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.
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?
90% 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 prospective student or current 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.