International Students

The McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives provides orientation, advising, important services, and information about immigration regulations to international students.

International Education Week (Nov. 16-20, 2015)

International Education Week began in 2000 and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the U.S. Department of Education. This important week is observed all across the United States and in more than 100 countries overseas. IEW is celebrated in November each year during the week before the American holiday of Thanksgiving and is an opportunity for international students worldwide to share with their host communities their cultures and highlight the benefits of international educational programs. The worldwide celebration of IEW allows students to reach out to people in every nation, to develop a broader understanding of world cultures and languages, and to reiterate the conviction that enduring friendships and partnerships created through international education are important for a secure future for all countries. You can make a difference by sharing with others your culture - your history, government, language, food, holidays, school system and traditions.

Mount Holyoke College and the McCulloch Center offer international students a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance their program of study and build global competence through CHANGE:

For 178 years Mount Holyoke College has attracted students from many backgrounds and cultures.  Most international students are studying towards a bachelor's degree and enter as first-year, transfer, or Frances Perkins students. International Exchange students and International Guest Students normally spend one year at the College and are awarded the "Certificate for International Students" following successful completion of their program of study.  More detailed information about these programs can be found on this site or on the Office of Admission web site.

In 2015-2016 international (non-immigrant) students from 70 countries are attending Mount Holyoke and will comprise 27% of the student body. At Mount Holyoke, we truly value diversity and recognize that internationalism can be defined in many different ways.  The figures above refer to students who need a visa to enter the U.S. and do not take into account U.S. citizens or permanent residents who live abroad. Questions?  Please contact Donna Van Handle (, Dean of International Students.