Where you find course information for your study abroad program depends on which type of program it is. For Learning Abroad Center programs which are study center-based, the courses will be listed under the academics tab on each program page. For Affiliated study center-based programs, course information is available on the affiliate website.
For any program that is host-university study, the course information will be found on the host university's website. Most affiliates will have links to the host university's course catalog, particularly if there is a specific one for international students. Once at the host university website, courses commonly can be found in 3 places: the course handbook/catalog/prospectus, the department website, or the university’s international office website.
Though each university is different, here are some generalizations grouped by country and/or region:
For many universities, you will not be able to find course syllabi online. However, some course descriptions may be available. Students should be flexible with the majority of courses they want to take abroad. Work through the program sponsor to try to access one or two needed course descriptions.
Course syllabi are difficult to get for these institutions. Students often need to be flexible with the majority of courses they want to take abroad. However, if there are one or two courses that are needed for major/minor requirements, work with the program sponsor to gather the necessary information. Identify the courses from the host institution's website prior to contacting the program sponsor. The semester in South Africa is opposite from the US. (Our fall is their spring and vice versa).
For many universities, you will not be able to find course syllabi online. However, some course descriptions may be available. Students should be flexible with the majority of courses they want to take. Work through the program sponsor to access one or two needed course descriptions.
For some universities you will not be able to find course syllabi online. However, some course descriptions may be available through the host- university’s website. Work through the program sponsor to access course descriptions.
Look at second-year UK courses (or modules) to match US junior-year and upper-division liberal ed courses. The second year also works well in general for mid-level major coursework. The 100 level is fine for liberal ed courses but not upper division.
Taking courses across colleges can be difficult, so when looking for courses you may need to limit the search to 1 or 2 colleges. Some UK universities are on a trimester system, so you will need to pay attention to the term the course is offered. Also, courses may be year-long and may not be an option for you unless you are planning to study abroad for the academic year.
You will not be able to find course syllabi for any universities. Work through the program sponsor to access course descriptions.
Smaller classes of 15–25 students that are American lecture and discussion combination style can be called different things depending on department preference. For example, at the university in Freiburg, this type of course is called a Proseminar by most departments, while Political Science calls it a Grundkurs (followed by a number I, II, or III depending on difficulty).
Hauptkurse are the next most difficult courses after the Proseminar. Mostly upper-level native German students take them; most American students won't.
Additional in-depth information about academics at German Universities is downloadable.
The US model of higher education was originally based on the Scottish model and there remain many similarities. It is a four-year degree program and Scottish students do two years of general studies before choosing a specialized subject. Course levels should match readily to a student’s level in the US.
You will not be able to find course syllabi for almost any Spanish university, however, you may be able to find course listings and descriptions online. Be aware that courses are difficult to confirm prior to arrival on-site as Spanish students generally follow a pre-set track and do not have to do course selection. They also generally only study one or two subjects and have more background than US students.