Green Mountain College has a distinctly international flavor, with students representing over 15 different countries. The College also sponsors an impressive array of programs aimed at providing students with a cross-cultural dimension to their education and fosters an authentic global outlook.
GMC also offers a number of study abroad opportunities each year that reflect the academic programs of the College. Among these have been academic trips to such locations as Brazil, China, Costa Rica, England, Italy, Mexico, and Wales.
Information on the variety of study abroad exchange programs is available through the Director of International Programs. Students planning to participate must meet certain criteria and are encouraged to contact the Director of International Programs for assistance as early as possible. Following are some of the study abroad programs available through Green Mountain College.
Argentina: Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinamericano (UCEL)
Green Mountain College offers the opportunity to study the Spanish language and South American culture in Argentina for three credits in humanities. Participants join with students from other colleges and universities in classes for every level of Spanish instruction, including one for beginners. The program is held in association with the Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinamericano (UCEL), a university related to our college through the International Association of Methodist Schools, Colleges and Universities (IAMSCU). UCEL is located in Rosario, Argentina, which is three hours from Buenos Aires, and has an enrollment of 2,000 students. The university is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Argentina.
France: L’Institute Mediterraneen d’Etudes Françauses (IMEF)
Students may earn college credit for this 3-week academic and cultural immersion course taught in the ancient city of Montpellier near the Mediterranean Sea. Students do intensive language study during the week, followed by excursions to historic and cultural landmarks of the region on the weekend.
Israel: Arava Institute for Environmental Studies
GMC students may attend the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies located on Kibbutz Ketura in the scenic Arava Valley of southern Israel. AIES brings together students from the Middle East and from around the world to study and live together. Each semester students are offered an interdisciplinary program that includes an independent study project, an interdisciplinary seminar analyzing regional environmental issues and numerous courses in three concentrations: Ecology & Environmental Sciences; Environmental Policy; and Social & Cultural Studies. GMC students may attend AIES for a semester or a full year.
Italy: Brunnenburg Castle
Located in the heart of the autonomous province of South Tirol in the Italian Alps, Brunnenburg Castle is home to Green Mountain College students for in-depth semester long programs held on a biannual basis, on summer study tours, and as interns. Brunnenburg's working alpine farm--including a vineyard, wine cellar, orchards, gardens, and rare breeds of livestock--is linked to its museum of alpine agriculture. Students live in the 17th century farmhouse and study inside the walls of the castle, surrounded by the tools and traditions of the South Tirolean mountain farmers. The castle was also the residence of American poet Ezra Pound and is currently owned by his heirs, the Rachewiltz family. The Rachewiltz family members teach courses in the history of agriculture, medieval iconography and literature, and Pound and his contemporaries. Guest GMC faculty members teach courses in their respective fields of expertise, linked to the region and the other courses, in homage to the Poundian concept of "Paideuma," similar to the GMC block course approach to education. In addition to formal semester and summer programs, GMC sends one or more farm interns to the castle to work on the farm and in the culture-filled kitchen each fall, spring, and summer. Participation in all GMC programs at Brunnenburg is competitive and based on a formal selection process.
Japan: Nagoya University School of Law
Nagoya University, considered one of the Japanese “Ivies,” is the latest addition to GMC's exchange partner institutions. This is a one semester or one year exchange program. Students should have a background or interest in law and policy—generally participants take at least one course at the law school. Classes are in English and knowledge of Japanese is not required, though students are expected to take Japanese for a grade (5 credits) or as a course audit. Subsidized housing on campus is available for exchange students.
South Korea: Hannam University
The exchange program with Hannam University reflects the interest many Green Mountain College faculty have in Asian Studies. Green Mountain College students have an opportunity to apply for a spring semester in South Korea or participate in a 3 week, 3 credit Special Summer Program at the Hannam campus. A number of Green Mountain College faculty have established connections at Hannam University and courses for non-Korean students are available in English which makes the transition for GMC students quite easy. This opportunity to experience the culture and history of Korea is very special. Application deadlines are usually the first week of October with interviews and the selection process completed by November 1st. Contact the director of international programs for further information.
Wales: University of Wales. Aberystwyth
Many Welsh immigrants, attracted by the area's slate industry, settled in this valley to produce one of the strongest Welsh-American communities in the country. The Green Mountain College Welsh Heritage Program established in 1995 seeks to maintain and cultivate that cultural legacy and to foster an interest in Wales and Welsh culture. GMC maintains an active student exchange program with the University of Wales – Aberystwyth. Green Mountain students study for a semester in Wales and Welsh students spend a semester in Poultney. This exchange program offers Green Mountain students an opportunity to pursue their studies in all disciplinary areas offered by Aberystwyth while getting to know the culture and surrounding of Wales. Green Mountain students study at Aberystwyth in spring semester; participation is competitive and subject to a selection process conducted each fall semester.