Learning Abroad for Sociology Majors

Sociology majors are encouraged to study abroad or work in a foreign environment. Studying abroad provides you with the opportunity to experience another culture, improve foreign language skills, and participate in activities and coursework not found at Mount Holyoke.

Study Abroad

Where to Study
The study abroad process can be made easier by talking with your academic advisor, your department chair, and the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives about your plans. This will help you decide which programs are the most relevant, affordable, and beneficial for your educational needs. Also, don’t forget to talk with other students who have studied abroad! They have firsthand experience and are often happy to chat with other students about the ups and downs of studying in another part of the world. 

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.

Sociology Study Abroad Countries and Universities

CAMPUS ORG COUNTRY
CIEE in Buenos Aires Argentina
Sydney Australia
Melbourne (Butler) Australia
James Cook Australia
CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts Spain
Vesalius Belgium
British Columbia Canada
SIT China Yunnan China
CIEE in Santo Domingo Dominican Republic
Hood in Strasbourg France
Lady Shri Ram College India
UCD Ireland
Haifa Israel
Siena School Liberal Arts Italy
API Florence Italy
Victoria New Zealand
LSE United Kingdom
Cape Town (InterStudy) South Africa
Edinburgh United Kingdom
Edinburgh (Butler) United Kingdom

When to Study
It is of vital importance that students keep departmental requirements in mind when planning to study abroad. Almost no planning hurdle is insurmountable, as long as students consult with their advisor and, where necessary the department chair, to address these issues ahead of time.

Summer internships and research abroad

An international summer internship or research project is a good way for anthropology and sociology majors to apply and develop their skills and explore possible career paths while engaging with cultures and perspectives outside the United States. Those majors involved in significant research collaborations with faculty may find a summer internship to be the best fit with their plans for their time at the college.

Internships:
Students have the option of developing their own summer internship or research project. Support for unpaid opportunities is available through the Lynk 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.

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.