Short-Term and Summer Programs

Short-Term Mount Holyoke Courses Abroad

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

In this two-credit course, students will participate in internships, attend lectures by local professors, visit Parliament and other Mount Holyoke will offer a two-credit course in the Republic of Georgia, in which students participate in an internship, 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 based at Beijing Language and Culture University, one of the premier universities in China for teaching Chinese as a second language. Students earn 8 transfer credits toward their Mount Holyoke degree.

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 does keep information on hand in the McCulloch Center Lounge (104 Dwight). See the file 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 about whether and how courses taken elsewhere will transfer. Remember that ordinarily only liberal arts courses completed with grades of C- or better 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.

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.