Our programs are reviewed annually by the Study Away Review Committee (SARC) in consultation with faculty from academic departments and concentrations. In addition to meeting the standards of a high-quality liberal arts education, these programs meet the expectations and offer various pathways outlined in the Macalester College Study Away Learning Goals.
Programs in this group are either Macalester faculty-led semester programs or exchange programs between Macalester and another university. Not all qualified students may be approved for exchange programs because of exchange balance requirements.
- Perspectives on Globalization in the Netherlands
- Globalization, the Environment, and Society in South Africa
- Macalester German Program in Germany and Austria
Programs in this group, the largest of the three, fit a wide variety of student learning goals.
Programs in this group have limited enrollment, and all applicants are required to select an approved back-up program from Groups A or B. Macalester approval will be decided based upon academic fit, student qualifications, and quality of the study away application.
If you are planning to apply to a competitive program, you will need to make an appointment with a study away advisor to discuss your plans. They will help you think through your program choice and decide on a back-up plan. You will need to submit additional information in your study away application.
Individual students may submit a “Non-Approved Program Request” for SARC review. As non-approved program requests will only be granted in exceptional circumstances, all applicants are required to select a suitable backup program from Groups A or B on the Approved List. SARC will decide Macalester approval based on academic fit and program quality. Non-approved programs must meet the college’s criteria for study away programs (see program review details below). It is unlikely that requests for programs that duplicate learning opportunities available through programs on the Approved List will be granted.
When submitting a Non-Approved Program Request, students should note that direct enrollment at a foreign university is preferred over assisted direct enroll through a study away provider. Where Macalester has little or no recent experience with the university, or there are insufficient student services, or where safety, health, or security concerns may justify the use of a provider, SARC (Study Away Review Committee) will take the issues into consideration.
Programs on Macalester’s approved list have been reviewed and meet the criteria below:
- The program (1) is offered by a U.S. or international accredited, degree-granting institution of higher education; or (2) issues transcripts through a U.S. or international accredited, degree-granting institution, or has a special credit-granting relationship with Macalester (e.g. ACM, CIEE, DIS, HECUA, IES, etc.).
- The program offers students significant opportunities to build:
- Intellectual Independence
- Make choices that further their individual learning goals.
- Further learning goals associated with a Macalester education;
- Be exposed to multiple ways in which people draw upon aptitudes, values, and aesthetic interests in professional work and civic involvement.
- Consider experiences in the context of the program / host community from the perspective of that community or its members.
- Be exposed to the ways in which life in the host community interacts with or otherwise relates to life in their home environments.
- Intellectual Independence
- In accordance with a student’s individual learning goals, the program facilitates (where appropriate):
- Cultural Learning
- Provide intentionally structured or inherent exposure to local populations, institutions and infrastructure.
- Enhance cultural learning through reflection or other curricular means;
- Applied Experience
- Provide for direct engagement in a field of interest combining theory and practice.
- Enable students to conduct primary research, produce creative work, or be involved meaningfully in local civic society;
- Language Learning
- Offer formal language instruction.
- Offer instruction in the student’s area(s) of study conducted in the target language (for students who have attained a sufficiently advanced level).
- Offer interaction with competent speakers of the target language in a variety of settings.
- Offer exposure to different kinds of information sources in the target language;
- Enhanced Learning through Curricular Opportunities Unavailable at Macalester
- Establish and articulate a strong, clear fit between the content, goals and location.
- Provide a distinctive or even unique context for the students’ field of study.
- Offer courses, fields of study, or human resources beyond what is available at Macalester.
- Cultural Learning
- The program’s cost is balanced with the overall quality educational experience provided.
- The program encompasses one semester of study that does not present an irresolvable conflict with Macalester’s academic calendar.
- The program meets standards for health, safety, and student support as determined by SARC:
- Coordinates or provides recommendations for the healthcare of students.
- Macalester College does not allow students to study away in countries or areas within countries that are under a U.S. State Department Travel Warning. Additionally, Macalester College reserves the right to not approve a student’s study away plans solely based on safety and security concerns, regardless of whether a program’s location is currently under U.S. State Department Travel Warning.
- Student Support
- Provides adequate student support for administrative processes, housing, co-curricular support, etc.
In approving participation in a particular program, Macalester warrants that to the best of its judgment, it is an appropriate curricular option and is worthy of Macalester credit. Except for those programs it organizes and runs, however, Macalester does not directly control how study away programs operate. The Center for Study Away will provide advice and guidance on study away programs, but the ultimate responsibility for the “proper fit” of the program and a successful learning experience rests with the student.
Note: Applying to a program on the Approved List does not ensure approval by SARC.