Advising Students on Learning Abroad

Immersion in another country and culture offers students one of the most powerful personal and intellectual experiences to advance their academics, their understanding of global issues, their cultural competence, and their sense of self in the world. Study, research and internships abroad also provide students tools and experiences that equip them to confidently pursue career and other life goals.

Our research shows that faculty support is critical: students are more likely to pursue learning abroad when faculty encourage them to do so. 

Study Abroad: Semester/Year

Programs
Students may choose from more than 15 Mount Holyoke programs and exchanges and nearly 150 other approved programs, in more than 50 countries. Our list of approved programs reflects careful review and consultation with faculty about the best options in their areas of expertise.

Cost
Most programs abroad cost less than studying at Mount Holyoke.  Except for certain MHC programs and exchanges, students pay fees to their host university or program, and they pay only an administrative fee ($900 per semester) to Mount Holyoke.

Financial Aid

Mount Holyoke aid does not travel automatically. Students eligible for need-based financial aid may apply for Laurel Fellowships to substitute for the need-based aid they would have received here. Laurel Fellowships are readily available to all students who qualify.  Awards take into account tuition, room and board, round-trip airfare, books and personal expenses, and Mount Holyoke's administrative fee.  Students applying for Laurel Fellowships should select programs that we have designated as “Laurel Preferred,” meaning that they are high-quality programs competitively priced for their location. Taking program cost into account helps us meet our goal of funding more students for study abroad.  See Laurel Fellowship Criteria for details.  

Requirements
Students must have a GPA of 2.7 or better, approval of their major department, appropriate language proficiency, and be able to meet graduation requirements on schedule; they must be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing.

Key Deadlines

See our web site for the complete list of deadlines.

Planning to study abroad in... Applying for Laurel Fellowship Not Applying for Laurel Fellowship
Fall 2017 or Academic Year 2017-2018 December 2, 2016 December 2, 2016 for most MHC programs and exchanges

March 1, 2017 for other approved programs

Spring 2018 March 31, 2017* March 31, 2017* for most MHC programs and exchanges

November 1, 2017 for other approved programs

* Applications for Spring MHC programs (in China, Costa Rica, and France) will be considered through September 30, if space is still available, but we encourage all students to apply by the March deadline to secure a place.

“I had never been abroad prior to studying in Costa Rica, and I think it was one of the most life-shaping experiences I’ve encountered. I learned about my host country, my host family, and myself—some of my values and opinions were reinforced, while others were completely reformed.”

- Alison Zulick ‘11, Biology and Spanish , MHC Program in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Summer International Internships

Academically embedded international internships are powerful learning laboratories for the education of global citizens and a key element of MHC's Lynk initiative.  Interns are typically immersed in the host culture, take on substantive roles in a professional environment, and pursue clearly defined learning goals. 

Programs
The MHC International Internship Program (MHC-IIP) offers a unique selection of funded international internships arranged through MHC faculty, alumnae, and parents. We also encourage students to develop their own international internships using the resources in the McCulloch Center and Career Development Center, web resources, and cultivating opportunities through their personal networks.

Application and Funding
Students apply for MHC-IIP opportunities through LyonNet, and for funding (at least $3,600 for an international internship) through Lynk/UAF.  Students may use their Lynk/UAF funding for qualifying internships abroad, whether obtained through MHC-IIP  or self-developed.

Requirements for MHC-IIP
Academic preparation and other qualifications vary depending on internship; students should refer to specific position descriptions. Application materials include: interview with Kirk Lange, a resume, cover letter, unofficial transcript, and a faculty reference.

Deadlines
Students interested in the MHC-IIP must meet with Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning, before applying.  The deadline for MHC-IIP applications through LyonNet is 02/17/2017.  To secure funding, students must also meet UAF deadlines (02/17/2017 for Step 1 and 05/08/2017 for Step 2).

Recent Internships:

  • Fulbright Commission, Brussels, Belgium
  • UNICEF: New York, Thailand, vietnam
  • Partners in Health/Socios en Salud, Peru
  • DAAD Research in Science and Engineering, Germany
  • Sims Reed Gallery, England
  • Center for Science and Environment, India
  • African Rural University for Women, Uganda

Global Research Support Program (GRSP)

Students can pursue Lynk/UAF-funded international research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor.  The GRSP supports these projects with connections to supplemental resources and a community of scholars.  GRSP projects typically become the basis for a senior thesis.

Application: Students must specifically apply for for research project funding through the Universal Application for Funding.  Researchers apply to the GRSP through Lyon-Net.

Deadline: The deadline for UAF Step 1 is 02/17/2017, while the deadline for UAF Step 2 is 05/08/2017.  However, students are strongly encouraged to complete funding applications -- and begin planning research with faculty -- well in advance.  Earlier applications allow for more affordable airfares, any necessary IRB approvals, arranging visas and housing, etc.  Applications to GRSP are due 03/01/2017.

Examples of Recent GRSP Projects:

  • "Gaeigle: Mapping the Discursive Practice of Irish Language in the Contemporary Republic of Ireland," Siri Rosendahl (2015, Anthropology)
  • "To Live and Defy in Egypt: The Struggle of the Egyptian Artist in the Post-Revolutionary Era," Mona Shadi (FP, International Relations)
  • "The Labor of Male Immigrant Street Vendors in Bologna: A Qualitative Study," Candice Whitney (2015, Italian)

 Each year more than 500 MHC students participate in study abroad, pursue an international internship, or engage in independent research abroad.