Student Resources

Study Abroad Handbook

Students and parents are strongly encouraged to read the Study Abroad Handbook for specific information on studying abroad. Copies of the Student Handbook are also available in the Office of International Programs Office, located in Duffy Academic Center, Room 131.

International Internship Handbook

Students and parents are strongly encouraged to read the International Internship Handbook for specific information on interning abroad. Copies of the Student Handbook are also available in the Office of International Programs, located in Duffy Academic Center, Room 131.

Diversity & Inclusion While Abroad

Attitudes, perceptions and experiences related to diversity can vary outside of the U.S., and students are sometimes concerned about how their identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation) might be perceived in their host country. Understanding cultural and geographic practices and perceptions of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance is an important part of the program selection process and will also help you better prepare for the new culture in which you will be living

Guidelines by Class Year

Students typically study abroad during the fall or spring semester of their junior year depending on their major. International Internships usually take place during the spring semester of junior year or fall semester of senior year. The following are guidelines to help students plan for a study or internship abroad experience during their time at Stonehill.

First Year

  1. Develop a four-year plan (pdf) with your faculty advisor that includes a semester abroad or an international internship program.
  2. Research the over 150 programs in more than 40 countries on Stonehill's approved study and internship abroad program list.
  3. Begin your language requirement and explore study abroad and internship program requirements with particular language goals in mind.
  4. Explore courses with particular global themes or perspectives in order to prepare for an abroad experience.
  5. Attend a mandatory "Getting Started" information session.
  6. Make an appointment to meet with an Office of International Programs (OIP) advisor.
  7. Meet with a peer advisor to learn about his or her experience abroad.
  8. Meet with an OIP Staff member to discuss program options and courses.

Sophomore Year

  1. Complete any remaining items from the First Year list.
  2. Declare your major.
  3. Continue to develop your four-year plan with your faculty advisor and research program requirements/deadlines.
  4. Participate in a Learning Community with a travel component.
  5. Meet with an OIP advisor.
  6. Narrow choices and gather program information and application materials.
  7. Internship candidates should create a resume and attend Career Services workshops.
  8. Build professional experience with a summer internship in your field of choice.
  9. Select a program and apply.

Junior Year

  1. Complete any remaining items from Sophomore Year list.
  2. Take a moral inquiry course the semester before or after your abroad experience.
  3. Explore internship, volunteer, research, Fulbright and other international opportunities in advance of the application process; discuss with your OIP advisor.
  4. Fall semester juniors planning to study abroad in the spring of their junior year should apply by the necessary deadlines.
  5. While abroad, students should plan to explore informational interviews, volunteer opportunities and create a resume to be ready for potential networking opportunities.

Senior Year

  1. If you were abroad during your Junior Year, attend our Welcome Back Dinner and other events for returnees such as, "Marketing your International Experience" among others.
  2. Returnees should explore the Peer Advisor Program as a way to extend the abroad experience.
  3. Consider incorporating some of your international coursework into your Senior Capstone project.
  4. Explore Fulbright and other competitive fellowship options.
  5. Consult with Career Services and the Office of Community Service and Volunteerism to discuss international study, work, volunteer and teaching opportunities.
  6. Consider graduate study at an overseas university.