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 strengthen a student's knowledge of another culture through an extension of their time abroad.
To ensure that every Smith student has access to the opportunity of international study—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 travel 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 administers a set of International Experience Grants aimed primarily for students with high financial need who have not had prior study abroad or travel experience. These grants provide partial funding of between $500 and $3,500 for a wide range of projects: formal study programs, independent research, community service or internships.
Three 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, the Class of 1983 Developing World grant 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.
In addition to providing a way to research funds available through the Office for International Study, the 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 Engagement Seminars, to international Praxis opportunities.