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.

Locations

Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
CameroonYaoundéDevelopment and Social ChangeSITSemester
GhanaAccraAfrica in the 21st CenturySITSemester
JordanAmmanRefugees, Health, and Humanitarian ActionSITSemester
KenyaKimanaWildlife, Water, and CommunitySFSSemester
KisumuGlobal Health and Human RightsSITSemester
MadagascarAntalahaBiodiversity and Natural Resource ManagementSITSemester
MoroccoRabatField Studies in Journalism and New MediaSITSemester
Multiculturalism and Human RightsSITSemester
Migration and Transnational IdentitySITSemester
RwandaKigaliPost-Genocide Restoration and PeacebuildingSITSemester
SenegalDakarGlobal Security and Religious PluralismSITSemester
South AfricaCape TownMulticulturalism and Human RightsSITSemester
  University of Cape TownArcadiaSemester
  University of the Western CapeArcadiaSemester
 DurbanSocial and Political TransformationSITSemester
  Community Health and Social PolicySITSemester
 StellenboschUniversity of StellenboschAIFSSemester
TanzaniaArushaWildlife Conservation and Political EcologySITSemester
 RhotiaWildlife Management StudiesSFSSemester
 ZanzibarCoastal Ecology and Natural Resource ManagementSITSemester
UgandaKampalaDevelopment StudiesSITSemester
GhanaAccra SU AbroadNon-Semester
MadagascarAntananarivo SITNon-Semester
MoroccoRabat BU, SITNon-Semester
South AfricaCape Town Arcadia, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Stellenbosch AIFS, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Durban SITNon-Semester
TanzaniaZanzibar BUNon-Semester
 Rhotia SFSNon-Semester
Uganda/RwandaKampala SITNon-Semester
United Arab EmiratesSharjah APINon-Semester
Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
BhutanHimalayanHimalayan Environment and Society in TransitionSFSSemester
 ThimpuRoyal Thimpu CollegeAPISemester
CambodiaSiem ReapConservation, Ethics & Environmental Change
SFSSemester
ChinaBeijingSU Beijing ProgramSU AbroadSemester
  Public Health Policy & PracticeIFSASemester
 Hong KongSU Hong Kong ProgramSU AbroadSemester
 KunmingHealth, Environment & Traditional Chinese MedicineSITSemester
 Shanghai21st Century CityIFSASemester
  Public Health Policy and Practice in China IFSASemester
  International Business in ChinaIFSASemester
  Fudan UniversityTEANSemester
IndiaHyderabadUniversity of HyderabadAIFSSemester
 JaipurSustainable Development and Social ChangeSITSemester
 ManipalGlobal and Public HealthIFSASemester
 New DelhiPublic Health,Gender, and Community ActionSITSemester
 VaranasiThe City, The River, The SacredIFSASemester
 PuneContemporary IndiaIFSASemester
IndonesiaBaliArts, Religion and Social ChangeSITSemester
JapanHirakata CityKansai Gaidai Universitysee Study Abroad OfficeSemester
Malaysia/ChinaKuala LumpurInternational Relations and New Economies
SITSemester
Mongolia/SiberiaUlaanbaaterNomadism, Geopolitics and the EnvironmentSITSemester
NepalKathmanduDevelopment, Gender, and Social Change in the HimalayaSITSemester
  Tibetan and Himalayan PeoplesSITSemester
RussiaSt. PetersburgSt. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversityAIFSSemester
SamoaApiaSocial and Environmental Change in OceaniaSITSemester
SingaporeSingaporeSingapore Management UniversityTEANSemester
South KoreaSeoulYonsei UniversityCIEESemester
  Korea UniversityTEANSemester
ThailandChiang MaiChiang Mai UniversityTEANSemester
 Khon KaenCommunity Public HealthCIEESemester
VietnamHo Chi Minh CityCulture, Social Change and DevelopmentSITSemester
  Semester in Vietnam (RMIT)TEANSemester
BhutanBumthang District SFSNon-Semester
ChinaBeijing Alliance, IFSA, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Kumming SITNon-Semester
 Shanghai BU, Alliance, IFSA, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Xi'an IFSANon-Semester
IndiaKolkata IPS-LNon-Semester
 New Delhi SITNon-Semester
 Pune IFSANon-Semester
 Sikkim SITNon-Semester
IndonesiaBali SITNon-Semester
JapanKyoto SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Osaka See Study Abroad OfficeNon-Semester
NepalKathmandu SITNon-Semester
SingaporeSingapore SU AbroadNon-Semester
South KoreaSeoul SITNon-Semester
TurkeyIstanbul AIFS, SU AbroadNon-Semester
Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
AustraliaByron BaySustainability and Environmental ActionSITSemester
 CairnsRainforest, Reef and Cultural EcologySITSemester
 MelbourneLa Trobe UniversityAPISemester
 PerthMurdoch UniversityAIFSSemester
 QueenslandRainforest to ReefSFSSemester
 SydneySydney Internship ProgramBUSemester
 WollongongUniversity of WollongongAIFS, Arcadia, IFSA, TEANSemester
New ZealandAucklandAuckland Internship ProgramBU Semester
  University of Auckland APISemester
 WellingtonVictoria University of WellingtonAIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSA, TEANSemester
AustraliaAdelaide IFSANon-Semester
 Auckland (& Northern New Zealand) SFSNon-Semester
 Canberra IFSANon-Semester
 Sydney Arcadia, BUNon-Semester
Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
AustriaSalzburgUniversity of SalzburgAIFSSemester
Central Europe History, Memory, and Identity Across BordersSU AbroadSemester
CroatiaDubrovnikLibertas International UniversityAPISemester
Czech RepublicPragueCharles UniversityAIFSSemester
  Arts and Social ChangeSITSemester
  Reimagining Europe in PragueIFSASemester
  University of Economics (VŠE)AIFSSemester
DenmarkCopenhagenStudy Abroad in ScandinaviaDISSemester
EnglandBathAdvanced Studies in EnglandASESemester
 LeedsUniversity of LeedsAPI, IFSASemester
 LondonCity UniversityIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
  Goldsmith's College, University of LondonArcadiaSemester
  London Internship ProgramBU, Arcadia, AIFSSemester
  London School of Economics and Political ScienceIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
  Arcadia in London
ArcadiaSemester
  Queen Mary College, University of LondonIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
  Richmond, The American International UniversityAIFSSemester
  University of WestminsterAPI, IFSA, ArcadiaSemester
 OxfordOxford UniversityIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
FranceBordeauxUniversité Bordeaux MontaigneMiddleburySemester
 GrenobleUniversity Grenoble AlpesAIFSSemester
  Centre Universitaire D’Études Françaises (CUEF)APISemester
  Grenoble École de ManagementAPI, AIFSSemester
  ParisCours de Civilisation Française de la SorbonneAIFS, APISemester
  Institut Catholique de Paris (ICP)API, AIFSSemester
  Paris Internship ProgramBUSemester
 PoitiersUniversite de PoitiersMiddleburySemester
 StrasbourgSU Strasbourg ProgramSU AbroadSemester
GermanyBerlinFreie UniversityAIFS, APISemester
GreeceAthensArcadia in GreeceArcadiaSemester
  College Year in AthensCYASemester
HungaryBudapestCorvinus University of BudapestAPISemester
  Budapest Semesters in MathematicsBSMSemester
IcelandReykjavikReykjavik UniversityAPISemester
Iceland & FinlandÍsafjörður Climate Change & the ArcticSITSemester
Ireland, Republic ofCorkUniversity College CorkAPI, Arcadia, IFSA,Semester
 DublinDublin Internship ProgramBUSemester
  Dublin Parliamentary InternshipArcadiaSemester
  Champlain Abroad DublinChamplain CollegeSemester
 GalwayNational University of Ireland, GalwayAPI, Arcadia, IFSASemester
 LimerickUniversity of LimerickAIFS, API, Arcadia, IFSASemester
 MaynoothNational University of IrelandAIFS, ArcadiaSemester
Ireland, NorthernBelfastStranmillis University College Teacher EducationIFSASemester
  Ulster UniversityIFSASemester
ItalyFlorenceLorenzo de'Medici SchoolAPISemester
  Richmond in FlorenceAIFSSemester
  Richmond Florence Internship ProgramAIFSSemester
  SU Florence ProgramSU AbroadSemester
 PerugiaUmbra InstituteArcadiaSemester
 RomeArcadia in RomeArcadiaSemester
  John Cabot UniversityAPISemester
  Lorenzo de Medici SchoolAPISemester
  Richmond in RomeAIFSSemester
 TuscaniaLorenzo de Medici SchoolAPISemester
The NetherlandsAmsterdamInternational Perspectives on Sexuality and GenderSITSemester
PolandKrakowJagiellonian University of KrakowAPISemester
 WroclawSU Central Europe ProgramSU AbroadSemester
ScotlandEdinburghUniversity of Edinburgh Parliamentary InternshipIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
  University of EdinburghArcadia, APISemester
 GlasgowUniversity of GlasgowIFSA, ArcadiaSemester
 StirlingUniversity of StirlingIFSA, Arcadia, APISemester
Serbia, Bosnia, and Kosovo Peace & Conflict Studies in the BalkansSITSemester
SpainBarcelonaUniversitat de BarcelonaAPISemester
  University Autonoma of BarcelonaAPI, AIFSSemester
  Pompeu Fabra UniversityAPI, AIFS
Semester
  Arcadia in BarcelonaArcadiaSemester
 BilbaoUniversity of DeustoAPISemester
 GranadaArcadia in GranadaArcadiaSemester
  University of GranadaAIFS, APISemester
 MadridUniversidad Complutense de MadridAPISemester
  Universidad NebrijaAPISemester
 SalamancaUniversidad de SalamancaAIFS, APISemester
 SevilleUniversidad de Pablo de OlavideAPISemester
  Universidad de SevilleAPISemester
 ToledoFundacion Ortega-Maranon-ToledoArcadiaSemester
SwedenStockholmStudy Abroad in ScandinaviaDISSemester
WalesBangorBangor UniversityArcadiaSemester
 CardiffCardiff UniversityIFSASemester
AustriaSalzburg AIFSNon-Semester
BelgiumBrussels BUNon-Semester
Czech RepublicPrague AIFSNon-Semester
DenmarkCopenhagen DISNon-Semester
EnglandBath ASENon-Semester
 Brighton IFSANon-Semester
 Cambridge IFSA, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Leeds APINon-Semester
 London Arcadia, SU Abroad, AIFS, IFSA, BU, APINon-Semester
 Oxford IFSANon-Semester
FranceCaen APINon-Semester
 Grenoble API, BU, AIFSNon-Semester
 Paris API, AIFS, Arcadia, BU, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Strasbourg SU AbroadNon-Semester
GermanyBerlin AIFS, SU Abroad, APINon-Semester
 Bonn ArcadiaNon-Semester
GreeceAthens AIFS, Arcadia, CYANon-Semester
IcelandReykjavik SITNon-Semester
 Solheimar SU AbroadNon-Semester
Ireland, Republic ofCork API, IFSANon-Semester
 Dublin API, Arcadia, BU, IFSANon-Semester
 Galway API, IFSANon-Semester
 Limerick AIFS, API, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Maynooth AIFSNon-Semester
Ireland, NorthernBelfast IFSANon-Semester
ItalyBologna SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Florence AIFS, API, Arcadia, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Lecce ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Padua BUNon-Semester
 Perugia ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Rome AIFS, API, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Siena IPSLNon-Semester
 Syracuse ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Taormina APINon-Semester
 Tuscany APINon-Semester
 Venice BU, SU AbroadNon-Semester
PolandKrakow APINon-Semester
RussiaSt. Petersburg AIFSNon-Semester
ScotlandEdinburgh Arcadia, IFSANon-Semester
 Glasgow ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Stirling API, Arcadia, IFSANon-Semester
SpainBarcelona AIFS, API, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Bilbao APINon-Semester
 Granada AIFS, API, ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Madrid API, BU, SU AbroadNon-Semester
 Mallorca ArcadiaNon-Semester
 Menorca BUNon-Semester
 Salamanca AIFS, APINon-Semester
 Seville APINon-Semester
 Toledo ArcadiaNon-Semester
SwitzerlandGeneva BU, SIT, SU AbroadNon-Semester
Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
ArgentinaBuenos AiresPublic Health in Urban EnvironmentsSITSemester
Transnationalism & Comparative Development in South AmericaSITSemester
Social Movements & Human RightsSITSemester
Universidad de BelgranoAPI, AIFSSemester
Argentine Universities ProgramIFSASemester
Universidad de Buenos AiresMiddleburySemester
Universidad del SalvadorAPISemester
Universidad Torcuato Di TellaAPI, MiddleburySemester
MendozaUniversidad de CongresoAPISemester
UshuaiaPeople, Environment, and Climate Change in Patagonia and Antarctica SITSemester
BoliviaCochabambaMulticulturalism, Globalization and Social ChangeSITSemester
BrazilFortalezaSocial Innovation & Community DevelopmentSITSemester
SalvadorPublic Health, Race and Human RightsSITSemester
ChileAricaPublic Health, Traditional Medicine and Community EmpowermentSITSemester
Puerto NatalesWild Patagonia: Fire and IceSFSSemester
SantiagoComparative Education and Social ChangeSITSemester
Chilean Universities ProgramIFSASemester
Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileMiddleburySemester
SU Santiago ProgramSU AbroadSemester
Universidad Adolfo IbáñezAPISemester
Universidad Alberto HurtadoMiddleburySemester
TemucoUniversidad de la FronteraMiddleburySemester
ValparaisoCultural Identity, Social Justice and Community DevelopmentSITSemester
Chilean Universities ProgramIFSASemester
Pontifícia Universidad Católica de ValparaísoAPI, MiddleburySemester
Viña del MarUniversidad Adolfo IbáñezAIFS, API, MiddleburySemester
Costa RicaAtenasSustainable Development StudiesSFSSemester
HerediaUniversidad NacionalIFSASemester
San JoseInternational Center for Development StudiesAPISemester
Universidad VeritasAIFS, APISemester
San Joaquin de FloresInstituto de San Joaquin de FloresAPISemester
CubaHavanaUniversity of Havana
API, IFSASemester
EcuadorGuayaquilUniversidad de Especialidades Espíritu SantoIPS-LSemester
QuitoUniversidad San Francisco de QuitoAPISemester
Comparative Ecology and ConservationSITSemester
Development, Politics and LanguagesSITSemester
MexicoMéridaMérida Universities ProgramIFSASemester
 OaxacaMigration, Borders, and Transnational CommunitiesSITSemester
PanamaPanama CityTropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity ConservationSITSemester
Bocas Del ToroTropical Island Biodiversity StudiesSFSSemester
PeruCuscoIndigenous Peoples and GlobalizationSITSemester
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Service-Learning)IPS-LSemester
LimaPontificia Universidad Católica del PerúIFSASemester
Pillcopata, Madre de DiosBiodiversity and Development in the AmazonSFSSemester
ArgentinaBuenos Aires AIFS,API, BU, IFSA, SITNon-Semester
BrazilRio de Janeiro BUNon-Semester
Sao Paolo AIFSNon-Semester
Salvador SU AbroadNon-Semester
ChileSantiago IFSA, SU AbroadNon-Semester
Valparaiso API, ArcadiaNon-Semester
Vina del Mar APINon-Semester
Costa RicaAtenas SFSNon-Semester
San Jose AIFS, APINon-Semester
San Joaquin de Flores APINon-Semester
CubaHavana ArcadiaNon-Semester
Dominican RepublicSantiago delos Caballeros SU AbroadNon-Semester
MexicoMerida IFSANon-Semester
Queretaro APINon-Semester
PanamaPanama City SITNon-Semester
Bocas del Toro SFSNon-Semester
PeruLima & Ayacucho BUNon-Semester
Cusco IPSL, SU AbroadNon-Semester
Lima IFSANon-Semester
Geographic AreaLocationName of ProgramProgram ProviderWhen
Turks & Caicos IslandsCockburn HarborMarine Resource StudiesSFSSemester
USAWashington DCWashington Semester ProgramAmerican UniversitySemester
Woods Hole, MACaribbean Reef ExplorationSEA SemesterSemester
Climate and Society: New ZealandSEA SemesterSemester
The Global Ocean: New ZealandSEA SemesterSemester
Oceans and ClimateSEA SemesterSemester
Marine Biodiversity & ConservationSEA SemesterSemester
Sustainability in Polynesian Island Culture and EcosystemsSEA SemesterSemester
Colonization to Conservation in the CaribbeanSEA SemesterSemester
CanadaMontrealChamplain Abroad MontrealChamplain CollegeSemester
Turks & CaicosSouth Caicos Island, British West Indies SFSNon-Semester
USAWashington, DC American UniversityNon-Semester
 WoodsHole, MA SEA SemesterNon-Semester

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.

Winter-Session 2019/2020

Senegal: Culture and Service
GL/FR 271 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: GL/FR 270 + FR 101 or permission of the instructor
Date: December 26, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Are you ready for a life-changing experience full of new discoveries in a beautiful and welcoming country? Join us and come to Senegal, a model for democracy in Africa, and get a taste of Senegalese culture through service, excursions, and lectures. You will be staying in Dakar, the capital city, and will work with very enthusiastic children of the Grande Royale elementary school (earning an internship certificate for your work) in the underserved neighborhood of Guinaw Rails where you will also meet students from their welcoming English Club. You will go where tourists seldom visit, experience Senegal’s legendary teranga (Wolof for hospitality), and eat tasty Senegalese food! An introduction to Wolof, the main language spoken in Senegal, will facilitate your interactions with the local community.
Several excursions will enable you to learn more about Senegal’s history, religion, and culture. You will visit the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, the beautiful Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, the lively fish market in M’Bour, the Great Mosque of Touba, and Joal-Fadiouth, the birthplace of Léopold Sédar Senghor (the first Senegalese President elected at Senegal’s independence in 1960). Fascinating lectures by speakers in various fields will also help you understand the importance of Senegal’s hip hop culture, cinema, and arts. You will also participate in a painting on glass workshop and create a piece of art to bring home!

Professor Laurence Clerfeuille, lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu
Moise St. Louis, mstlouis@smcvt.edu

Summer-Session 2020

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 {4 credits}
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2020

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 2020
Date: May 15 – 30, 2020 {tentative}

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
Kimoi Seale, kseale@smcvt.edu

England: Shakespeare in Performance 
EN 307 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: EN 306 {Spring 2020; 2 credits}
Date: May 18 – 30, 2020

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 2020, 2 credits}
Date: May 24 – June 4, 2020 {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 2020, 4 credits}
Date: May 12 – 28, 2020

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 2020 course {2 credits}
Date: May 2020 {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

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

$7,000 for Summer 2020 Academic Internships in Singapore

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.

Winter-Session 2019/2020

Senegal: Culture and Service
GL/FR 271 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: GL/FR 270 + FR 101 or permission of the instructor
Date: December 26, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Are you ready for a life-changing experience full of new discoveries in a beautiful and welcoming country? Join us and come to Senegal, a model for democracy in Africa, and get a taste of Senegalese culture through service, excursions, and lectures. You will be staying in Dakar, the capital city, and will work with very enthusiastic children of the Grande Royale elementary school (earning an internship certificate for your work) in the underserved neighborhood of Guinaw Rails where you will also meet students from their welcoming English Club. You will go where tourists seldom visit, experience Senegal’s legendary teranga (Wolof for hospitality), and eat tasty Senegalese food! An introduction to Wolof, the main language spoken in Senegal, will facilitate your interactions with the local community.
Several excursions will enable you to learn more about Senegal’s history, religion, and culture. You will visit the House of Slaves on Gorée Island, the beautiful Museum of Black Civilizations in Dakar, the lively fish market in M’Bour, the Great Mosque of Touba, and Joal-Fadiouth, the birthplace of Léopold Sédar Senghor (the first Senegalese President elected at Senegal’s independence in 1960). Fascinating lectures by speakers in various fields will also help you understand the importance of Senegal’s hip hop culture, cinema, and arts. You will also participate in a painting on glass workshop and create a piece of art to bring home!

Professor Laurence Clerfeuille, lclerfeuille@smcvt.edu
Moise St. Louis, mstlouis@smcvt.edu

Summer-Session 2020

France: Culture and Society in Medieval Burgundy
HI/RS/AH/HU 280 {4 credits}
Prerequisite: None
Date: May 2020

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 2020
Date: May 15 – 30, 2020 {tentative}

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
Kimoi Seale, kseale@smcvt.edu

England: Shakespeare in Performance 
EN 307 {2 credits}
Prerequisite: EN 306 {Spring 2020; 2 credits}
Date: May 18 – 30, 2020

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 2020, 2 credits}
Date: May 24 – June 4, 2020 {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 2020, 4 credits}
Date: May 12 – 28, 2020

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 2020 course {2 credits}
Date: May 2020 {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

Freeman Foundation Scholarship

$7,000 for Summer 2020 Academic Internships in Singapore

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