Let the world be your classroom

At Mount Ida College, we offer you many intercultural and global awareness opportunities as an integral part of your experience here. International exposure and cross-cultural understanding greatly enrich your chosen career-focused degree program – as employers seek professionals with global perspectives and connections. We encourage you to explore international travel and semester abroad opportunities, including formal study abroad options from one of five approved programs, faculty-led international trips and international volunteer projects.

The Center for Global Connections provides information and advising on your semester abroad and other study abroad options. We’re proud to send about 20 Mount Ida students abroad each year to earn college credits. Everything you need to learn about eligibility, program choices, registration and aid are all here on the page. If you’d like to reach out to the Center of Global Connections directly, please contact Director Robin Melavalin at (617) 928-4624 or rmelavalin@mountida.edu.

Study abroad orientation and preparation

Once you’re accepted into a study abroad program, we require you to attend two on-campus orientation sessions before you leave on your international trip. The first orientation meeting covers financial, financial aid and other registration details. The second study abroad orientation meeting covers travel and preparation topics and logistics.

Study abroad eligibility

We welcome your study abroad questions as early as the end of your first semester at Mount Ida. In consultation with your academic advisor and our Center for Global Connections director, you can ensure you meet study abroad eligibility requirements:

  • College course prerequisites appropriate to your chosen major
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Junior student (in good standing)

Study abroad programs

Mount Ida carefully reviews and approves study abroad programs. These five study abroad options meet our strict standards for academic quality and student experience:

Academic Programs International (API), with study abroad programs in 26 cities in 10 countries.
American InterContinental University (AIU), with study abroad programs in two countries.
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), with semester abroad programs in 16 countries.
Regent’s College, located in Regent’s Park, London.
Semester at Sea, with shipboard experiences as you travel to several countries during a semester abroad or summer abroad.

Study abroad application, registration and deadlines

To apply for your chosen study abroad program, please complete these steps and meet these deadlines:

  1. Schedule an appointment with the Global Connections director.
  2. Complete and submit the study abroad application, available at the Center for Global Connections.
  3. Submit all required information and documentation by these deadlines. Because study abroad programs fill early, we recommend applying early.
    Fall semester: March 15
    Summer program: April 1
    Spring semester: October 15
  4. Read the Mount Ida Study Abroad Handbook available on MiWeb
  5. Return the study abroad contract and room selection proxy forms, which are available on MiWeb.

Study abroad financial aid

Special financial aid options exist for students wishing to study abroad. Mount Ida’s Center for Global Connections recommends these sites for additional information on study abroad financial aid: