Office of Global Education

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.

Global Education Domestic Study

Similar to study abroad, domestic study allows students to spend a semester or full year at another institution or program based in the U.S.

Global Education Amherst Exchanges

In addition to various study abroad and domestic study options, Amherst also has a few bilateral exchange agreements with foreign universities.

Global Education Summer Fellowships

While Amherst does not award credit or financial aid for short-term courses, alumni-sponsored fellowships offer students an opportunity to attend summer programs.

Spring 2022 Study Away

As the pandemic changes around the world, the Office of Global Education continues to consult with internal and external resources. While we continue recommend that students plan for spring study away as they normally would, students should also plan to study with Amherst. This dual planning gives students a confirmed backup plan.

For Spring 2022 Study Away, students needed to have started an online educational leave approval checklist in April 2021. Any student who did not start the checklist but would like to consider study away in spring 2022 should email as soon as possible. 

Students should review the information - especially the FAQs and messages for students

Expanded Eligibility to Study Away in Fall 2021

The College has expanded the eligibility for fall 2021 study away for students who may have health concerns with the COVID-19 vaccines and/or health conditions that may make in-person education difficult. Please see the message from Dean of Students Liz Agosto under the Messages for Students here and the full guidelines if you want to explore taking advantage of this opportunity here.

Welcome to the Office of Global Education

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.

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Your Study Away Experience Begins Here

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.

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We’re Located in Keefe

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.

Getting Started

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.

Diversity & Identity

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.

Finances for Studying Away

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.

Health, Wellness & Safety

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.

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Policies, Deadlines & Forms

It’s important to keep track of deadlines and complete all paperwork in order to study away and receive credit for your work. Be sure to review all necessary information.

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For Faculty & Staff

Faculty may participate in teaching and research opportunities with one of our partner universities, or take students off-campus as part of a course they teach at Amherst.

Resources for Undocumented and DACAmented Students

Immigration Resources

Please review these important legal, educational, on-campus, and regional resources for undocumented students.