Green Mountain College hosts students from around the world and across the country who want to include a semester or academic year at GMC as part of their undergraduate degree from another institution. The College's focus on experiential education offers a unique opportunity to get to know this part of the United States while studying fields ranging from sustainable agriculture to creative writing. Outside of class, the campus offers a diverse assortment of clubs and events and easy access to a wide range of outdoor activities, including kayaking on Lake Champlain, backpacking in the Adirondacks, and ice climbing, skiing, and snowboarding in Vermont’s Green Mountains. Boston, Montreal, and New York City are all within a half day’s drive.
Green Mountain College welcomes international students for a semester or academic year through formal exchanges with partner institutions or through individual arrangements. GMC's focus on environmental liberal arts and interdiciplinary study gives students a chance to explore a wide range of topics related to their field of study at their home institution, while experiential classes offer the opportunity to get to know the region through hands-on coursework and field trips. International exchange students live on campus and experience a close-knit campus community and small-town American life in rural Vermont.
Eco League Exchange
All five of the small liberal arts colleges in the Eco League share a focus on the environment. At GMC, students are able to experience the unique ecosystems of the Northeast through the College's emphasis on hands-on learning. As part of their Eco League experience, students who study at GMC have some unique opportunities to study abroad. Travel opportunities include:
Brunnenburg Castle Block Course
Students spend spring semester living and studying at Brunnenburg Castle, a renowned study center operated by the family of poet Ezra Pound, and work one day each week on the adjoining farm. Courses are taught by permanent Brunnenburg faculty as well as one faculty member from GMC who accompanies the trip. For the Spring 2012 Brunnenburg program, 2 spaces will be reserved for EcoLeague participants.
Language Immersion Programs
GMC offers three credit, three-week summer programs at L’Institute Mèditerranèen d’Etudes Françaises (IMEF) in Montpellier, France, and Universidad del Centro Educativo Latinamericano (UCEL) in Rosario, Argentina. Students on spring Eco League exchanges are eligible to participate in these programs the following summer.
The Korea Summer Cultural Immersion Program
Students earn three credits for this three-week intensive cultural immersion program held at Hannam University in South Korea each June and July. Students develop close ties to Korean university students as they study Korean language, culture, history, fashion, and cuisine. Students on spring Eco League exchanges are eligible to participate in this programs the following summer.
GMC offers short-term faculty-led travel courses. Recent courses have included studying environmental impacts and sustainable development in Brazil and language and culture in Japan. An upcoming course "Pilgrimage in Ireland" from May 19-June 4, 2014 fulfills three credits for REL 3000 (Topics in Religious Studies) or HIST 3000 (Special Topics in History). Students studying at GMC on Eco League exchanges can participate at the discretion of the professor leading the course. Students interested in participating in a travel course should contact the director of international programs to find out what travel courses will be taught during the semester they spend at GMC.