Study Abroad

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

We have a range of programs around the world. Many of the programs supported by Merrimack College’s Office of Global Education are a great fit for International Studies majors. Depending on the program and your concentration, classes taken abroad might count toward International Studies electives, General Education requirements, open elective credits, or a combination of all of these. Students may also have the opportunity to work in an internship and gain professional experience while studying abroad.

The Office of Global Education also has competitive scholarships to support students studying abroad that we encourage all students to apply for.

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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. Liesl Smith at in the Office of Global Education.  More information on the application process can be found on the Office of Global Education’s webpage.

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 are also 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. Liesl Smith at in the Office of Global Education. You can also find more information on the Office of Global Education’s webpage.  

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
Study abroad program options include:
  • Berlin, Germany
  • Brussels, Belgium
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, UK
  • Paris, France
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Rome, Italy
  • Sharjah, UAE
  • Sydney, Australia
  • and more…