Study Abroad in Asia encompasses the many people and cultures of East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. It is important for Asian Studies majors to choose one of the above areas and ground themselves with a comprehensive understanding of the language and culture of the country and region that they focus on. Studying abroad is an excellent way to accomplish this. Students may also participate in one of the many Mount Holyoke College-approved study abroad programs in East Asia and South Asia and The Middle East.
Language and Cultural Immersion
Where to Study
Immersion in an Asian language and culture consolidates and enhances students’ classroom learning, and at the same time, allows them to develop a deeper understanding and to acquire a keener insight into solutions for global issues in general and Asian issues in particular.
To encourage our majors to study abroad, the Asian Studies Program has both established its own program and become affiliated with several reputable programs. Asian Studies faculty host annual study abroad orientations for majors and also advise the individual student as she develops her plan, selects courses, and applies for financial aid.
Asian Studies majors should investigate programs approved by the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. Please pay special attention to laurel preferred programs, which are competitively priced for their location. For a list of where past and present Asian studies majors have studied and a summary of the courses that they took abroad, check this searchable database. Note that the database is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and a planning resource.
Summer internships and research abroad
Asian studies majors are encouraged to pursue a summer internship or research project since it allows them apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States. Mount Holyoke provides a number of summer internship opportunities in South Asia and the Far East. Additionally, each year the faculty chooses an Asian studies major or minor to receive the Barbara Yen Sun Prize for an outstanding research project in Asian studies.
Students also have the option of developing their own summer internship or research project. Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Funding (UAF), which offers students access to funding from a variety of College fellowship sources to cover travel and living expenses for the duration of the project. Students with a family contribution of less than $5000 may also receive a $500 grant to apply towards their summer earnings contribution. Both the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives and the Career Development Center have student evaluations of past international internships on file.