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
Italy: Brunnenburg Castle
Green Mountain College’s international block course takes students to Brunnenburg Castle in Dorf Tirol, Italy, for an intensive semester in this autonomous province of northern Italy. The castle, a renowned study center operated by the family of poet Ezra Pound, is located above the Vinschgau Valley, a historic east-west route through the Alps that places Brunnenburg at the intersection of Mediterranean and Central European cultures. The focus of the block course varies according to the GMC professor accompanying the trip. Three classes - Agroarchaeology, The poetry of Ezra Pound, and Food, Culture and Land: A European Perspective - are taught in every block course. This course takes place during spring semester every two years, with the applications due the preceding October. The trip will next run in fall 2013.
Spring 2012 Block Course
A contingent of GMC students, led by prof. Steve Fesmire (philosophy), are taking part in an intensive 17-credit block course in northern Italy from March 1-May 31. This semester, students are taking an aesthetics course on traditional philosophies of art (intensified by excursions to Venice, Florence and Rome) and the aesthetics of natural environments (focusing on the Alps); and a course on agrarian philosophy with comparative reflections on ethics, culture and politics.
Spring 2010 Block Course
Food, folklore and literature were the focal points of a spring 2010 international block course. The 16-credit semester was led by Prof. Mitchell LesCarbeau (English). Course offerings included a study of Medieval iconography, a creative writing class called Writing the Italian Landscape and Literature & Myth, a course focused on mythic elements in various works of literature.
Spring 2008 Block Course
The 2008 block course focused on how agriculture, geology and human history intersect in the landscape of the Italian Alps. Prof. John Van Hoesen (geology) taught classes on geologic history and the influence of climate on society. The block course included many field trips to natural areas including the Dolomite Mountains.
Brunnenburg Castle, Italy, Fall 2013
The passions of politics, religion, art and the environment will be the foci of Fall 2013’s study abroad program at Brunnenburg Castle in the Italian Alps. An approximately 16-credit semester, led by Professor Jennifer Baker (Arts and Sciences), begins September 1 and ends December 1. A 6-7 day trip is expected to visit Florence, Vicenza and Venice. Course offerings will include: Topics in Design: Creative Intent for Personal Objects, agroarchaeology, Special Topics in History & Theory: The Medici and Hapsburg Families/Topics in European and World History; Saints and Heroes, a study of Medieval iconography and literature, and a course on the poetry of Ezra Pound, taught by his daughter.
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.