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 ProgramsSpaces 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)
- 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.
- Peer Advising Sessions
Questions about how to choose a program, where to find information on the website, how to prepare now that you've been accepted? The McCulloch Center's Peer Advisors are ready to help whether you are just beginning to consider options or have already been accepted to a program! 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.
- Open Office Hours: Wednesday, April 15, 3:30-5:00 p.m., McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives (108 Dwight)
Have a question about application procedures? Not sure what deadline applies to you? Uncertain about next steps now that you've been accepted to your program? Stop by for quick answers to quick questions.
- 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).