Long recognized as a leader in international education, Smith is, in many respects, a “world college for the world’s women.” Since the early 1900s, the college has had an international emphasis in its curriculum. Today, Smith offers 13 languages and six programs in interdisciplinary area and international studies. Faculty members teach more than 400 courses relating to international issues and many more that examine different cultures within the United States. Each year, hundreds of Smith students study abroad, often incorporating internships into their experiences, while the Smith campus welcomes over 300 students from more than 60 countries. Smith also hosts internationally renowned visiting scholars and speakers in a range of disciplines from around the world.
Central to Smith's global initiative is its commitment to shaping a unique education that takes into account who each student is and who she is becoming as a leader. Our promise is that she will leave Smith with the personal and intellectual capacities to lead in the world.
Smith's World Resources
A physical place, a virtual space and an intellectual crossroads where students, faculty and visitors, both international and domestic, gather to discuss international events and news, inform themselves about international issues, and exchange views of differing cultural perspectives.
Majors, minors and concentrations in area studies throughout the world and courses throughout the curriculum that address global issues.
Smith-run programs in France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland; consortium programs in India, Japan, Mexico and Spain; and more than 100 other approved programs around the world.
Classmates who come from 60 countries, and distinguished visiting scholars and global leaders in such fields as government, diplomacy, business, journalism, science, medicine and the arts.
New programs including global engagement seminars (faculty-led study away opportunities that blend intensive seminars with on-site internships or community service), increased funding for international Praxis internships, and resources for participation in leadership conferences around the world.
Organizations, activities and engaging events for all students.
Faculty members who undertake research projects, showcase performances and present exhibitions in regions throughout the world.
A remarkable network of more than 47,000 alumnae who hold positions of importance and responsibility in more than 100 countries and are committed to launching and sustaining students in global careers.