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 deepen a student's knowledge of another culture or global topic through an extension of their time abroad.
To ensure that all Smith students have access to international study opportunities—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 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 oversees the award of Smith College International Experience Grants (IEGs). These grants provide partial funding toward international projects during J-Term or the summer which deepen a student’s academic engagement. Priority funding will be granted to applications which fit within the project categories outlined below. Applications for awards of between $250 and $3,500 will be considered. The average award amount is approximately $1,000. Students are expected to apply for additional funding and/or plan to bear a portion of the cost themselves.
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.
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.
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 FLEX Programs, to international Praxis opportunities.