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, Japanese, German, Chinese, or Italian) 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.

Africa and the Middle East

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Cameroon Buea Community Development Antioch
Yaounde Social Pluralism and Development SIT
Ghana Accra and Kumasi Social Transformation and Cultural Expression SIT
Jordan Amman Modernization and Social Change SIT
Madagascar Antananarivo Urbanization and Rural Development  SIT
Fort Dauphin Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management SIT
Mali Bamako Health, Gender and Community Empowerment 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 National Identity and the Arts 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, Arcadia
Tanzania Arusha Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology SIT
Zanzibar Zanzibar - Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management SIT
Uganda Gulu Post Conflict Transformation SIT
Kampala Development Studies SIT

Asia - Oceania

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
China Beijing SU Beijing Program SU Abroad
Popular Culture and Social Change Alliance
Intensive Chinese Language Alliance
Hong Kong SU Hong Kong Program SU Abroad
Kunming Language, Cultures and Ethnic Minorities SIT
Shanghai Fudan University-Contemporary Chinese Society & Language Program Alliance
Fudan University – Intensive Chinese Language Program Alliance
International Business in China Alliance
Xi’an Xi’an and the Silk Road Alliance
India Bodh Gaya Buddhist Studies Antioch
Hyderabad University of Hyderabad AIFS
Jaipur Sustainable Development and Social Change SIT
Manipal Public Health and Indian Studies Alliance
New Delhi Health and Human Rights 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
Kyoto Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Antioch
Tokyo Musashi University see Study Abroad Office
Mongolia Ulaanbaater Geopolitics and the Environment SIT
Nepal Kathmandu Development and Social Change SIT
Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples SIT
Russia St. Petersburg St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University AIFS
Samoa Apia Pacific Communities and Social Change SIT
South Korea Seoul Yonsei University

CIEE (see Study Abroad Office)

Thailand Chiang Mai Chiang Mai University (Service-Learning) IPS-L
Khon Kaen Community Public Health CIEE (see Study Abroad Office)
Turkey Istanbul SU Istanbul Program SU Abroad
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Culture, Social Change and Development SIT

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 (fall only)
 Wellington Victoria University of Wellington IFSA-Butler, Arcadia, AIFS


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
Denmark Copenhagen Danish Institute for Study Abroad DIS
England Bath Advanced Studies in England ASE
Leeds University of Leeds API, IFSA-Butler
London Birbeck, University of London IFSA-Butler
City University IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Goldsmith's College, University of London Arcadia
London Internship Program BU, Arcadia, AIFS
London Parliamentary Internship Program Arcadia
London School of Economics and Political Science IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
London Now 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 Université de Grenoble AIFS
Centre Universitaire D’Études Françaises (CUEF) API
Grenoble École de Management API
Paris Arcadia in Paris Arcadia
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne AIFS, API
Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP) API, AIFS
Universite Paris Diderot API
Universite Paris Dauphine API
Poitiers Universite de Poitiers Middlebury
Strasbourg SU Strasbourg Program SU Abroad
Germany Berlin Freie University API
Tûbingen Antioch in Germany: Universität Tûbingen Antioch
Greece Athens Arcadia Center for Hellenic, Balkan, & Mediterranean Studies and Research Arcadia
International Center for Hellenic, Balkan & Mediterranean Studies CYA
Hungary Budapest Corvinus University of Budapest API
Ireland, Republic of Cork University College Cork API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler,
Dublin Dublin Internship Program BU
Dublin Parliamentary Internship Arcadia
Champlain College Dublin Champlain Abroad
Galway National University of Ireland, Galway API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Limerick University of Limerick AIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Maynooth National University of Ireland API, 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
Florence Internship Program AIFS
SU Florence Program SU Abroad
Perugia The Umbra Institute & Liberal Arts Program Arcadia
Rome Arcadia in Rome Arcadia
John Cabot University API
Lorenzo de Medici School API
Richmond in Rome AIFS
Syracuse, Sicily The Mediterranean Center for Arts and Sciences Arcadia
The Netherlands Amsterdam International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender SIT
Poland Krakow Jagiellonian University of Krakow API
Wroclaw SU Wroclaw Program SU Abroad
Scotland Edinburgh University of Edinburgh Parliamentary Internship IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Glasgow University of Glasgow IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Stirling University of Stirling IFSA-Butler, Arcadia, API
Spain Barcelona Universidad de Barcelona Arcadia, API
University Autonoma of Barcelona API, AIFS
Pompeu Fabra University API
Arcadia in Barcelona Arcadia
Bilbao University of Deusto API
Granada Arcadia in Granada Arcadia
University of Granada AIFS, API
Madrid Complutense University API
Antonio de Nebrija University API
Salamanca Universidad de Salamanca AIFS, API
Seville Universidad de Pablo de Olavide API
Universidad de Seville API
Toledo Fundacion Jose Ortega y Gasset Arcadia
University de Castilla-La Mancha Arcadia
Wales Bangor Bangor University Arcadia
Cardiff Cardiff University IFSA-Butler

Latin America

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Argentina Bariloche Globalization and Community Responses in Argentina Antioch
Buenos Aires Public Health in Urban Environments SIT
Social Movements & Human Rights SIT
Universidad De Belgrano API
Universidad Catolica Argentina IFSA-Butler
Universidad de Buenos Aires IFSA-Butler, Middlebury
Universidad del Salvador IFSA-Butler, Middlebury
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella API, IFSA-Butler, Middlebury
Mendoza Universidad Nacional de Cuyo IFSA-Butler
Universidad de Congreso API, IFSA-Butler
Bolivia Cochabamba Multiculturalism, Globalization and Social Change SIT
Brazil Belem Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology SIT
Fortaleza Social Justice and Sustainable Development SIT
Salvador Public Health, Race and Human Rights SIT
Curitiba, Parana, Brasilia, Manaus, Pocone Brazilian Ecosystems: The Protection and Management of Biodiversity Antioch
Chile Arica Public Health, Traditional Medicine and Community Empowerment SIT
Santiago Santiago: Business and Culture in the 21st Century IFSA-Butler
Comparative Education and Social Change SIT
Political Systems and Economic Development SIT
Chilean Universities Program, Santiago IFSA-Butler
SU Santiago Program SU Abroad
Valparaiso Cultural Identity, Social Justice and Community Development SIT
Chilean Universities Program, Valparaiso IFSA-Butler
Viña del Mar Universidad Viña del Mar API
Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez AIFS
Costa Rica Atenas Sustainable Development Studies SFS
Heredia Universidad Nacional IFSA-Butler
San Jose Universidad de Costa Rica API
Universidad Veritas AIFS, API
San Joaquin de Flores Instituto de San Joaquin de Flores API
Cuba Havana Arcadia in Cuba Arcadia
University of Havana API
Ecuador Galapagos / Quito Galapagos Academic Institute for the Arts and Sciences / Universidad San Francisco de Quito (Service-Learning) IPS-L
Quito 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 and Conservation 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

North America - Caribbean

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Turks & Caicos Islands Cockburn Harbor Marine Resource Management Studies SFS
USA Washington DC Washington Semester Program American University
Woods Hole, MA Ocean Exploration SEA Semester
Energy & the Ocean Environment 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 College Montreal Champlain Abroad

Multi Country

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
The Balkans Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans SIT
Poland, Czech Republic, Germany & The Netherlands Comparative Women's and Gender Studies in Europe Antioch
Turkey, Tanzania, India, New Zealand, Mexico (Academic Year) Beyond Globalization: Reclaiming Nature, Culture and Justice Program SIT
Switzerland, India, China, South Africa (Fall) or USA, India, Argentina, South Africa (Spring1) or USA, Brazil, Vietnam, South Africa (Spring2) Health and Community: Globalization, Culture and Care SIT
USA, Brazil, South Africa, Vietnam (Fall) or USA, Argentina, Senegal, India (Spring) Cities in the 21st Century: People, Planning and Politics SIT

Africa and the Middle East

Country City Program Provider
Ghana Accra SU Abroad
Jordan Amman SIT
Madagascar Antananarivo SIT
Morocco Rabat SIT
Nepal   SIT
South Africa Cape Town Arcadia, SU Abroad
Stellenbosch AIFS, Arcadia
Durban SIT
Tanzania Arusha Arcadia
Uganda/Rwanda Kampala SIT
United Arab Emirates Dubai SU Abroad
Sharjah API

Asia - Oceania

Country City Program Provider
Bhutan Bumthang District SFS
China Beijing Alliance
Kumming SIT
Shanghai BU, Alliance, SU Abroad
Xi'an Alliance
India Kolkata IPS-L
Mumbai SIT
New Delhi, Agra, Ladahk Wisdom
Pune Alliance
India & Bhutan   Wisdom
Singapore SU Abroad
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
Gold Coast Arcadia
Sydney Arcadia
Melbourne, Sydney, Cairns SU Abroad


Country City Program Provider
Austria Salzburg AIFS
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
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
Ireland, Republic of Cork API, IFSA-Butler
Dublin API, Arcadia, BU, IFSA-Butler
Galway API, IFSA Butler
Limerick AIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSA-Butler
Ireland, Northern Belfast IFSA Butler
Italy Bologna SU Abroad
Florence AIFS, API, Arcadia, SU Abroad
Lecce Arcadia
Perugia Arcadia
Rome AIFS, API, Arcadia
Syracuse Arcadia
Taormina API
Tuscany API
Poland Krakow API
Russia St. Petersburg AIFS
Scotland Edinburgh Arcadia, IFSA Butler
Stirling Arcadia, IFSA Butler
Spain Barcelona AIFS, API, Arcadia
Bilbao API
Cadiz API
Girona API
Granada AIFS, API, Arcadia
Madrid API, BU, SU Abroad
Mallorca Arcadia
Menorca BU
Salamanca AIFS, API
Seville API
Toledo Arcadia
Switzerland Geneva SIT, SU Abroad

Latin America

Country City Program Provider
Argentina Buenos Aires API, BU, IFSA Butler
Brazil Sao Paolo AIFS
Salvador SU Abroad
Chile Santiago IFSA-Butler
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
Puebla Arcadia
Queretaro API
Peru Lima & Ayacucho BU
Cusco IPSL

North America

Country City Program Provider
Turks & Caicos South Caicos Island, British West Indies SFS
USA Washington, DC BU, American University

Winter Studies

Country City Program Provider
India South India Wisdom
Kolkata, Darjeeling & Sikkim Wisdom
Nepal Wisdom

The Faculty-Led Academic Trips provide a remarkable opportunity for an intensive learning experience with a group of Saint Michael's College students and faculty. This year's trips 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.

Winter-Session 2013

Coral Reef Ecology, Cuba
BI 253/ES 253 (2 credits)
December 2013 - January 2014

This 2-credit Biology or Environmental Studies course is an intensive 10-day field course to study coral reefs and associated habitats in Playa Giron (Bay of Pigs), Cuba. There will be required readings, lectures, discussions, films, both in Vermont and in Cuba. In addition to extensive exploration of the coral reef and associated habitats, students will carry out a field research project. Plans are being made to visit several of the marine research facilities of the University of Havana, including a marine aquaculture center. The fall course (BI 253/ES 253) is prerequisite to the study trip course. Together the two courses will count for an elective in either Biology or Environmental Studies and will fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement.

Professor Karen Talentino,
Professor Mark Lubkowitz,

Summer 2014

Shakespeare in Performance, England
EN 307 (2 credits)
May 23 - June 6, 2014

This course on Shakespeare's plays in performance on stage is an intensive two-week study trip to England and to summer performances of Shakespeare's plays by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as by other companies in other venues, including London. Field trips will include Oxford University and Blenheim Palace (site for the filming of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet).

While the 2-credit study trip in England will focus on the summer performances that students will witness on the stage, a 2-credit spring course on campus will focus directly on performances of Shakespeare's plays on screen. Taken together, the sequence of two 2-credit courses will satisfy requirements in Experiential Learning and in the LSC (Literary Studies) or in the English major (300 level). The spring course will focus on screen performances of five of Shakespeare's plays, and the summer study trip will focus on stage interpretations of the five Shakespeare plays we will attend.

For program details: Preliminary Information Sheet,  Shakespeare in Performance Poster 

Professor Nick Clary,
Professor Joan Wry,

Politics, Culture and Globalization in Central America, Guatemala
Sociology 302 (4 credits)
May 26 - June 19, 2014

Guatemala is one of the most exciting places to visit and to study in the Western Hemisphere. Its vibrant indigenous culture - representing about half the country's population - has ancient roots but is nevertheless constantly adapting to a changing modern world. Its terrain, with gorgeous lakes and towering volcanoes, coffee-covered slopes and rain forests, will take your breath away. And it's political history sadness reveals the on-going tragedy of US interventionism, whether in the "Cold" War of the 20th century or the "Drug War" of the 21st century. In this twenty-five day trip, students will study sociology in an urban setting during the week, living with a Guatemalan family and putting emerging Spanish skills into practice, while taking trips as a group to the indigenous highlands during the weekends. Readings and sessions will bring students into contact with some of the many intelligent, committed and capable Guatemalan social scientists, religious workers, and community developers. This course fulfills the following LSC requirements: Global Issues that Impact the Common Good OR Social and Institutional Dimensions of Human Behavior. It also fulfills the Experiential Learning requirement.

Professor Robert Brenneman,
Professor Gabriela Ochoa-Brenneman

Otherness and Marginalization, Guyana
GL 341 (2 credits)
May - June 2014

The focus of this trip will be on identifying similarities and differences in what marginalization means in a developing nation as compared to the developed world. Guyana's history provides an excellent example of many factors that contribute to global marginalization experienced by the developing world. The conditions at the service-sites to be visited expose the realities of extreme poverty and neglect. Students will discuss both the universality of suffering inherent in marginalization in any setting and the non-universal, unique circumstances that individuals face.

Professor Katie Kirby,
Professor Karen Popovich,

Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy, France
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
May 10 - 28, 2014

This program offers students first-hand experience of living in the place of SMC's origins – 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,
Professor Kathryn Dungy

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