Study Abroad Advising

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.

Each year more than 500 MHC students participate in study abroad, pursue an international internship, or engage in independent research abroad. Our research shows that faculty support is critical: students are more likely to pursue learning abroad when faculty encourage them to do so. 

“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


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.


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.  


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 2018 or Academic Year 2018-2019 November 30, 2017 November 30, 2017 for most MHC programs and exchanges

March 1, 2018 for other approved programs

Spring 2019 March 31, 2018* March 31, 2018* for most MHC programs and exchanges

November 1, 2018 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.