Learning Abroad for Economics Majors

The Economics Department encourages all majors to consider study abroad for a semester during the junior year. Planning for a semester abroad should begin with discussions with the student’s faculty advisor in the sophomore year.  Some students combine a Fall or Spring semester with a summer internship or research project to extend their experience abroad. Majors who plan to pursue a senior thesis in economics should plan to be on campus in the spring semester of the junior year.

Study Abroad

Study abroad offers a unique opportunity for students to expand their intellectual inquiries and develop global competence through immersion in a different cultural context. Explore the study abroad programs the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives approves to find the ones that best fit your academic pathway.

Where to study

The Economics Department encourages you to think broadly about your goals for study abroad in choosing a host destination.  Are you interested in a specific geographic region?  Do you want to improve your skills in another language?  If you take economics courses while abroad, we recommend that you take courses that will advance your understanding of your host country and its geographic region. Among Mount Holyoke’s own programs and exchanges, these may be of particular interest to economics majors and students in the global business nexus: 


  • The Search by Major database shows where other economics majors have studied abroad.  
  • Credit transfer: A designated department faculty member approves courses for transfer. Remember that two of the three required 200-level courses must be taken at Mount Holyoke.
  • Laurel Fellowships are readily available to students who qualify for need-based aid.
  • Employers highly value the intercultural, professional, and personal skills that students develop during study abroad.

When to study

Most economics majors study abroad for one semester during their junior year.  Economics majors who plan to do a senior thesis are encouraged to study abroad during the fall semester of the junior year.  We encourage you to meet with your advisor to map out courses you will need both on campus and during your time abroad to ensure that you meet requirements for the major.

Credit Transfer

To receive 300-level credit for an economics course you take abroad, intermediate microeconomics or intermediate macroeconomics must be a prerequisite.  Students who want to apply credits earned from courses taken while studying abroad to satisfy a requirement (major, minor, language, or distribution) should contact the chair of the department before applying for the program.  In some cases, the chair may require additional information, including a syllabus, before providing written approval for a course.

Summer Internships Abroad

Economics majors are encouraged to explore summer opportunities abroad. 

In addition to the CDC, the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships. The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers curated, competitive internships in 20 countries around the world. Students may be particularly interested in:

Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Universal Application Form (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.