Mount Holyoke students may choose to study abroad with one of the College’s own programs and exchanges, or on one of the more than 100 other programs and universities that we approve for credit transfer. Special application procedures and billing arrangements apply to many of our own and affiliated programs and exchanges. See Deadlines for details about how and when to apply; see Fees for MHC Programs and Exchanges for information about costs.
- For our own programs, Mount Holyoke arranges courses (or registration in a host-country university), orientation, and housing, and provides a resident director or program coordinator on-site.
- For the exchanges, students enroll directly into the host university abroad, which coordinates all advising, orientation, and housing.
- Other programs (including affiliated programs) have been evaluated and approved on the basis of their academic content and its suitability for credit transfer to Mount Holyoke; Mount Holyoke is not responsible for coordinating or administering any of these programs.
Eligible students who are accepted to a Mount Holyoke year or semester program or exchange are guaranteed financial aid, provided that they apply for a Laurel Fellowship, that they are eligible for need-based financial aid on the basis of the cost of the program or exchange, and that they meet all academic criteria. (The Associated Kyoto Program is an exception to this policy, as financial aid is not guaranteed for all eligible students.) Places may be limited. All programs and exchanges are for a semester or academic year, except as noted.
Study Abroad Programs
Mount Holyoke offers the following study abroad programs:
- Globalization, Development, and Environment: Explore the complex dynamics of change in tropical Costa Rica (Monteverde, Costa Rica; spring semester)
- Université Paul Valéry (Montpellier, France; full year, fall, or spring semester)
- Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China (Shanghai, China; spring semester)
- Associated Kyoto Program (Kyoto, Japan; full academic year)
- Summer Intensive Language Study in Beijing, China
Reciprocal Student Exchanges
Mount Holyoke maintains reciprocal student exchanges with 12 universities in six countries:
- Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, France (Sciences Po)
- University of Leipzig, Germany
- Berlin School of Economics and Law, Germany (summer opportunities also available)
- University of Hong Kong
- Ewha Womans University, Seoul, South Korea
- Sookmyung Women's University, Seoul, South Korea (summer opportunities also available)
- Japan Women’s University, Tokyo
- University of Essex, Colchester, UK
- University of Kent, Canterbury, UK
- Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
- University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
- University of York, UK
Mount Holyoke is affiliated with a number of programs and universities that offer our students some priority in consideration for admission and financial aid:
- Bologna Consortial Studies Program, Italy
- DIS/Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen
- IES (multiple sites)
- Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Italy
- School for Field Studies (multiple sites)
- Sweet Briar College in Paris, France
- Universities of Bristol, Kent, St. Andrews, Sussex, York, St. Anne's College (Oxford), the London School of Economics, University College London, UK
Mount Holyoke has evaluated and approved a range of programs and universities for study abroad that complement our academic programs, support students' personal and intellectual development, and encourage students to challenge their assumptions about themselves and the world through meaningful interaction with different cultural contexts. With guidance from the MHC faculty, we have chosen programs that meet our expectations for study abroad (academic and cultural), and in which we have confidence based on our own evaluation and previous students' experience. Faculty and staff maintain regular contact with program staff and visit programs periodically to assess their suitability for Mount Holyoke students and for credit toward the Mount Holyoke degree.
Generally students will find programs on our list that meet their academic needs. On rare occasions, a student may have a highly specialized interest within her major that cannot be accommodated by the programs currently on our list. Students should meet first with an advisor in the McCulloch Center (Joanne Picard or Donna Van Handle, depending on their region of interest), who can assist them in identifying other programs that will meet their needs, and, if appropriate, advise them about petitioning for approval of a new program. A committee of faculty and staff from the McCulloch Center and from academic departments will review petitions. Students should not assume that their petition will be approved, and should have an alternate plan for study with a program that is already on our list.
The deadline to submit a petition is December 5, 2014, for programs beginning in the fall of 2015, or March 31, 2015, for programs beginning in the spring of 2016. Because of the substantial amount of time required for faculty and staff to investigate and assess proposed new programs, we will not make any exceptions to these deadlines.
- Africa and the Middle East
- Asia and the Pacific
- Latin America
- North America
- J-Term and Summer Abroad
To identify programs based on subjects offered, use the Search by Major database to see where other students have studied and what courses they took (though note that the database is not a definitive list of what courses are offered, just what courses have been taken by previous MHC participants).
Looking for a program with a field-based or other experiential component?
- See the list of programs that offer approved courses for credit that include an internship or other experience abroad.
- MHC/Alliance in Shanghai: Economic Transformation and Business Challenges in China (includes optional internship course)
- MHC/Goucher in Monteverde, Costa Rica: Globalization, Development, and Environment (includes research projects in the local community, in the social sciences and sciences)
- SIT programs (various locations) all include an independent study project
- School for Field Studies programs (various locations) all include a directed research project in the local community
Looking for insights from other MHC students? Read study abroad evaluations on-line (some evaluations prior to fall 2012 are available in notebooks in the McCulloch Center Lounge, 104 Dwight).