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.

Study Away in 2022-2023

As the pandemic changes around the world, the Office of Global Education continues to consult with internal and external resources. Most programs in most locations are running and there are only a few countries were travel remains restricted, e.g., China, Japan. 

Any student wishing to study away in the 2022-2023 academic year - for fall, spring, or full year - should complete part 1 of the educational leave approval checklist by April 15 (extended from April 1). Students should review the information - especially the FAQs and messages for students

Please note: Students who are planning to study away in the fall and full year will not participate in the first wave of housing selection and pre-registration. Students who decide not to study away in the fall or full year will have ample opportunities to participate in room draw and register for courses. 

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 Converse Hall

Visit us in Room 202 in Converse. Make an appointment to meet with one of our advisors.

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.