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. For more information, contact the Global Studies Center at

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.

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