Many Green Mountain students seeking international experiences spend semesters abroad with our partner schools in Wales, Korea and Japan, or, for a shorter period, they have the option of our language immersion programs in Argentina and France. GMC also offers an international block course.
STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
Wales: University of Wales-Aberystwyth
Building upon the Welsh heritage of the Slate Valley region of Vermont and New York, Green Mountain College maintains a student exchange program with the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. This semester-long exchange program offers Green Mountain students an opportunity to pursue their studies in most academic areas while getting to know the culture and history of Wales. Applications for this spring semester program are made available in September of each year. Application deadlines are usually the first week of October with interviews and the selection process completed by November 1.
Korea: Hannam University
The exchange program with Hannam University reflects the interest 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 three week, three 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. Application deadlines are usually the first week of October with interviews and the selection process completed by November 1.
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.
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 (five credits) or as a course audit. Subsidized housing on campus is available for exchange students.
View a document (in Japanese) about the Nagoya University/GMC exchange.
Find out more about the program and application here
INTERNATIONAL BLOCK COURSE
Pilgrimage in Ireland
This is a course exploring the spirituality and history that permeates the landscape of Ireland. As a pilgrimage, this is also an opportunity to go deeper into your own soul, and to create space in your travels where you might encounter something beyond yourself, what some call "the divine." A research paper will be required of students prior to the end of the semester, on an area of study related to our travel. Students will then be expected to introduce the rest of the group to this area when we visit. While in Ireland, travel will be by motor coach, ferry and on foot when possible, with time at each location divided between guided tours and background information on a site, and time for one’s own exploration and independent study. Relative fitness is important, as at times we will be walking/hiking on rough terrain. Evening activities will include enjoying local music, folklore and Irish night life as well as discussions about the events, places and people.
Travel Dates: May 19-27, 2014. Fulfills three credits for Rel 3000 (Topics in Religious Studies) or Hist 3000 (Special Topics in History). The instructors are Shirley Oskamp, Natalie Coe and Gary Lindorff in Spring 2014. A course Info meeting will be held in October. For fees and more information, contact Rev. Shirley Oskamp.