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Travel abroad is a gateway to personal growth and learning firsthand about other people and other places. What better way to prepare for globalization than by experiencing it in college? Globalization of communication, commerce, arts, and culture is revolutionizing societies everywhere. Future success in business, politics, or your chosen career will increasingly depend not only on professional expertise but also on familiarity with clients, customers, and associates from different cultures. Your experience as an MCLA student studying abroad will prepare you to meet tomorrow's challenges. It may also change your life today.

Our Partners

Study Abroad

MCLA is affiliated with International Studies Abroad (ISA), CISabroad, and the Semester At Sea program, which allow students to travel and study in many different universities around the world.  At MCLA, your learning about the world begins locally and ends globally.

Study Away

MCLA is also a member of the National Student Exchange.  Through this organization, students may study at participating colleges within the United States and its territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands) and Canada.  Students pay tuition to MCLA and room and board to the host college.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA (program GPA requirements may be higher)
  • At least 30 credits (sophomore status) by time of departure
  • Must not be on any type of college probation (academic or disciplinary)
  • Must not be any holds on student's account

Getting Started

  • Visit the websites of interest
  • Review programs and countries for detailed information including application instructions
  • Meet with the Advisor for Study Abroad and Away Programs to start the process and review course selections
  • Meet with your faculty advisor to ensure course taken abroad will satisfy major requirements
  • Meet with Financial Aid to determine what is covered for your semester abroad
  • Pursue scholarships to help cover expenses not covered by financial aid
  • Credits transfer back to MCLA (with prior approval)

For Further Information. . .

Visit CSSE on the upper level of Eldridge Hall or call (413) 662-5389.


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Scholarships are available through each of our affiliated programs. MCLA also provides students with a number of scholarships in order to help fund their education. The Sharron Zavatarro and the Centennial Scholarship are specific to traveling away. Contact the Financial Aid Office for MCLA scholarship listings and deadlines. The following are also scholarships for traveling abroad. 

Boren Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

BASAA Scholarships

BUTEX (British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association)

Collegeboard Scholarships

Create Real Impact Scholarships

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Freeman-ASIA Grant


Fund for Education Abroad Scholarships

Golden Key Awards

Instutute for Humane Studies Fellowships

Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship

LIV Fund

Rotary Ambassadorial International Scholarships

Unigo Scholarship

University Scholarships


Students should also consider doing their own personal fundraising in preparation for international travel. Go Fund Me is a great site to help students gather financial resources for their trip.