Abroads & Field Programs

Principia’s campus may be in Elsah, Illinois, but you’ll find Principia College students studying all over the world. Imagine researching culture in India, studying business in Japan or San Francisco, doing biology field work in New Zealand, and immersing yourself in history in Hawaii or Peru or in current affairs in Vietnam. These are just a few of the abroad and field programs that Principia faculty and staff teach around the world.

Students report that gaining a deeper understanding of other cultures is only one of the benefits of studying abroad. Learning how to live, work, study, relax, and pray together as a cohesive team is as significant and enriching as the academic program.   

The good news is that you can test your wings as a scholar––not a tourist––in another part of the world for about the same cost as tuition on campus. If you receive financial aid, those funds will apply to your abroad or field program. You might want to bring some extra money for souvenirs, but the basics will be covered just as if you were in Elsah.  

Current Abroad

England: Looking Through the Eyes of an Artist

“Interviewing one of the scientists in the Hungai mountains while drinking tea and sitting in a ger [a one-room dwelling] was a highlight of the trip. . . . Where else can you choose any topic you would like and meet and interview with important officials to get crucial primary source information?”