Monmouth College Off Campus Study
Machu Picchu

Taking in Machu Picchu.

Happy New Year!

Spending New Year's abroad.

Prague

Touching the past in Prague.

Scots in Scotland

Monmouth Scots enjoying the beauty of Scotland.

Roman Theatre

Students at the Roman Theatre in Mérida, Spain

Berlin Wall

Face-to-face with the Berlin Wall.

Great Wall of China

Standing on the Great Wall of China.

Marathon in Chile

Running a marathon in Chile.

Sea Kayaking in Scotland

Sea kayaking along the coast of Scotland.

Morocco

Dressing the part in Morocco.

Trekking a Glen in Scotland

Trekking a glen in Scotland.

Reflecting in Warsaw

Reflecting on WWII in Warsaw, Poland.

Programs

Abroad
Programs through Monmouth College
We have developed an amazing opportunity for study abroad with rich academic options, a beautiful setting, easy access to other European countries, and a strong link to our college’s heritage, in Scotland.
Scotland: University of Highlands and Islands
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UHI Millennium Institute


UHI Millennium Institute is a consortium of colleges in the Highlands and on the islands of Scotland. This consortium provides access to university-level education through a distinctive partnership of colleges and research institutions. Each partner has its own character; some are relatively large colleges in the urban centers of the region such as Perth, Elgin, and Inverness. Others are smaller institutions, including some whose primary focus is on research, including the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) at Oban. All, however, have a student centered culture and an individual approach to student learning. UHI offers a choice of campus locations in urban, rural, and island communities; distinctive courses and subject areas reflecting the characteristics of the region and with relevance worldwide; extensive use of information technology, including on-line materials and video conferencing; small class sizes with a focus on the needs of the individual learner; welcoming communities, rich in culture and located in an area of outstanding natural beauty; and high-quality academic courses in a variety of fields in a region known world-wide for its great natural and unspoilt environment – the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Length of Program: fall or spring semester
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors or seniors in good academic standing
Campus representative:
Brian Baugh
For more information: click here

For a printable application: click here

Surrounded by the beautiful nature of northern Japan, Akita International University, AIU, is a window to the world. Unique in Japan for offering an International Liberal Arts education entirely in English, they are on the cutting edge of Japanese higher education.
Japan: Akita International University
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ACM Japan - Akita (2012): 
Students study at Akita International University (AIU) after a brief orientation providing an overview to life in Japan and study at a Japanese university. In addition to required language study, 3-4 electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies and business courses taught in English each term. Students choose from living in on-campus dormitories or a family living experience. Each option provides an informal education in Japanese culture since international students room with native Japanese in the dorm. The program is recommended for a full year of study, although a term or semester option is available.

Length of program: Early September to late July (academic year), Early September to late December (fall semester)
Enrollment: 6 Students per year
Eligibility: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5
Course credit: Equal to an equivalent period on the home campus
Campus representative: James Godde
For more information: click here


Programs through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest
The Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) is a consortium of academically excellent, independent liberal arts colleges located in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Colorado. Our consortium provides high quality off campus opportunities that transfer seamlessly into your 4-year plan.

Florence: Arts, Humanities, & Culture
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ACM Florence:

The Florence Program provides an excellent opportunity to study Renaissance painting, sculpture,architecture, history, and literature for students interested in art, history, Romance languages and the humanities. Italian language instruction, a studio art course, and courses providing a broad perspective on Italian contributions to world civilization facilitate the study of Florentine artistic and cultural heritage. Visits to museums and galleries, short field trips to other cities throughout Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Staying with Italian host families enriches participants’ awareness of modern Italian life as well as the academic study of Italian Renaissance culture.

Length of program: Late August to December
Enrollment: 25 to 30 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Brian Baugh
For more information: click here
Florence & London: Arts in Context
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ACM London & Florence Arts in Context:

The London and Florence Program compares the artistic achievements of two historically prominent cities. Participants study the historical and political context of art, architecture, literature, and theatre as well as Italian language. Visits to museums, galleries, and theatres, short trips to other areas of England and Italy, and discussions with local scholars supplement this course work. Students spend eight weeks in each city and enjoy a week-long mid-semester break. An optional intensive course in Italian language is offered every January in Florence (three semester hours). In addition, a pilot program running from January through March based in Florence is available for a small number of students, particularly those from colleges with term calendars.

Length of program: Late January to May
Enrollment: 50 students (25 begin in London, 25 in Florence)
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative (London): Bridget Draxler
Campus representative (Florence): Brian Baugh
For more information: click here
Botswana: Development in Southern Africa
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ACM Botswana: Development in Southern Africa:

Located at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, this interdisciplinary program gives students the opportunity to experience the breadth of Botswana society and to study its culture, language, politics, and socioeconomic structures. Courses include: a program director’s course, taught by a visiting faculty member from an ACM college in their own area of academic expertise, a Setswana language course, taught by professors from the African Languages department, an elective at the University of Botswana chosen from a menu of options (taught by University of Botswana faculty), and an independent study project. The program will be enriched by several field trips. Students will live in international graduate student housing.


Length of program: Early January to mid-May
Enrollment: 20 to 25 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Campus representative: Amy DeFarias
For more information: click here
India: Culture, Traditions & Globalization
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ACM India Studies Program:  (Powerpoint Presentation)

The Indian subcontinent provides a rich and complex background for the study of a non-Western civilization. India Studies program participants live with Indian host families in Pune, a city that is both traditional and highly industrialized. This offers students an excellent opportunity to observe the interaction of tradition and modernity that characterizes contemporary India. While there, students enroll at Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth for an academic session, where they have language instruction, choose four other courses, and complete independent study projects. Additionally, students enjoy field trips, which can include nearby cultural sites such as the Ajanta and Ellora caves. A variety of extracurricular activities, such as dance, yoga, weaving, and batik, can be arranged.

Length of program: Mid-July to mid-December
Enrollment: 20 students
Eligibility: Juniors or seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 18 semester hours (equivalent to one extended semester on the home
campus)
Campus representative: Farhat Haq
For more information: click here
Japan Study: Waseda University, Tokyo
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ACM Japan Study:

Students study at Waseda University’s School of International Liberal Studies in Tokyo after a brief orientation providing intensive language practice and cultural discussions. In addition to required language study, electives may be chosen from a wide range of Asian studies courses taught in English. A family living experience in Tokyo provides an informal education in Japanese culture and is in many ways the dominant feature of the program, offering total immersion in the Japanese way of life. The program is recommended for a full year of study, although a term or semester option is also available. The full academic-year program includes a month-long cultural practicum or internship in another region of Japan, usually in February or March. Administered by Earlham College, Japan Study is recognized by both ACM and GLCA.

Length of program: Early September to late June (academic year)
Early September to late December (fall semester)
Early September to early February (fall semester)
Early September to mid-March (fall semester with cultural practicum)
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. No Japanese
language study required for acceptance, but at least one semester or
term of Japanese must be completed before departure.
Course credit: Equal to an equivalent period on the home campus
Campus representative: James Godde
For more information: click here
Costa Rica: Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences and Humanities
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ACM Tropical Field Research in Costa Rica:

The Tropical Field Research Program is designed for advanced work in all disciplines. Costa Rica supports an extraordinary variety of plant and animal life and provides rich research opportunities for students of tropical biology and ecology. An equally broad range of research topics is available for students of anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, geology, history, political science, literature, fine arts, and sociology. Students prepare for their research during a month-long orientation which includes intensive language training and a review of field work methodology. Their field study may be integrated with an ongoing project or undertaken independently under the supervision of a faculty advisor.

Length of program: Late January to May
Enrollment: 25 to 27 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with prior course work in the discipline in which they propose to do research, plus at least one year of college Spanish
(two years are strongly recommended)
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Ken Cramer
For more information: click here
Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment
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Costa Rica: Community Engagement in Public Health, Education, & the Environment):   (PowerPoint Presentation)

Studies in Latin American Culture and Society is an interdisciplinary program for students seeking a comprehensive understanding of life in Latin America and wishing to develop fluency in Spanish. This program, which focuses on the humanities and social sciences, is designed to take full advantage of its Costa Rican setting. Language study is stressed as the key to understanding the culture. Course work in language, literature, geography, anthropology, politics, and culture enables students to develop insights which are reinforced by field trips and two weeks of field work in rural areas. In San José and its environs, students live with families both to improve their language ability and enjoy personal involvement in the daily life of a Latin American community.

Length of program: Late August to December
Enrollment: 25 to 30 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors, with at least two years of college-level Spanish or
the equivalent
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Tim Gaster
For more information: click here
Tanzania: Ecology and Human Origins
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ACM Tanzania Program:

The Tanzania program offers undergraduates a unique opportunity to conduct field work in some of the world’s greatest paleoanthropological and ecological sites. Students divide their time between the University of Dar es Salaam and the Northern Region of Tanzania. At the university, they take courses in intensive Swahili, human evolution and the ecology of the Maasai Ecosystem while developing a field project. For the next six weeks, students live in field camps and pursue individual field projects in the Tarangire/Ngorongoro area before returning to the University for final work on their projects. The program is both physically and academically demanding.

Length of program: Late July to mid-December
Enrollment: 20 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: James Godde
For more information: click here
Brazil: Semester Exchange Programs
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Brazil: Semester Exchange Programs (2013): 

This program offers students an opportunity to study for a semester at Universidade de Brasilia (UnB) or the Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), one of Brazil's best-regarded universities. A wide variety of subject areas in the arts, humanities, sciences, environmental students and social sciences, as well as intensive Portuguese language, are offered. One option of this program focuses on environmental studies with an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural context. With the program’s global perspective, students can explore the interaction among environmental, agricultural, social, economic, and political forces, and the different solutions to environmental issues that may emerge in other regions and cultures.

Length of program: Spring Semester
Enrollment: 12 Students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with either two years of Spanish or introductory Portuguese and a willingness to take intensive, intermediate Portuguese prior to the start of the Brazil semester, or demonstrated proficiency in Portuguese and taking a class in Portuguese for foreigners at the Brazilian host university.
Course credit: 16 semester hours or equivalent
Campus representative: Ken Cramer (Environmental Studies) or Amy Caldwell de Farias (Liberal Arts and Sciences)
For more information: click here
Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies
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Jordan: Middle East & Arabic Language Studies (2013): 

The Jordan program takes place in the fall and is operated in partnership with AMIDEAST. The program focuses on the complex political, social, religious and ethnic issues of the region. The ACM program web page mentions “the Arab-Israeli conflict, contemporary Islamic thought, ethnic and minority relations, Jordan’s experience during the Arab Spring” as potential topics of exploration. Students can take coursework in a wide variety of disciplines in addition to a required Arabic language course (prior study of Arabic not required). Students will also engage in an independent study project supervised by the ACM faculty. Staying with Italian host families enriches participants’ awareness of the rich Jordanian culture and daily life, as well as excursions through the capital city and to locations including the Dead Sea.

Length of program: Late August to December
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors
Course credit: 4 course credits or the equivalent
Campus representative: Petra Kuppinger
For more information: click here


Domestic
Programs through the Associated Colleges of the Midwest
Chicago: Arts, Entrepreneurship and Urban Study







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ACM Chicago Program: Arts, Entrepreneurship and Urban Studies:

The ACM Chicago Program engages students academically, professionally, and personally with this dynamic city. The primary areas of emphasis in the program are Arts, Entrepreneurship, and Urban Studies – students have the opportunity to explore one of these topics in depth, or participate in classwork and projects across these disciplines.

Arts:

The  Arts Program is a 15-week semester of urban art immersion during which students explore the arts through practical, creative, and scholarly activity. While living in Chicago, in addition to attending a wide range of cultural events, students meet and work with local artists and arts professionals in part-time internships, on independent study projects and in two courses: the core seminar, Negotiating Chicago’s Artworld, and an elective studio-based special topics workshop. Possible internship placements include, but are not limited to: museums and galleries, artists’ studios, theatre and dance companies, recording studios and popular music venues, literary organizations and publications, film and video production companies, architecture firms, arts education and community outreach organizations, and graphic and interior designers. Not limited to arts majors, the program benefits all students who have strong career interests or graduate school aspirations in the arts and humanities.

Length of program: Late August to mid-December or late January to mid-May
Enrollment: 30 students in the fall semester; 20 students in the spring semester
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Tyler Hennings
For more information: click here

Entrepreneurship:

The Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society program is part of the ACM Chicago Program offerings. Students will participate in three or four courses within the program.

The first course is the Chicago core course (emphasizing immersion in the city) with students from the other ACM Chicago programs. The second course is a seminar in Business, Entrepreneurship, and Society which features Chicago entrepreneurs, business leaders, governmental authorities, and readings that ask for academic reflection. The third course is a substantive internship with an established Chicago business, a non-profit organization, or start-up company. Students who have a four-semester-hour internship will elect to participate in an independent study project or another seminar course. Students will be asked to consider the organizational, psychological, and sociological aspects of business in Chicago. The program benefits all students who wish to explore the intersections between liberal arts education and the economic, social, and strategic forces involved in the dynamic process of change and innovation central to the world of entrepreneurship and business.

Length of program: September 1 to mid-December or February 1 to mid-May
Enrollment: 20 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Ken McMillan
For more information: click here

Urban Studies:

Chicago is a quintessential American city that was founded on economic exchange, grew with America’s westward expansion, became the hub of Midwest economic and political power, and continues to illustrate the best and worst of American society. The Urban Studies Program immerses students in the life of Chicago while exploring both the historical and current forces that define urban life. Through supervised internships, seminars, a core course, and independent study, students experience the dynamics of a modern city while learning academic concepts to frame those experiences. Possible internship placements include: legal, criminal justice, community and social justice organizations, historical and cultural institutions, educational, public relations, media, political and philanthropic institutes, along with a host of other possible placements. Foremost, the Urban Studies Program develops the skills necessary for effective leadership in civic and political life by exposing students to effective models of action in light of the realities of urban America.


Length of program: Early September to mid-December or Late January to mid-May
Enrollment: 40 to 50 students (fall semester); 25 to 35 students (spring semester)
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Steve Buban
For more information: click here
Chicago: Urban Education
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ACM Chicago Urban Education Program:

Chicago’s three million residents come from a wide range of ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic and religious backgrounds. With more than 80 cultures represented, the city’s schools reflect this diversity.  The nation’s third largest school system, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) enrolls more than 400,000 students in 675 schools, providing many opportunities for student teachers. CPS offers a range of schools — such as magnet, traditional, technical and career, performance, and military — and more than ten percent of CPS schools are charter schools, with a wide variety of missions and academic emphases.

Length of program: Late August/early September - early December or mid January to mid-May
Enrollment: 40 to 50 students (fall semester); 25 to 35 students (spring semester)
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Teresa Nelson
For more information: click here
Newberry Seminar: Research in the Humanities
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ACM Newberry Seminar in the Humanities:

Students in the Newberry Seminar do advanced independent research in one of the world’s greatresearch libraries. They join ACM and GLCA faculty members in close reading and discussion centered on a common theme, and then write a major paper on a topic of their choice, using the Newberry Library’s rich collections of primary documents. The fall seminar runs for a full semester; the spring seminars are month-long. Students live in Chicago apartments and take advantage of the city’s rich resources. The Newberry Seminar is for students looking for an academic challenge, and a chance to do independent work, and for those possibly considering graduate school. The seminar is administered by ACM and recognized by the Great Lakes Colleges Association, Inc.

Length of program: Late August to early December (semester-long fall seminar)
January to May (month-long spring seminars)
Enrollment: 15 to 25 students (semester-long fall seminar)
8 to 15 students (month-long spring seminars)
Eligibility: Exceptionally qualified juniors and seniors for the fall seminar
Instructor’s discretion for the spring seminars
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent for the fall seminar
Equivalent of one course for each short-term seminar
Campus representative: Hannah Schell
For more information: click here
Oak Ridge Science Semester
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ACM Oak Ridge Science Semester:

The Oak Ridge Science Semester is designed to enable qualified undergraduates to study and conduct research in a prestigious and challenging scientific environment. As members of a research team working at the frontiers of knowledge, participants engage in long-range investigations using the facilities of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) near Knoxville, Tennessee. The majority of a student’s time is spent in research with an advisor specializing in biology, engineering, mathematics, or the physical or social sciences. Students also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to broaden their exposure to developments in their major field and related disciplines. In addition, each student chooses an elective from a variety of advanced courses. The academic program is enriched in informal ways by guest speakers, departmental colloquia, and the special interests and expertise of the ORNL staff. Administered by Denison University, the Oak Ridge Science Semester is recognized by both ACM and GLCA.

Length of program: August to December
Enrollment: 20 students
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics, or social sciences
Course credit: 16 semester hours or the equivalent
Campus representative: Chris Fasano
For more information: click here

Other Domestic Programs
Washington D.C.: American University
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Washington Semester

Students who have demonstrated exceptional academic ability are selected as candidates for this program at American University in Washington, D.C. The Washington Semester Program is designed to bring superior students into contact with source materials and government institutions in the nation’s capital. In addition to regular study and a research project, students participate in the Washington Semester Seminar, a course consisting of a series of informal meetings with members of Congress and government officials.

Length of program: Fall or spring semester (16 weeks)
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: 16 hours
Campus representative: Farhat Haq
For more information: view the program website or view the program brochure


Other Programs
Greece: American College of Thessaloniki
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American College of Thessaloniki (Greece):  (Application)

American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) is a private, nonprofit institution fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. ACT offers a wide range of courses in business, computer science, mathematics, English, fine arts, modern Greek, history, international relations, philosophy, social sciences, psychology, science, and physical education. ACT has a strong community service and service learning program, including select internships for students studying Public Policy, Pre-Med and teaching. All courses are taught in English, except for instruction in modern Greek. While no prior knowledge of modern Greek is required to apply, Monmouth College students are expected to study modern Greek at ACT. ACT guarantees housing for all incoming study abroad students, at ACT lodgings off campus and in the city center.

Length of program: Fall or spring semester
Eligibility: Sophomores, juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Course credit: ca. 16 semester hours
Campus representative: Nicholas Dobson
For more information: click here
Granada, Spain
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Central College (Granada):  (Application) Note: Paper application required by Monmouth College.

Monmouth College participates in an arrangement with Central College in a program of study at the University of Granada (founded 1531), in Granada, Spain. Granada is both an ancient and a very modern university city that retains evidence of Phoenician, Greek, Roman, and especially Arab civilizations. This latter culture left Granada’s most famous site, a magnificent hill-top palace, the Alhambra. Classes are held at the University’s Center for Modern Languages, where students from all over the world (including Spanish students majoring in foreign
languages) study language, literature, and translation. The program offers Monmouth College students several different opportunities to study Spanish language and literature, as well as the possibility of studying business and economics, art, geography, history, music, and sociology, among other disciplines. Monmouth students can choose either a fall quarter or spring semester option. Students are placed at the appropriate level of language study by a test administered by the University of Granada and by an evaluation by the on-site director of Central’s Granada program. Students are then offered class options appropriate to their language ability from one of five different levels of Spanish, and at the superior level may study in a variety of disciplines at the university. All courses are taught in Spanish by Spanish professors at the University of Granada. The on-site director is a native of Spain and has taught in the United States. The program has been operated since 1968. It offers a strong orientation, home stays, participation in community service programs, cultural activities in Granada (flamenco dancing programs, dance lessons, excursions to the opera and to museums) and educational excursions to other areas of Spain. The different programs are open to any sophomore, junior or senior in good academic standing at Monmouth. Although students who have never studied Spanish are eligible, Monmouth recommends it especially for students who have passed SPAN 101 and/or 102 or the equivalent.

Length of program: Fall quarter or spring semester options only
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Campus representative: Germain Badang
For more information: click here
Northern Ireland: Irish American Scholars Program
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Irish American Scholars Program:

The Irish-American Scholars Program is sponsored by The United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the Catholic Church in cooperation with the Business Education Initiative in Northern Ireland, the government of Northern Ireland, and Queens University, the University of Ulster, and the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education. One goal of the program is “to replace division with unity in a common goal of international business success.” Graduates of the program are better qualified to contribute in an international market place and to explore new Northern Ireland/United States partnerships and commercial opportunities.

Length of program: Late August to December or late January to mid-May
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.2
Campus representative: Wendi Bolon
Fact Sheet: Click here
International Student Exchange Program (multiple locations)
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International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) (2007/2010):  (Application)

Monmouth College is an institutional member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), the world’s largest network for international education, consisting of 230 member institutions in the United States and more than thirty countries. Since 1979, ISEP has made it possible for nearly 20,000 students to study in another country. Through ISEP, students in all Monmouth College majors can study for a semester in English-language countries like Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. With appropriate language skills they can also study at universities in France and Switzerland (French), Austria, Germany, and Switzerland (German), and Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico (Spanish). Students studying in non-English
language countries like Bulgaria, Japan, and Finland are required by Monmouth College to study the local language.

Length of program: Fall or spring semester
Eligibility: Juniors and seniors in good academic standing
Campus representative: Carina Olaru
For more information: click here