Broaden Your Horizons through Global Studies at SMCC
The Global Studies Center at SMCC seeks to internationalize the college through the development of new curriculum, the support of international students and events, and education abroad programming. We collaborate with a variety of entities on campus to prepare students for a globalized future.
What opportunities does the Global Studies Center offer you?
Study Abroad/Global Classroom
Global Classroom courses are credit-bearing, semester-long classes with a short-term field experience, usually an international travel experience, that are offered in a variety of different academic subject areas. To find out what courses are currently offered, contact the Global Studies Center.
Travel to Havanna, Cuba This March
SMCC is offering the opportunity to travel to Havana Cuba this March through its Nature, Culture, and Photography class. This hybrid course (online and in Cuba) explores the rich biodiversity and vibrant culture of the Caribbean island of Cuba through the lens of arts & science. Students will connect to various interdisciplinary aspects of Cuba, creating a visual research project.
For more information and a Global Studies Application, download the Cuba: Nature, Culture & Photography Info Packet.
Travel to Barcelona, Spain This May
SMCC is offering the opportunity to travel to Spain in May 2020 with the course: Barcelona: A Culinary and Hospitality Adventure. Barcelona, the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, is one of the top destinations in the world. Students will learn how this city has capitalized on its role as a leader in art, architecture, fashion, sports, and gastronomy to sustainably manage over 32 million visitors a year. Cost is $3,200, including airfare. Deadline to enroll is January 27, 2020.
For more information and a Global Studies Application, download the Barcelona: A Culinary and Hospitality Adventure Info Packet
George Mitchell Peace Exchange Program
The George J. Mitchell Peace Scholarship provides opportunities for students from the Maine Community College System (MCCS) to study at the Cork Institute of Technology for a semester or a year. To learn more, visit the MCCS website.
New Brunswick Exchange
Programs of study at New Brunswick’s 11 community colleges are open to Maine residents on a space-available basis and at roughly the same price they would pay at a Maine community college. To learn more, visit the MCCS website.
Programs Offered Outside of SMCC
The Global Studies Center can also assist you in researching international opportunities through other educational institutions or third-party providers. These links are offered for informational purposes and are not affiliated with SMCC, but Global Studies Center staff can offer additional one-on-one advising and information.
- Academic Programs International (API)
- College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
- Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
- Cultural Vistas
- EF Tours
- School for International Training (SIT)
- Sol Education
What are the benefits of participating in Global Studies?
Ninety percent of college freshman report that they desire to study abroad, yet less than 10% actually do.* For community college students, this percentage is even less due to the barriers presented by cost, scheduling, and responsibilities to work and family. The Global Classroom was specially created to address these barriers for students at SMCC.
Studies show that students who study abroad:
- Have better grades.
- Are more likely to graduate.
- Are better prepared to contribute to our global society.
- Are more appealing to employers because of their international skills and expertise.
- Are more effective leaders.
* According the 2015 Open Doors Report
How to Participate in Global Studies
If you are a prospective or current student who is interested in learning more about how to participate in Global Studies once you become a student at SMCC, please fill out our Global Studies Information Form.