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: 

Employers highly value the intercultural, professional, and personal skills that students develop during study abroad. For a list of where past and present majors have studied and a summary of the courses they have taken abroad, check this searchable database.  Note that this is not a definitive list of what is possible and should serve only as a useful guide and planning resource. 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.

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
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.

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 internship or research project abroad. The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers curated, competitive internships in 20 countries around the world. The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives is a key resource for international internships

  • Funding is available through the Universal Application Form (UAF). For more details about internship opportunities and funding, please contact Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential learning at the McCulloch Center.  

Students may be particularly interested in:

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.