Faculty-Led Educational Experiences Abroad
Smith's goal is to prepare students to live in a global society. Smith offers a rich array of international and intercultural opportunities for all students, from the first year to their culminating year on campus. All students have the opportunity to study, work, participate in research or travel abroad or can have an internationally oriented experience in the United States.
Global Engagement Seminar
The global engagement seminar is an intensive, credit-bearing summer seminar taught by a team of Smith faculty at an international site. The course is followed by a required internship or service-learning experience.
Tibetan Studies in India
As part of an ongoing academic exchange program with the Tibetan universities in exile in India, each year the Five Colleges send 15 students to spend Interterm studying Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture, and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.
Coral Reef Ed-Ventures
Coral Reef Ed-Ventures is an innovative, cooperative educational venture between Smith College and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize. The program is an interdisciplinary effort involving faculty from three departments and the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Smith College.
GEO 334 Carbonate Sedimentology
Students in this geosciences class engage in detailed studies of the formation of carbonate sediments and rocks through participation in a required seven- to 10-day field trip to one of the modern tropical carbonate-producing environments (such as the Bahamas) during Interterm, followed by semester-long research projects based on the data and specimens collected in the field.
Interested students should contact Bosiljka Glumac early in the fall semester. The course is offered every other year.
Picker Engineering Program
This Picker Engineering Program educates engineers who address human needs through invention, resources and technology. The program supports special projects that may include going on location to explore design issues with global implications. Students have traveled everywhere from Nicaragua to Nepal to investigate and propose design innovations for economical products that meet community needs while using local materials and labor.
Other opportunities are available across departments throughout Smith. Some programs occur every year, while others are special one-time opportunities. For example:
- Mary Murphy, senior lecturer in the mathematics and statistics department, traveled with students to Bolivia to a small institution of higher education for young men and women of poor rural families
- Sujane Wu, assistant professor in the East Asian languages and literatures department, offered an educational trip to Taiwan as an extension of her course Revising the Past in Chinese Literature and Film.