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.
  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.

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.
  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
Jordan Amman Modernization and Social Change SIT
Refugees, Health & Humanitarian Action SIT
Morocco Rabat Field Studies in Journalism and New Media SIT
Multiculturalism and Human Rights SIT
Migration and Transnational Identity SIT
Republic of Guinea Kankan Arts and Culture of West Africa (Fall) Antioch
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
Tanzania Arusha Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology SIT
Rhotia Wildlife Management Studies SFS
Zanzibar Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management SIT
Tunisia Tunis Emerging Identities in North Africa SIT
Uganda Gulu Post Conflict Transformation SIT
Kampala Development Studies SIT

Asia - Oceania

Geographic Area Location Name of Program Program Provider
Bhutan Himalayan Himalayan Studies SFS
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 21st Century City Alliance
Intensive Chinese Language  Alliance
International Business in China Alliance
India Bodh Gaya Buddhist Studies (Fall) Antioch
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 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

Thailand Khon Kaen Community Public Health CIEE
Turkey Istanbul SU Istanbul Program SU Abroad
Bo─čaziçi University AIFS
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City Culture, Social Change and Development SIT
Vietnam/Cambodia   River Ecosystems & Environmental Ethics 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 (fall only)
Wellington Victoria University of Wellington 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
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 Parliamentary Internship Program Arcadia
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 Université de Grenoble AIFS
Centre Universitaire D’Études Françaises (CUEF) API
Grenoble École de Management API, AIFS
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
Greece Athens Arcadia in Greece Arcadia
College Year in Athens 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 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 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
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
Glasgow University of Glasgow IFSA-Butler, Arcadia
Stirling University of Stirling IFSA-Butler, Arcadia, API
Spain Barcelona Universidad de Barcelona 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
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
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 Arcadia in Cuba Arcadia
University of Havana API, IFSA-Butler
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 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
Egypt Alexandria IFSA-Butler
Ghana Accra SU Abroad
Jordan Amman SIT
Madagascar Antananarivo SIT
Morocco Rabat BU, SIT
South Africa Cape Town Arcadia, SU Abroad
Stellenbosch AIFS, Arcadia
Durban SIT
Tanzania Zanzibar BU
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
Indonesia Bali SIT
Japan Kyoto SU Abroad
Nepal Kathmandu SIT
Patan, Bhaktipur, Kathmandu Wisdom
Singapore 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
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
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
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.  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.  All trips meet the Experiential Learning Requirement if successfully completed.

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 2016/2017

Palestine and Israel: Jews, Christians and Muslims in the Holy Land 
RS 355 (2 credits)
Prerequisite:  None
Date: December 28, 2016 - January 7, 2017 (tentative)

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
Sajida Jalalzai, sjalalzai@smcvt.edu

Cuba: Coral Reefs
BI 254 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 253 (Fall 2016; 2 credits)
Date: January 2017 (exact dates TBD)

This 2-credit course (BI254) is an intensive 11-day field course to study coral reefs and associated habitats in Cuba which has some of the most pristine reefs in the Caribbean. The course will focus on the health of diversity of the coral reefs as well as the ecology and behavior of the marine fish that live in association with a coral reef. Coral reefs are one of the most productive of the world’s ecosystems, and there is extraordinary complexity of interactions among the biotic and abiotic components. Studying this ecosystem in a direct and intensive way facilitates an understanding and appreciation of the intricate inter-relationships within a biological community. In addition, this fragile ecosystem provides us with an opportunity to observe and analyze the impact of various environmental threats, both natural and anthropogenic, such as coastal development, pollution, and global climate change.

We will be diving and researching at several different sites; students may snorkel or dive but must be SCUBA-certified in order to dive. All students who are selected for the trip will have to take a 2-credit fall course (BI253) entitled Coral Reef Ecology. This course covers the basic biology and ecology of the coral reef community. This course includes topics such as: the biology of corals; a phylogenetic overview of coral reef organisms; behavior of coral reef fishes; community ecology of the reef; and threats to coral reefs. Therefore, the students traveling to Cuba will have a strong theoretical background in coral reef ecology prior to the trip. The course involves readings, lectures, discussions and films.

Professor Mark Lubkowitz, mlubkowitz@smcvt.edu

Costa Rica: Tropical Ecology Study Tour
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 151 or permission of the instructors
Date: December 30, 2016 - January 11, 2017

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 and their effects on ecosystems and introductions to the ecosystems and sites we will visit. The 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 Selve Verde Preserve. Activities at the sites will include guided hikes, our own group hikes, early morning bird walks, a boat ride, and night hikes. 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 a study that they have designed. Students will analyze and interpret the data and give oral presentations on their studies. 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 Ruth Fabian-Fine, rfabian-fine@smcvt.edu

Summer-Session 2017

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 (4 credits)
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2017

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

India: Tea, Trekking and Tourism in the Himalayas (course details currently under review)
(4 credits)
Prerequisite: TBD
Date: May 2017

This course is based in Darjeeling, India, where students will explore Fair Trade initiatives on a tea plantation in Darjeeling, India. Students will live and work on a tea plantation for part of the trip. The other part of the trip will consist of exploring the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, interviewing trekking guides about the influence the trekking industry has had on Darjeeling locals, as well as taking a five day trek along the Nepal/India border, with amazing views of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world.

Professor Adrie Kusserow, akusserow@smcvt.edu
Professor Robert Lair, rlair@smcvt.edu

Mongolia & China: In the Footsteps of Genghis Khan
MJD 226 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Sophomore Standing and Permission of Instructor
Date: May 2017

Our course will explore the historical and cultural connections between Mongolia and China, with a focus on the Mongol Empire of ancient times, the 21st century People’s Republic of China, and the physical and digital walls that divide these two vital regions of Asia today. Students will read widely on the China/Mongolia relationship, explore the varied history of this region through multimedia research projects, and travel to Mongolia and China during the last two weeks of May to experience the rich culture and history of this region firsthand. The program schedule includes a 7 day trip into Mongolia and 4 days in Beijing (with visits to the Great Wall of China, including a hike on the Wild Wall).

Professor Traci Griffith, tgriffith@smcvt.edu
Professor Rob Williams, rwilliams2@smcvt.edu

Tanzania: Applied Health & Development Approaches in East Africa
PO 353/MJD 226 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: PO 352/MJD 352 (Spring 2017; 2 credits)
Prerequisite for PO 352: PO 351
Prerequisite for MJD 352: MJD 110
Date: May - June 2017

This service learning course includes an intensive two week field course based at the Ilula Orphan Program (IOP) in Iringa, Tanzania. Students will travel to Tanzania to observe first-hand the development challenges related to HIV/AIDS, water scarcity, education, and poverty being addressed by the IOP. The service learning component of the course will involve updating the IOP's educational and development materials, including the website, and producing at least one completed grant application. Students will be expected to complete this work in a one-week work session following completion of the two weeks in-country.

Professor Patricia Siplon, psiplon@smcvt.edu
Professor Jon Williamson, jwilliamson@smcvt.edu

Wales: Environmental Study of Sustainable Places
ES 244 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ES243 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places (Spring 2017; 2 credits)
Date: May 18 - June 1, 2017 (tentative)

In this study abroad trip, students will link ecological and aesthetic perspectives as they witness how the Welsh have integrated a green sensibility to their political and cultural identity. We examine "place" by hiking in a geo-global national park, interacting with environmental policy makers, entrepreneurs, artists, and designers and walking within an historical landscape including castles, cathedrals and the Welsh coastal path full of inspiring topography, ancient relics, and timeless villages. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a research project (which may include an artistic inquiry or global issues component) developed in the spring half course and implemented in Wales.

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu
Professor Jonathan Silverman, jsilverman@smcvt.edu