Study Abroad

Student emerging from traditional Tunisian door within a doorInitiated in 2004, Oregon State University’s Study Abroad Program in Tunisia opens doors onto new cultural experiences and offers students an opportunity to profit from OSU’s special, long-term relationship with Tunisia. Co-directed by Karim Hamdy and Laura Rice, Oregon State’s Tunisia Study Abroad program has been hosted by the flagship Higher Institute of Languages-Tunis (ISLT), part of the University of Carthage and by the Bourguiba Institute (IBLV).

Building upon decades of technology transfer and international development projects between faculty at OSU and in Tunisia, the Study Abroad Program provides students coursework in intensive Arabic or French, as well as elective courses on topics such as “Tunisian Culture and the Arab Spring,” “Tunisia: Development in Conditions of Environmental Scarcity” or “Women’s Voices in International Context.”

OSU has strong academic support across the country, having signed Memoranda of Understanding with six Tunisian Universities—three located in Tunis, two in southern Tunisia, and UVT (the Virtual University). Students from Oregon and around the US have benefited from the OSU Tunisia Program, including participants from such schools as University of Chicago, Barnard/Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Georgetown, William & Mary, etc., in addition to sister schools from Oregon.

OSU Study Abroad students are encouraged to explore cross-cultural issues through study, debate, travel and through face-to-face dialogue with Tunisian peers.

Cross-Cultural Conversation between OSU student and University of the South student in Gabes, Tunisia

Students in Cross-Cultural Debate Higher Institute of Languages at Gabes, Tunisia

Round table cross-cultural discussion in Tunis

Cross-Cultural Round Table Discussion in Tunis








Tunisia’s climate, varied topography, and diverse historical heritage have made it a cultural gem. Among the facets students explore are:

Punic and Roman archeological sites:

Students at Dougga amphitheater UNESCO world heritage site

Dougga Amphitheater, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Mosaic floor at Roman city of Bulla Regia

Roman Mosaic floor at Bulla Regia Archeological site









Berber mountain villages,

Student looking at the panoramic landscape from Berber village of Takrouna

Panoramic landscape from Takrouna

Student hiking to the top of Chenini Tataouine Berber village

Mosque on the heights of Chenini Tataouine Berber village





Takrouna Berber village from above

Takrouna seen from above










Islamic mosques and medinas,                                     Extensive coastal beaches

Student on Medina rooftop in Tunis

Tunis from the Medina rooftops

girl hang gliding on beach

Hang gliding at Hammamet








Saharan landscapes,                                                       Mirage-inducing salt flats

Riding camels in Douz

Riding camels in Douz

Students at Chott El Jerid

Students at Chott El Jerid







Date Palm Oases

Students watching dates being collected in Tozeur oasis

Date harvest, Tozeur Oasis

Student climbing a date palm

Climbing a Date Palm