed into a beginner, intermediate, advanced-intermediate, or advanced level cohorts. To further enhance the effectiveness of Japanese language acquisition, students will have opportunities to practice their language skills through real-world application with Sophia students during engaging activities held outside of the classroom. 

Augsburg University in Mexico offers four 3 1/2 week sessions (blocks) focusing on Spanish language and Mexican culture in which students can take one course per session, and take up to three courses throughout the summer. This community-based program includes homestays, a trip to Mexico City, optional weekend excursions, and numerous guest speakers designed to help students learn about history, culture, and contemporary struggles for peace, justice, and human rights. 

With a growing Spanish-speaking population in the United States, there is a critical need for our future medical professionals to understand the language in order to better serve their patients. With Augsburg University’s summer Medical Spanish and Clinical Observership program, students will focus on Spanish language and Mexican culture in a medical context. Take a specialized language course, Spanish for Healthcare Professionals, taught by a bi-lingual Mexican Physician. In addition, students have an option to be placed in a *Medical Observership, for practical real-world experiences. *Medical Observership requires at least four-courses of college level Spanish. 


Important Information to Know

Study Abroad Summer Withdrawal Policy