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 2019/2020 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

Have yet to be confirmed, but will likely include the following programs:

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

Denmark: Business, Government, and Health Care the Danish Way
BU/PO/PB {2 credits}
Prerequisite: Business, Government and Health Care the Danish Way {Spring 2021, 2 credits}
Date: May 2021 {proposed}

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.

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

South Africa: Apartheid, Revolution, and Representation
MJD 355 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: MJD 219 {Spring 2021, 4 credits}
Date: May 2021

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 Traci Griffith, tgriffith@smcvt.edu

Kolkata, India: An Exploration of Culture and Service
TBA {2 credits}
Prerequisite: TBA and Spring 2021 course {2 credits}
Date: May 2021 {16 days}

Kolkata is a city of ancient culture, staggering poverty and a rich mix of religions. Stand on a street corner and you might hear the Muslim call to prayer, witness devotees enter a Hindu temple and glimpse a family settling in to sleep on the sidewalk. Students on this journey will merge deep cultural exploration with service at three different NGOs, including Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity. We will work with organizations that provide education for street children, homes for the destitute and dying, and alternative livelihoods for women who were born into the sex trade.
At the essence of our exploration is the question of what makes an NGO effective—a focus on immediate needs or a focus on sustainable change? Can the two co-exist? This trip is largely defined by an immersive experience with significant time spent serving vulnerable populations. We will explore how culture and service influence each other, what elements help and hinder the effectiveness of an NGO, and how they frame their appeals for financial support. In the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, this experience will focus upon human dignity, identifying our shared humanity, and promoting social justice.

Professor Allison Cleary, acleary@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

$7,000 for Summer 2020 Academic Internships in Singapore

(Summer 2021 update to be posted when details are available)

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the third annual competition of the Global Citizenship Internship Program, supported by a grant from Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for $7,000 scholarships to fund an academic internship for eight weeks in Singapore, May 31-August 1, 2020. These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, housing and meals 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:

3.2 GPA or Higher
Open to All Majors
Current Sophomore or Junior Status Spring 2020
SMC On-Campus Residency

Summer 2020 Application Deadline:

Friday, October 25, 2019
Freeman Application 2020 Singapore

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must submit:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form;
2) an updated resume;
3) and answers to the following questions:
– How will this internship advance your academic and career goals, and how might you share this experience with the campus community when you return?
– What strengths would you bring to this internship, and what concerns if any do you have about this opportunity?
– Do you have any additional information you wish to share with the selection committee that is not obvious from your academic transcript?

Submit application materials to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Questions? Contact

Professor Robert Letovsky, rletovsky@smcvt.edu
Director of Study Abroad, Peggy Imai, pimai@smcvt.edu
Professor Jeff 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 2019/2020 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

Have yet to be confirmed, but will likely include the following programs:

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

Denmark: Business, Government, and Health Care the Danish Way
BU/PO/PB {2 credits}
Prerequisite: Business, Government and Health Care the Danish Way {Spring 2021, 2 credits}
Date: May 2021 {proposed}

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.

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

South Africa: Apartheid, Revolution, and Representation
MJD 355 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: MJD 219 {Spring 2021, 4 credits}
Date: May 2021

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 Traci Griffith, tgriffith@smcvt.edu

Kolkata, India: An Exploration of Culture and Service
TBA {2 credits}
Prerequisite: TBA and Spring 2021 course {2 credits}
Date: May 2021 {16 days}

Kolkata is a city of ancient culture, staggering poverty and a rich mix of religions. Stand on a street corner and you might hear the Muslim call to prayer, witness devotees enter a Hindu temple and glimpse a family settling in to sleep on the sidewalk. Students on this journey will merge deep cultural exploration with service at three different NGOs, including Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity. We will work with organizations that provide education for street children, homes for the destitute and dying, and alternative livelihoods for women who were born into the sex trade.
At the essence of our exploration is the question of what makes an NGO effective—a focus on immediate needs or a focus on sustainable change? Can the two co-exist? This trip is largely defined by an immersive experience with significant time spent serving vulnerable populations. We will explore how culture and service influence each other, what elements help and hinder the effectiveness of an NGO, and how they frame their appeals for financial support. In the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching, this experience will focus upon human dignity, identifying our shared humanity, and promoting social justice.

Professor Allison Cleary, acleary@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

$7,000 for Summer 2020 Academic Internships in Singapore

(Summer 2021 update to be posted when details are available)

Saint Michael’s College is pleased to announce the third annual competition of the Global Citizenship Internship Program, supported by a grant from Freeman Foundation. The College is now accepting applications for $7,000 scholarships to fund an academic internship for eight weeks in Singapore, May 31-August 1, 2020. These scholarships will help offset the cost of internship placement, professional development support, travel, housing and meals 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:

3.2 GPA or Higher
Open to All Majors
Current Sophomore or Junior Status Spring 2020
SMC On-Campus Residency

Summer 2020 Application Deadline:

Friday, October 25, 2019
Freeman Application 2020 Singapore

Those interested in applying for this scholarship must submit:

1) Freeman Scholarship application form;
2) an updated resume;
3) and answers to the following questions:
– How will this internship advance your academic and career goals, and how might you share this experience with the campus community when you return?
– What strengths would you bring to this internship, and what concerns if any do you have about this opportunity?
– Do you have any additional information you wish to share with the selection committee that is not obvious from your academic transcript?

Submit application materials to the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Questions? Contact

Professor Robert Letovsky, rletovsky@smcvt.edu
Director of Study Abroad, Peggy Imai, pimai@smcvt.edu
Professor Jeff Ayres, jayres@smcvt.edu