Monmouth in Merida
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Every spring, Monmouth students and faculty members gather in the culturally rich city of Merida in northwest Mexico for Monmouth in Merida. The program is taught by a resident director from the College and a visiting professor from a partner institution.
Students can take Spanish language courses, along with history and culture courses related to Mexico with a focus on the Yucatán Peninsula.
The region is home to several famous Mayan archaeological zones – including Chichen Itza, Ek Balam and Tulum – as well as internationally renowned beach resorts that contrast with a plethora of traditional Mayan villages.
The Yucatán Peninsula is an excellent place to study and conduct research on a broad range of topics, including local food systems, regional and national health care systems, the archaeological ruins of ancient Mayan civilization, and the effects of globalization on traditional indigenous communities.
The heart of the program is the immersive experience in the classroom and the community that dramatically improves students’ Spanish – even if it isn’t their specialty. Courses are offered in English and Spanish. (Two semesters of college Spanish is recommended as a prerequisite.) All students take at least one Spanish language course during the semester.
Housing is in the form of homestays with local families. The program also includes educational excursions to other areas outside of the Yucatan, such as trips to Cuba, the state of Chiapas, towns and sites on the Caribbean-Mexican coast, and weekend homestays in Mayan villages. (This program will not be offered during the 2022-23 academic year)
Partner Programs: Abroad
University of Stirling, Scotland
The University of Stirling is recognized as an outstanding institution with a vibrant international student population. Located in the Central Belt of Scotland, it was built within the walled Airthrey Castle estate. Students live on campus while they take courses in management, arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and health sciences and sport.
American College in Thessaloniki, Greece
A wide range of courses in business, computer science, mathematics, English, fine arts, modern Greek, history, international relations, philosophy, social sciences, psychology, science and physical education. All courses are taught in English, except for instruction in modern Greek.
Irish-American Scholars Program, Northern Ireland
A program that aims to replace division with unity in a common goal of international business success. Graduates of the program are better qualified to contribute in an international marketplace and to explore new Northern Ireland-United States partnerships and commercial opportunities. A partnership between the Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and the United Methodist Church-Related Colleges and Universities; in cooperation with Queens University Belfast, the University of Ulster, St. Mary’s University College, Stranmillis University College and Belfast Metropolitan College.
Akita International University, Akita, Japan
Students choose from a wide range of Asian studies and business courses taught in English each term and live on campus.
International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
As a member of the International Student Exchange Program, the world’s largest network for international education, Monmouth students have access to 230 member institutions in the United States and more than 30 countries, including Australia, Argentia, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Students can explore options using a number of variables at https://www.isepstudyabroad.org.
Partner Programs: Stateside
A 16-week semester program that gives students a custom-tailored Chicago experience for a variety of professional experiences. This program works closely and collaboratively with students to place them in a full-time internship that matches career, professional and academic interests. Students take a professional seminar and up to two courses for academic credit.
Field Museum Semester, Chicago
The Field Museum Semester is an intensive research and class-based experience for upper-level students interested in natural history research with a background in evolutionary biology, zoology, botany, anthropology, geology, and/or a related discipline. The program provides the opportunity for students to explore scientific research and the Field Museum collections through a substantive internship, a semester-long course taught by the Visiting Faculty Director, and a seminar led by Field Museum professional staff. (This program has been paused through 2023-24)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee Science Semester
Students study and conduct research in one of the nation’s most prestigious and challenging scientific environments. As members of a research team working at the frontiers of knowledge, participants engage in long-range investigations. The majority of a student’s time is spent in research with an adviser specializing in biology, engineering, mathematics or the physical or social sciences. Students also participate in an interdisciplinary seminar designed to broaden their exposure to developments in their major field and related disciplines. (This program has been paused through 2023-24)
American University: Washington, D.C., Semester
Brings students into contact with source materials and government institutions in the nation’s capital. In addition to regular study and a research project, students participate in the “Washington Semester Seminar,” a course consisting of a series of informal meetings with members of Congress and government officials.
Newberry Library Seminar Research in the Humanities, Chicago
The Newberry Seminar is great preparation for students interested in attending graduate school. Students conduct advanced independent research in one of the world’s great research libraries, where under the guidance of a faculty member do a close reading and discussion centered on a common theme, and then write a major paper on a topic of their choice, using the Newberry Library’s rich collections of primary documents. The fall seminar runs for a full semester; the spring seminars are month-long. Students live in Chicago apartments and take advantage of the city’s rich resources. (This program has been paused through 2023-24)