Learning Abroad for Asian Studies Majors

Study abroad

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 they develop their plan, selects courses and applies for financial aid.

On-Campus Resources
The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives Study Abroad website is also an excellent resource for programs, application procedures, deadlines, financial aid, and more. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are readily available to qualified students.

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.

Credit Transfer
Please read the credit transfer page on the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives' website for general information.

Summer internships and research abroad

Asian studies majors are encouraged to pursue a summer internship or research project since it helps students 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 and East Asia.

  • Additionally, each year the faculty chooses an Asian studies major/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). For more details about internship opportunities and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center.  

Next Steps

Students interested in exploring possibilities for learning abroad are encouraged to contact the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives. April Stroud is the primary advisor for study abroad, and Kirk Lange can offer guidance on internships or research abroad. Students should also consult with their advisor about how they can best connect and integrate learning abroad with their work in the major.