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Study Abroad Opportunities at Marlboro College

Are you thinking about studying abroad? Just here to explore your opportunities? Curious what all the hype about studying abroad is about? 
You’re on the right page! 
Here, you’ll find information on why so many students choose to go abroad during college, what your options are as a Marlboro student and how to get started planning your trip. Read on for more details! 
You can also look at our FAQs about going abroad, or contact the international services office at international@marlboro.edu.

Benefits of studying abroad - why go?

Studying overseas is one of the most challenging, interesting - and yes, fun! experiences you can have as an undergraduate. Talk to anyone who has studied abroad and they will tell you the stories they have about intercultural understanding, interesting differences, unique challenges and experiences utterly unlike anything they could have imagined in the US.
Studying abroad can help you jump-start your career, expand your academic horizon and grow and develop yourself on the personal level.
College years are also one of the best times to go abroad. Not only is your schedule relatively flexible, but going abroad as part of your degree will also provide you with experiences few other US graduates have (only 10% of US college students study abroad by the time they graduate). It is also more convenient to go abroad as a student: visa procedures, programs, support systems and scholarships are often geared towards college students more than any other category of traveller.

Overview of options

While some schools have a limited number of available programs or locations, Marlboro students have virtually unlimited choice over their preferences to go abroad. Some of the most popular programs are:

  • Marlboro Exchange Partners - Marlboro has five international partner universities around the world, where students can study for a year or a semester. Learn more...
  • Faculty-led trips - Every year, Marlboro faculty offer one or more semester-long courses that involve a trip abroad to delve deeper into the course topic. Learn more…
  • World Studies Program - The World Studies Program is a four-year liberal arts course of study with an international lens, combining on-campus classes with a six-to-eight-month internship in a foreign culture. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts or Science in International Studies and their area of concentration. Learn more…

In addition to these options, Marlboro students can go on any program provided it is accredited and approved by the Office of International Services. Programs offered by third-party providers, other colleges or organizations, or even self-designed experiences are all eligible. Contact the international services office to chat about the experience you’re interested in!

Getting started

So, where do you start? 
There are a few good ways to begin vetting your options:

Ultimately, however, the international services office staff is going to be your point of reference for everything regarding documents, logistics and procedures of going abroad. It is a good idea to talk to Maggie or Dora about your plans as soon as possible, to receive insight and advice and make sure that your experience abroad is the best it can be!

Student voices: don’t take our word for it!

If you could sum up your study abroad experience in 5 words, what would they be?
“Childhood dreams became my reality”.

What is a skill that you developed abroad?
I learned how to study better and more efficiently because of how much more intense school was in Korea than it is in America. We were in classes for a lot longer, there was not much time to go through information and grasp it, and the classes were too big for you to have one on one time with your professors. I learned new study skills that helped me learn large quantities of information in a little time so I could be able to participate in class discussions and build off of that information. Now because of the classes I took, my study skills are better.
(Cyane Thomas)

What is a skill or quality that you developed during your time abroad? How did you acquire it?
Hmm. I suppose I’d say I got better at putting myself out there. I was so, so hungry to absorb culture, learn opinions, and understand the language. No one was going to hold my hand, and I would have been really ticked off if someone had tried to. So I had no choice but to stumble through my Spanish, introduce myself to people, and try to represent myself as the hard-working, considerate, fun person that I hope to someday be through my actions. At some point, all your intentions either become actions, or they become disappointments. I think I got better at acting on my intentions while in Chile.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is thinking about studying abroad?
Find a place and program that feel like they are right at the edge of your comfort zone, then push one step further. If you go on a study abroad program and are comfortable, I think you’ve wasted time and money.
(Matt McIntosh)

Tell us about a challenge that helped you grow.
My entire time abroad this summer presented many challenges with respect to my initial plans- which were in a constant state of flux, modification, and revision. In fact, due to the circumstances and the environments within which I was working, every subsequent plan also seemed to be subject to change. This challenge was exceedingly rewarding, however, as I was able to become very well acquainted with the concept of adaptability. This presented itself in many useful forms, including being able to expand my working network and to collaborate with individuals, projects, and ideas that I perhaps otherwise would not have.

What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who is thinking about going abroad?
The world is a much friendlier place than day-to-day media will have us think.
(Leni Charbonneau)