Programs

Study Abroad Possibilities

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The 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.

Language Programs can provide skills for increasing proficiency for languages taught at Saint Michael’s (Spanish or French) or for developing skills in another language. Students with higher language proficiency can take content courses in the target language.

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.

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.

Field Study Programs provide students with a hands-on academic semester, often in developing countries. Theme-based programs focus on global issues such as global health, human rights, environmental policy, and peace and conflict studies.

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.

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 2020/2021 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.

 

Summer-Session 2021

Due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, program offerings for SU2021 have yet to be confirmed. The following programs are tentatively being planned:

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 {4 credits}
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2021

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

Guyana: A Study in Solidarity
GL 341 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: Required 2-credit pre-trip course in Spring 2021
Date: May 2021

The main focus of this trip will be twofold. We will offer support to a variety of organizations in Georgetown, Guyana that provide care for individuals living in vulnerable communities (orphanages, a leprosy residence, and a geriatric institution), and we will philosophically explore the meaning of the ethical relationship we have with others in our global world. Students will discuss both the universality of struggle in situations of marginalization in any setting and the non-universal, unique circumstances that individuals face. Grounded upon the radical ethical theory of a contemporary philosopher, our coursework will consider the nature of human relatedness and responsibility and the challenges of enacting justice and living & working in solidarity with others. We will also learn about the variety of cultural influences in Guyana and spend a few days in an Arawak village in the Interior. Guyana’s history provides an excellent example of many factors that contribute to global marginalization experienced in the developing world. Students will learn this history and gain understanding of Guyana’s politics, economics, and culture through course readings and engagement with Guyanese individuals. A collaborative project with our Guyanese hosts will give students an opportunity to utilize their talents, skills, and education to create long-term benefit for the service organizations we will support in Guyana.

Professor Katie Kirby, kkirby@smcvt.edu

England: Shakespeare in Performance 
EN 307 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: EN 306 {Spring 2021; 2 credits}
Date: May 2021

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’s Globe. 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, the 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 the Art and Literature LSC requirement or the 300 level English major requirement. 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.

Highlights from Summer 2018 trip (YouTube video)

Professor Kerry Shea, kshea@smcvt.edu
Professor Christina Root, croot@smcvt.edu

 

Winter-Session 2021/2022

Costa Rica: Field Tropical Ecology
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 151 or permission of the instructors
Date: December 2021 – January 2022

The course will meet for five 1.5 hour classes in the fall before going to Costa Rica over the winter break. The pre-trip classes will provide an introduction to tropical ecology including tropical climates and topography and their effects on ecosystems. We will also give introductions to the specific 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 also conduct research projects in small groups at two of the sites we visit. These projects will be determined with faculty guidance during the pre-trip meetings. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret the 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.

Professor Paul Constantino, pconstantino@smcvt.edu

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for Summer 2021 Academic Internships in Singapore

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the fourth annual competition of the Global Citizenship Internship Program, supported by a grant from Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for scholarships to fund an academic internship for eight weeks in Singapore, May 30 – July 24, 2021. These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, and housing in Singapore. In addition to the time spent at the internship site, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural and networking events organized by our local partners in Singapore. 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

Summer 2021 Application Deadline:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must provide:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form (click here)
2) Upload an updated resume

Questions? Contact

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu

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 2020/2021 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.

 

Summer-Session 2021

Due to travel restrictions related to Covid-19, program offerings for SU2021 have yet to be confirmed. The following programs are tentatively being planned:

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 {4 credits}
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2021

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

Guyana: A Study in Solidarity
GL 341 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: Required 2-credit pre-trip course in Spring 2021
Date: May 2021

The main focus of this trip will be twofold. We will offer support to a variety of organizations in Georgetown, Guyana that provide care for individuals living in vulnerable communities (orphanages, a leprosy residence, and a geriatric institution), and we will philosophically explore the meaning of the ethical relationship we have with others in our global world. Students will discuss both the universality of struggle in situations of marginalization in any setting and the non-universal, unique circumstances that individuals face. Grounded upon the radical ethical theory of a contemporary philosopher, our coursework will consider the nature of human relatedness and responsibility and the challenges of enacting justice and living & working in solidarity with others. We will also learn about the variety of cultural influences in Guyana and spend a few days in an Arawak village in the Interior. Guyana’s history provides an excellent example of many factors that contribute to global marginalization experienced in the developing world. Students will learn this history and gain understanding of Guyana’s politics, economics, and culture through course readings and engagement with Guyanese individuals. A collaborative project with our Guyanese hosts will give students an opportunity to utilize their talents, skills, and education to create long-term benefit for the service organizations we will support in Guyana.

Professor Katie Kirby, kkirby@smcvt.edu

England: Shakespeare in Performance 
EN 307 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: EN 306 {Spring 2021; 2 credits}
Date: May 2021

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’s Globe. 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, the 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 the Art and Literature LSC requirement or the 300 level English major requirement. 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.

Highlights from Summer 2018 trip (YouTube video)

Professor Kerry Shea, kshea@smcvt.edu
Professor Christina Root, croot@smcvt.edu

 

Winter-Session 2021/2022

Costa Rica: Field Tropical Ecology
BI 250 (2 credits)
Prerequisite: BI 151 or permission of the instructors
Date: December 2021 – January 2022

The course will meet for five 1.5 hour classes in the fall before going to Costa Rica over the winter break. The pre-trip classes will provide an introduction to tropical ecology including tropical climates and topography and their effects on ecosystems. We will also give introductions to the specific 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 also conduct research projects in small groups at two of the sites we visit. These projects will be determined with faculty guidance during the pre-trip meetings. Students will collect, analyze, and interpret the 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.

Professor Paul Constantino, pconstantino@smcvt.edu

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

Scholarships for Summer 2021 Academic Internships in Singapore

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the fourth annual competition of the Global Citizenship Internship Program, supported by a grant from Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for scholarships to fund an academic internship for eight weeks in Singapore, May 30 – July 24, 2021. These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, and housing in Singapore. In addition to the time spent at the internship site, students will have the opportunity to participate in a range of cultural and networking events organized by our local partners in Singapore. 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

Summer 2021 Application Deadline:

Friday, November 6, 2020

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must provide:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form (click here)
2) Upload an updated resume

Questions? Contact

Professor Jeffrey Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu