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.
- Apply for MHC Programs in Spring 2017
Applications for MHC's spring semester programs are due September 30; Laurel Fellowships are still available for these programs only, for accepted students who qualify for need-based financial aid.
- Globalization, Development and Environment: Explore the complex dynamics of change in tropical Costa Rica (Come meet Maria Estela Coghi Jimenez, course coordinator from the Monteverde Institute, and learn more about the program: Monday, Sept. 12, 4:15-5:00 p.m., 303 Kendade)
- Université Paul Valéry: Immerse yourself in the vibrant and historic city of Montpellier, France
- Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China: Study the rise of China as an economic and political powerhouse (internship course now open to students with just one semester of Chinese)
- Come to the International Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 5:00-7:00 PM, Chapin Auditorium
Thinking about study abroad? The annual International Fair is the single best opportunity to gather information and talk with representatives from a wide range of our program partners around the world. Staff from the McCulloch Center will also be on hand to answer your questions about study abroad, internships, and research opportunities abroad. All are welcome, whether you are a new student looking ahead, or you have already applied to study abroad next year.
- Study Abroad Advising
Interested in study abroad but not sure where to start? Questions about how to choose a program or apply for financial aid? The McCulloch Center is organizing a series of peer advising and other info sessions, to be posted to our Calendar. Individual advising appointments are also available. We reserve appointments in September for students who are applying for study abroad in Spring 2017, as they have imminent deadlines; call 413-538-2072 or stop by the McCulloch Center (108 Dwight). We ask students planning to apply in Fall 2017 or beyond to wait until October 1 to make an appointment. In the meantime, come to our first info session of the year (Thursday, September 15, 4:15-5:00 p.m., 305 Kendade), come to the Fair, check out our website, and stop by our resource lounge (104 Dwight)!
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!
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.
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? The application cycle for 2017-18 will open in September, 2016.