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.
Adrienne Picciotto '16 Wins Third Prize 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. Congratulations, Adrienne!
McCulloch Center Advising
To make an appointment with a study abroad advisor, call 413-538-2072 or stop by our office (108 Dwight) during regular office hours. It is helpful if you review our website prior to your appointment so that we can focus on your specific questions and interests rather than general information. Please also take advantage of these Peer Advising sessions:
- Peer Advising Sessions
- Mondays, 9:00-10:30 a.m., Library Atrium (Erica Carvell '16)
- Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 p.m., McCulloch Center Lounge/Resource Room, Dwight 104 (Danielle Harris '16)
- Freeman-ASIA Scholarships for Study Abroad
Freeman-ASIA Scholarships offer awards up to $3,000 for a summer program, $5,000 for a semester, to study in Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, or Vietnam. Open to US citizens and permanent residents with demonstrated financial need. Apply by April 11 for fall 2016 (applications for spring 2017 will be due in the fall).
- 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? The application cycle for 2017-18 will open in September, 2016.