Study Abroad

Study abroad offers a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance your academics and build global competence, a must for citizenship and careers in the 21st century.

  • Study abroad provides a unique opportunity to explore your academic interests from a new perspective.
  • Living and learning in another country encourages you to engage across difference, expand your understanding of global challenges, and question your assumptions about yourself and your place in the world.
  • Study abroad provides tools and experiences that equip you to confidently pursue career and life goals.  In many programs, you can choose an academic course, approved for credit by Mount Holyoke, that incorporates an internship, community-based learning, or independent research.
  • Effective marketing of your education abroad experience can help you stand out in a competitive job market.  Many employers highly value the competencies and skills that students typically develop and sharpen through studying abroad.

Whether you are interested in language immersion, field studies, or a traditional classroom-based experience, there is a program that is right for you: Mount Holyoke students may choose from more than 150 programs in 50 countries. Watch the video for advice and inspiration from students who have studied abroad, and tap the resources of the McCulloch Center to help you chart your own path. 

New and Noteworthy

  • International Fair: Go Global!  (Tuesday, September 19, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Chapin)
    Come meet with representatives of many of MHC's partner programs and universities abroad, and with staff from the McCulloch Center, to learn about opportunities for study abroad.  All are welcome, whether you are a first-year who wants to get a sense of what is possible, or a sophomore or junior who already knows what you would like to do.  The Fair is the single best opportunity this fall to gather information about a wide range of programs, so come explore!

  • Study Abroad Info Sessions
    Interested in studying abroad and not sure where to start?  Have questions about cost and financial aid?  Need help finding a program?  Come to one of these info sessions for an overview of opportunities and resources to help you plan ahead:
    Thursday, September 14, 5:00 p.m., Dwight 201
    Friday, September 29, 4:00 p.m., Dwight 201

  • Diversity Resources for Study Abroad
    Check out the wealth of resources for, by, and about students who are often underrepresented in study abroad (including students of color, students with disabilities, first-generation college students, LGBTQ students, students in non-traditional majors, etc.), along with resources for women travelers.  

  • Spaces (and Laurel Fellowships) are still available on Mount Holyoke's spring 2018 programs abroad.  Apply by September 30 by submitting the Request to Study Abroad in MyMountHolyoke.    

Globalization, Development and Environment, Monteverde, Costa Rica (open to all majors, one semester of Spanish recommended)
Lynn Morgan, Professor of Anthropology, will serve as Faculty Director in Spring 2018.
New!  Come meet Deb Hamilton, Director of the Monteverde Institute, to learn more about the work of the Institute, MHC's spring semester program, and summer internship opportunities through the Global/Local Fellowship program.  
Tuesday, September 12, 4:15-5:00 p.m., 201 Dwight.  All are welcome! 

Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China, Shanghai (open to all majors, one semester of Chinese and two semesters of econ required). Study China's emergence as a world economic giant and its role as a major player shaping the events of the 21st century.

Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (four or five semesters of French required)
Take classes alongside French students in this vibrant and historic city in the south of France.

  • Adrienne Picciotto '16 Wins National Award!  
    Adrienne's film Abroad Sweet Abroad , which chronicles her reflections on her semester abroad with the IES Program in Rome in Spring 2015, earned the Innovative Student Video Award in a national competition sponsored by  Congratulations, Adrienne!