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International Opportunties

Smith College is committed to the premise that global perspectives are an integral element of a liberal arts education. Almost 300 students per year participate on either a semester or year-long program abroad. Many other students seek an international research, study or internship experience during the summer or January break. These additional opportunities may either be an alternative to a full-term abroad or provide ways to strengthen a student's knowledge of another culture through an extension of their time abroad.

To ensure that every Smith student has access to the opportunity of international study—regardless of her academic major, transfer status, student life commitments or financial need—generous grants from Smith's endowment and discretionary funds provide students with travel funds to pursue special projects that enhance their course of study through a globally engaged learning experience abroad.

International Experience Grants

The Office for International Study administers a set of International Experience Grants provide partial funding of between $500 and $3,500 for a wide range of Summer and J-term projects including: formal study programs, independent research, community service or internships.

Other Summer / J-term Grants

The Buchanan Spurgin Grant, and the Pillay Health Care Internship Grant are opportunities for students to apply for funding to travel to Asia. Students should pay special attention to the specific types of programs funded by these grants.

Merit Awards

Two special merit-based awards are available for students who seek to enhance their semester or year-long study through special projects undertaken during the summer or winter breaks: the Blumberg Traveling Fellowships, and the Anita Volz Wien '62 Global Scholars Fund each offer competitive awards to students proposing innovative projects that further their understanding of international themes and global issues.

Other Funding

The Lewis Global Studies Center is a resource for students to learn of other global learning opportunities across the campus: from the J-Term Tibetan Studies trip to India, to summer language study, to the new Global Engagement Seminars, to international Praxis opportunities.