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.
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.
Study Abroad Connection! Thursday, March 23, 6:00-7:30, Stimson Room (Library)
If you are a first-year or sophomore with questions, or a returned student who is eager to share your stories and build on your experience, this event is for you! McCulloch Center staff and Program Assistants will be on hand; the CDC and National Fellowships Office will have resources for leveraging your experience abroad in the job market, and fellowship opportunities for graduate study abroad. Drop by for informal conversation, sushi, and dumplings!
- Study Abroad Advising
The McCulloch Center offers drop-in office hours, info sessions, individual appointments, and peer advising; see our Calendar for the full schedule. Upcoming events include:
Drop-in Office Hours for Study Abroad Advising with Joanne Picard and Donna Van Handle (McCulloch Center, 108 Dwight). Use the drop-in office hours for quick questions about how to get started, program options, financial aid, etc.
Thursday, March 23, 3:00-5:00
Tuesday, April 11, 3:00-5:00
Peer Advising for Study, Internships, and Research Abroad. Stop by for help getting started, advice about resources, answers to questions about applications, deadlines, etc.
Mondays, 2:00-3:00 p.m., McCulloch Center Lounge (with Azulina Green '17)
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Blanchard (with Annie Woldman '17)
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m., McCulloch Center Lounge (with Omaima Afzaal '17)
To make an individual appointment with Joanne Picard or Donna Van Handle, call 413-538-2072 or stop by the McCulloch Center (108 Dwight); we ask that you attend an info or peer advising session and/or review our website first so that we can focus on your specific questions when we meet.
- Apply now for Mount Holyoke's spring 2018 programs abroad. Apply by March 31 to secure a place for spring 2018. (We will continue to accept applications through September 30 provided that space is available.)
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.
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.
Study Abroad Evaluations are now available online.
Read students' evaluations about their study abroad experiences in this searchable on-line format (log-in to MyMountHolyoke required). For evaluations submitted prior to fall 2012, see the notebooks in the McCulloch Center Lounge, 104 Dwight.
Laurel Fellowships: Apply by March 31 for Spring 2018
Did you know that Laurel Fellowship awards (need-based financial aid) for study abroad take into account tuition, room, and board, plus the cost of airfare, books, personal expenses, and MHC's administrative fee? And that Laurel funding is available to all students who qualify? Applications for study abroad in Spring 2018 are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31. Complete the Request to Study Abroad in MyMountHolyoke to apply.
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 GoAbroad.com. Congratulations, Adrienne!