Study abroad offers students a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance their academics and build global competence through CHANGE. Living and learning in a country different from one's own encourages students to engage across difference, enhance their understanding of global challenges, and question their assumptions about themselves and their place in the world.
Study abroad is experiential in nature: whether based in a classroom or a field research station, it provides students with tools and experiences that equip them to confidently pursue career and life goals. Surveys have shown that many employers highly value the competencies and skills that students typically develop and sharpen through studying abroad (such as an understanding of global issues, the ability to communicate and work effectively with people from different backgrounds, and the ability to adapt and function in an unfamiliar environment). Effective marketing of your education abroad experience can help you stand out in a competitive job market. Students may also incorporate an internship or CBL-type experience by choosing one of the designated programs for which Mount Holyoke will accept credit for an academic course that accompanies an internship or similar experience 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. Each year more than 200 Mount Holyoke students spend a semester or a year studying abroad. Watch the video for inspiration and advice from a few recent students, and read on to see how you can pursue your own study abroad goals.
Apply Now for MHC's Spring 2016 ProgramsMarch 31 is the early decision deadline for MHC's spring semester programs; apply now to secure your place!
- Globalization, Development, and Environment, Monteverde, Costa Rica (open to all majors, one semester of Spanish required)
- 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)
- Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are guaranteed to qualified students.
- The incentives for students who study abroad for one semester to do so in the fall also apply to the programs in Costa Rica and China, which are offered only in the spring semester.
- We will continue to accept applications for all three programs through September 30, provided there is space available, but we encourage students to apply now to secure a place.
Spotlight on Monteverde, Costa RicaIn this MHC/Goucher College spring semester program, students explore the complex dynamics of change in the context of tropical Costa Rica and the Monteverde cloud forest community. Come learn about the program from faculty and returned students: Friday, March 6, 12:15 p.m., 327 Clapp. Pizza will be provided.
- Peer Advising Sessions
Questions about how to choose a program, where to find information on the website, how to apply, deadlines? The McCulloch Center's Peer Advisors are ready to help! Drop by the Library Atrium with your questions: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm (new time as of March 2), and Tuesdays, 4:30-6:00 pm.
- Experiential Learning Opportunities in Study Abroad
Are you interested in including an internship or CBL-type experience in your program of study abroad? MHC does not award academic credit for internships, but we have identified a number of programs for which students will receive credit for an academic course that accompanies an internship or other experience abroad.
- Continued for 2015-16: Save by studying abroad in the fall!
More students typically are enrolled at MHC in the fall than in the spring, resulting in overcrowding in the fall and unused space in the spring. To help balance enrollments, the College is again offering incentives to students who study abroad for just one semester to do so in the fall. In 2015-16, for students who study abroad for fall semester only, Mount Holyoke will:
- Waive the administrative fee ($900)
- Replace campus earnings with grant instead of loan for students who are awarded Laurel Fellowships
- Extend these same incentives to students participating in MHC's own programs in 2015-16 that are offered only in the spring: Monteverde and Shanghai
- Upcoming Info Sessions
Study Abroad Info Sessions (for students who are just starting to look into study abroad and want an overview of programs available, application requirements, deadlines, financial aid, etc.). All Info Sessions are held in the McCulloch Center Lounge, 104 Dwight, from 4:15-5:00 p.m.
- Monday, March 2
- Wednesday, March 25 (this session focuses on the Laurel Fellowships, need-based financial aid for study abroad--bring your questions!)
- Thursday, April 2
- New This Semester: Open Office Hours
Have a question about application procedures? Not sure what deadline applies to you? Stop by for quick answers to quick questions; all sessions held in the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives, 108 Dwight, from 3:50-5:00 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 15
- Program/University Representatives
Come talk with representatives of these programs/universities; all are welcome, whether you are just gathering information or already applying. Watch our Calendar for updates.
- Arcadia University Programs Abroad, with Wendy Lombardo (Tuesday, March 3, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Info Table at Blanchard)
- Apply Now for Spring 2016 Exchange with the Berlin School of Economics and Law
BSEL offers courses, taught in English, in international business, management, and economics; the program is open to qualified students in any major; one semester of German is required. Students nominated by MHC receive tuition waivers; students may also apply for Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid). Apply to the McCulloch Center by March 31.
- 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.
- Online Request to Study Abroad and Laurel Fellowship application now available in ISIS
Log in to ISIS to access the Request to Study Abroad, which includes the Laurel Fellowship application.
- 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? The deadline to apply for Spring 2016 is March 31, 2015; apply by submitting the Request to Study Abroad in ISIS.