Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad at SMC: Pre-Approved Programs

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Saint Michael’s College offers over 100 pre-approved programs for students interested in studying abroad during the summer, winter-session, semester, or academic year. Location, language of instruction, course offerings, method of instruction, and fit with career aspirations are elements that should be considered when deciding upon a program of study.

Language Programs help students learn a new language or increase proficiency in a language taught at Saint Michael’s. Students with advanced language skills may choose to take content courses in the target language.

University Programs offer a wide range of liberal studies courses taught at international universities. Courses may be taken to fulfill major, minor, or core requirements, or with proper planning, courses may also be taken to explore new areas of study or to gain a deeper understanding of familiar topics of interest.

Internship Programs allow students to gain real world work experience by being placed in a credit-bearing academic internship. Students enroll in other classroom or field based courses in addition to the internship.

Field Study Programs provide students with hands-on academic experiences. Theme-based programs commonly focus on global issues such as global health, human rights, climate change, human resilience, and peace and conflict studies.

Academic Study Trips are short term programs (2-4 weeks in length) created and led by SMC faculty. Program offerings change from year to year as new courses are developed based on student and faculty interest.

Approved Programs

Researching programs and destinations is the first step toward your international adventure! Start with an open mind, stretch your imaginations, and explore the possibilities. Tap the purple boxes below and you’ll find SMC’s pre-approved programs. For more information on a program’s course offerings, housing options, in-country support services, and country highlights, tap on Program Partners. Now explore the world, one click at a time!

Semester Programs

Non-Semester Programs

Academic Study Trips

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 2022/2023 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. 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 2022/2023


COSTA RICA: FIELD TROPICAL ECOLOGY
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 235 (2 credits) or permission of the instructors
Date: December 30, 2022 – January 11, 2023

This field course travels to three different ecosystems within Costa Rica. These include 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 also conduct research projects in small groups at two of the sites we visit. These projects will be determined with faculty guidance during the prerequisite course. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, and give oral presentations of their results. Students will also keep a field journal with detailed accounts of the plants and animals we encounter, and record their observations on conservation, ecotourism impacts, and sustainable development. The professors involved in this trip have been to Costa Rica multiple times.

2022 Costa Rica Poster
2017 Facebook/Blog Page
Meet your Trip Leaders

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



Summer-Session 2023


CANADA: FRENCH LANGUAGE AND QUEBECOIS CULTURE IN QUEBEC CITY
FR-101, FR-102, or FR- 208 (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Any French course at SMC or at least two years of high school French
Date: May 14 – June 4, 2023


This three-week immersive academic study trip combines the study of French language with learning about and exploring Quebecois culture in and around the province’s beautiful capital, Quebec City. Students will stay with a host family, take intensive language courses in the morning, practice their conversational skills after lunch, and spend afternoons visiting important historical, cultural, and natural sites in Quebec City and the surrounding area. You will learn about the history of Quebec City and the region, the historical and cultural connections between France and Quebec, and Quebec Independence movement. In addition to exploring the charming streets and cafés within the historic fortified city, site visits and excursions with include places and activities such as the Chateau de Frontenac, the Citadel of Quebec, the provincial parliament, the Museum of Francophone America, Montmorency Falls, a Quebecois maple sugaring operation, and a cruise on the stunning Saint-Laurent River.

2023 Quebec Study Trip Poster
2018 Quebec Blog Page

Professor Kristin Juel, kjuel@smcvt.edu
Professor Peter Vantine, pvantine@smcvt.edu



DENMARK: BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND HEALTH CARE THE DANISH WAY
BU/PO/PB (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Business, Government and Health Care the Danish Way
(Spring 2023; 2 credits)
Date: May 15 – 26, 2023

This 12-day study tour will visit Copenhagen to study Danish culture, business, government, and health care. We will visit Danish businesses including Lego; government institutions including Parliament; and health care experts and practitioners to understand how Danish values inform and influence business and public policy. Visits to cultural sites such as the National Gallery of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, and Tivoli Gardens will enable you to learn more about Denmark’s history and culture.

2022 Denmark Study Trip Poster
Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Paul Olsen, polsen@smcvt.edu
Professor Patricia Siplon, psiplon@smcvt.edu



ENGLAND: MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES & GALLERIES – PRESERVING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
2 credits
Prerequisite: None
Date: July 30 – August 13, 2023

Why do we collect things? When did humans start collecting? What sorts of things do we collect? How do we collect them? Where do those collections live? In this course, we will explore these questions in the context of collecting human knowledge, human innovation, and human experience in museums, archives, and libraries. Additionally, we will examine how and why providing access to these collections impacts cultural heritage, national identity, and human beings’ understanding of the past and present. We will also investigate preservation and conservation of these collections and why that work is critical for global citizenship.
This two-week course will be based in London and will allow students to visit some of the most important and famous museums, art galleries, and archives in the city – including the British Museum, the Black Cultural Archives, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum (among others). While we are at these sites, we’ll spend time with professionals who run these spaces: curators, archivists, directors, and librarians, to understand how knowledge is created and projected, to think about why and how we preserve some artifacts and documents and why and how others are lost. We’ll also think about London as a space of contested memory. The trip will also include full-day excursions to other cities, two free days to explore London, and a theatre performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Jennifer Purcell, jpurcell@smcvt.edu
Anthony Bassignani, abassignani@smcvt.edu



IRELAND: COASTAL BIOLOGY OF IRELAND
BI 237 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: one of the following – BI 151; BI 152; ES 107
Date: May 12 – 27, 2023

This two-week Saint Michael’s College course is based in a fishing village on the southwest coast of Ireland. Students will visit a series of important biological field sites on the Dingle Peninsula to gather data for statistical analysis. A range of sampling techniques will be taught taking advantage of the unique habitats in the locality. Because the Dingle Peninsula is rich in cultural history, field trips will be strategically planned to visit ancient historic sites that are all directly on the routes to the biological field sites.

The course schedule includes regular academic breaks to accommodate planned activities including Irish dancing, a visit to Killarney, cooking lessons, and horseback riding. This course is designed to meet the needs of life science majors interested in exploring the unique habitats of coastal Ireland while connecting with and exploring Irish heritage.

Summer 2022 Trip Leader’s Site Visit
Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Declan McCabe, dmccabe@smcvt.edu
Professor Paul Constantino, pconstantino@smcvt.edu



WALES: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY OF SUSTAINABLE PLACES
ES 244 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ES243 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places (Spring 2023; 2 credits)
Date: May 26 – June 9, 2023

This two-week academic study trip combines an immersion in the beautiful and diverse natural environment of Wales—its stunning rugged seacoast, surprisingly imposing mountain ranges, quaint villages and bustling modern seaside urban capital Cardiff—with a serious academic focus on how this small nation 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 comprehensive sustainable development, a duty that has been underscored by the passing of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act in 2015. This law places a clear duty on public bodies in Wales—from councils, hospitals, businesses and schools—to consider the long-term interests of future generations while taking 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 research and artistic 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 via train to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, environmental and cultural centers such as the Centre for Alternative Technology, economic and cultural hubs, and multi-day hikes through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks and the famous Welsh Coastal Path.

2019 Wales Blog Page
Meet your Trip Leaders

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

 

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for Summer 2023 Academic Internships in Seoul, South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kelsi Brett ’14 – South Korea, SP13

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the annual Global Citizenship International Internship Program, supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for scholarships to fund an academic internship in Seoul, South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (May – July, 2023). These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, and housing in Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to the time spent at the internship sites, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural and networking events organized by our local partners in South Korea and Vietnam. This international placement will count for a four-credit academic internship, which will include the completion of academic assignments submitted to the faculty supervisor, and Saint Michael’s will waive the summer tuition for a four-credit course.

Eligibility Requirements:

3.0 GPA or Higher
Open to All Majors
Current Sophomore or Junior Status (Class of 2024 or 2025)

Summer 2023 Application Deadline:

Applications may be submitted beginning Monday, September 19th,
with a deadline for submission of Friday, November 4, 2022.

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must provide:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form
2) An updated resume
3) Names of two faculty references

Questions? Contact

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu

Approved Programs

Researching programs and destinations is the first step toward your international adventure! Start with an open mind, stretch your imaginations, and explore the possibilities. Tap the purple boxes below and you’ll find SMC’s pre-approved programs. For more information on a program’s course offerings, housing options, in-country support services, and country highlights, tap on Program Partners. Now explore the world, one click at a time!

Semester Programs

Non-Semester Programs

Academic Study Trips

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 2022/2023 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. 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 2022/2023


COSTA RICA: FIELD TROPICAL ECOLOGY
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 235 (2 credits) or permission of the instructors
Date: December 30, 2022 – January 11, 2023

This field course travels to three different ecosystems within Costa Rica. These include 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 also conduct research projects in small groups at two of the sites we visit. These projects will be determined with faculty guidance during the prerequisite course. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret data, and give oral presentations of their results. Students will also keep a field journal with detailed accounts of the plants and animals we encounter, and record their observations on conservation, ecotourism impacts, and sustainable development. The professors involved in this trip have been to Costa Rica multiple times.

2022 Costa Rica Poster
2017 Facebook/Blog Page
Meet your Trip Leaders

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



Summer-Session 2023


CANADA: FRENCH LANGUAGE AND QUEBECOIS CULTURE IN QUEBEC CITY
FR-101, FR-102, or FR- 208 (4 credits)
Prerequisite: Any French course at SMC or at least two years of high school French
Date: May 14 – June 4, 2023


This three-week immersive academic study trip combines the study of French language with learning about and exploring Quebecois culture in and around the province’s beautiful capital, Quebec City. Students will stay with a host family, take intensive language courses in the morning, practice their conversational skills after lunch, and spend afternoons visiting important historical, cultural, and natural sites in Quebec City and the surrounding area. You will learn about the history of Quebec City and the region, the historical and cultural connections between France and Quebec, and Quebec Independence movement. In addition to exploring the charming streets and cafés within the historic fortified city, site visits and excursions with include places and activities such as the Chateau de Frontenac, the Citadel of Quebec, the provincial parliament, the Museum of Francophone America, Montmorency Falls, a Quebecois maple sugaring operation, and a cruise on the stunning Saint-Laurent River.

2023 Quebec Study Trip Poster
2018 Quebec Blog Page

Professor Kristin Juel, kjuel@smcvt.edu
Professor Peter Vantine, pvantine@smcvt.edu



DENMARK: BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, AND HEALTH CARE THE DANISH WAY
BU/PO/PB (2 credits)
Prerequisite: Business, Government and Health Care the Danish Way
(Spring 2023; 2 credits)
Date: May 15 – 26, 2023

This 12-day study tour will visit Copenhagen to study Danish culture, business, government, and health care. We will visit Danish businesses including Lego; government institutions including Parliament; and health care experts and practitioners to understand how Danish values inform and influence business and public policy. Visits to cultural sites such as the National Gallery of Denmark, Rosenborg Castle, and Tivoli Gardens will enable you to learn more about Denmark’s history and culture.

2022 Denmark Study Trip Poster
Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Paul Olsen, polsen@smcvt.edu
Professor Patricia Siplon, psiplon@smcvt.edu



ENGLAND: MUSEUMS, LIBRARIES & GALLERIES – PRESERVING THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE
2 credits
Prerequisite: None
Date: July 30 – August 13, 2023

Why do we collect things? When did humans start collecting? What sorts of things do we collect? How do we collect them? Where do those collections live? In this course, we will explore these questions in the context of collecting human knowledge, human innovation, and human experience in museums, archives, and libraries. Additionally, we will examine how and why providing access to these collections impacts cultural heritage, national identity, and human beings’ understanding of the past and present. We will also investigate preservation and conservation of these collections and why that work is critical for global citizenship.
This two-week course will be based in London and will allow students to visit some of the most important and famous museums, art galleries, and archives in the city – including the British Museum, the Black Cultural Archives, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Library and the Victoria and Albert Museum (among others). While we are at these sites, we’ll spend time with professionals who run these spaces: curators, archivists, directors, and librarians, to understand how knowledge is created and projected, to think about why and how we preserve some artifacts and documents and why and how others are lost. We’ll also think about London as a space of contested memory. The trip will also include full-day excursions to other cities, two free days to explore London, and a theatre performance at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.

Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Jennifer Purcell, jpurcell@smcvt.edu
Anthony Bassignani, abassignani@smcvt.edu



IRELAND: COASTAL BIOLOGY OF IRELAND
BI 237 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: one of the following – BI 151; BI 152; ES 107
Date: May 12 – 27, 2023

This two-week Saint Michael’s College course is based in a fishing village on the southwest coast of Ireland. Students will visit a series of important biological field sites on the Dingle Peninsula to gather data for statistical analysis. A range of sampling techniques will be taught taking advantage of the unique habitats in the locality. Because the Dingle Peninsula is rich in cultural history, field trips will be strategically planned to visit ancient historic sites that are all directly on the routes to the biological field sites.

The course schedule includes regular academic breaks to accommodate planned activities including Irish dancing, a visit to Killarney, cooking lessons, and horseback riding. This course is designed to meet the needs of life science majors interested in exploring the unique habitats of coastal Ireland while connecting with and exploring Irish heritage.

Summer 2022 Trip Leader’s Site Visit
Meet your Trip Leaders

Professor Declan McCabe, dmccabe@smcvt.edu
Professor Paul Constantino, pconstantino@smcvt.edu



WALES: ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY OF SUSTAINABLE PLACES
ES 244 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: ES243 Environmental Study of Sustainable Places (Spring 2023; 2 credits)
Date: May 26 – June 9, 2023

This two-week academic study trip combines an immersion in the beautiful and diverse natural environment of Wales—its stunning rugged seacoast, surprisingly imposing mountain ranges, quaint villages and bustling modern seaside urban capital Cardiff—with a serious academic focus on how this small nation 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 comprehensive sustainable development, a duty that has been underscored by the passing of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act in 2015. This law places a clear duty on public bodies in Wales—from councils, hospitals, businesses and schools—to consider the long-term interests of future generations while taking 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 research and artistic 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 via train to the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff, environmental and cultural centers such as the Centre for Alternative Technology, economic and cultural hubs, and multi-day hikes through the Brecon Beacons and Snowdonia National Parks and the famous Welsh Coastal Path.

2019 Wales Blog Page
Meet your Trip Leaders

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

 

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for Summer 2023 Academic Internships in Seoul, South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Kelsi Brett ’14 – South Korea, SP13

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the annual Global Citizenship International Internship Program, supported by a grant from the Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for scholarships to fund an academic internship in Seoul, South Korea and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (May – July, 2023). These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, and housing in Seoul and Ho Chi Minh City. In addition to the time spent at the internship sites, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural and networking events organized by our local partners in South Korea and Vietnam. This international placement will count for a four-credit academic internship, which will include the completion of academic assignments submitted to the faculty supervisor, and Saint Michael’s will waive the summer tuition for a four-credit course.

Eligibility Requirements:

3.0 GPA or Higher
Open to All Majors
Current Sophomore or Junior Status (Class of 2024 or 2025)

Summer 2023 Application Deadline:

Applications may be submitted beginning Monday, September 19th,
with a deadline for submission of Friday, November 4, 2022.

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must provide:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form
2) An updated resume
3) Names of two faculty references

Questions? Contact

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu