Smith’s goal is to prepare students to live in a global society by offering 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 have an internationally oriented experience in the United States.
Global Faculty-Led Experiences (FLEX)
The Lewis Global Studies Center's FLEX programming initiative offers faculty opportunities to design and lead short-term global learning travel programs (1–3 weeks) to either enhance an existing course or as a newly credited course offered during winter, spring or summer breaks. This initiative replaces the former Global Engagement Seminars. The goal is to build a range of global experiential learning activities that can be readily adapted to departmental and faculty interests. Programs may be outside of the United States or have a global theme within the United States.
Please direct any questions about the Global FLEX program or the process to Laura Gomez.
Brazil: Contemporary Arts Parks and Cultural Centers
Application deadline November 29
Info Session: Tuesday, September 26 at 12:15 p.m. in CC102
This short-term, faculty-led program will explore Brazil's thriving contemporary arts scenes and museums in São Paulo. The group will then travel to Brumadinho to visit the Inhotim Contemporary Art Institute, a massive, 5,000-acre art park and botanic garden described in the New York Times as “a vast garden of art."
Ireland: Overcoming Divided Histories
Application deadline: Wednesday, November 29
Info Session: Thursday, October 5 at 12:15 p.m. in the Jandon Center (Wright 013)
This program is a collaborative project with the Jandon Center, the Lewis Center, and a Spring 2024 two credit course (IDP 113). The travel program will visit Dublin and Belfast, making connections between national and local identities and built environments in both cities, in addition to exploring current issues - the legacy of "the troubles," Brexit, housing crises and more.
Conferences & Events
The annual Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together conference showcases and celebrates the scholarly work of Smith College students. Students present the results of their senior theses, independent study projects, research seminars and other creative work as part of oral sessions, panels, poster sessions, exhibits and performances. Projects are developed as a result of associations with the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute or Praxis, for example, and fall into categories ranging from science and technology, social, cultural and literary studies to the performing arts.
Smith in the World Conference
The annual Smith in the World Conference explores the relationship between formal classroom education and learning that takes place in off-campus programs, such as Praxis internships, study abroad and community service.
Projects for Peace
Smith College undergraduate students are invited to participate in the United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for a sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation.
Funding Global Experiences
The Fellowships Office, the Office for International Study and the Lazarus Center for Career Development advise students and alumnae applying for international fellowships (such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Fulbright, Luce and NSEP) and for international internships and jobs. Also, the Office for International Study allocates funds for international experiences.
Academic departments typically provide links to opportunities for research and grants for funding; be sure to check the department's website and connect with your academic adviser to see what's available.