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.
Apply Now for MHC's Spring 2016 ProgramsSpaces (and Laurel Fellowships) are still available for MHC's Spring Semester Programs (applications will be considered on a rolling admission basis through September 30, 2015)
- Globalization, Development, and Environment, Monteverde, Costa Rica (open to all majors, one semester of Spanish recommended)
- Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China, Shanghai (open to all majors, two econ courses and one semester of Chinese required)
- Direct enroll at Universite Paul Valery, Montpellier, France (open to all majors, French every semester and at least one course at the literature/culture level required)
- Vote for Adrienne Picciotto '16, Finalist in IES Film Festival
Adrienne's film Abroad Sweet Abroad chronicles her reflections on her semester abroad with the IES Program in Rome in Spring 2015. Popular vote determines the winner: watch Adrienne's film and cast your vote on the IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival Facebook page. Voting closes on Tuesday, September 15, at 12:00 noon CDT. The winner will receive a cash prize and the opportunity to present her film at the upcoming IES annual conference in Chicago.
- Continuing in 2016-17: Save by Studying Abroad in the Fall!
To encourage more students who study abroad for one semester to do so in the fall (resulting in more balanced enrollments at MHC across the semesters), Mount Holyoke is continuing to offer financial incentives for students who study abroad for one semester to choose the fall. For students who study abroad in the fall semester only in 2016-17, MHC will:
- waive the administrative fee ($900)
- for students approved for Laurel Fellowships, replace campus earnings with grant instead of loan.
These incentives also apply to MHC's own programs in Monteverde and Shanghai, which are offered only in the spring semester.
- Study Abroad Evaluations are now available online
Read students' evaluations about their study abroad experiences in this searchable on-line format (log-in to ISIS required). For evaluations submitted prior to fall 2012, see the notebooks in the McCulloch Center Lounge, 104 Dwight.
- Laurel Fellowships
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 each year more than 90% of all eligible applicants are approved for funding? Application for 2016-17 will open in the fall of 2015 (application for 2015-16 has closed).