Study abroad offers students a powerful personal and intellectual experience to advance their academics, their understanding of global issues, their cultural competence, and their sense of self in the world. Study abroad also provides students 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 and cultural differences, and the ability to adapt and function effectively in an unfamiliar environment). Effective marketing of your education abroad experience can help you stand out in a competitive job market.
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 programs in more than 50 countries. Each year more than 200 Mount Holyoke students spend a semester or a year studying abroad: read on to see how you can become one of them.
(Montpellier, France; full year, fall, or spring semester)
(Monteverde, Costa Rica; spring semester)
(Shanghai, China, spring semester)
- Apply now for MHC programs abroad in Spring 2015!
Applications for MHC's spring 2015 programs abroad are due March 31, 2014 (submit the Request to Study Abroad, available in ISIS). Applications will be considered through September, if places are available, but we encourage all students to apply now to secure a place on the program. Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid) are guaranteed to qualified applicants. Incentives for fall study away (waiver of $900 administrative fee, and replacement of campus earnings with grant instead of loan for Laurel recipients) apply to the Shanghai and Monteverde programs, which are offered only in the spring semester.
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 2014-15: 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 offering incentives to students who study abroad for just one semester to do so in the fall. In 2013-14, and continuing in 2014-15, for students who study abroad for fall semester only, Mount Holyoke will:
- Waive the administrative fee (currently $850 per semester, will be $900 beginning fall 2014)
- Replace campus earnings with grant instead of loan for students who are awarded Laurel Fellowships
Students participating in MHC's own programs in 2013-14 and in 2014-15 that are offered only in the spring -- Monteverde and Shanghai -- will also receive the fee waiver and, if applicable, grant replacement of campus earnings.
- Peer Advising Sessions
Interested in studying or interning abroad, but not sure where to start? Confused about how to choose a program? Questions about application procedures or deadlines? Come to a Peer Advising session with the McCulloch Center's Program Assistants, Marta Checko '14 (who studied at the University of Leipzig in Germany) and Monica Son '14 (who studied at the National University of Singapore).
Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 PM (Marta, Library Atrium)
Tuesdays, 4:15 to 5:15 PM (Marta & Monica,
McCulloch Center Lounge,104 Dwight)
Thursdays, 12:00 to 1:00 PM (Monica, Library Atrium)
- Fulbright Scholarships for Summer Study in the UK
The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers scholarships for US citizens to participate in one of nine special summer institutes at UK universities. Students must be first-years or sophomores, have at least two years of undergraduate studies left after participating in the program, be at least 18 years old, and have a GPA of at least 3.5. Awards cover round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, and room and board. Students are encouraged to work with Christine Overstreet, Fellowships Advisor, on their applications. Applications are typically due in March each year.
- Study Abroad Evaluations are now available on-line
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. All students applying to study abroad in fall 2014 or beyond must use the on-line 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? Apply by March 31, 2014 for programs in spring 2015. (Applications for programs beginning in fall 2015 will be due in December of 2014).