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. What's the difference?
- For our own programs, Mount Holyoke works directly with a local partner university or program to arrange courses, orientation, housing, and other student support on-site.
- For the exchanges, students enroll directly into the host university, 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 Laurel Fellowships (need-based financial aid), with the exception of the Associated Kyoto Program. All programs and exchanges are for a semester or academic year, except as noted.
Study Abroad Programs
- Globalization, Development, and Environment (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 year, fall, or spring semester)
- Summer Intensive Language Study in Beijing, China
Reciprocal Student Exchanges
- 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
- 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
With guidance from the MHC faculty, the McCulloch Center has evaluated and approved a range of opportunities 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.
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 readily be accommodated. Students should meet first with an advisor in the McCulloch Center, 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. 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 4, 2015, for programs beginning in the fall of 2016, or March 31, 2016, for programs beginning in the spring of 2017. 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.
Use the regional links to search by location.
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, and may include some programs that are no longer offered).
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