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Our Mission

We support intellectual and cultural engagement through study away, as an enduring part of a liberal arts education. We strive to ensure that study away experiences reflect the core values of Macalester College – scholarship, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.

We pursue our mission by:

  • Investigating and evaluating study away programs to identify those that best serve the values of the college.
  • Advising students to make informed choices in selecting programs that provide a good match between their educational goals and preparation and academic quality and cultural experience in study away programs.
  • Maintaining an approved list of high-quality study away programs including a small number of Macalester-run programs and exchanges with international partners.
  • Communicating regularly with faculty and college administration.
  • Engaging students in discussion about study away and the liberal arts.
  • Promoting the integration of study away through returnee events.