Student Handbook

For Education Abroad

Congratulations on having made the decision to study, research or intern abroad! You are about to embark on an experience that will be deeply rewarding and life-changing, sometimes in unexpected ways.

This handbook is meant to provide some practical information and advice to help you plan ahead for your transition to another culture and for a smooth return to Mount Holyoke. The first section includes information relevant to all students going abroad (such as travel documents, health and safety, cultural adaptation, etc.); there are separate sections designed to cover the particular needs of students going abroad for a year or semester, and those going abroad for summer or other short-term projects. A checklist at the back should help you keep track of the variety of procedures, forms, and other documents you may need to complete. Please note that some of the information included here (passports, visas, etc.) is written specifically for US citizens; those of you who are citizens of other countries will need to obtain the relevant details from the consulate or embassy of your country or the country to which you will be going, as appropriate.

Please take a few minutes to look through the booklet before you leave campus so that you can follow up on any questions you may have. The section of our web site for students while they are learning abroad is another useful resource for you.

We look forward to hearing from you while you are abroad, and offer you our very best wishes for a successful and rewarding experience!

Joanne Picard, Dean of International Studies
Kirk Lange, Director of International Experiential Learning
McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives
Mount Holyoke College
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075-6451

Tel: 413-538-2072
Fax: 413-538-3385