Mount Holyoke's Campus Extends
Around the Block and Around the Globe
DON ST. JOHN
Holyoke students push them--academically, intellectually, creatively,
and personally. To make the most of their talents and skills, many students
journey beyond Mount Holyoke's gates. Why? To gain the fullest possible
education--engaging with the world to make the most of what they have
learned on campus and to gain new perspectives on their studies, their
culture, and themselves.
There are a myriad
of off-campus study opportunities. They are as close by as neighboring
Amherst, where students can study Emily Dickinson's poetry while taking
a class in her home through Mount Holyoke's community-based learning program,
and as far afield as Senegal, where courses in the College's program include
the study of Wolof, one of Senegal's national languages.
A full infrastructure
exists to help students study off campus--from the Office of International
Affairs, which serves students who study abroad, to the many programs
run by academic departments, to opportunities provided by faculty members.
"It's part of Mount
Holyoke's original institutional mission to be actively engaged in the
world," says Christopher Rivers, dean of international affairs. "And the
best way to do that is for students to go out and experience the world."
As many as a third of juniors take the opportunity to study abroad, with
even more opting for study at affiliate programs in this country. "There's
nothing like it," says Sarah Ludwig '00, who spent a semester studying
in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh. "Being completely on your
own is like jumping into deep water. It's nice to know that I can float."
can you go?