Short-Term and Summer Programs

Short-Term Mount Holyoke Courses and Exchanges Abroad

Mount Holyoke offers a small number of short-term courses and exchange opportunities abroad during Intersession or over the summer. 

In this two-credit course, students will participate in internships, attend lectures by local professors, visit Parliament, meet local politicians, and participate in excursions to historic sites outside of the capital.   

Mount Holyoke regularly offers an intensive eight-week summer program in Chinese language and cultural studies, in which students complete a full year of Chinese language at the intermediate or advanced level. The program is hosted by the China Studies Institute, based at Peking University.  Students earn 8 transfer credits toward their Mount Holyoke degree.

BSEL offers three- and four-week summer courses focusing on the European Union, European business and management, business law, and German language and culture.  Tuition waivers are available for up to three MHC students each year; students are responsible for living expenses and airfare. 

Other Short-Term and Summer Programs Abroad

Students may also participate in short-term and summer programs abroad sponsored by other colleges and universities. The McCulloch Center does not maintain a list of approved programs, but many of the organizations and universities whose semester programs we use also have summer and January options, and that is a good place to start searching; in addition, language faculty may have advice about language intensive program.  Also see the information kept on file in the McCulloch Center Lounge (104 Dwight, in the boxes with J-Term and summer program brochures), and IIE Passport: Short-Term Study Abroad.

Short-term program and summer transfer credits are processed directly by the Registrar's Office, so check there for information  in advance about whether and how such courses will transfer. Ordinarily, liberal arts courses completed with grades of C- or better, and reported on an official transcript issued by an accredited US or recognized foreign university, will be considered for credit transfer; credit for non-liberal arts courses is limited. You may count a maximum of eight summer credits toward your Mount Holyoke degree.

Students applying for short-term or summer programs do not need approval from Mount Holyoke, but some programs require a signed notice of approval or good academic standing.  The McCulloch Center can complete such forms provided that the dates of the program abroad do not overlap with the semester dates at Mount Holyoke.  To obtain a  program approval, submit the following items to the McCulloch Center:

  • Program approval form
  • Brief description of the program (name of program or host university, location, dates, and courses you intend to take); indicate whether the Registrar's Office has reviewed the courses for credit
  • Completed MHC Travel Waiver

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Summer Study Abroad

Mount Holyoke does not offer any financial aid for summer study, except for our own intensive Chinese language program (though students may apply for funding for summer internships and research projects).  Many programs offer scholarships, and some outside agencies offer awards that can be used for summer study.  See Outside Scholarships for a list of resources.  Note in particular these two awards for summer study abroad:

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman Undergraduate Study Abroad Scholarship. Open to US citizens or nationals who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding.  Deadlines are typically in October for spring, in March for summer and fall programs.  Awards cover up to $5,000. Students studying "critical need" languages (including Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Russian) are eligible for an additional award of $3,000. Students should list Joanne Picard, Dean of International Studies, as the study abroad adviser who will endorse their application.
  • US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes.  Open to US citizens with a GPA of at least 3.5, with at least two years left of their undergraduate studies after completion of the program.  Awards cover the majority of costs (including round-trip airfare, tuition and fees, and room and board) to participate in a summer institute program at a UK university.