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.
- 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? We are here to help! The McCulloch Center offers drop-in office hours, info sessions, individual appointments, and peer advising; see our Calendar for the full schedule. Upcoming events include:
- Study Abroad Info Session: Monday, October 3, 4:15 p.m., McCulloch Center Lounge, 104 Dwight
- Drop-in Study Abroad Advising with Joanne Picard and Donna Van Handle (McCulloch Center, 108 Dwight) (Use the drop-in advising for quick questions about how to get started, program options, financial aid, etc. To make an individual appointment at other times, call 413-538-2072 or stop by the McCulloch Center (108 Dwight); we ask that you attend an info session and/or review our website first so that we can focus on your specific questions when we meet.)
- Wednesday, October 12, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, October 25, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
- Drop-in Peer Advising:
- Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m., McCulloch Center Lounge (Omaima Afzaal '17)
- Thursdays 4:30-5:30 p.m., Library Atrium (Annie Woldman '17)
- Fridays 11:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, Library Atrium (Azulina Green '17)
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 Laurel funding is available to all students who qualify? The application cycle for 2017-18 is now open! Complete the Request to Study Abroad in MyMountHolyoke to apply.