Study Abroad

We encourage students to study abroad in a different country for a semester (or even a year!).

Study Abroad in Wroxton, United Kingdom 

As Merrimack College begins to build out study abroad options, we are excited to announce a partnership with Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Wroxton College (FDU), giving Warriors the opportunity to study abroad at the United Kingdom-based college. Students will spend a semester in a high-quality academic program with the chance to travel and experience new cultures while studying and living in a 17th-century Jacobean mansion known as Wroxton Abbey. Located in the heart of England, Wroxton’s campus is just minutes away from Oxford and Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare.

This partnership exemplifies the mission of Merrimack’s study abroad program for students to develop cross-cultural flexibility and empathy and learn how to live and work as effective global citizens. Due to ongoing global health and security concerns, the Wroxton program will be the only study abroad opportunity for the 2022-2023 academic year and space will be limited. Priority will be given to Honors students, but all students who are interested should inquire as to availability. For more information, or to inquire about studying abroad at the Wroxton campus please contact Dr. Ellen McWhorter at:

Merrimack student standing in a desert holding one hand up over her head, wearing sunglasses and ...

Washington Semester

Students may spend a semester at the American University Washington Semester Program. Students participate in internships (for credit) three days per week and take classes at American University two days per week.  If you are interested or have any questions talk to your advisor or contact Dr. Harry Wessel at:  

Washington Internship


American University has competitive scholarships available to Merrimack students.  We strongly encourage all students considering spending a semester in the American University Washington Semester program to apply.  You may apply for these even before you are formally accepted into the program.  It is a streamlined application process for all scholarships. 

Student in Iringa, Tanzania for the Fall 2018 study abroad semester


Most students plan to study abroad or in Washington, D.C. during one semester their Junior year.  Some also have taken advantage of summer opportunities- there is a program at American University over the summer, and there also may be options for those interested in studying abroad in the summer.  Occasionally, a student will need to have different timing and go earlier or later than their Junior year. 

Talk with your advisor about your options. It is key to plan ahead!  Applications for a Fall semester experience are generally due in early March in the previous semester; Applications for a Spring semester experience are generally due in late September. 


If you are interested in any of these opportunities or have any questions, please talk to your advisor or contact Dr. Harry Wessel at: or Dr. Ellen McWhorter at:

Recent internship placements for our Merrimack College students in D.C. include:

  • National Defense University
  • Karamah Islamic Center
  • Armenian National Committee of America
  • Middle East Policy Council