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See a video from GMC's most recent trip to Morocco, edited by Mike Magnotta '13

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.

wales castle 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 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.

nagoyaJapan: 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


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.

France: L’Institute Mèditerranèen d’Etudes Françaises (IMEF)
Students may earn college credit for this three 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.

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 a enrollment of 2,000 students. The university is accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education in Argentina.


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