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Interdisciplinary Studies Diploma Program

This is a highly competitive, interdisciplinary program open only to international students of advanced undergraduate or graduate standing who are interested in one year of study and research at Smith College. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree or at least three years of university-level work or the equivalent in an approved foreign institution of higher learning.

In keeping with the tradition of wide-ranging, interdisciplinary research, diploma students arrive at Smith with a diverse array of scholarly interests and work together to fashion an extraordinarily vibrant and creative intellectual community.


Forms & Deadlines

September Entrance

  • Application deadline for Non-Exchange applicants: January 15
  • Application deadline for Exchange applicants: Please contact your Resident Director

Application for Admission - Interdisciplinary Studies Diploma Program

  • Application fee ($60 for non-Exchange applicants)
  • Official transcripts of the undergraduate record
  • Official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)—applicable only to applicants from non-English-speaking countries (non-Exchange)
  • Official results of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) - applicable only to international applicants from English-speaking countries (in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS)
  • Letters of recommendation from the undergraduate institution
  • Paper written in an advanced undergraduate course
  • Résumé
  • Personal statement

Information About Admission

For questions about admission, please call or write:

Graduate and Special Programs
College Hall 103
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Email: gradstdy@smith.edu
Phone: 413-585-3053
Fax: 413-585-3054


Diploma Program Tuition & Fees 2018-19

Application fee $60
Full academic year tuition (before scholarship)
(12 to 16 credits per semester)
$52,120
Room and board $17,520
Health insurance (coverage beginning August 15) $2,400

More Information About the Program

To learn more about the Diploma Program, please contact the program's director: Lane Hall-Witt.

Smith College
Lewis Global Studies Center
Wright Hall 122
Northampton, MA 01063