study abroad

Study Abroad Possibilities

camelThe programs listed below have been pre-approved by Saint Michael's College and offer a wide range of destinations and study opportunities. Choose a program by location, language, or academic offerings.

  1. Language Programs can provide skills for completing the Second Language Proficiency Requirement for languages taught at Saint Michael's (Spanish, French, or Chinese) or for developing skills in another language. Students with higher language proficiency can take content courses in the target language.
  2. University Programs offer a wide variety of liberal studies courses taught at international universities. Students interested in building upon language skills acquired through study at Saint Michael's College are strongly encouraged to do so. Most universities offer language instruction at a variety of levels, and students with advanced language proficiency will find ample opportunities to enroll in courses and programs taught exclusively in the host language and often with native speakers of the language.
  3. Internship Programs allow students to test potential professions by taking a full-semester of courses plus an extensive academic internship in a specific field of study (e.g. business, psychology, or journalism).
  4. Field Study Programs provide students with a hands-on academic semester, often in developing countries. Theme-based programs often focus on global issues such as global health, human rights, environmental policy, and peace and conflict studies.
  5. Academic Study Trips are developed and led by SMC faculty. These programs, generally 2-4 weeks in length, introduce students to unique academic topics and cultures. Program offerings change from year to year as new courses are developed based on student and faculty interest.

Africa and the Middle East

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Ghana Accra Africa in the 21st Century SIT
Madagascar Fort Dauphin (Tolagnaro) Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management SIT
Morocco Rabat Field Studies in Journalism and New Media SIT
Multiculturalism and Human Rights SIT
Migration and Transnational Identity SIT
Rwanda Kigali Post-Genocide Restoration and Peacebuilding SIT
Senegal Dakar Global Security and Religious Pluralism SIT
South Africa Cape Town Multiculturalism and Human Rights SIT
University of Cape Town Arcadia
University of the Western Cape Arcadia
Durban Social and Political Transformation SIT
Community Health and Social Policy SIT
Stellenbosch University of Stellenbosch AIFS
Tanzania Arusha Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology SIT
Rhotia Wildlife Management Studies SFS
Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management SIT
Uganda Kampala Development Studies SIT

Asia - Oceania

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Bhutan Himalayan Himalayan Studies SFS
Thimpu Royal Thimpu College API
China Beijing SU Beijing Program SU Abroad
Public Health Policy & Practice
Alliance
Hong Kong SU Hong Kong Program SU Abroad
Kunming Health, Environment & Traditional Chinese Medicine
SIT
Shanghai 21st Century City Alliance
Intensive Chinese Language  Alliance
International Business in China Alliance
India Hyderabad University of Hyderabad AIFS
Jaipur Sustainable Development and Social Change SIT
Manipal Global and Public Health Alliance
New Delhi Public Health, Policy Advocacy, and Community SIT
National Identity and the Arts SIT
Varanasi The City, The River, The Sacred Alliance
Pune Contemporary India Alliance
Indonesia Bali Arts, Religion and Social Change SIT
Japan Hirakata City Kansai Gaidai University see Study Abroad Office
Tokyo Musashi University see Study Abroad Office
Mongolia Ulaanbaater Nomadism, Geopolitics and the Environment SIT
Nepal Kathmandu Development and Social Change SIT
Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples SIT
Russia St. Petersburg St. Petersburg Polytechnic University AIFS
Samoa Apia Pacific Communities and Social Change SIT
Singapore Singapore Singapore Management University TEAN
South Korea Seoul Yonsei University CIEE
Korea University TEAN
Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai University TEAN
Khon Kaen Community Public Health CIEE
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Culture, Social Change and Development SIT
Vietnam/Cambodia   Conservation, Ethics & Environmental Change
SFS

Australia - New Zealand

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Australia Byron Bay Sustainability and Environmental Action SIT
Cairns Rainforest, Reef and Cultural Ecology SIT
Perth Murdoch University AIFS
Queensland Tropical Rainforest Studies SFS
Sydney Sydney Internship Program BU
New Zealand Auckland Auckland Internship Program BU 
Wellington Victoria University of Wellington API, IFSA-Butler, Arcadia, AIFS

Europe

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Austria Salzburg University of Salzburg AIFS
Croatia Dubrovnik Dubrovnik International University API
Czech Republic Prague Charles University AIFS
Arts and Social Change SIT
University of Economics (VŠE) AIFS
Denmark Copenhagen Danish Institute for Study Abroad DIS
England Bath Advanced Studies in England ASE
Leeds University of Leeds API, IFSA-Butler
London City University IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Goldsmith's College, University of London Arcadia
London Internship Program BU, Arcadia, AIFS
London School of Economics and Political Science IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Arcadia in London
Arcadia
Queen Mary College, University of London IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Richmond, The American International University AIFS
University of Westminster API, IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Oxford Oxford University IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
France Bordeaux Université Bordeaux 3-Michel de Montaigne Middlebury
Grenoble University Grenoble Alpes
AIFS
Centre Universitaire D’Études Françaises (CUEF) API
Grenoble École de Management API, AIFS
Paris Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne AIFS, API
Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) API, AIFS
Universite Paris Diderot API
Universite Paris Dauphine API
Paris Internship Program BU
Poitiers Universite de Poitiers Middlebury
Strasbourg SU Strasbourg Program SU Abroad
Germany Berlin Freie University API
Greece Athens Arcadia in Greece Arcadia
College Year in Athens CYA
Hungary Budapest Corvinus University of Budapest API
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics BSM
Iceland & Greenland Ísafjörður  Climate Change & the Arctic SIT
Ireland, Republic of Cork University College Cork API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler,
Dublin Dublin Internship Program BU
Dublin Parliamentary Internship Arcadia
Champlain Abroad Dublin Champlain College
Galway National University of Ireland, Galway API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Limerick University of Limerick AIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Maynooth National University of Ireland Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Ireland, Northern Belfast Stranmillis University IFSA-Butler
University of Ulster Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Italy Florence Lorenzo de'Medici School API
Richmond in Florence AIFS
Richmond Florence Internship Program AIFS
SU Florence Program SU Abroad
Perugia Umbra Institute Arcadia
Rome Arcadia in Rome Arcadia
John Cabot University API
Lorenzo de Medici School API
Richmond in Rome AIFS
The Netherlands Amsterdam International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender SIT
Poland Krakow Jagiellonian University of Krakow API
Scotland Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
University of Edinburgh API
Glasgow University of Glasgow IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Stirling University of Stirling IFSA-Butler, Arcadia, API
Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans SIT
Spain Barcelona Universitat de Barcelona API
University Autonoma of Barcelona API, AIFS
Pompeu Fabra University API, AIFS
Arcadia in Barcelona Arcadia
Bilbao University of Deusto API
Granada Arcadia in Granada Arcadia
University of Granada AIFS, API
Madrid Universidad Complutense de Madrid API
Universidad Nebrija API
Salamanca Universidad de Salamanca AIFS, API
Seville Universidad de Pablo de Olavide API
Universidad de Seville API
Toledo Fundacion Ortega-Maranon-Toledo Arcadia
Sweden Stockholm Danish Institute for Study Abroad DIS
Wales Bangor Bangor University Arcadia
Cardiff Cardiff University IFSA-Butler

Latin America

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Argentina Buenos Aires Public Health in Urban Environments SIT
Transnationalism & Comparative Development in South America SIT
Social Movements & Human Rights SIT
Universidad de Belgrano API, AIFS
Argentine Universities Program IFSA-Butler
Universidad de Buenos Aires Middlebury
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella API, Middlebury
Mendoza Mendoza University Program IFSA-Butler
Universidad de Congreso API
Bolivia Cochabamba Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change SIT
Brazil Fortaleza Social Innovation & Community Development SIT
Salvador Public Health, Race and Human Rights SIT
Chile Arica Public Health, Traditional Medicine and Community Empowerment SIT
Santiago Comparative Education and Social Change SIT
Chilean Universities Program IFSA-Butler
SU Santiago Program SU Abroad
Valparaiso Cultural Identity, Social Justice and Community Development SIT
Chilean Universities Program IFSA-Butler
Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso API
Viña del Mar Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez AIFS, API
Costa Rica Atenas Sustainable Development Studies SFS
Heredia Universidad Nacional IFSA-Butler
San Jose International Center for Development Studies API
Universidad Veritas AIFS, API
San Joaquin de Flores Instituto de San Joaquin de Flores API
Cuba Havana University of Havana
API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Ecuador Guayaquil Universidad de Especialidades Espíritu Santo IPS-L
Quito Universidad San Francisco de Quito API
Comparative Ecology and Conservation SIT
Development, Politics and Languages SIT
Nicaragua Managua Youth Culture, Literacy and Media SIT
Panama Panama City Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conservation SIT
Bocas Del Toro Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies SFS
Peru Cusco Indigenous Peoples and Globalization SIT
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Service-Learning) IPS-L
Lima Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú IFSA-Butler
Pillcopata, Madre de Dios Biodiversity and Development in the Andes-Amazon SFS

North America - Caribbean

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Turks & Caicos Islands Cockburn Harbor Marine Resource Studies SFS
USA Washington DC Washington Semester Program American University
Woods Hole, MA The Global Ocean SEA Semester
Oceans and Climate SEA Semester
Marine Biodiversity & Conservation SEA Semester
Sustainability in Polynesian Island Culture and Ecosystems SEA Semester
Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean SEA Semester
Canada Montreal Champlain Abroad Montreal Champlain College

Africa and the Middle East

Country City Program Provider
Ghana Accra SU Abroad
Madagascar Antananarivo SIT
Morocco Rabat BU, SIT
South Africa Cape Town Arcadia, SU Abroad
Stellenbosch AIFS, Arcadia
Durban SIT
Tanzania Zanzibar BU
Rhotia SFS
Uganda/Rwanda Kampala SIT
United Arab Emirates Sharjah API

Asia - Oceania

Country City Program Provider
Bhutan Bumthang District SFS
India & Bhutan Wisdom
China Beijing Alliance, IFSA-Butler, SU Abroad
Kumming SIT
Shanghai BU, Alliance, IFSA-Butler, SU Abroad
Xi'an Alliance
India Kolkata IPS-L
New Delhi SIT
New Delhi, Agra, Ladahk Wisdom
Pune Alliance, IFSA-Butler
Sikkim SIT
Indonesia Bali SIT
Japan Kyoto SU Abroad
Osaka See Study Abroad Office
Nepal Kathmandu SIT
Patan, Bhaktipur, Kathmandu Wisdom
Singapore Singapore SU Abroad
South Korea Seoul SIT
Thailand & Cambodia   Wisdom
Tibet Central Tibet Wisdom
Kham Wisdom
Turkey Istanbul AIFS, SU Abroad

Australia - New Zealand

Country City Program Provider
Australia Adelaide IFSA-Butler
Auckland (& Northern New Zealand) SFS
Canberra IFSA-Butler
Sydney Arcadia, BU

Europe

Country City Program Provider
Austria Salzburg AIFS
Belgium Brussels BU
Czech Republic Prague AIFS
Denmark Copenhagen DIS
England Bath ASE
Brighton IFSA-Butler
Cambridge IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Leeds API
London Arcadia, SU Abroad, AIFS, IFSA Butler, BU, API
Oxford IFSA-Butler
France Caen API
Grenoble API, BU, AIFS
Paris API, AIFS, Arcadia, BU, SU Abroad
Strasbourg SU Abroad
Germany Berlin AIFS, SU Abroad, API
Bonn Arcadia
Greece Athens AIFS, Arcadia, CYA, Wisdom
Iceland Reykjavik SIT
Solheimar SU Abroad
Ireland, Republic of Cork API, IFSA-Butler
Dublin API, Arcadia, BU, IFSA-Butler
Galway API, IFSA Butler
Limerick AIFS, API, Arcadia
Maynooth AIFS
Ireland, Northern Belfast IFSA Butler
Italy Bologna SU Abroad
Florence AIFS, API, Arcadia, SU Abroad
Lecce Arcadia
Padua BU
Perugia Arcadia
Rome AIFS, API, Arcadia
Siena IPSL
Syracuse Arcadia
Taormina API
Tuscany API
Venice BU, SU Abroad
Poland Krakow API
Russia St. Petersburg AIFS
Scotland Edinburgh Arcadia, IFSA Butler
Glasgow Arcadia
Stirling API, Arcadia, IFSA Butler
Spain Barcelona AIFS, API, Arcadia
Bilbao API
Granada AIFS, API, Arcadia
Madrid API, BU, SU Abroad
Mallorca Arcadia
Menorca BU
Salamanca AIFS, API
Seville API
Toledo Arcadia
Switzerland Geneva BU, SIT, SU Abroad

Latin America

Country City Program Provider
Argentina Buenos Aires AIFS,API, BU, IFSA Butler, SIT
Brazil Rio de Janeiro BU
Sao Paolo AIFS
Salvador SU Abroad
Chile Santiago IFSA-Butler, SU Abroad
Valparaiso API, Arcadia
Vina del Mar API
Costa Rica Atenas SFS
San Jose AIFS, API
San Joaquin de Flores API
Cuba Havana Arcadia
Dominican Republic Santiago delos Caballeros SU Abroad
Mexico Merida IFSA-Butler
Queretaro API
Panama Panama City SIT
Bocas del Toro SFS
Peru Lima & Ayacucho BU
Cusco IPSL, SU Abroad
Lima IFSA-Butler

North America

Country City Program Provider
Turks & Caicos South Caicos Island, British West Indies SFS
USA Los Angeles BU
Washington, DC BU, American University
WoodsHole, MA SEA Semester

Winter Studies

Country City Program Provider
India Kolkata, Darjeeling & Sikkim Wisdom
Pune

Faculty-Led Academic Trips provide a remarkable opportunity for an intensive learning experience with a group of Saint Michael's College students and faculty. The 2018/2019 offerings reflect our commitment to international education and to experiential learning. We recognize that not all students can afford to study abroad for an entire semester, and these courses represent an exciting alternative. Trip destinations have been carefully selected to immerse students in their learning and to integrate their theoretical knowledge with the perspective of place. Most people will agree that this is the best way to learn and to retain knowledge.

If you have questions about any of these trips, please contact the faculty members who are indicated as the instructors for the course as soon as possible. Trip size will be limited, and a minimum number of students must register in order for the course to proceed. Travel expenses are paid by the students prior to the trip according to a schedule of payments established by the College. Academic Study Trips are not eligible for tuition remission. Half tuition is charged (per credit) during the winter or summer session. A limited number of need based scholarships are available for qualified applicants.

 

Winter-Session 2018/2019

Costa Rica: Field Tropical Ecology
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 151 or permission of the instructors
Date: December 28, 2018 - January 9, 2019

The course will meet for five 1.5 hour classes in the fall before going to Costa Rica over the semester break. The pre-trip classes will include an introduction to tropical ecology including tropical climates and topography, their effects on ecosystems, and introductions to the ecosystems and sites we will visit. Those sites include a tropical dry forest at Palo Verde National Park, a mid-elevation cloud forest at Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, and a premontane rain forest at La Selva Biological Station. Activities at the sites will include guided hikes, our own group hikes, early morning bird walks, a boat ride, night hikes, and even some ziplining in the cloud forest. Students will generate study questions from observations made on the field trips, and on the last full day at each site students gather data for the study that they designed. Students will analyze and interpret the data, and give oral presentations of their results. Students will also keep a field journal on plants and animals we encounter, and on their observations on conservation, ecotourism impacts, and sustainable development. Professor Peter Hope has been to Costa Rica 10 times and been to the sites numerous times.

Professor Peter Hope, phope@smcvt.edu
Professor Paul Constantino, pconstantino@smcvt.edu
Professor Scott Lewins, slewins@smcvt.edu

Palestine and Israel: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land
RS 355 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: None
Date: December 27, 2018 - January 8, 2019

The course will explore the significance of the Holy Land (and the holiest of its cities, Jerusalem) in Judaism, Christianity and Islam through the centuries, but with particular emphasis on the contemporary situation. The course will adopt a broad perspective that will include theological, geographical, and archeological aspects significant to each of the monotheistic traditions. Of equal importance will be focus on how physical space, ideas, and cultural practice have given expression to the holiness of the land, as adherents of the three religions perceive it. Included are daily excursions to sites such as the Temple Mount, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Bethlehem, Jericho, The Galilee, Jordan River, and more.

Professor Edward Mahoney, emahoney@smcvt.edu
Professor Jeffrey Trumbower, jtrumbower@smcvt.edu

 

Summer-Session 2019

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2019

This program offers students first-hand experience of living at the place of SMC's origins in Burgundy – a 12th-century abbey – while studying medieval history and culture in its original context. Classes held every other day in Pontigny prepare students for site visits the next day to castles, churches, cathedrals, battlefields, abbeys, archeological excavations, towns and cities, museums and libraries. In this way reading, studying and exploring the material remains of this culture are integrated.

Terryl Kinder (Distinguished Visiting Professor of Fine Arts), a practicing medieval archeologist, lives in the town of Pontigny and speaks fluent French. The places the students will visit are an integral part of her research and some are not otherwise open to the public.

Professor Terryl Kinder, tkinder@smcvt.edu

Kyoto: An Aesthetic Perspective on Place
AR 262 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: AR 261 (Spring 2019, 2 credits)
Date: May 16 - 31, 2019

In this two week course students will be immersed in the rich aesthetics of Japan. Based in Kyoto, students will witness the interplay between arts, history, spirituality, education, culture, and the environment. By visiting temples, gardens, schools, and arts studios, sampling cuisine, and witnessing the integration of contrasts between tradition and modernity students will be inspired to engage in their own creative process.

The primary residence will be in Kyoto, the former capital of Japan. Kyoto was chosen as it has many temples, shrines, gardens, and studios to explore, and offers a central place to visit traditional villages, schools, and other nearby cultural centers. From interactions with local artists and educators and visiting many cultural sites students will understand such unique aesthetic characteristics as intentional asymmetry, economy of space, focus on color, and fluid design that will influence their own artistic inquiry through a traditional Japanese art form such as ceramics, dye, or ink and brush painting.

Professor Jonathan Silverman, jsilverman@smcvt.edu
Professor Hideko Furukawa, hkyotofurukawa@gmail.com

South Africa: Apartheid, Revolution, and Representation
TBA (2 credits)
Prerequisite: TBA
Date: May - June, 2019

In this course, philosophical understandings of difference, power, resistance, and liberation/freedom will be explored through examination of the important social, political, and ethical lessons of apartheid. The course focuses strongly on issues of representation and mediation, with specific reference to the use of media in shaping, maintaining, and eventually overthrowing the apartheid system in South Africa. Students will be encouraged to explore comparisons and contrasts between South Africa and the United States, in terms of racial oppression, resistance movements, and the power of media in shaping understanding and society.

Students will consider philosophical theories underpinning media practice and analysis, foregrounding the social role of the media and their relationship to South African culture and society. On this study tour students will analyze key areas: cultural and critical theory; media texts, institutions, and audiences; representation, discourse, and ideology; propaganda and revolutionary forms of critique; postmodernism and new media. The goals of the class are to provide students with: an understanding of apartheid and how such a system could be “sold” to people; a vision of the power of resistance and media-based methods of revolution; a basic conceptual framework for understanding, analyzing, and discussing the place of media in society; and the concentration of media texts and their impact on societal formation.

Professor Katie Kirby, kkirby@smcvt.edu
Professor Traci Griffith, tgriffith@smcvt.edu

Wales: Environmental Study of Sustainable Places
ES 244 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ES243 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places (Spring 2019; 2 credits)
Date: May 16 - 31, 2019 (tentative)

This two-week academic study trip focuses on how the nation of Wales in the United Kingdom has integrated the principle of sustainability throughout its policies and institutions, economy and culture. Specifically, since the first Welsh National Assembly in 1999, Wales has been devoted to promoting sustainable development, a duty that has been further underscored by the passing of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act in 2015. This new law places a clear duty on public bodies in Wales—from councils, hospitals and schools—to consider the long-term interests of future generations while making decisions on present-day concerns. The new Act also shapes how Wales is delivering on the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets. The course offers environmental, political and cultural field studies, on-site guest lectures, and exchange of ideas, interests and research and projects with University of Wales-Trinity Saint David students and faculty. The Carmarthen campus of the university will serve as the program base and is a short walk from downtown Carmarthen, the oldest city in Wales. This location provides easy access to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, environmental and cultural centers, economic and cultural hubs, and multi-day hikes through the Brecon Beacon National Park and the Coastal Path.

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu
Professor Laura Stroup, lstroup@smcvt.edu

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