Global Education Study Abroad
Study abroad provides students an opportunity to spend a semester or full year on an academic program in another country. Amherst currently approves approximately 160 programs in over 50 countries.
As the pandemic changes around the world, the Office of Global Education continues to consult with internal and external resources. We are closely following how programs and countries are responding to COVID-19. We were hopeful that students would be able to safely study away this fall; however, the College made the difficult decision to cancel study away for the fall 2020 semester. Please see our message to students here.
A decision about spring study away has not yet been made and the Office of Global Education is advising students to plan to be away AND plan to be at Amherst. Students interested in spring programs should carefully look at the following:
Global experiences provide new perspectives and a framework for how we engage with the world. Whether you’re a student or faculty member, we offer resources and advising on global learning opportunities associated with the college and our partners. Our office helps prepare Amherst College students for their semester or year away, and works with them upon their return to better integrate their experiences into curricular and co-curricular life at the College.
We encourage students to engage in deep reflection about their experiences in order to deepen awareness of global issues. We also work to develop an efficient and customizable process to guide students in research and decision-making as they select a program.
The process of studying away from Amherst College may seem overwhelming at first, but you've come to the right place—we’ll guide you through the steps you need to take in order to make it happen. We’ll help you prepare for your semester or year away early in your academic career, and work with you upon your return to better integrate your experiences into curricular and co-curricular life at the College.
Visit us in 102 Keefe Campus Center. Make an appointment or come to our open hours, Fridays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Visit our Students page to see what steps you’ll need to take to meet with a GEO advisor, explore and apply to programs, prepare to go and return to Amherst.
We offer a number of resources for promoting diversity within international education. Our office also organizes events that highlight social identities that become more or less apparent while abroad.
There are a number of steps you can take to make your study away experience more affordable, including budgeting tips, planning for expenses that you may encounter when away and understanding where and how to find student deals.
Your wellbeing is the most important factor to consider when planning for a semester or year away from campus. We offer information on medications and immunizations, health Iinsurance and more.
Please review these important legal, educational, on-campus, and regional resources for undocumented students.