As an undergraduate at Salem, you will have the opportunity to participate in three special programs for experiential education:  

  • Internships
  • January Term
  • Off-Campus Studies 


Internships provide you with the opportunity to link your academic work with practical experience in a variety of career fields. As an undergraduate student, you are required to participate in at least one internship through the Salem Signature program. In addition, several academic programs at Salem require internships as an integral part of your program of study. You may take internships during the regular term as well as during the January Term.  

January Term  

The January Term provides you with an opportunity to concentrate on one subject area of particular interest. 

If you are an undergraduate student, during this month you may enroll in courses on campus, travel programs, independent studies or internships. You also have the option of enrolling in courses or programs at other 4-1-4 institutions. If you are a first-year student you are expected to take on-campus courses or participate in Salem faculty-sponsored travel programs during the January Term. Salem-sponsored programs are also open to students from other colleges.  

The January Term is an ideal time for you to investigate new areas of study; refine your independent learning skills; integrate your theoretical knowledge with practical experience; explore career options; and pursue your research interests. Recent on- campus courses include “Cuba Through the Eyes of Film and Literature;” “Unlocking the DaVinci Code;” “Aftermath of Disaster,” which included a trip to the Gulf Coast region affected by Hurricane Katrina; “Rastafarianism and Social Resistance in the Caribbean;” and “Science Fiction and Photography.” Recent travel courses have included study in Ireland, Italy, Mexico, China and England.  

Off-Campus Studies

Salem College offers students numerous opportunities to study abroad during January Term, the regular academic terms and the summer term. If you are interested in studying abroad should contact the Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Robin Loflin Smith early in their academic career.

January Term study:   Students have the opportunity to enroll in a Salem-sponsored travel course with a Salem College faculty member. January travel courses are announced in the spring. All Salem students in good academic standing are eligible for travel in January. Please note that certain courses may have prerequisites.

Summer study:   Salem College offers two summer programs of study at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University.

The Summer School at St. Peter’s College: Students may enroll at the Summer School at St. Peter’s College and take courses in medieval studies or in the environmental, urban and regional studies program. Students work with Oxford University faculty in the tutorial tradition. This program is open to rising seniors with a minimum Salem grade point average of 3.2. Please visit the St. Peter’s College website for more information (

Salem College’s Business Program at St. Peter’s College, Oxford University  Salem College and St. Peter’s College, Oxford University conduct a three-week International Business program at St. Peter’s College. Distinguished lecturers teach the program and consist of faculty and business professionals from Salem College, St. Peter’s College, other British Universities, and multinational corporations. The program includes modules in Globalization and the World Economy; Development of Global Companies, and Business Culture; Ethics and Gender Issues. Interested students should contact Professor Cummings in the Business Department for more information.

Academic semester or year abroad:   Salem College offers students opportunities to study across the globe.

St. Clare’s Liberal Arts Program, Oxford, England  St. Clare’s is an independent, international college whose liberal arts course of studies is designed for students who wish to supplement their academic programs with a semester or year of study in England. Students choose from a selection of courses from across the liberal arts curriculum. Salem students will find numerous courses that fulfill the College’s basic distribution requirements for graduation. This program is open to sophomores and juniors who have a minimum Salem grade point average of 3.0. For more information, please visit the St. Clare’s website at

Brethren Colleges Abroad:   Through its affiliation with the Brethren Colleges Abroad Program (BCA), Salem College now offers semester and year long study abroad programs in countries throughout Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Rooted in the values of peace and justice, Brethren Colleges Abroad promotes international understanding and awareness of global citizenship through its diverse academic programs across the globe.

Currently, BCA offers programs in Belgium, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Spain, Wales, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Australia, China, India, Japan and New Zealand. For more information, please see the BCA website at or contact Dean Robin Smith in the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies.

If you wish to study abroad through a different program of studies, please contact the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. All study abroad programs must be approved in advance by the Dean’s office. You must be in good academic standing to study abroad.